Computer beeps continuously, no monitor input

January 28, 2011 at 13:05:37
Specs: Windows XP, AThlon 64 3500, ddr 3200
I just replaced my original motherboard in my emachines T6532 with HP 5188-5473 Nagami2L-GL8E Asus A8N-LA AMD motherboard and I plugged in the computer. It starts immediately upon plugin (didn't touch power button) and beeps continuously... Any ideas?

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January 28, 2011 at 13:25:50
You should have benchtested the board before installing it in the case.

Continuous beeping usually means a memory problem. Make sure the RAM is fully seated in it's slot. Remove it & reinstall it.

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January 28, 2011 at 14:06:22
thanks. It works now. But, now i'm receiving an error 'Windows cannot start because of a missing or corrupt ntoskrnl.exe file' Please reinstall a copy of the file.' Any ideas? I put the copy of windows media center 2005 in the disk drive, but it won't let me boot from CD...

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January 28, 2011 at 14:29:21
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January 28, 2011 at 14:51:30
"But, now i'm receiving an error 'Windows cannot start because of a missing or corrupt ntoskrnl.exe file' Please reinstall a copy of the file.' Any ideas? I put the copy of windows media center 2005 in the disk drive, but it won't let me boot from CD..."

When you install Windows 2000 or up on a hard drive when it was connected to one mboard, then transfer that hard drive to another computer that has a different mboard and boot from the same Windows installation, if the hardware of the two mboards is more than a little different, then it's likely the Windows installation WILL NOT boot normally.
You can fix that without losing your personal data that you have added to the C partition if you can run a Repair installation of XP by booting the computer from an XP CD.

" won't let me boot from CD..."

You must set the bios Setup Boot order or similar settings so that it has CD-rom or similar listed before hard drive - CD-rom or similar does not necessary need to be listed first - if you have a floppy drive, that should be listed first. Save bios settings.

You should then see a line while booting "Press any key to boot from CD" or similar - you must press a key while that line is on the screen.

If you don't see that line, if you have more than one optical drive, try the CD in the other optical drive - some bioses will only boot a disk from the first optical drive the bios detects.

The best way to fix your problem is to use the first CD in the OEM two CD MCE 2005 set - however it's extremely unlikely you have that, unless you bought the OEM 2 CD MCE 2005 set previously yourself.

Only the first CD is bootable.

You probably did not get any recovery disks with your emachines system, however sometimes emachines systems either require you to make a set before you first use the computer when it was new, or there may have been a program on the hard drive provided by emachines with which you were supposed to make a Recovery disk set at any time while the system was working fine, and you may have made them at some time.

If you are able to boot from the first CD but it refuses to install, if the CD was provided by emachines, or you made the recovery disks for your emachines system yourself, or you bought them from the emachines web site, you probably cannot use them with the HP / Compaq replacement mboard, or at least you can't install Windows.
Usually you cannot use Recovery disks for one computer model, or install Windows, on a system with a different mboard or a different brand name's bios version, unless the computer you are running the disks on has the right brand of mboard brand name bios version, in any case.

All XP MCE versions are OEM versions - there are no retail versions - that are two CD sets. I've never seen or heard of a DVD that has an XP MCE version on it.
It's extremely unlikely anyone you know has the OEM MCE 2 CD set for you to copy, unless they bought it separately themselves.
You can't make an XP MCE "slipstreamed" CD or CD set that has newer SP updates integrated into it, but you should be able to make a "slipstreamed" CD that has extra drivers integrated into the contents of the first disk.
You can only run a Repair installation of Windows XP MCE using the first CD - due to a bug in it's Setup, it will not accept the second CD as being a valid source - you have to quit Setup at that point. If whatever was wrong was repaired by loading files from the first CD, XP MCE will work fine after you quit Setup.
You can't successfully run sfc /scannow if the SP updates that have been installed in XP MCE are a higher version that on the XP MCE CD set.

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January 28, 2011 at 14:59:46
Thanks for the input. Can I or do I need to restart from scratch? How would I do this?

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January 28, 2011 at 15:47:39
You can often buy a working exact same mboard model off the web that has an emachines bios version for a reasonable price. Just make sure the ad says the mboard has been tested and it works fine. Whatever Recovery disks you have, or you have made, or you have bought, for your emachines model, will then be usable, if needed.

If your T6532 model was sold in the US or Canada, and had it's original mboard, this excellent third party web site:
says your mboard is this one:
MSI MS-7207 (K8NGM2-L) Mainboard

If your original mboard did NOT have the defective electrolytic capacitor problem, search the web using the name of that motherboard or emachines T6532 (or any model the e4allupgraders web sites list that uses the same model) motherboard and find one that has an emachines bios version, it will work fine .

Some mboards develop this problem - electrolytic capacitors were installed on them that were not properly made, and they fail eventually - the mboard manufacturer didn't know they were improperly made at the time the mboard was made.

Open up your case and examine the mboard to see if you have bad capacitors, and/or other findable signs of mboard damage .

This was the original bad capacitor problem - has some example pictures.
History of why the exploding capacitors and which mboard makers were affected:

What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.

Pictures of blown capacitors, other components, power supplies, Athlon cpu's, etc.:

The most common thing that causes a emachines desktop system to fail to boot normally is the BESTEC power supply has malfunctioned or failed completely. BESTEC power supplies have a reputation for being a lot more likely than average to damage something else when they do that - often they fry the mboard, so replacing the power supply often still does not make the system work normally again.
If you still have a working BESTEC power supply I / we recommend that you get rid of it !


You could try booting the computer from something such as a Linux CD and try to repair the specific problem, but when the two mboards are different, that's probably not the only thing that is wrong. There is a second exact same copy of many essential Windows files already on the hard drive, or if not you can often download suitable ones from the web, or copy the file or the compressed version of it from someone else's XP CD or XP installation . However, Windows often generates a message that is false when it can't tell you what the actual problem is, so replacing a file is often fruitless.

E.g. I happen to have a MCE 2005 installation that was installed from the Microsoft OEM 2 CD set on one computer.
it has the exact same version of ntoskrnl.exe in
and in
C:\Windows\Driver Cache\I386
and in
C:\Windows\System32\dllcache (normally hidden)
and in
when I hold the cursor over them (5.1.2600.5973)
- they're not exactly the same size, but are very close to that.

(the one in
C:\Windows\System32 is 2,096kb - 2,146,304 bytes in it's Properties

C:\Windows\Driver Cache\I386
and in
C:\Windows\System32\dllcache - 2,139kb - 2,189,952 bytes

C:\Windows\$hf_mig$\KB91852\SP3QFE - 2,139kb - 2,190,080 bytes )

It appears it's the version installed when you install SP3 updates in XP, which I have done.

If you don't have the official Microsoft OEM 2 CD MCE 2005 set, and don't know anyone who has it that you could borrow it from, the Microsoft OEM 2 CD MCE 2005 set is available on the web, but it's price is between the price for XP Home and XP Pro - you may not want to have to pay that much.
You could buy an OEM XP Home CD with whatever SP updates included, that's the cheapest way to buy XP, off the web, or some local places that build computer systems have them to sell.
However, buying an OEM Windows 7 DVD costs you similar money - you could upgrade your computer operating system. If you like the Media Center features of MCE 2005, a newer Media Center is built into most Windows 7 versions except Basic - e.g. OEM Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit is the cheapest of those. If you want too be able to use more than 4gb of ram, you must get a 64 bit version of Windows 7, however, most people do not need more than 4gb of ram, and you may need to obtain or buy 64 bit versions of drivers or of some software that you want to use.

If you have personal data you do not want to lose on the hard drive, such as music, movies, documents, pictures videos, saved email, that you do not have the installation disks for or that cannot be easily downloaded again, you could copy that to elsewhere BEFORE you install an operating system, e.g., by booting the computer from a Linux CD.

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