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    Beeping computer

    I'm working on a Fry's GQ3131 with a 741GX-M2 motherboard. It's stock, except for a memory boost to 512 (came with 128). About a month ago, it started beeping multiple times on boot, but with no recurring pattern (e.g., 10 beeps before booting sometimes, 5 beeps other times). For a while, repeatedly powering down and back up would eventually result in boot. A week ago, it quit booting, and all it will do now is beep. The processor fan and the power supply fan are both spinning up. I've pulled all the cables off the motherboard to eliminate the drives, etc., and removed/replaced the memory and power supply with no change. I'm assuming I've got a busted motherboard or a popped processer, but wondered if anyone had any other ideas. The CPU is an AMD Sempron JDA2400 DUT3D.

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    Re: Beeping computer

    Is there a pattern to the current set of beeps ?

    Are you running Linspire or Windows

    Paul

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    Re: Beeping computer

    No pattern. The beeps last about a half second each, and go on forever (until you shut off the power). I removed the LInspire when I got the computer a year ago, and installed Windows XP, which worked fine. It was on all the time (except for power outages, which have been frequent in Juneau this winter), and had a set of updates to install on the next shutdown when the computer refused to start up again.

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    Re: Beeping computer

    Well Pat, there is not much to go on here. It sounds like you have done some of the standard tests already, but I suggest you unseat and reseat every card and component that can be so treated. A similar process for all the cable connectors and give it a go. Failing success in that endeavor, I would replace the 512 MB memory card with the original memory (if you still have it) and see if that helps.

    On these value systems component failure is not uncommon and you will have to decide if you want to reinvest in having it repaired should it need hardware surgery.

    Paul

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