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Windows 7: Family PC, possible motherboard issue

16 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Family PC, possible motherboard issue

My brother booted it up about an hour ago and it pretty much stayed at the BIOS POST screen for a few minutes before shutting itself off, then repeating the same long beep, short beep code over and over. Trying to start the system again would have it playing the code again, and nothing showing up on the monitor. Any clues/ideas as to what's going on?

System specs:
Make/Model: HP Pavilion a6330f
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x86
HDD: 250GB Western Digital Caviar Blue
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor 90nm Technology
Motherboard: ASUSTek Computer Inc. NARRA2 (Socket AM2)
RAM: 3.0 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 312MHz (5-5-5-15)
Chipset/Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT520 (Displaying to monitor via HDMI)

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16 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 10 Pro - 64 bit

sounds like a memory problem - try and re-seat the memory and / or try one stick ...
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16 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

I'll be doing that in the morning when there's light to see, but I'm gathering suggestions and hypothesis of what could be causing the issue so I have a list of things to try when I get to it at daybreak.
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16 Jul 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 Pro

can you supply more details on the BIOs that the motherboard has.

award, Phoenix

sounds like RAM or Graphics Card issue to me.
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16 Jul 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Open this page: Computer Does Not Start and Emits an LED or Beep Code | HP® Support Scroll down to Beep codes and LED descriptions and check if one of those applies, there are several BIOSes listed as well as common HP beep codes.
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16 Jul 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

I located that page a few moments prior to you posting it Britton, I'll do a RAM re-seat first, if that fails I'll be running MEMTest on it.
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16 Jul 2013   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Also, do a Clear_CMOS procedure. If the RAM had become 'overclocked' for any reason, and that keeps the PC from booting, then this is how you would recover.
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16 Jul 2013   #8

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
Not only memory but check if any other devices / cards are seated properly.

Remove all USB devices for initial boot -- even remove keyboard and mouse == just see if you can get to just SEE the BIOS at boot -- you won't be able to do anything at this point but it will at least show you computer is working.

Now replace keyboard and mouse and then boot --if it works connect all the other devices once windows starts.

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16 Jul 2013   #9

Windows 10 Pro - 64 bit

Another thing to check - in the bios - is the right drive set for the first boot device ?
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17 Jul 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

Alright, got it all fixed up. I used some cans of compressed air I brought at the electronics store and blew out all the dust bunnies festering in there, then took out the RAM sticks and put the two 1GB sticks where the 512MB sticks were and vice-versa for the 512MB sticks, booted right up.
Thanks guys!
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