Computer made long beep on boot

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  1. Runescaper

    Runescaper Guest

    I went to turn my computer on today and it gave a long ~5 second beep shortly after powering up. The monitor was completely black too. The weird thing is, I turned it off for a few seconds, tried again, and everything worked fine. Is this just a "glitch" or should I be looking for something in particular that might be causing a problem? I'm not sure what one long beep indicates but I'm thinking it might be video since the display never came on. :dunno:
     
  2. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Could be. I had a computer that did that once in awhile and nothing major ever happened. You could check to ensure everything is seated properly though.
     
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    It sounds like it may have been something with the video card.

    It should have been a long beep, then a couple of short ones.

    You should be fine, just make sure the video card is seated good.
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Memory fault.

    I messed up one of my memory cards when I pried the cheap heatsinks off it and put better ones on, and sometimes I get that same long beep and I have to reset the computer before it will boot up.
     
  5. Runescaper

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    :eek3:

    Luckily I have a spare stick of ram sitting around in case this gets worse.
     
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    Aimless Resident drunkey

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    http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm

    There doesn't seem to be a general "1 long beep" descriptor, but I wouldn't assume that just because the video didn't initialize that video is the cause of the problem. If the mobo or RAM is fucked, the video isn't going to get much to work with.
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    either memory or video. depends on board manufacturer
     

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