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Old 09-17-2006, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I looked through the other related threads but didn't find anything that worked, so I thought I'd explain my situation. I had a computer made for me earlier in the summer. It started out working fine until about a month ago. I started randomly freezing.. usually an hour or more after it was turned on. That time got progressively shorter and shorter. It yesterday it would freeze anywhere during the boot squence and if not then just moments after windows finished loading. Today it won't get past the first screen that come up displaying my mother board. Can't get into BIOS. Can't really do anything. Hitting reset does little. Anyone have any idea what could be wrong?

What I'm working with:
DYNAPOWER USA EP-50X.C563-BX ATX12V 500W Power Supply

ASUS A8S-X Socket 939 SiS 756 ATX AMD Motherboard

MSI RX550-TD256E Radeon X550 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 2.0GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3200BPBOX

OCZ Value Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZ4001024V25DC-K
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Old 09-17-2006, 07:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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might be faulty RAM

download it and run it on system boot and post back
http://www.memtest86.com/

also do u here any beeps an start up? if so:

AWARD BIOS
1 Long Beep: Memory problem

1 Long, then 2 Short Beeps: Video error

1 Long, then 3 Short Beeps: Video error

Continuous Beeping: Memory or video problem
Pheonix BIOS, Phoenix BIOS 1.x
1-1-3 (02h): CMOS write/read test failure

1-1-4 (03h): BIOS ROM checksum failure

1-2-1 (04h): Programmable interval timer test failure

1-2-2 (05h): DMA initialization failure

1-2-3 (06h): DMA page register write/read test failure

1-3-1 (08h): RAM refresh verification failure

1-3-3 (0Ah): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - multi-bit

1-3-4 (0Bh): 1st 64K RAM odd/even logic failure

1-4-1 (0Ch): 1st 64K RAM address line failure

1-4-2 (0Dh): 1st 64K RAM parity test in progress or failure

2-1-1 (10h): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit 0

2-1-2 (11h): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit 1

2-1-3 (12h): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit 2

2-1-4 (13h): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit 3

2-2-1 (14h): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit 4

2-2-2 (15h): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit 5

2-2-3 (16h): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit 6

2-2-4 (17h): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit 7

2-3-1 (18h): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit 8

2-3-2 (19h): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit 9

2-3-3 (1Ah): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit A

2-3-4 (1Bh): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit B

2-4-1 (1Ch): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit C

2-4-2 (1Dh): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit D

2-4-3 (1Eh): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit E

2-4-4 (1Fh): 1st 64K RAM chip or data line failure - bit F

3-1-1 (20h): Master DMA register test failure

3-1-2 (21h): Slave DMA register test failure

3-1-3 (22h): Master interrupt mask register test failure

3-1-4 (23h): Slave interrupt mask register test failure

3-2-4 (27h): Keyboard controller test failure

3-3-4 (2Bh): Screen memory test failure

3-4-1 (2Ch): Screen initialization failure

3-4-2 (2Dh): Screen retrace test failure

4-2-1 (34h): Timer tick interrupt test failure

4-2-2 (35h): Shutdown test failure

4-2-3 (36h): Gate A20 failure

4-2-4 (37h): Unexpected interrupt in protected mode

4-3-1 (38h): RAM test failure above address 0FFFFh

4-3-3 (3Ah): Interval timer channel 2 test failure

4-3-4 (3Bh): Time-Of-Day clock test failure

4-4-1 (3Ch): Serial port test failure

4-4-2 (3Dh): Parallel port test failure

4-4-3 (3Eh): Math coprocessor test failure
PhoenixBIOS 4.x
1-1-1-3 (02h): Verify real mode

1-1-2-1 (04h): Get CPU type

1-1-2-3 (06h): Initialize system hardware

1-1-3-1 (08h): Initialize chipset registers with initial POST values

1-1-3-2 (09h): Set in POST flag

1-1-3-3 (0Ah): Initialize CPU registers

1-1-4-1 (0Ch): Initialize cache to initial POST values

1-1-4-3 (0Eh): Initialize I/O

1-2-1-1 (10h): Initialize Power Management

1-2-1-2 (11h): Load alternate registers with initial POST values

1-2-1-3 (12h): Jump to UserPatch0

1-2-2-1 (14h): Initialize keyboard controller

1-2-2-3 (16h): BIOS ROM checksum

1-2-3-1 (18h): 8254 timer initialization

1-2-3-3 (1Ah): 8237 DMA controller initialization

1-2-4-1 (1Ch): Reset Programmable Interrupt Controller

1-3-1-1 (20h): Test DRAM refresh

1-3-1-3 (22h): Test 8742 Keyboard Controller

1-3-2-1 (24h): Set ES segment register to 4 GB

1-3-3-1 (28h): Autosize DRAM

1-3-3-3 (2Ah): Clear 512K base RAM

1-3-4-1 (2Ch): Test 512 base address lines

1-3-4-3 (2Eh): Test 512K base memory

1-4-1-3 (32h): Test CPU bus-clock frequency

1-4-2-1 (34h): CMOS RAM read/write failure

1-4-2-4 (37h): Reinitialize the chipset

1-4-3-1 (38h): Shadow system BIOS ROM

1-4-3-2 (39h): Reinitialize the cache

1-4-3-3 (3Ah): Autosize cache

1-4-4-1 (3Ch): Configure advanced chipset registers

1-4-4-2 (3Dh): Load alternate registers with CMOS values

2-1-1-1 (40h): Set Initial CPU speed

2-1-1-3 (42h): Initialize interrupt vectors

2-1-2-1 (44h): Initialize BIOS interrupts

2-1-2-3 (46h): Check ROM copyright notice

2-1-2-4 (47h): Initialize manager for PCI Options ROMs

2-1-3-1 (48h): Check video configuration against CMOS

2-1-3-2 (49h): Initialize PCI bus and devices

2-1-3-3 (4Ah): Initialize all video adapters in system

2-1-4-1 (4Ch): Shadow video BIOS ROM

2-1-4-3 (4Eh): Display copyright notice

2-2-1-1 (50h): Display CPU type and speed

2-2-1-3 (52h): Test keyboard

2-2-2-1 (54h): Set key click if enabled

2-2-2-3 (56h): Enable keyboard

2-2-3-1 (58h): Test for unexpected interrupts

2-2-3-3 (5Ah): Display prompt "Press F2 to enter SETUP"

2-2-4-1 (5Ch): Test RAM between 512 and 640k

2-3-1-1 (60h): Test expanded memory

2-3-1-3 (62h): Test extended memory address lines

2-3-2-1 (64h): Jump to UserPatch1

2-3-2-3 (66h): Configure advanced cache registers

2-3-3-1 (68h): Enable external and CPU caches

2-3-3-2 (69h): Initialize SMI handler

2-3-3-3 (6Ah): Display external cache size

2-3-4-1 (6Ch): Display shadow message

2-3-4-3 (6Eh): Display non-disposable segments

2-4-1-1 (70h): Display error messages

2-4-1-3 (72h): Check for configuration errors

2-4-2-1 (74h): Test real-time clock

2-4-2-3 (76h): Check for keyboard errors

2-4-4-1 (7Ch): Set up hardware interrupts vectors

2-4-4-3 (7Eh): Test coprocessor if present

3-1-1-1 (80h): Disable onboard I/O ports

3-1-1-3 (82h): Detect and install external RS232 ports

3-1-2-1 (84h): Detect and install external parallel ports

3-1-2-3 (86h): Re-initialize onboard I/O ports

3-1-3-1 (88h): Initialize BIOS data area

3-1-3-3 (8Ah): Initialize extended BIOS data area

3-1-4-1 (8Ch): Initialize floppy controller

3-2-1-1 (90h): Initialize hard-disk controller

3-2-1-2 (91h): Initialize local-bus hard-disk controller

3-2-1-3 (92h): Jump to UserPatch2

3-2-2-1 (94h): Disable A20 address line

3-2-2-3 (96h): Clear huge ES segment register

3-2-3-1 (98h): Search for option ROMs

3-2-3-3 (9Ah): Shadow option ROMs

3-2-4-1 (9Ch): Set up Power Management

3-2-4-3 (9Eh): Enable hardware interrupts

3-3-1-1 (A0h): Set time of day

3-3-1-3 (A2h): Check key lock

3-3-3-1 (A8h): Erase F2 prompt

3-3-3-3 (AAh): Scan for F2 key stroke

3-3-4-1 (ACh): Enter SETUP

3-3-4-3 (AEh): Clear in-POST flag

3-4-1-1 (B0h): Check for errors

3-4-1-3 (B2h): POST done--prepare to boot operating system

3-4-2-1 (B4h): One beep

3-4-2-3 (B6h): Check password (optional)

3-4-3-1 (B8h): Clear global descriptor table

3-4-4-1 (BCh): Clear parity checkers

3-4-4-3 (BEh): Clear screen (optional)

3-4-4-4 (BFh): Check virus and backup reminders

4-1-1-1 (C0h): Try to boot with INT 19

4-2-1-1 (D0h): Interrupt handler error

4-2-1-3 (D2h): Unknown interrupt error

4-2-2-1 (D4h): Pending interrupt error

4-2-2-3 (D6h): Initialize option ROM error

4-2-3-1 (D8h): Shutdown error

4-2-3-3 (DAh): Extended Block Move

4-2-4-1 (DCh): Shutdown error

4-2-4-3 (DEh): Keyboard Controller Failure

4-3-1-3 (E2h): Initialize the chipset

4-3-1-4 (E3h): Initialize refresh counter

4-3-2-1 (E4h): Check for Forced Flash

4-3-2-2 (E5h): Check HW status of ROM

4-3-2-3 (E6h): BIOS ROM is OK

4-3-2-4 (E7h): Do a complete RAM test

4-3-3-1 (E8h): Do OEM initialization

4-3-3-2 (E9h): Initialize interrupt controller

4-3-3-3 (EAh): Read in bootstrap code

4-3-3-4 (EBh): Initialize all vectors

4-3-4-1 (ECh): Boot the Flash program

4-3-4-2 (EDh): Initialize the boot device

4-3-4-3 (EEh): Boot code was read OK
American Megatrends Inc. (AMI BIOS)
1 Beep: DRAM refresh failure

2 Beeps: Parity circuit failure

3 Beeps: Base 64K RAM failure

4 Beeps: System timer failure

5 Beeps: Processor failure

6 Beeps: Keyboard controller / gate A20 failure

7 Beeps: Virtual mode exception error

8 Beeps: Display memory read/write failure

9 Beeps: ROM BIOS checksum failure

10 Beeps: CMOS shutdown register read/write error

11 Beeps: Cache memory error

Continuous Beeping: Memory or video problem
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Old 09-17-2006, 09:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thing is.. my motherboard doesn't beep. Never heard it do so before somethign went wrong or now.
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thats bad news because i had a exact problem with my old ASUS Xp2100+ first it started to freeze within couple hours,then minutes,then it wouldn't go past the loading screen. know it doesnt even post.GRRR. i probably short curcuited it or ESD or because i had no power surger connected to it . anyway i ended up buying a fresh new system.

pull out the main ATX or BTX power cable that runs through Ps to the mobo and check if there are any burn marks , if so give it to a mechanic ASAP before u kill it with the reset button.
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