Hi I was told this is a good forum to come to with computer questions. We just built a new computer and everything was running fine. Then one day it decided to crash and reset. Then it did it again and didn't turn back on. Just beeped over and over with a black screen. (Didn't know I could've timed those beeps at that time and figured out a code). Since then it hasn't reset itself, but it won't always start up. It will freeze in the BIOS and then I can most the time restart it and it works. The one time I got a CMOS Checksum error. Two other times it read my processor at something like 1746MHZ instead of 1800. And this last one actually showed me a BIOS code of 49, which I've read is "Initialize PCI Bus and Devices", but I don't know what that means. A few of the times it's asked me if I want to start in Safe Mode, or restart last good version of windows. Which I choose always to restart last good version of windows. Can anyone help me figure this one out? Thankyou, Dave. Oh I also checked the Device Manager and nothing had any exclamations by it showing anything was wrong. My computer specs are:
AMD Athlon 64 (3000 I think).,
Chaintech VN4 Ultra mother board
Corsair DDR400 (1gig RAM)
Geforce 6600 GT PCI Express graphics
350W Powersupply came w/ Antec case.
Duh almost forgot to add I think it's Phoenix BIOS 4.0 w/ Energy Star.
Oh and the BIOS code for when it starts up like it should is 75.
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Well at least you posted your specs. PC's can beep at startup for alot of reasons and when they do your motherboard manual will list them for you. This can be a tricky one and is a case of trial and error. Sounds like a config problem. I order for the guys and myself to help you, you need to be a little bit clearer on the problem. You say the rig has just been built, then one day it started to act up. How long was it running fine for???? And did you change anything either software or hardware. From you spec you power supply is a little on the low side, that could reset the machine. Also if the graphics card has its own power connector make sure its not lose as mine beeps sometimes after I mive the case if it gets loose. Make sure the bios has no temp. settings to shutdown if the PC gets to a certain temp. you could be overheating. And I take it you scanned for virius etc.
Some of the other guys might be able to help more?
Thankyou for trying to help. Maybe it's the power supply then? But like just now I got off work and turned the computer on and it made it to where it starts to list AMD Processor 1800.....and then froze right there. It hasn't actually beeped for me since it did it that once. I haven't changed any hardware or software on it since it's been built. It was built around the 15th of this May. So not very long. I've run both Adaware and Antivirus software. Oh and I see that the BIOS is actually Phoenix BIOS 6.0. Is there any way to enter the BIOS screen from Windows XP and check those settings for temerpature shutdown? Both fans seem to kick on fine though, so I don't think it's overheating.
Ok I tried to start my computer again tonite and it gave me two long beeps and one short beep. I don't see any code for that? Also it gave me a POST code of 7F? Every chart I've looked at only shows Phoenix BIOS Codes up to 7E? Any ideas on what it could be now? And it gave me the error message "Please resetting CPU Frequency in CMOS Setup". And searching the internet I couldn't find that error message listed as any of the Phoenix error messages? So I'm completely lost...... Thanks.
Ok, more problems. Finally got to this page again. Computer just wanted to continuously beep over and over more than 5 times in a row, same beep tone. After that I reset and got a POST Code 65. Then reset and got a POST Code 95. Then got a text message in the BIOS saying failed to load CD-ROM. So i reset it again and finally got to windows. Opened up my CD-ROM to see if it worked and got a black screen and frozen computer. Then got to the internet twice where the computer proceeded to freeze again. Any ideas?
Well just to let everyone know I think we got it figured out. I ran it on one stick of 512MB DDR400 and it ran fine. So then I ran it on the other stick of 512DDR400 and still no problems. So it looks like my motherboard just doesn't like two sticks of RAM no matter what slots they're in. Kinda a crappy deal. And the motherboard manual says it like this. Due to specifications do not stick DDR400Mhz RAM in slots 1/3 for two sticks. Slots 1/2/3 for three sticks, or slots 1/2/3/4 for four sticks! Now that doesn't make any damn sense! And BTW, the two slots I was using were 1/2. And still having problems in those slots. So I guess it's time to look for a single stick of 1GBDDR400. Wish I could've seen more replies on this forum, but thankyou to those that did.