POST error codes

April 22, 2009 at 09:16:16
Specs: Windows XP
I have a problem with a computer that I had taken out a hard drive from and put in another system....wiped out Windows ME from it and put on windows XP...put the hard drive back and get a flicker of a blue screen of death I couldn't really see...thought the memory might be bad so I put in different memory...that didn't help so I took it out...Now I have an additional problem after putting the memory sticks in the monitor doesn't show any was using a display ribbon that connects to the I took that off and tried a display adapter card ....still no display. So, I switched it back to use the display ribbon and took out the display adapter...for POST I get one long beep..then eight short beeps in rapid order...pause, two short short beep.....what does that code mean and what should I do to fix the computer???!

Thanks in advanced for any response.

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April 22, 2009 at 12:52:16
You install XP on HDD when HDD was in another computer ???
You have to do a Repair of XP when placing HDD in other computers.

Know your beeps ----
BIOS Error Beeps, Messages, and Codes

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April 22, 2009 at 16:27:52
As Chuck2 alluded to, you can't install XP on a HDD in one system, then swap it in doesn't work that way. You either have to do a clean install in the system it's gonna be used in, or do an "over the top" installation (aka "repair installation") in the system you swapped the drive into.

It's very likely that nothing was wrong with the hardware until you started mucking around inside the case. You obviously knocked something loose or installed something improperly.

As for the beep codes, it's depends on which BIOS your motherboard uses. My guess is you have an AMI BIOS:

1 long, 8 short = The video adapter is either missing or defective.
2 short = Memory parity error or POST Failure.
1 short = DRAM refresh failure.

Sounds like the problem is memory related.

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