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August 14, 2014 6:10:54 PM

Hello,
My 2 month old PC wont beep when it turns on. I checked to see if maybe the speaker wasn't in place anymore so I booted it up with no RAM and got a series of beeps.
I get no display on my monitor even though it was working fine until now.
So what does it mean when it doesn't beep??

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August 14, 2014 6:16:16 PM

I dont really understand what your saying. When your took out your ram, your computer have you a "beep code" telling you that no RAM is installed. If your computer is booting and works, the beeping noise when you start your pc isnt a big deal.
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August 14, 2014 6:18:34 PM

chaimek1 said:
Hello,
My 2 month old PC wont beep when it turns on. I checked to see if maybe the speaker wasn't in place anymore so I booted it up with no RAM and got a series of beeps.
I get no display on my monitor even though it was working fine until now.
So what does it mean when it doesn't beep??


You just said it right there. There's no signal being sent to the monitor. If you have a graphics card you might try a different video port if you monitor supports other ports like VGA, DVI, or HDMI. Also the cable might have gone out. You could try on your TV if it has the proper connections also. If it is the video card then see if your mobo has a intergrated video chip or perhaps you have a CPU with a GPU built into like called a APU.
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August 14, 2014 7:03:10 PM

Bean007 said:
chaimek1 said:
Hello,
My 2 month old PC wont beep when it turns on. I checked to see if maybe the speaker wasn't in place anymore so I booted it up with no RAM and got a series of beeps.
I get no display on my monitor even though it was working fine until now.
So what does it mean when it doesn't beep??


You just said it right there. There's no signal being sent to the monitor. If you have a graphics card you might try a different video port if you monitor supports other ports like VGA, DVI, or HDMI. Also the cable might have gone out. You could try on your TV if it has the proper connections also. If it is the video card then see if your mobo has a intergrated video chip or perhaps you have a CPU with a GPU built into like called a APU.
so my graphics card only supports DVI and HDMI and I have tried both. I'll try the tv now

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August 14, 2014 7:05:32 PM

chaimek1 said:
Bean007 said:
chaimek1 said:
Hello,
My 2 month old PC wont beep when it turns on. I checked to see if maybe the speaker wasn't in place anymore so I booted it up with no RAM and got a series of beeps.
I get no display on my monitor even though it was working fine until now.
So what does it mean when it doesn't beep??


You just said it right there. There's no signal being sent to the monitor. If you have a graphics card you might try a different video port if you monitor supports other ports like VGA, DVI, or HDMI. Also the cable might have gone out. You could try on your TV if it has the proper connections also. If it is the video card then see if your mobo has a intergrated video chip or perhaps you have a CPU with a GPU built into like called a APU.
so my graphics card only supports DVI and HDMI and I have tried both. I'll try the tv now



Try what ever your TV or other monitors support. Try all ports.
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August 14, 2014 7:25:52 PM

Bean007 said:
chaimek1 said:
Hello,
My 2 month old PC wont beep when it turns on. I checked to see if maybe the speaker wasn't in place anymore so I booted it up with no RAM and got a series of beeps.
I get no display on my monitor even though it was working fine until now.
So what does it mean when it doesn't beep??


You just said it right there. There's no signal being sent to the monitor. If you have a graphics card you might try a different video port if you monitor supports other ports like VGA, DVI, or HDMI. Also the cable might have gone out. You could try on your TV if it has the proper connections also. If it is the video card then see if your mobo has a intergrated video chip or perhaps you have a CPU with a GPU built into like called a APU.


Bean007 said:
chaimek1 said:
Bean007 said:
chaimek1 said:
Hello,
My 2 month old PC wont beep when it turns on. I checked to see if maybe the speaker wasn't in place anymore so I booted it up with no RAM and got a series of beeps.
I get no display on my monitor even though it was working fine until now.
So what does it mean when it doesn't beep??


You just said it right there. There's no signal being sent to the monitor. If you have a graphics card you might try a different video port if you monitor supports other ports like VGA, DVI, or HDMI. Also the cable might have gone out. You could try on your TV if it has the proper connections also. If it is the video card then see if your mobo has a intergrated video chip or perhaps you have a CPU with a GPU built into like called a APU.
so my graphics card only supports DVI and HDMI and I have tried both. I'll try the tv now



Try what ever your TV or other monitors support. Try all ports.
so I tried and it didnt work. Is there a way to reset the BIOS from the mb?

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August 14, 2014 7:31:42 PM

Did you make sure that the TV was on the proper input? You can reset the Bios by taking out the battery and usually resetting a jumper. You'll have to look at the manual if there is a jumper needed to be changed for a reset.
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August 14, 2014 7:50:08 PM

Bean007 said:
Did you make sure that the TV was on the proper input? You can reset the Bios by taking out the battery and usually resetting a jumper. You'll have to look at the manual if there is a jumper needed to be changed for a reset.
alright so my graphics card is blocking the CMOS battery so im going to wait till my dad comes home to take out the graphics card. Thanks for your help

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August 15, 2014 3:55:15 PM

Bean007 said:
Did you make sure that the TV was on the proper input? You can reset the Bios by taking out the battery and usually resetting a jumper. You'll have to look at the manual if there is a jumper needed to be changed for a reset.

Is it possible that I shorted something because I did turn my pc on and off again for a couple of times to see if rebooting helped?
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August 15, 2014 6:09:18 PM

chaimek1 said:
Bean007 said:
Did you make sure that the TV was on the proper input? You can reset the Bios by taking out the battery and usually resetting a jumper. You'll have to look at the manual if there is a jumper needed to be changed for a reset.

Is it possible that I shorted something because I did turn my pc on and off again for a couple of times to see if rebooting helped?


Anythings possible. Flipping a switch off and on real fast is possible, however if you did you're normal restart of your PC I doubt it but then again perhaps something was going out. You never know. Did you ever plug it up to the TV? Also you was gonna reset the Bios, did you do that?
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August 16, 2014 7:26:49 PM

Bean007 said:
chaimek1 said:
Bean007 said:
Did you make sure that the TV was on the proper input? You can reset the Bios by taking out the battery and usually resetting a jumper. You'll have to look at the manual if there is a jumper needed to be changed for a reset.

Is it possible that I shorted something because I did turn my pc on and off again for a couple of times to see if rebooting helped?


Anythings possible. Flipping a switch off and on real fast is possible, however if you did you're normal restart of your PC I doubt it but then again perhaps something was going out. You never know. Did you ever plug it up to the TV? Also you was gonna reset the Bios, did you do that?

So my dad said he would help me on sunday so I will keep you posted if that helped.
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August 17, 2014 3:14:04 AM

Ok
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August 17, 2014 9:09:15 AM

Bean007 said:
Ok

well resetting the BIOS and reseating the graphcis card ddint help
so here goes spending money on repairs... thanks for your help anyways
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August 17, 2014 9:18:45 AM

chaimek1 said:
Bean007 said:
Ok

well resetting the BIOS and reseating the graphcis card ddint help
so here goes spending money on repairs... thanks for your help anyways


So you tried all the ports and none worked? You can't put the video card into another system? You can't get another video card and put in your system? Usually you can go to BestBuy and places like that and get a cheap video card and stick it in to test. You know you never even told me if this was a actual video card or if it was intergrated graphics.
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August 17, 2014 9:26:48 AM

Bean007 said:
chaimek1 said:
Bean007 said:
Ok

well resetting the BIOS and reseating the graphcis card ddint help
so here goes spending money on repairs... thanks for your help anyways


So you tried all the ports and none worked? You can't put the video card into another system? You can't get another video card and put in your system? Usually you can go to BestBuy and places like that and get a cheap video card and stick it in to test. You know you never even told me if this was a actual video card or if it was intergrated graphics.
sorry man this is the graphics card- http://www.microcenter.com/product/416464/N760_TF_2GD5-...
and maybe i'll try a cheep graphics card... I dont really have a friend who can give me a graphics card to test in my sytem

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August 17, 2014 10:05:46 AM

They don't have to really give it to yea. Just take your computer over and change out cards. Hmm now that I now what kind of GPU you have there is also the chance of the PSU is no longer giving it enough juice. What CPU and motherboard do you have.
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August 17, 2014 10:17:32 AM

Bean007 said:
They don't have to really give it to yea. Just take your computer over and change out cards. Hmm now that I now what kind of GPU you have there is also the chance of the PSU is no longer giving it enough juice. What CPU and motherboard do you have.
the mobo is M5A97 R2.0 and the cpu is AMD FX 8320. but it was working way beforehand so why would it not get power now?

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August 17, 2014 1:26:49 PM

chaimek1 said:
Bean007 said:
They don't have to really give it to yea. Just take your computer over and change out cards. Hmm now that I now what kind of GPU you have there is also the chance of the PSU is no longer giving it enough juice. What CPU and motherboard do you have.
the mobo is M5A97 R2.0 and the cpu is AMD FX 8320. but it was working way beforehand so why would it not get power now?


That doesn't mean anything, anything can all of a sudden just not work proper. Ok well since you don't have onboard video built into it and it's not a apu were still back to the GPU or the PSU. If you don't know anybody that can let you use there video card or PSU you'll need to buy from a local store to at least test which one is bad. If there's a local computer repair store you can ask them to test them and they can most likely be able to put another card in to see if that's the issue. Stay away from places like Best Buy and there Geek Squad. However if there isn't any computer repair shops then you'll need to purchase at least 1 item to see if it's one of the 2 we think it is.

Using WalMart.com would be easy as there return policy is simple. Make sure that you read the return policy for the item. Some of their items are sold for another company and will have a different return policy and maybe a restock fee. If you go with the PSU it just needs to have the proper cables and wattage just to do the test. Also make sure there's Free Site to Store on the product. WalMart electronics have a 15 day return policy so make sure you get it returned by then. When you get it all you need to do is just unplug the wires from the old PSU to the new one, you don't even need to remove the old one all you're doing is just connecting the new one and it's cable to your system. Once that's done you just turn on the computer and see if you get feed from the monitor. If you don't and you're still getting beeps then it's most likely it's not the PSU and your GPU.

Now when it's time to test out the GPU if it's still under warranty then all you need to do is contact customer support and get a RMA, however most likely you'll have to pay for shipping to the company. If it's past it's warranty then it's of course you'll need to buy a new card. Now before trying a RMA you can try to do the same thing as the PSU and try buying a card thru WalMart.com doing the same thing. We just need to see if it's the video card that's the problem so we don't need anything fancy. Also if there is a Best Buy in your town they usually have PSU's and GPU's at the store so you can buy one of there's to test out the unit but just make sure you return it before it's too late.

You could see if the Geek Squad can test it right there in the store but you need to ask if there's a charge and if they can do it right now. Cause if you leave it they could charge you anyway.

What PSU do you have Company and Model?
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August 17, 2014 1:43:30 PM

Bean007 said:
chaimek1 said:
Bean007 said:
They don't have to really give it to yea. Just take your computer over and change out cards. Hmm now that I now what kind of GPU you have there is also the chance of the PSU is no longer giving it enough juice. What CPU and motherboard do you have.
the mobo is M5A97 R2.0 and the cpu is AMD FX 8320. but it was working way beforehand so why would it not get power now?


That doesn't mean anything, anything can all of a sudden just not work proper. Ok well since you don't have onboard video built into it and it's not a apu were still back to the GPU or the PSU. If you don't know anybody that can let you use there video card or PSU you'll need to buy from a local store to at least test which one is bad. If there's a local computer repair store you can ask them to test them and they can most likely be able to put another card in to see if that's the issue. Stay away from places like Best Buy and there Geek Squad. However if there isn't any computer repair shops then you'll need to purchase at least 1 item to see if it's one of the 2 we think it is.

Using WalMart.com would be easy as there return policy is simple. Make sure that you read the return policy for the item. Some of their items are sold for another company and will have a different return policy and maybe a restock fee. If you go with the PSU it just needs to have the proper cables and wattage just to do the test. Also make sure there's Free Site to Store on the product. WalMart electronics have a 15 day return policy so make sure you get it returned by then. When you get it all you need to do is just unplug the wires from the old PSU to the new one, you don't even need to remove the old one all you're doing is just connecting the new one and it's cable to your system. Once that's done you just turn on the computer and see if you get feed from the monitor. If you don't and you're still getting beeps then it's most likely it's not the PSU and your GPU.

Now when it's time to test out the GPU if it's still under warranty then all you need to do is contact customer support and get a RMA, however most likely you'll have to pay for shipping to the company. If it's past it's warranty then it's of course you'll need to buy a new card. Now before trying a RMA you can try to do the same thing as the PSU and try buying a card thru WalMart.com doing the same thing. We just need to see if it's the video card that's the problem so we don't need anything fancy. Also if there is a Best Buy in your town they usually have PSU's and GPU's at the store so you can buy one of there's to test out the unit but just make sure you return it before it's too late.

You could see if the Geek Squad can test it right there in the store but you need to ask if there's a charge and if they can do it right now. Cause if you leave it they could charge you anyway.

What PSU do you have Company and Model?

I really can't thank you enough for all the help you have given me. My PSU is Corsair CX500M.
So I think I am going to go with Microcenter to help me because I have had really good experiences in the past with them. I am going to check how much they charge first of all and then see what I do.
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August 17, 2014 1:55:08 PM

Hopefully they can do a simple test on these without charging you. There's one thing you could invest in but it's only related to the PSU and that is the Thermaltake Dr. Power II. You simple plug in all the cables to it and power it up and it will give you a proper reading of your PSU using. Each rail and the current voltage. It will inform you if it's below set ranges. The Min. watt's for your video card is 500, there might be a issue with not enough power. But without running a test of the watt's being used you won't know. There's another good device called a Kill A Watt which you plug your pc into and then the Kill A Watt into the wall and will give you a reading of how many watts your computer is using.
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August 17, 2014 1:59:11 PM

Bean007 said:
Hopefully they can do a simple test on these without charging you. There's one thing you could invest in but it's only related to the PSU and that is the Thermaltake Dr. Power II. You simple plug in all the cables to it and power it up and it will give you a proper reading of your PSU using. Each rail and the current voltage. It will inform you if it's below set ranges.

So good news!! My computer teacher told me he would look at it tommorow and fix it because he has a lot of spare computer parts and it would be free of charge. Thank you so much for all of your help!
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August 17, 2014 2:02:31 PM

chaimek1 said:
Bean007 said:
Hopefully they can do a simple test on these without charging you. There's one thing you could invest in but it's only related to the PSU and that is the Thermaltake Dr. Power II. You simple plug in all the cables to it and power it up and it will give you a proper reading of your PSU using. Each rail and the current voltage. It will inform you if it's below set ranges.

So good news!! My computer teacher told me he would look at it tommorow and fix it because he has a lot of spare computer parts and it would be free of charge. Thank you so much for all of your help!


Sweet, see if he can test the video card in a different system to see if that's the problem. Let me know what the verdict was.
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August 17, 2014 2:05:30 PM

Bean007 said:
chaimek1 said:
Bean007 said:
Hopefully they can do a simple test on these without charging you. There's one thing you could invest in but it's only related to the PSU and that is the Thermaltake Dr. Power II. You simple plug in all the cables to it and power it up and it will give you a proper reading of your PSU using. Each rail and the current voltage. It will inform you if it's below set ranges.

So good news!! My computer teacher told me he would look at it tommorow and fix it because he has a lot of spare computer parts and it would be free of charge. Thank you so much for all of your help!


Sweet, see if he can test the video card in a different system to see if that's the problem. Let me know what the verdict was.
I'll keep you posted!

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August 18, 2014 10:33:48 AM

Bean007 said:
chaimek1 said:
Bean007 said:
Hopefully they can do a simple test on these without charging you. There's one thing you could invest in but it's only related to the PSU and that is the Thermaltake Dr. Power II. You simple plug in all the cables to it and power it up and it will give you a proper reading of your PSU using. Each rail and the current voltage. It will inform you if it's below set ranges.

So good news!! My computer teacher told me he would look at it tommorow and fix it because he has a lot of spare computer parts and it would be free of charge. Thank you so much for all of your help!


Sweet, see if he can test the video card in a different system to see if that's the problem. Let me know what the verdict was.

So here is the story. My PSU is 500 watts. He said that I was using 450 watts so I was cutting it pretty close. Since my PSU is still under warranty I am going to return it and get a higher PSU wattage.
I am going to go to microcenter and ask them if they can put in a different PSU and just test if it works.
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August 18, 2014 10:39:43 AM

Just cause your PSU is under warranty won't mean they'll let you return it and were you not able to test the GPU? Even at a 50 watt difference I do believe you should still be able to see the BIOS and not get the Post Test Error Beep. Also all this tells us is that you're using 450 watts, it's not telling us if the 12v rail for the PCI-E connections are giving the card enough power.
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August 18, 2014 1:27:40 PM

Bean007 said:
Just cause your PSU is under warranty won't mean they'll let you return it and were you not able to test the GPU? Even at a 50 watt difference I do believe you should still be able to see the BIOS and not get the Post Test Error Beep. Also all this tells us is that you're using 450 watts, it's not telling us if the 12v rail for the PCI-E connections are giving the card enough power.
so like you suggested I will buy a cheep graphics card and test that out but anyways 450 watt is cutting it pretty close so im going to get a new PSU.

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August 19, 2014 8:50:18 PM

Bean007 said:
Just cause your PSU is under warranty won't mean they'll let you return it and were you not able to test the GPU? Even at a 50 watt difference I do believe you should still be able to see the BIOS and not get the Post Test Error Beep. Also all this tells us is that you're using 450 watts, it's not telling us if the 12v rail for the PCI-E connections are giving the card enough power.

You know that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and hoping that it will now work. Coincidentally, that is also the definition of troubleshooting.
Well, the pc works!!!! I was planning on taking it to MicroCenter tomorrow but I decided to have one more shot at it. I plugged everything out of the PSU and re-plugged and I also took out the ram and put it back in. I turned it on and it beeps!!
Thank you so much for helping me get through this very scary experience!!!!

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August 20, 2014 3:15:34 AM

NP. Sounds like perhaps something got knocked loose.
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