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OT Computer Crash

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Dormouse, 7 Jan 2008.

  1. Dormouse

    Dormouse New Member

    My desktop froze, did not respond to CNTR+ALT+DEL so I had to switch it off. Now all it it does is make a pathetic beep when I switch it on, nothing appears on screen. Any tips on what to do next, apart from cry? Should I try rebooting with Windows discs?
     
  2. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    Wiggle the ram in and out, depending on the type of and number of beeps.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Dormouse

    Dormouse New Member

    It is just a regular, slow on-off beep, nothing exciting.
     
  4. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Also worth re-seating the processor.
     
  5. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
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    And graphics. If you get your make of computer and look it up on the net you'll find an explanation of what a slow beep means. I usually find that it's the ram or graphics that have dislodged slightly.
     
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    What motherboard is it? Find out and track down the documentation on the net to find out what the beep pattern means. Then address the problem.

    Alternatively you could just buy a new computer and sling the old one in landfill.
     
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Standard Original IBM POST Error Codes

    1 short beep
    Normal POST - system is ok
    2 short beeps POST Error - error code shown on screen
    No beep Power supply or system board problem
    Continuous beep Power supply, system board, or keyboard problem
    Repeating short beeps Power supply or system board problem
    1 long, 1 short beep System board problem
    1 long, 2 short beeps Display adapter problem (MDA, CGA)
    1 long, 3 short beeps Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA)
    3 long beeps 3270 keyboard card
     
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Bang it on the top !!! ;)

    Unplug, check everything is plugged in on the inside, try again, chuck out window..... :biggrin:
     
  9. Speicher

    Speicher Vice Admiral Staff Member

    This may be blindingly obvious :ohmy: But - if I switch off my computer at the socket, then back on again shortly afterwards, I still have to switch the screen back "on" again, even if I did not switch it "off". :wacko:
     
  10. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    bin old pc-->visit apple store-->buy macintosh-->take it home-->turn it on-->use it

    simple.
     
  11. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Hah! The first mac user makes an appearance complete with smug grin.....
     
  12. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    This is pure craziness! You do know that eighty seven percent of Macs are faulty at any one time don't you? And the other thirteen percent are on fire.
     
  13. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    can't resist i'm afraid.

    mac user and pc baiter since 1990 :wacko:
     
  14. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    and that 18% of statistics are made up?
     
  15. Forgive my ignorance, but what is the difference? To me, a computer is a computer is a computer. Is the Mac/PC thing like Canon and Nikon, or Campag and Shimano, or is there more to it?