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Server won't boot!!

Posted on 2002-07-25
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I had the power go off here at my office and now when the
server first starts to boot up I get about a 3 second beep that just keeps repeating and I the monitor is blank, no
message, nothiing!

I would appreciate any suggestions!

MArk
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by:rid
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On some machines, repeated long beeps can mean RAM is not present/faulty/recognized. Did you have a long outage, or just a short blackout? It may help to power off completely and let sit for a minute (if you haven't done so already).
Otherwise:
Try swapping RAM for known good modules.
Try a CMOS reset (battery removal 30 min, or a jumper).

Just to begin with...

Regards
/RID
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by:magarity
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Is this unit plugged into a good surge protector/line conditioner?

How did the power go out (brownout or electrical storm)?  Is there a phone modem line plugged directly into the unit?

The surge just before the power goes out in the case of an electrical storm may have simply overloaded and killed the entire thing.
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If it beeps, it is important to know how many, and the series of short vs long beeps.
This along with the BIOS manufacturer will determine the exact error.

  Some more beep codes http://talou.net/learn_bios_beep_codes.htmll 
Normal causes are
1) Card that needs to be reseated in its slot.
2) Bad RAM
3) Other hardware errors.
It is best to open up the computer.
Vacuum it out carefully with a portable vacuum cleaner - beware of static charges !!
Reseat all the cards ( pull them out and replace them ).
I hope this helps.

http://computertech.server101.com/ibm_post_codes.htm
http://www.compaq.com/support/techpubs/maintenance_guides/ProLiant_1_2_4/Msgplnt.C03.1.html
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Get the maintenance manual from the web site and it should have info for the beeps and troubleshooting.

I hope this helps !
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by:mbr2
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Thanks for the help. After cleaning out the computer and reseating the cards, the problem was gone and it booted right up.  Thanks for the help!
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