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I have an eMachine W2925 that I am trying to repair for our school librarian. It powers up but I get one long beep and no video. The only thing I can find on the Internet indicates this is a memory problem of some kind. I have installed 5 different RAM modules in each of the RAM sockets with the same result. Any suggestions as to what the problem might be?

Thank you!!

Robert
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If you remove all ram and try turning it on, do you get the same beep?
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Yes.
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Do you know if any ram was added/removed or changed when this problem started? Maybe there is a possibility that 1) someone stole the proper ram 2) the system requires ram to be installed in pairs and someone removed the matching memory 3) The ram you are trying is incompatible with the system. or 4) The motherboard is damamaged and mut be replaced.

You can try a memory tool to make sure the ram you are trying is the correct kind
http://www.crucial.com/store/drammemory.aspx

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The memory is correct.
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You can try resetting the BIOS by unplugging the power cable and then removing the CMOS battery. If you're not sure what this is, its a little round flat silver battery on the motherboard. Something like this http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/7508/battery9ulwd2.jpg

remove the battery for a few minutes to try to clear it out and then put the battery back in and plug the power back into the computer. If this doesnt work, disconnect all hardware, HD, video cards, sounds card, cdrom, floppy, even the RAM. Turn it on to confirm you get the beep yet aain (because the RAM is certainly removed) Put the RAM back and see if the beeps changes. Try reconnecting random pieces of the hardware to see if anything changes.

if you still get the same beep throughout the whole process, I would suggest simply getting a new computer.
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I ended up replacing the M/B which is almost the same as a new computer - just a bit cheaper.
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