Why my computer on startup

Question

my daughters computer on startup is not even posting sometimes. She has a home built PC with a Gigabyte GA-7VT600 motherboard, 512 DDR RAM, 60 gig HD, Gigabyte video card, Award BIOS, 400 power supply. When you turn it on you get a contant short beeps that never stop and no video. I turn it off and on a few times then usually it will boot up not always. Once windows XP is loaded I see no problems but when you insert a CD into the computer it will either lock up or reboot?????? It does this all the time even on normal boot ups. Does this sound like a RAM issue, not sure maybe when I insert a CD it can't handle the extra load and shuts the computer down. I'm at a loss. The fan on the CPU is running along with the case fan no problems there. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks

Answer

This question was answered on November 23, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You should look at the motherboard's web site to see what the exact sequence of beeps refers to

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Posted by Michael of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 23, 2004