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Hi, I have had no problems with my computer until today... I started up Americas Army and 4 out of 5 times it would freeze in the first 10 seconds ... no blue screen or anything, just freeze and I would have to restart my computer. Every once in a while I could join and it wouldn't freeze, in fact I played for about an hour and a half with no problems...

I thought my RAM may have gone bad so I switched to a different kind of RAM, booted up fine, but had the same problem.

So I went to change back to my original RAM after running more tests and I after that, I could no longer boot. My Computer won't even POST ... The bios doesn't show at the beginning and all I hear are repeated (long) beeping noises.

http://us.dfi.com.tw/Support/mb_faq_...YPE=US&SITE=US


Did my Mobo, PSU, or GPU go bad? I am having trouble figuring out what piece went bad, what to replace, or how I can fix it... Any help is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 11
maybe some static....unplug it and leave it for an hour or so and try booting again
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Well had you changed any ram related timings or settings recently??How high is your oc and what kind of timings are you running the ram at??


~~edit~~ I saw the response down there below and offered this...I asked the question because of the possibility of fixing a minor issue before cmos reset...therefore saving all the time of going through and resetting every single bios option...resetting cmos should be a last resort choice after other options have been dealt with....IMHO.
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Have you tried clearing the CMOS ?
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Long repeated beeps should be the RAM, whether it be improper BIOS settings or the RAM it self.
Check the beep code at bioscentral.com
    
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At first, I thought you might be having video driver problems, but after the POST code you mentioned, it is probably your RAM. As Chozart said, if you have any overclocks, put everything at stock. Start with clearing your CMOS if you having already. This typically involves removing your CMOS battery (inch-wide lithium-ion battery on your mobo), then changing a jumper for about 10 seconds and then changing it back. To find the correct jumper settings for this procedure, consult your motherboard manual or an online manual (probably a pdf or something) off the manufactorer's website.

If clearing the CMOS doesn't work, you will have to go into hardware testing since you cannot POST anyways. Try swapping out RAM and make sure to try different slots as well. If you cannot get any of that to work, try the PSU, video card, and *gulp*.... the motherboard (yeah, I know, it's a pain). You can continue with some other components if you like, but if this doesn't work, you have a serious problem and you would be better off posting here again with any updates so that we can help you from there.

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post #7 of 11
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My overclock is mild and has been stable for months and months ... It can't be the RAM as i've tried two seperate types of RAM today, even 1 stick at a time and same problem.

This just popped up today which is very weird... I posted a link for my DFI motherboard beep codes, it seems to be different from the ones at bioscentral.com

Any ideas?
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I don't think they are saying its your RAM physically, but the OC you have on your RAM. You may for some reason have experienced some unstability and using the other RAM may have done something more to your settings because not all RAM will run the same timings you have them at.

Take out the battery from your Motherboard and reset your CMOS and such. If not, I'd try and find somebody else that has same hardware interface as you.

Getting no Post screen points to 3 things as far as I can see.

1) Video card - Lock ups caused from your video card instability under any game stress.
2) Motherboard - Could just be getting tired, or your settings got screwed up accidently so try ressiting your BIOS and such, remove mobo battery.
3) CPU - Nothing on your screen at all could suggest CPU problem and could also explain your lockups with its inability to handle stress. Reseat your CPU as from constant heating and cooling CPU's can actually slowly move themself out of their socket (along with other components)

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So I went to change back to my original RAM after running more tests and I after that, I could no longer boot. My Computer won't even POST ... The bios doesn't show at the beginning and all I hear are repeated (long) beeping noises.
This is EXACTLY the same problem as the family rig is having right now. My Dad says it's either a Mobo/PSU problem. I'd say Mobo..
    
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i did this (or very close to it)

Quote:
- Unplug everything
- Take the board out of the case.
- Clear the CMOS for 10mins (then move the jumper back to the save position)

- Place the board on a flat non conductive surface.
- Plug 1 stick of memory in DIMM SLOT 1
- Insert the GFX card into the PCIe slot.
- Plug all power connectors
- Power the PC like that.
Same problem: long, continuous beeps ... I tried different RAM sticks as well, is my best bet to replace my motherboard?

Any other suggestions? thanks a lot so far
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