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Building a HTPC, test beeps keep going

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June 14, 2013 5:22:17 PM

So I'm building a intel based HTPC and I've gotten to the point where I'm ready to try to get a test beep from the speaker that came with case. I understand that usually you only get one beep, but my speaker just keeps beeping, for as long as the machine is on. There's also no output from the motherboards built in vga.
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June 14, 2013 5:27:23 PM

Motherboard, cpu, gpu, psu and ram info please.
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June 14, 2013 5:29:24 PM

markwp said:
Motherboard, cpu, gpu, psu and ram info please.


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/15sp7

That should link to a list. Also, I'll add that the it seems that it's beeping in a cycle of three beeps. One long beep, then two short beeps and then it's restarts the beep cycle.
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June 14, 2013 5:38:35 PM

My guess would be that it's the issue PCPartPicker found - some boards with a 6-series chipset need a bios update to run IB chips. Is there anyone you know who you can borrow an SB chip off for an hour?
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June 14, 2013 5:44:44 PM

No, I have another IB computer that works that I could test with I suppose. I could also just run to frys and get a SB chip, then return my IB one.
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a c 100 V Motherboard
June 14, 2013 5:46:46 PM

One long and two short on an Asus board indicates a video error. Try a bios update before you buzz out for a new m/b.
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June 14, 2013 5:49:54 PM

markwp said:
One long and two short on an Asus board indicates a video error. Try a bios update before you buzz out for a new m/b.


I'll give that a shot.
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June 14, 2013 5:53:26 PM

How should I update my bios with out any video. I'm not really familiar with updating bios and my motherboard manual only says how to do it through windows.
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June 14, 2013 5:58:16 PM

I think you'd need a SB chip to do it. Other option is to return the board and pay the restocking fee, and get something with a B75/H77 chipset.

If it's complaining about video, a discrete GPU might do it - can you borrow one?
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June 14, 2013 6:00:52 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
I think you'd need a SB chip to do it. Other option is to return the board and pay the restocking fee, and get something with a B75/H77 chipset.

If it's complaining about video, a discrete GPU might do it - can you borrow one?


I have as gtx 670 that I suppose I could give a shot. I think I'd rather just go out and pick up a SB chip and send back the IB chip. My mobo manual says that the mobo is compatible with Intel 3rd gen so I'm confused as to why there might be a compatibility issue. I hope I don't sound hard headed.
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June 14, 2013 6:15:57 PM

Because it needs to have a recent enough BIOS to have the codes for newer CPUs in it - if it's too old, it doesn't recognise them. It's compatible on a hardware level, but not out of the box.

IB chips have a few advantages over SB - lower power consumption, thus quieter and cooler running. Also a slightly better iGPU. Plus, if you go with a 7-series chipset, you get USB3.0. Also, you'd probably have to pay a higher restocking fee on your CPU than the MB, because it's more expensive. What about one of these: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-b75mitx ? Slightly more pricey, but will work.
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June 14, 2013 6:22:58 PM

Thanks for the help, but it turns out it was user error. It being a small mini itx case and all, when I put my stick of RAM in, I didn't push it in all the way. I guess I'm kind of a doofus. But at least it's working now.
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June 14, 2013 6:24:01 PM

Do I need to close the thread or anything or am I good to go?
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June 14, 2013 6:28:46 PM

Good to know - I was suprised there are boards that have been sitting in warehouses that long.

You're fine.
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a c 100 V Motherboard
June 14, 2013 6:52:13 PM

Glad you found it!

Yep - if you're done, please mark the thread solved.

Mark
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