xp wont boot/how to translate beep codes

October 24, 2010 at 11:04:50
Specs: Windows XP
First off, its not my computer that i'm working on, and they dont have the XP startup disk. Problem started off with that "Trend ChipAwayVirus" warning coming up. I disabled it in BIOS. Then I tried starting the computer in all available safe modes, but it just displays this;
then it just stops/freezes and does nothing.
I've tried taking out the RAM and starting it without the RAM and tried swapping the RAM to different slots. The computer starts with beep codes. 1 long 1 short (i think as i'm just guessing what short and long actually refer to) but I don know what part of the computer the beep codes come from and how to figure out what brand/make that part is so i can decipher the code. I'm amateur at best with computers so i apologies for any bad explanations of the problem. thanks

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October 24, 2010 at 11:23:26
Beep codes are generated by the BIOS when it encounters an error during the Power On Self Test. They don't come from any particular component but can indicate which component is causing the problem.

Different motherboards have different codes. Look at this, identify you motherboard and check the codes.



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October 24, 2010 at 11:32:24
thanks stuart. but how do I identify the make of the motherboard? I can see anything clearly printed on the board. There's a AMD sticker on the front of the computer, as well as an ASUS sticker. And when I enter the BIOS Setup it says AwardBIOS. I'm guessing its Award?

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October 24, 2010 at 11:43:06
heck, even if it is Award, the beep codes dont help me much. There's no info on the type of code i'm hearing lol. Ok, last question can I use somebody elses XP startup disk to try outor does it have to be the original for this system. Other than that I guess I'll admit defeat and take it to a tech.

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October 24, 2010 at 12:24:30
What's an XP startup disk? There's either the XP installation disk or the 6 setup floppies. But if you have a hardware problem that's causing the beep codes, the disks aren't going to help.


As for starting in safe mode, how long did you wait it out? Sometimes it can take a few minutes after the text display has stopped.

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