Hardware Thread, Computer trouble in Technical; hi im working on a computer at work, i cant understand whats wrong with it. its an old machine, windows ...
11th February 2008, 02:25 PM #1
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hi im working on a computer at work, i cant understand whats wrong with it. its an old machine, windows 200, with 512 mb of ram. When i turn it on, it beeps a lot, bios loads, then the windows 2000 page loads up, bthe blue bar fills, then it restarts itself and does it again in a never ending circle. any ideas please?
11th February 2008, 02:42 PM #2
How many beeps (Long beeps or shoprt beeps) does it do?
I would check the RAM as this is the most likely cause of rebooting, but if you let me know the POST code (Beeps) I may be able to help more !
11th February 2008, 02:48 PM #3
best bet is that the harddrive is corrupt. try running a chkdsk on it.
11th February 2008, 03:05 PM #4
Sounds very similar to an XP box I had which needed a hard-drive transplant
11th February 2008, 03:23 PM #5
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hmm, ive put in two new ram cards, and 3 hard drives. the same things happening a long continuous beep.
11th February 2008, 04:02 PM #6
11th February 2008, 04:02 PM #7
if you press F8 repeatdly before windows loads in between the bios etc you should get the startup menu ie like when you go to do safemode
Originally Posted by silverpigeon97
you should from there be able to disable automatic restarting ( as one of the options ) that should allow you to see a bsod ( blue screen of death )
from there you can google it and it should give you some idea as to what the issues are.
The hard drive is a reasonable likely cause as per the other suggestions though, along with the RAM and possibly requiring a new power supply ?
11th February 2008, 04:06 PM #8
could be anything really :P
11th February 2008, 04:11 PM #9
agreed, hence why suggested disabling automatic restart - the bsod will probably give a clearer idea as to whats going on.
Originally Posted by Joanne
Long shot but could be a dodgy driver
11th February 2008, 04:15 PM #10
well if you've tried new memory and hard drives it can't be them! i'd try removing all seperate add on cards just leaving the graphics card in! with problems like these its just a case of trial and error! after that try a different graphics card! just a case of trying all different possibilities to find the faulty component!
11th February 2008, 04:20 PM #11
when all that fails, jump up and down on the spot and rip out your hair!
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