PC Installation help

Posted by: Norsca

PC Installation help - 01/07/04 07:49 PM

Ok, recently I decided to upgrade my computer with a new motherboard and new processor, wouldn't be that dificult since I have already built 3 computers (nothing big, I know.)

Anyway, after installing the MB, processor and heatsink/fan, connecting the power supply and IDE cables I went and tried to start it up. The computer appears to start up, all the fans started up, but then a get a loud system beep (continous) and the fans die down and the computer turns off. Nothing ever appears on the monitor and nothing I have done seems to fixe the problem.

Now, here are the specs

thermaltake Xaser III case (put this on cause the restart button has fallen off, but that wouldn't casue this kind of problem, would it? it didn't on the old pc/mb)
Antec 480 power supply (replacing the original thermaltake 480 watt ps)
Abit NF-7 S nforce 2 mb (replaced a soyo kt333 ultra plat)
AMD Barton 3000 333 fsb, (replacing an old AMD XP TB 2200)
Alpha Heatsink/Fan combo (new one, but used the exact same on old combo also.)
3 pc2100 512 sticks of kingston ram (i highly doubt this is the problem, as I have had ram problems in the past, and it doesn't cause your computer to shutdown right after start up)

Then just the regular old hardrives and cdroms.

Anyway, I am completely lost, I don't know what could be causing the problem, but I strongly feel it could be the motherboard or processor (both appear fine and there are no burn out spots, or bent items, I have also flashed the bios once (tried it w/ out flashing and then w/ flashing) Again this is my plea for help, I am out of ideas and don't know what could be causing the problem.
Posted by: sinetific

Re: PC Installation help - 01/07/04 11:36 PM

That loud continous beep you hear when you start it up is actually a code to tell you what the problem is. Now all BIOS beep codes are different depending on who your BIOS manufactuer is. Some of the more popular companies are AMI, Phoenix, and, Award.

You need to find out who your BIOS was made by and look up thier POST/BIOS beep codes to find out exactly what is wrong but if I'm not mistaken a continous beep means that something is loose or not seated properly, go back through take everything apart and put it back together making certain that each peice is firmly set into place.
Posted by: alchemist

Re: PC Installation help - 01/08/04 01:59 AM

the beep codes are usually in the
mobo manual, towards the end =\
Posted by: jonconley

Re: PC Installation help - 01/08/04 08:17 AM

For those boards/BIOS it is generally a memory error w/ the LONG beep.

Try checking the memory again.

Is all the RAM showing up? Remove it all and try putting in one stick at a time and see if they work alone. If there is a problem with them all working, try a different slot until you have worked out if the problem is a bad slot or stick.
Posted by: Norsca

Re: PC Installation help - 01/08/04 09:38 AM

Aye, you are right, thanks for the help! The thing is though, the problem is actually the mobo, but has to do with the ram slots. I finished building my parents computer tonight and tested out my ram in theirs and all of it worked (tested each stick seperately and then all three together) and they all worked fine.