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did I flash my bios: what does that mean

gateway desktop;
model: CZZ500XL
serical: 0031473496

I turn on the computer , hear 3 beeps, monitor stays black....is this the bios corrupted and how do I fix this...thanks in advance...
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solunatec
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crumleyCommented:
you might be hearing a POST code, which would mean your memory is corrupted...or not plugged in well, I would try resetting the memory after blowing out the slot to make sure no dust is in it. That is my most common problem if that doesn't work, then you might want to find POST code values for your motherboard.
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crumleyCommented:
This might help:

http://support.gateway.com/s/Servers/COMPO/MOTHERBD/WME859199/WME859199faq2.shtml

it's not for your motherboard model, but it might give you some things to try if my solution didn't work for you.
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MagicFarmerCommented:
What model PC are you running?  Do you notice any light sequences (from the LEDs that identify your HD, etc) when you start the machine?
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solunatecAuthor Commented:
What do yo mean by resetting the memory exactly mr. crumly...;thanks

model: CZZ500XL
is the model number mr magicfarmer; I am going to check for sequences..
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crumleyCommented:
I should have said reseating the memory. I meant to take the memory out of your motherboard, and maybe blowing out the slots, and then putting the memory back in. Your memory may also be corrupt.

Hope it works for you!!
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MagicFarmerCommented:
Crumly is correct, here is the error sequence from Gateway:

1     Refresh Failure The memory refresh circuitry on the motherboard is faulty.
2     ECC Error Error Checking and Correction (ECC) is supported on this product.
3     Base 64 KB Memory Failure Memory Failure in the first 64 kilobytes (KB).
4     Timer Not Operational Memory Failure in the first 64 KB, or Timer 1 on the motherboard is not functioning.
5     Processor Error Ther processor on the motherboard generated an error.
6     8042 - Gate A20 Failure The keyboard controller, 8042, may be bad. The basic input/output system (BIOS) cannot switch to protected mode.
7     Processor Exception Interrupt Error The processor generated an exception interrupt.
8     Display Memory Read/Write Error The computer video adapter is either missing or its memory is faulty. This is not a fatal error.
9     ROM Checksum Error Read-only memory (ROM) checksum value does not match the value encoded in BIOS.
10    CMOS Shutdown Register Rd/Wrt Error The shutdown register for complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) random access memory (RAM) failed.


The three beeps definately seem to be pointing to memory. If you are still having problems after reseating them, you may want to try and boot with just one chip in place (presuming you have 2 memory chips).  This will help you determine whether one or both are bad.
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expervtCommented:
Is that 3 beeps: first long and two short? In that case most system will resume booting, only nothing displayed.
If so then it's your VGA/AGP card, if you use addon card. Try removing and reinsert. Else try another card.
If it's internal, probably your question about BIOS might be right.
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