Deskpro EN: not booting, beeping, caps lock blinking

Discussion in 'Compaq' started by Opsokkebolje, Aug 20, 2003.

  1. Opsokkebolje

    Opsokkebolje Guest


    I've been using a fairly old Compaq Deskpro EN (the convertible
    tower/desktop model, with a Celeron 400 CPU) as a file server on my
    home network. Chose it because its fan is nice and quiet and the
    machine *seemed* fairly indestructible.

    However, last sunday, after running it non-stop for four months, I
    needed to install some Windows updates and of course, it had to
    reboot. I was fully expecting to see an Option ROM Checksum error - it
    started showing that after the 3Com NIC was built in but it didn't
    seem to hinder operation. Like I said, it had been running for four
    months without any problems.

    But now it didn't even get that far. Upon reboot, all I got was 3 beep
    long-short, long-short, long-short-short. And then it just sits there
    with the caps lock LED blinking.

    Hunting the net I found that I could have:
    - an option ROM failure
    - a system ROM failure
    - a system board failure (yikes!)
    - a faulty gfx card

    Now before I tear the machine apart (I can hardly reach it so that's
    quite an operation) are there any of you out there that can give me a
    clue as to what is the most likely thing to have happened? Anyone
    recognise this behaviour?

    Opsokkebolje, Aug 20, 2003
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    rpv Guest

    yes seen several times when a g100 or g200 videocard is installed. run a
    bios update and it worked fine. download the bios on an other computer and
    make the diskette. then put the disk in the machine and turn in on while
    holding esc. turn the machine after 5 min of, remove the disk and reboot.
    rpv, Aug 20, 2003
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  3. Or just put another gfx card in the machine and run the bios update as usual
    Torbjørn Moen, Aug 20, 2003
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