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Award BIOS problem

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My Windows PC with an Abit BE6-II m/board and Award BIOS is having frequent problems.

Sometimes it posts and runs then later "freezes" - when I press the re-set button I then get bios beep codes.

I get BIOS beeps of approx 3 secs. length at roughly 1 second intervals, continuously.

Any thoughts anyone, please.

Dan.
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DanM, It beeps 3 times, long or short in equal duration?

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dan,
The three beeps normally mean a memory issue.  Reseat the memory or have it checked.

Glenn

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I mean I get a continuous series of beeps -
beep - beep - beep - beep - beep - beep - etc.

Each single beep is approx 3 secs long, then an interval of around 1 sec, then another 3 sec long beep, then another 1 sec interval -- and so on, and so on - until I shut of the power.

dan
Dan,

Continuous long beep sound, it signals as bad RAM memory as Hewittg said.

In addition, please check also the power supply in the box, too.






 

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I have ordered some Crucial memory and will report back in a few days.

Sometimes the PC posts and Windows XP RC1 runs OK, then falls over, "freezes" as before.  This PC has been running every day for months.

Power supply is 300 W, and not the usual OEM type but a more expensive and specially quiet version.

Dan

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I got a stick of 256 MB PC150 Crucial memoryto replace the supposedly faulty OEM stick.  But all is clearly not well.
Sometimes Windows XP RC1 runs, sometimes I get "memory fail" at POST stage, once around 150 MB approx.

And today I got the error message - "A problem has been detected etc.   IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" -- plus the advice to restart - which does no good.

Any ideas, anyone ?

Dan.
Dan, I would suggest you need to open the box and reset the CMOS/BIOS. It sounds like the IRQ table in the CMOS/BIOS not read probably.

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After replacing the memory and processor, and re-setting the CMOS, (with no improvement on stability), I then, having a spare, replaced the power supply.

This appears, so far, to have cured the problem, although there was no indication from the MBM5 monitoring that there was any power problems.

dan

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As a replacement power supply has cured the system instability, and as no-one came up with that suggestion, I feel that the question has to be deleted.

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The problem was cured by a replacement power supply - which was not part of any comment or suggested course of action.  

Thanks to all who commented, however.

Dan
Nope, DanM, That has been mentioned.

From: pslh  Date: 10/03/2001 04:36PM PST

In addition, please check also the power supply in the box, too.



 

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Oops - yes you're quite correct - so the points do go to you.

But I'm puzzled as to why a power supply, which was not showing any symptoms in my monitoring software - MBM5 - would have caused trouble.   Anyway it is still fixed, so it truly must have been that.

Dan

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