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System not coming on.

To of these GX110 systems was given to us from a university. I am getting power to the mobo as well as the expansion card but the weird thing is that when I press the power button, the light keeps blinking on and off. I dis-assembled and re-assembled the system and besides the blinking, nothing happened so I thought it was a CMOS problem so I took the battery out and then put it back after a while and then the blinking stopped. I am new with these server boards so any assistance that is offered, I will be very thankfull. Thanks--- GiO.

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Re: System not coming on.

Please fixed all the add -on card, the memory and hard drive and other visible fixable things in your pc. if not solve the proble notify me for further instruction.

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System does not start

The beeps are error codes and if you listen carfully you will hear a pattern of short and long beeps. If you can identify the pattern we can help you figure out whats going on....

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Try pressing F2 or Del to get into bios and see if the system time and date are correct. if not the cmos disc shaped battery found on the motherboard may need replacing. You can also reset the bios by locating the 'JBAT1' terminal on the mobo and put the jumper cap from pins1-2 to pins 2-3 for a few seconds, then back across pins 1-2 again, and reset time and date next time you boot up the pc. Although, i recon the continues beep noise can refer to a processor fault but trying the above is the cheaper first step to take, good Luck

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