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Before you can perform any kind of troubleshooting on this system we need to narrow down the issue in order to find out which is the problem.
It is very important to know how many beeps you are getting when testing the system out of the chassis, minimal configuration. (Motherboard, processor, power supply, 1 memory stick)
Please use the onboard video during this troubleshooting.
If you get 3 beeps, it means you have a memory problem, which could be cause by a defective memory stick or a defective processor.
Test the system with 1 memory stick at the time, or using a different memory DIMM.
Remove the CMOS battery and leave the system without it for about an hour. Then put it back on and restart the system. http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-028780.htm?wapkw=clear+cmos+battery#datetime
Please let me know if you ever performed a BIOS updated on this system?
How many beeps are you getting from the system, without using the video card?
Well, to make things clear, it's my cousins computer and he said this thing happened before, and they left it alone for a while, and it started to work again. So I'm not sure if he's done a BIOS update on the system. But when I was there, it was giving me two beeps, with a black screen. I looked on the intel website
and it told me the beep code was a "Repeating single beep" which meant it was a "BIOS recovery failure"
but this was when the video card was still in. I didn't try all the steps you told me yet, but I'll do it all sometime tomorrow and I'll get back to you in about two days.
And can you specify what you meant when you said "please use the onboard video during this troubleshooting"
Your help is really appreciated sylvia
The onboard video means to use the integrated video that comes on the motherboard and processor. In other words removing the video card you will be use the onboard video.
So sylvia, I took out the battery and put it back in after 2 hours, and started the computer, and the beeping stopped, but I can't get the screen to turn on. I'm not sure what happened now. What do I do?
Sylvia, thank you. The battery thing worked. And everything is working fine now, I'm tying to you from the broken computer now, and it's working good. But should I know what the problem was, or do some more steps to prevent anything, or is this good right now?
By the way, you're very professional with your clients.
Michael, thanks a lot for the feedback !!
It is hard to say the reason why the motherboard was giving you this behavior, systems are very picky sometimes.
Even thought this motherboard it’s a mature product, while you’re using the correct configuration and memory specs it should work fine. Some recommendations I could give you, are the following:
- Keep the system clean, no dust.
- Do not over clock the processor.
- Use the correct memory speed.
At this point the system should work without problems, however, please bear in mind that this product has reached its End of Interactive Support so Intel no longer provides support for this product via telephone, chat or e-mail. http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-034322.htm