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Calling all computer boffins.

aircanman Avatar
8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
Im not that bad at repairing computers, but this one has got me stuck.

Im repairing a friends computer that has integrated graphics, compaq 5019 i think to be exact. Anyhoo, its beeping on boot, 1 long, 2 short beeps.

So I put a graphics card in it, it worked fine for a couple of days, but now is beeping again.

I have looked in the BIOS, there is no way to disable the onboard GFX so it must be automatic, how can I sort this out?!!

REP for helpers!
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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banned#1
you shouold be able to disable it
as if its got agp then there must be awy what is the bios?? make
#2
logyon
you shouold be able to disable it
as if its got agp then there must be awy what is the bios?? make


it has pci Express slot, and built in vga.

Its nvidia or asus bios cos its a asus hp mobo. there is no way to disable. absolutely no way. i have been through it with a fine t comb
1 Like #3
One long/two short on an Award bios indicates a video card problem.
Either it's not seated properly or it 's bad.
Have you checked its seated ok?
#4
smallian
One long/two short on an Award bios indicates a video card problem.
Either it's not seated properly or it 's bad.
Have you checked its seated ok?


the problem occured with onboard graphics, to combat the problem i fitted a standalone card. its seated correctly.
1 Like #5
The beep codes aren't very helpful as it is simply telling you what you already know:

Beep Code Description Document
1 long, 2 short Indicates a video error has occurred and the BIOS cannot initialize the video screen to display any additional information


There might not be an option for disabling the on-board gfx, there isnt always but see if it has an option for enabling AGP and also make sure you have the AGP socket set for 2, 4 or 8x depending on what is correct for your gfx card.
1 Like #6
I have had motherboards like this in the past. They seem to be very tetchy when the on-board display stops working. Sometimes they post using the new card and other times they revert back to trying to post with the on-board display.

I personally never found a fix for it myself, other than replacing the motherboard. Basically, I decided if the on-board graphics had died then the board was probably on its way out anyway.

Thinking about it now though, I am not sure if this could be cmos battery related or not - its worth a shot at replacing the battery and clearing the cmos without the graphics card installed. Test boot, then power down and re-install the card. Give it a few days, if it happens again - new motherboard will probably have to be installed.
#7
dmccabe
The beep codes aren't very helpful as it is simply telling you what you already know:



There might not be an option for disabling the on-board gfx, there isnt always but see if it has an option for enabling AGP and also make sure you have the AGP socket set for 2, 4 or 8x depending on what is correct for your gfx card.


its pic express, I have gone into the bios and it asks which graphcis to use. but onboard aint there, its basically giving me pcie or pci.
#8
PhearFactor
I have had motherboards like this in the past. They seem to be very tetchy when the on-board display stops working. Sometimes they post using the new card and other times they revert back to trying to post with the on-board display.

I personally never found a fix for it myself, other than replacing the motherboard. Basically, I decided if the on-board graphics had died then the board was probably on its way out anyway.

Thinking about it now though, I am not sure if this could be cmos battery related or not - its worth a shot at replacing the battery and clearing the cmos without the graphics card installed. Test boot, then power down and re-install the card. Give it a few days, if it happens again - new motherboard will probably have to be installed.


I was thinking of clearing the CMOS, think this is the next port of call. Thanks
#9
Most on-board graphics chips are disabled by changing the jumper settings. Try & get hold of the handbook for the motherboard (or at least a diagram of it) - it will explain which jumper & which setting.
#10
It could be forgetting the PC is booting from the newly installed card rather than vga due to the cmos battery being dead/dying. So basically, every time the computer is shut down and then restarted from a cold boot, because the cmos battery has not be storing the settings, it will reset back to defaults - forcing the onboard vga to post first. Its a long shot, but this could be the problem.
#11
PhearFactor
It could be forgetting the PC is booting from the newly installed card rather than vga due to the cmos battery being dead/dying. So basically, every time the computer is shut down and then restarted from a cold boot, because the cmos battery has not be storing the settings, it will reset back to defaults - forcing the onboard vga to post first. Its a long shot, but this could be the problem.


yer, unlikely cos the machine is just out of its warranty date. :(

this is the board

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00906129&lc=en&cc=de&dlc=&product=3397528
#12
You need to change the jumper on the mobo. The PC is probably trying to use both VGA and the GFX card. The manual for the mobo should sort this problem.
#13
A lot of the newer boards have done away with jumper settings. It is all built into the BIOS now, but often has no options there as it is "auto-sensing".
#14
Found this info on another forum:

"It is advised to disable onboard graphics controllers either by jumper on the mainboard, or by changing graphics adapter priority in the BIOS, CMOS or hardware setup. The mainboard technical reference manual should have more information.

If disabled by the BIOS, there will normally be an option in Integrated Peripherals or Chipset Features: 'Init Display First' (or similar). For mainboards with an AGP slot, options may include PCI slot/AGP slot/Onboard AGP.
#15
Yeah I think these boards have an 'init display first' option in the bios, but only have the option for PCI and PCIe - so basically it will still auto-sense the onboard vga and cause problems.
#16
PhearFactor
Yeah I think these boards have an 'init display first' option in the bios, but only have the option for PCI and PCIe - so basically it will still auto-sense the onboard vga and cause problems.


yer im thinking that this board is gonna be a problem to.
#17
For untraceable faults like this I'd try clearing the CMOS and see if that does anything, if the problem still persists then I'd try using a better power supply before scrapping the board.
#18
Obtain a dos based bootdisk with memtest86 on, have seen this happen with a memory issue, anyone upgraded the ram recently?
#19
maddogb
Obtain a dos based bootdisk with memtest86 on, have seen this happen with a memory issue, anyone upgraded the ram recently?


hmmm, I have removed the graphics card and its working now!! Dont know whats going on with it. The beeping changed to one long, one short now. Which is different, I removed every piece of hardware and it only stopped when I removed the processor. I have refitted this and its now working again.

I am suspecting either mobo or power supply.

Im gonna keep testing it now.

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