Start Up Beep, then Shutdown????

Discussion in 'Soyo' started by Dad, May 6, 2007.

  1. Dad

    Dad Guest

    After running for months without problems, PC beeped for over a minute or
    two while inactive and then shut down. Tried to start and only get a short
    beep plus a long one before it shuts down. Will not show anything on the
    monitor. Disconnected the video card, put different ram in, disconnected the
    hard and floppy drives, and disconnected the CDROM separately with still the
    same problem.

    I do not know if this influenced problem but I changed last week the setting
    in the Bios to Turbo but PC ran properly until now.

    I am running a Soyo Dragon Lite, Athlon 1700, Award Bios, and WinXP-Pro. All
    fans are working and even replaced the CPU fan but without ability to
    connect to motherboard, but instead to power cable.

    Looked on Award Bios pages to see if the one short and very long beep meant
    anything with no help.

    Can anyone help me?
    Dad, May 6, 2007
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  2. Doesn't the BIOS look for the CPU fan to be connected to the MB?
    If not then it shuts down the system to protect the CPU?
    You disconnected the video card............did you put in another one?
    Mayhbe a PCI one?
    Did you enable the onboard video, if so equipped?

    Award BIOS beep codes
    Award uses the least of any of the BIOS manufactures just two codes, they
    prefer to display a message on the screen state the error. The only time you
    will get any beeps is if the video cards fails or a RAM problem.

    Some Award Beep codes are here, but will probably not be much help:
    "Award BIOS Versions 2.xx and up, beeping codes -
    The BIOS has only one standard beep code - one short, two long -
    indicating a video problem has occurred.
    If you are receiving any other beeps, it's probably a RAM problem."

    I guess I would pull the ram out and try booting the computer to check the

    Then maybe pull the CPU out and try booting the computer to check the beeps.

    Do this at your own risk!
    I am thinking bad CPU or bad MotherBoard. :-(

    good luck,
    (One out of many daves)
    dave AKA vwdoc1, May 7, 2007
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    f/fgeorge Guest

    1 long and then 1 short beep means motherboard bad. Continous beep
    means bad power supply. Repeating short beeps means bad power supply.
    1 long and 2 short beeps abd video card. 1 short and bad/no disply
    means video cable and/or display bad. 1 short beep and no boot means
    disk cable, adaptor or drive bad. No beeps means bad power supply.
    f/fgeorge, May 7, 2007
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    DrB Guest

    Thanks to everyone who give me advise on how to solve my problem. After
    trying everything, including resetting the CMOS, replacing video card, and
    changing RAM, I temporarily plugged in an old CPU, which was removed from
    another PC after making noise, into the motherboard and got PC to start up.
    Then I went into the bios and disabled the automatic fan shutdown.

    Looks like I need to find somewhere more CPU fans since Fry's do not carry
    them without heatsinks. Anyone know a source?
    DrB, May 8, 2007
  5. Dad

    f/fgeorge Guest

    I think has them. I have dealt with them and they are good
    and honest.
    f/fgeorge, May 8, 2007
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    doug Guest

    Try this site

    I've dealt with them many times with excellent results.
    doug, May 18, 2007
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