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Continuous Beeping, new PC

After finally getting rid of the computer I got as a high school gradpresent some 6 years ago, I went out and bought the components andbuilt myself a new PC for the first time.

Here are the specs:

Raidmax ATX568WBP Mid-Tower (PSU included with case)
Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H Motherboard
AMD AM2 X2 4800+ CPU
Thermaltake fan + heatsink
MXT 300GB SATA HD
2GB (2x1G) PC6400 RAM
eVGA nVidia GeForce 8400GS PCI-e Graphics Card (has onboard graphics and sound though)
and of course a CD and DVD rom drive

So I put it all together extremely carefully, quadruple checking thateverything was in its right spot- I plug it in, turn it on, all thefans start whirring, the lights go on, no weird noises.

But! There's no beeps, it's just the sound of the fans whirring and the DVD drive powering on.

My monitor doesn't respond at all. It's plugged in, turned on,everything. The light just flashes as if it's connected but no signalis getting to it. It's not giving me the "check signal cable" dialogue,either.

I switch out my flat panel for a CRT. It does the same thing.

I test both monitors on this computer, and they work fine.

So since I can't see anything, I can't reach the BIOS or anything to even begin troubleshooting within anything.

Here's what I've tried:

* Plugging the monitor into the onboard first (VGA, then DVI) without the other GPU in.
* Plugging the monitor into the nVidia (VGA then DVI)
* Taking the RAM out and putting it in one stick at a time.
* Trying to start up without a HD connected
* Trying to start up without any IDE devices connected
* Trying to start up without a HD or IDE devices

Can anyone give me any hint to what might be wrong and what I could try in order to make it work?

Thanks in advance.


Update: Actually now, I've taken apart the whole thing and reconnected everything, now it beeps. The beeps are very fast, non stop short beeps. According to the motherboard documentation, it's telling me that I have a "power error". Which to me, that's incredibly vague... what do I do now? :(

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  • Sanaro Feb 09, 2008

    Hi Lemmor,

    I just tried again without the keyboard and mouse and there's no change.

    How do I go about checking the voltage of the battery?

    The beeps are still the same, they're too numerous to count. They're so fast they easily fit at least 2 or 3 beeps a second.

  • Ekse May 11, 2010

    Lemmors suggestion to check the battery is a waste of time please. count the beeps shorts and longs that will give me a better idea on how to help you.

  • Ekse May 11, 2010

    Details on the beeps, how many short how many fast how many total. That can tell alot.

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Maybe your power supply cant handle the load? What size power supply did the tower come with?

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I checked your motherboard has a award bios. so

Award BIOS Beep Codes
Award BIOS uses beeps of varying duration. A long beep will typically last for 2 seconds while a short beep will last only 1 second. Award BIOS also uses beeps of different frequency to indicate critical errors. If an Award BIOS detects that the CPU is overheating it may play a high pitched repeating beep while the computer is running. BEEP CODE MEANING POSSIBLE CAUSE 1 Long, 2 Short Video adapter failure Bad video adapter Repeating (Endless loop) Memory error Bad memory or bad connection 1 Long, 3 Short Video adapter failure Bad video adapter or memory High freq. beeps (while running) CPU is overheating CPU fan failure Repeating High, Low beeps CPU failure Bad processor
I bolded the Repeating endless loop. Thats probably your problem. Unless its HIgh and low then its cpu.

Try removeing the memory, try it in every slot if that doesnt work you could try another memory. Or take the memory to a pc repair shop to be tested or the whole pc if you want to save your time.

If the cpu is bad, remove the heatsink and make sure the cpu is intact and looks ok, check bottom and pins also then take it to for a refund or buy a new one if you broke it. :-(

Good luck! :-)

Posted on Feb 15, 2008

  • Ekse Feb 15, 2008

    Oh my last suggestion was out of date, you have tested the memory, most likely cpu is broken?

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Hi.
Continues short beeps... means a short OR no power OR loose card OR system board.
Test it without the keyboard and mouse too. Just the Processor with heatsink, motherboard, memory and Video card.
Now add the keyboard, no mouse yet.
Check also the voltage of the CMOS Battery it should be 3V.

keep me posted for the result... count also the beeps.

Posted on Feb 09, 2008

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