New system (Abit KR7A-Raid) problems

By chaplndave · 11 replies
Feb 16, 2002
  1. New system problems??!!

    Just put together my third system since last March. This one has me baffled. This is what I have to begin with:

    Abit KR7A-RAID motherboard
    AMD 1 GHz Thunderbird
    256MB Micron PC2400 CAS2 DDR
    IBM Deskstar 60GXP 60GB HDD
    3.5" floppy
    TDK 16x10x40 CD-RW
    VisionTek GeForce3 Ti200 graphics
    Viewsonic P95f monitor

    Starting out with this bare bones system to try to get it up and running. After hooking up the keyboard, mouse, and monitor and starting it up, the fans spin, but I get no signal to the monitor and they I get a slow Beep.....Beep.....Beep Sounds almost like it is coming from the CD-RW, but not sure. Regardless, I can't seem to get the thing up and running...any ideas??????

    Please help if you can. I'm open to anything right now.
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    The beep are generally system error beeps. Check your manal or the manufacturer's website for beep error codes. This will help you find out what it is wrong.

    If the system will not turn on aside from the fans (No drives spin up), then it is either memory, motherboard or CPU problems.
  3. Mudshark

    Mudshark TS Rookie Posts: 101

    Required Hardware is missing......

    ABIT mobo's usualy use the long repeating beep to indicate that
    some required piece of hardware is missing/no functioning.
    Remove and re-seat the memory sticks, then for good measure
    make sure that your video card is all the way in as well.
  4. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 980

    beep codes

    Award BIOS beep code:
    a video error has occurred and the BIOS cannot initialize the video screen to display
    any additional information.

    This beep code consists of a single long beep followed by two short beeps.
    Any other beeps are probably a RAM problems.
    • 1long, 2 short Video adapter error Either video adapter is bad or is not seated properly.
      Also, check to ensure the monitor cable is connected properly.
    • Repeating (endless loop) Memory error Check for improperly seated or missing memory.
    • 1long, 3short No video card or bad video RAM Reseat or replace the video card.
    • High frequency beeps while running Overheated CPU Check the CPU fan for proper operation.
      Check the case for proper air flow.
    • Repeating High/Low CPU Either the CPU is not seated properly or the CPU is damaged.
  5. DaveSylvia

    DaveSylvia TS Rookie Posts: 107

    Worth checking out.
  6. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 980

    Troubleshooting a Dead/Unbootable PC

    Troubleshooting a Dead/Unbootable PC
    Strip rig down to just the vid card & clear CMOS jumper; immediately goto BIOS & re-identify cpu.
  7. Mudshark

    Mudshark TS Rookie Posts: 101

  8. chaplndave

    chaplndave TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Thanks for all the helpful tips. They will come in handy in the future I am sure.

    I identified the CPU and got it up and running, but was having problems with JPEG images. In frustration, I finally swapped a 1GHz AMD T'bird in my old system with the processor in my new system. When I fired up the old system I got the same JPEG and sound problems (colored criss-crossed lines that make JPEG image unintelligible and horrible sound distortion on start up and shut down).

    I did a search and found that AMD has admitted to a very rare JPEG bug that renders JPEG and some MPEG unusable and also mentions the sound problems. They state that only one in 5,000-10,000 get by...wouldn't you know that I would be that one in 5,000 to 10,000!!!!!! Anyway, I now have a RMA # for testing and if AMD finds the problem they will replace my processor.

    Anyone think that AMD would send me one of the newer AMD XP1600+ or XP1700+ processors if I offered to send them the difference between the 1GHz AHYHA and the newer processor? I do plan to ask. Should be interesting. they can't have too many more of the older 1GHz chips with 266fsb can they? I mean, they are really pushing the new XP models. Oh well, let's find out....
  9. Ai Hate

    Ai Hate TS Rookie Posts: 302

    you are sure one lucky guy, aren't you?...
    it's time like this when i wish i could choose when to use my limited supply of luck :p
  10. chaplndave

    chaplndave TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    Thought I would update any folks who frequent this particular thread. AMD sent back an AMD 1.133GHZ Thunderbird in replacement of the 1GHz...guess they found the JPEG problem.

    Anyone know if the 1.133GHz with AXIS steppings is a good one to try to overclock?
  11. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379 have a CPU database with a list of all CPUs and their steppings and reported overclocks. Lots of 1.4Ghz overclocks with air cooling.
    Highest air cooled is reported to be 1.540Ghz with water cooling on the AXIA stepping. Many other overclocking sites have similar databases. Worth a look ;)
  12. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,006

    Also, check any jumpers or dip switches if there are any, my board (giga-byte) has both and just one set wrong gives me some headaches. Also what channel on the board are you trying to put the hard drive. This board is ATA 133 capable and it is my understanding that if you are trying to put an ATA 100 drive on an ATA 133 channel it wont work.

    Good luck
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