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Need POST alerts for unknown BIOS!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Stoney, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. Stoney

    Stoney Megabyte Poster

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    Hello all,

    I'm trying to fix a friends pc for him. Basically the pc does not perform a POST test when it starts. The BIOS isn't loaded, it just beeps for about a second, pauses for 3-4 seconds then beeps again. This continues until I switch off the machine.

    I have found the mobo manual for the system board but it doesn't give any information about the POST beeps and what they mean.

    I was wondering if anyone knew where I could get hold of said information. I have tried on manufacturers website but i'm struggling to find the actual mobo on there!!

    The mobo is a Microstar 7031 by the way and because I can not load the BIOS I don't know what sort it is either!

    Cheers,
     
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  2. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    The only thing I could find so far on that mb is that it might have an award bios. Check you memory sticks makes sure the connectors are clean if they appear dirty you can use an eraser on them to clean them gently. Make sure that they are seated in there all the way. If that doesn't work and you have 2 in there remove the first one and put the second one in the first spot then try starting it. That is all I have for right now.
     
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  3. Stoney

    Stoney Megabyte Poster

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    Hey Mitzs,

    I thought about the problem a bit more, BIOS does not load so BIOS alerts probably aren't going to be much help to me anyway!

    So I thought i'd clean out the RAM and re-seat them, and hey-presto it works again!

    The nice thing is I know i've just saved this guy £70 that he was going to pay PC World just to diagnose the problem!!

    Thanks for the advice, nice tip about the eraser :thumbleft
     
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  4. Fergal1982

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    ummm. You're post codes are actually functioning. If you are getting beeps, then this is a result of POST erroring (POST is what produces the sounds and, where relevant the information on screen). You can get Post errors without the monitor functioning (after all, if its the Graphics system thats knackered, how else would you get the information?)

    Unfortunately the Post codes/beeps are useless until you find out what BIOS is loaded onto the machine. I'd suggest searching around on the web to see if you can find it. A basic search of google seems to indicate that it is indeed an Award BIOS (It could be wrong, but you never know), furthermore, a search on google for "Award BIOS Beep Codes" produced This

    Apparently these are the only valid beep Codes for Award, and your description of the beeps is a bit vague, so I cant say which it is to be honest. But see if you can match it up to one of those. Failing that, search the web a bit more to see if you can find any more beep codes.

    EDIT: and just because you cant see BIOS on the screen, doesnt mean it hasnt loaded.
     
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  5. Mitzs
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    I am glad you gotten it running again stoney. If that is your friends computer, I would start a file on him then. It will come in handy down the road.
     
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  6. Mitzs
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    Stoney, couldn't think of this sites name earliler, had to wait till my mom got home to get it from her. However, this site is good for getting all the major information you need on a computer. I use to use it all the time, on people puters so I could keep a file on them. Thought you might want to check it out if you haven't yet.

    http://http://belarc.com/free_download.html
     
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