Why won't my PC boot up after I moved it?

Question

My computer will not boot up after moving it from one side of the room to the other. Here is a list of things I did to try to get it to work again:

Tried turning switch in back off and back on, used different power cord, used different outlet, moved back to the other side, unplugged everything and plugged back in, took shell off to look for loose connections or no connections. made sure power supply/surge protector was on.

After each trial it still didn't work. What happens is when I go to turn it on, it tries to boot up but a red light is on (over the cylinder picture[opposed to a lightning bolt or sun]) then it beeps one long beep followed by three short beeps. Any idea what it could be?

Answer

This question was answered on April 30, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I don't know what exactly was done to you PC when it was moved but the beeps that you are hearing definately mean something They are called POST beeps and they let us know what is wrong with our machine, kinda like morse code for computers According to what you described one long and three short beeps that is problem with your system board or CMOS setup chip You might need to replace the board or the CMOS chip Maybe you did something without realizing it when you moved you PC Sorry.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 30, 2003