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Okay, tech-savvy types: see if you can figure THIS one out.

My desktop, roughly a year and a half ago, spontaneously developed the following problem. When I turned it on, the motherboard logo would flash, followed by a blinky cursor in the upper left side of the screen, then . . . nothing. I could leave it on for eight hours and still that cursor would be blinking. The BIOS was accessible and fully functional. Sometimes the computer would boot normally, usually after I'd left it for an hour or so.

I recently reformatted and reinstalled Windows (XP, to be thorough), but I didn't flash or otherwise mess with the BIOS.

The first problem seems to be gone, replaced by something worse. Now a third of the time when I turn it on, a motherboard system warning goes off. The warnings aren't detailed in the manual, and I can't find any info online. (It's an ASUS M2N-SLI, and the warning is a long beep followed by two short beeps.) Another third of the time, the computer boots normally, but a few seconds after booting to the desktop restarts itself and plays the system warning. The last third of the time, the computer boots normally and is fully functional, like right now.

So, um, any ideas? I'm leaning toward "I need a new motherboard" but will gladly entertain less . . . drastic solutions.

Date: 2011-05-25 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Buy a Mac :-)
LOVE you!

Date: 2011-05-26 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mouradar.livejournal.com
Clearly your motherboard is possessed. Place the offending computer in a pentagram carved onto the floor with a knife made of silver. Call a priest and exorcise the crap out of that motherboard.

In all seriousness, it sounds like your motherboard has crapped out and should probably be replaced. If you're unwilling to go through all the trouble or if you have a laptop then you might as well buy a new computer.

Date: 2011-05-26 03:16 pm (UTC)
cheyinka: a spoof of an iPod ad, featuring a Metroid with iPod earbuds pressed against each of its 3 internal organs (iMetroid)
From: [personal profile] cheyinka
Some googling suggests that ASUS motherboards use the Award BIOS, and that the only errors are long-short-short (display error), repeating short beeps (memory error), and either high-pitched or alternating-pitch beeps (overheating). No other beep codes seem to have a long-short-short pattern, so I think that's the one.

I don't know if that explains the restarting problem, though; you could look at the motherboard and see if any capacitors are swollen (this is bad) or leaking (this is very bad), or try to reseat the video card, I guess?

Date: 2011-05-26 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fellmama.livejournal.com
My housemate suggested checking the seating of the video card and the RAM, which I think is a good idea--either of those things would help explain why it seems to be vaguely connected to temperature.

Date: 2011-05-27 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fellmama.livejournal.com
I checked the motherboard and reseated the video card today; I saw nothing obvious, so I think (fortunately) that physical damage is out. I did have a scare when I managed to unplug the hard drive and not notice--did you know that your computer will do nothing but give you scary, scary boot errors when you do that? I do now! But having plugged it back in, everything seems to be working now . . .

Date: 2011-05-27 10:20 pm (UTC)
cheyinka: a spoof of an iPod ad, featuring a Metroid with iPod earbuds pressed against each of its 3 internal organs (iMetroid)
From: [personal profile] cheyinka
It's much more frightening when that happens and you haven't just unplugged the hard drive, believe me :D

Glad things seem to be working!

Date: 2011-12-22 09:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] notsuchastrangr
I saw your I've moved post. I've pretty much quit both at this point, but do scan every now and then - sometimes more than once in a week, and so thought I should at least drop a line.

And maybe I will come back some time?

Given that I'm struggling to decide how I feel about blogging and the like at this point, I completely understand if you don't want to subscribe back/ grant access, since I may not turn out to really "participate." But it would be lovely to be able to see what you are up to when I get the chance.

Hugs.

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