I shut down my old computer and installed a new one. When I reconnected my old computer to clean it up, I turned everything on, but nothing showed on the monitor. When the monitor was turned on, the green light which shows the monitor is running turned to orange, which is the same as when the computer is shut off. I have also tried three other monitors but the same effect happened. Also, when the computer starts up, it starts with "BEEP, BEEP" which is not normal. Could the video card be damaged? (the video card is the card connected to the COM port to which the monitor is connected right?) What else can I try to get the thing running again? Thanks.


This question was answered on January 12, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

One singe beep followed by three, four, or five beeps- Motherboard problems, possibly with DMA, CMOS setup chip, timer, or system bus

Continius beeps- Problem with power supply.

Two beeps followed by three, four, or five beeps- First 64K of RAM has errors.

Three beebs followed by three four or five beeps- Keyboard controller faild or video controller failed.

Four beeps followed by two three or four beebs - peoblem with serial or parallel ports system timer or time of the day.

Beeps during POST- before the video is cheched during POST, the ROM BIOS communicates error messages with series of beeps Each BIOS manufacturershas its own beep codes but the following are examples of some BIOS codes For specific beep codes for your motherboard, see the Web site of the motherboard or BIOS manufacturer.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 12, 2004