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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by scouse, May 26, 2004.

  1. scouse

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    Hi everybody, my computer is playing up. Can you help???

    I have an abit nf7-s motherboard with an athlon 2500+ cpu and 512 mb ram.
    In the last week it intermittenly boots up but won't start windows xp pro up saying "a hardware or software change may have caused this" and gives me options to continue.

    I'm not really knowledgable about these things but I've tried pushing possibly loose connections and that sort of thing, and taken off any software that i'd put on previously to the problems occurring.

    Any ideas? :lease: :(
     
  2. mps

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    Hi,
    Have you tried system restore?If you dont know how click Start,All Programs,Accessories,System Tools and select System Restore.

    Good Luck. :thumbsup:
     
  3. scouse

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    what will that do btw? I won't lose all the the data on my hard drive will i?
     
  4. mps

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    No you wont.Think at what point you did something that it started to go wrong,then choose. :smoke:
     
  5. scouse

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    I've tried the system restore but the problem still occurred :-(

    Could it be a fan not working properly? The cpu fan sometimes makes a funny noise but this is not everytime it fails to load windows and restarts...
     
  6. mps

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    Have you or anyone else changed anything to your computer (hardware) or(software).
     
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    I haven't changed a thing... i get one bleep when i start up if that's a help...

    Any ideas?
     
  8. RobsterD

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    Reseat your CPU heatsink and check/change the CPU fan,might be an overheating problem.Better still,monitor the system temps from bios if you have that facility.
    Rob
     
  9. scouse

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    My system temp stays at 32-35 whilst my cpu temp is around 38-46 C . When it doesn't boot up usually the computer has a single low beep. When it does work there is a low beep followed by a loud more high pitched beep. Is that a help to anyone??

    The odd thing is, is that it boots up fine sometimes but then it can go through 6 attempts before it loads windows in other times...

    I thought an intermittent contact of some sort might be the problem but I'm not sure.
     
  10. Daftboy

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    Memory........Memory refresh error I believe is normally what causes it after the POST beep.
     
  11. scouse

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    how can i be sure it is that and how would i fix it?

    thanx
     
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    Well, have you got another PC that you can borrow the memory from or a friend, relative, etc that will let you buy one?
    Go to a PC shop and ask them to test it, but you may have to imply that you are going to buy replacement memory from them.
    Go to PC World and check that if you "I am buying this for my relative for their birthday. If it's the wrong one, can I bring it back?" to confirm the problem.

    Worst case is that you take your whole PC to a repair centre and ask them to look at it so they can isolate the fault incase it is not the memory.

    Just a suggestion or two.
     
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    check the manual for help on start up beeps
     
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    You could load your win xp pro disc and select repair.Its worth a try,or scan your drive for virus check.

    Regards.
     
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    I have seen this message if a hardware change has been made - but its normally when you are well into windows - can you access different boot options? Try booting into Safe Mode by pressing F8 when your machine is loading and see if it gives you any clues.

    One bleep often means your video card is in wrong / wrong speed - has it always been working?
     
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    Hi Gillykid,

    I was under the impression that a single beep after the post beep was a memeory refresh problem, and that 5 or 8 beeps after the post beep was graphics card problems.

    MJN has the best suggestion to check the manual as differnet BIOS manufacturers have ways of reporting faults.

    The codes I am reffering to are Pheonix and AmiBios codes which tend to be the norm.
    Some motherboards have LED's that indicate the fault - Providing the fault is hardware related..........
     
  17. scouse

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    thanks for all your input guys, i'm away this weekend so can't check right away but i'll get back to you with an update on tueday...

    the video card has worked since i've had it, i bought the computer from the forums here and it was only a few weeks old then.

    :suicide:
     

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