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DIY:Basic Trouble Shooting

December 14th, 2008

I haven’t written anything about politics for years now. After Edsa-2 and my short stint in Tinig.com, I decided to stop writing and joining any protest or mass action because I’m afraid of turning into a full-pledged activist. I chose to manage my personal affairs–my future, that is–rather than shout and write about politics and stuff. Because for me, the moment Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took office as President of the country my job was done. But I also felt betrayed [at] how GMA betrayed the spirit of Edsa. But I’m not here to talk about politics; I’m here for the continuation of my article which is about Do-It-Yourself stuff in PC. Save those political stuff in my personal blog which I’m about to launch.

DIY Series: Basic Troubleshooting

Have you ever been in a situation wherein when you turn on your PC all you hear is a beeping sound? Or worse it even produces neither a beep nor any text on the screen. Don’t fret because the first thing that you don’t need is to panic. Let us first understand what the beep means.

When you turn on your system, the BIOS performs a power-on-self-test (POST). This is to ensure that your system is functioning properly and also to gather information about what your system contains. However if during the POST a problem is identified, your BIOS will produce an error message like keyboard error. In some cases the problem is detected so early in the test that the BIOS cannot even access the video card to display the message. Thus the BIOS will produce a beeping pattern on the speaker to tell you what is problem. The meaning of the beep codes depends on the type of BIOS that you have. The most popular types of BIOS are those made by Award, American Megatrends (AMI) and Phoenix.

Here is a link to the different code meaning for each BIOS model.

If ever you encounter a beeping problem, try removing your memory and video card. Clean the terminals by a white pencil eraser and try to place it again carefully on their own respective slot. Also try to put alternately your memory sticks if you have two or more.

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