No video output - long beeps nonstop

Microsoft Windows xp home edition
October 28, 2009 at 00:22:10
Specs: Windows XP
I was given a computer for parts because it didn't work, but I am starting to wonder what is wrong with it. When I turn it on, it makes these long continous beeps, with no output to the monitor. The beeping doesn't stop either, it keeps going.

I also notice the busy light for the hard drive wasn't doing anything so I assume the computer isn't even booting up. Pushing the restart button causes the beeping to stop, but still no output to the screen.

I have reseated the video card and the stick of memory that is in it.

I don't know that much about the computer. It has a sticker that says it was built in 1998. The motherboard is from Tyan Computer Corp., model # S2390.

Thanks for any input.

See More: No video output - long beeps nonstop

Report •

October 28, 2009 at 04:51:36
Your board uses an Award BIOS. Continuous beeping means a memory problem. The max supported is 512MB per slot of PC100/PC133. If you have more than one stick of RAM installed, remove all but one. And if the stick you have is either 256MB or 512MB, try a smaller capacity stick (64MB or 128MB).

Report •

October 28, 2009 at 12:24:29
Getting beeps is 'in a way' good news. It normally means that you have a good motherboard and power supply.

Report •

October 28, 2009 at 15:31:36
Thanks for the replies. I'll check the memory tonight. If it's a bad stick, I think I got a few more somewhere. I'm glad to hear it is probably not the motherboard.

Report •

Related Solutions

October 28, 2009 at 17:57:03
"If it's a bad stick, I think I got a few more somewhere."

Just make sure you use what's recommended for the MoBo. Otherwise you could turn a good MoBo into a bad one...

Report •

Ask Question