I just purchased most of a new computer, but when I turn it on, I get one long, never ending, beep. My configuration is: 450w power supply, Asus M3A78-EM motherboard, AMD Athalon 64 X2 6000 3.1 Ghz processor, G Skill PC2-6400 4 Gig DDR2 Ram (x2) and a GeForce 9600 graphics card. I've removed and reinstalled the ram, which was the only solution I could find, but that did not help.
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Re: One long beep at boot up
Hogshead, a few suggestions here, but would like some more info too; does the beep start as soon as you hit the power button, or does the computer boot up even though it's still beeping?
Is the beep one long continuous tone, or does it pitch up and down like a siren?
This could be a couple of scenarios; one is the RAM, which I'm not too sure it is, the other is the CPU which is more likely.
Now, with the memory, this mobo uses dual channel memory, which means 'both' sticks have to be identical and both have to be working and have to be in their paired slots. Make sure you memory is good (have it tested or test it yourself), make sure the memory is seated (in) properly and the contacts are clean, and make sure the memory is in its pair slot which I can't remember if it's slot1 and slot2 or slot1 and slot3 (try it).
Now, more likely it's the CPU (processor), make sure the processor is seated properly and no pins are bent or tarnished (oxidised). If the CPU is damaged there is no way to test that other than putting it in another machine or putting another CPU in yours - be aware that what ever damaged your CPU is at risk of damaging another you put in there.
I've got to cut this short, we'll tackle more as you get back to me.
Let me know what happens.
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If not, download a Linux Live CD. Boot your machine with it, save all your data to an external drive and then do a complete disk format and re-install. That will be quicker in the long run.
Not sure about that PC, but on Dell, for example, you hit CTRL-F10 (I think) at power-on and it gives you the option of reinstalling the OS from the recovery partition (wiping any unbacked-up data in the process).,,Gateway is probably similar.
The Boot/BCD issue means your 'Boot Configuration Data' is hosed.
Try to remove the battery from the MB, and next time you try to install WIN XP, when you are asked how to format your drive, chose quick NTFS formatting; disable floppy drive in BIOS, because it might try to boot from it (and I suppose you don't have one), and in boot sequence (BOOT DEVICE PRIORITY) set cd-dvd as first, and HDD as second, and turn off any other device as bootable
probably it is your operating system. try to recover your windows by using the recovery disc that came out with your e machine or find another widows to install but do not format the hard disk rather replace the existing one.
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If your power supply is bad, there is typically a much cheaper way to fix it rather than purchasing a new one.
If you know a little about electronics or know someone who does have them open up the power supply and check the capacitors. Often times when a power supply goes bad its the result of capacitors going bad.
If you notice on the ends of any capacitors a brownish/whitish discharge or "bulging" then the capacitor has gone bad.
A new one typically cost less than a dollar and replacing it is fairly easy if you know how to solder.
Let me know if you have anymore questions and hopefully if this is the case you can save some money.
My field is in home appliances. I do fix my own computers and have replaced a few power supplys. The only thing I could say to you is go back and recheck your connections. They should only fit on the bord one way. The other connections for the hard drive and cd drives and so on really dont matter. so good luck and I think if you recheck it all the computer will work.