ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Most common PC (computer) problems and solutions

Updated on June 28, 2012

Since the invention of internet and social networking sites like facebook, twitter, myspace, badoo, orkut etc we all have become very attached to our desktop PC/Laptop that if one day we are not able to surf our favorite sites it feels like something is missing. Like without water beautiful creatures like fishes can not live, it won’t be much inappropriate if i say we all NETIZENS can not live without INTERNET……….. Last week my PC was down , I was not able to figure out what had happen to my PC. I tried everything from dismantling it completely to removing my ram, but all in vain. The problem with my PC was that its display was totally black. First I thought there may be a problem with my power supply, I dismantled it but it didn’t solve the problem. Then removed my RAM and cleaned it with eraser, I was very sure that this will fix the problem since it was a new RAM and I thought may be I have not attached it properly on the motherboard. But this is also proved to be insufficient to fix the problem. Luckily I had a spare laptop of my brother; I searched whole google to fix the problem, somewhere I read that due to problem in video cards, monitor display does not start. Even after removing my both video cards/graphic cards from mother board, there was no sign of fix. My younger brother who was also working with me in fixing the problem told me battery on mother board could be a culprit.... I looked at him with WTF look…….. thought to myself “ How this small battery can give a problem to display?”…….. didn’t have any choice so give it my last try before calling up a hardware expert…….. removed my battery and replaced it with new battery…………… after that what happened was taken me back…………. My last attempt proved to be fruitful, display started to work properly. More than that I saved some of my hard earned money which I would have to give to hardware expert had this problem not been fixed by me. Here are some of the common problems which appear to be very complex but are actually can be fixed by anyone with a little help.

1) CPU keeps on beeping on boot-up but does not start


This problem may be because of various issues related to hardware failure like VGA graphics card or RAM failure or RAM is not attached properly to the mother board.

Different BIOS manufacturers use various number of beeps to indicate faults with various hardware. In an IBM desktop BIOS motherboard you will get following beeps.


Beep Code Description
No Beeps No Power, Loose Card, or Short.
1 Short Beep Normal POST, computer is ok.
2 Short Beep POST error, review screen for error code.
Continuous Beep No Power, Loose Card, or Short.
Repeating Short Beep No Power, Loose Card, or Short.
One Long and one Short Beep Motherboard issue.
One Long and Two Short Beeps Video (Mono/CGA Display Circuitry) issue.
One Long and Three Short Beeps. Video (EGA) Display Circuitry.
Three Long Beeps Keyboard / Keyboard card error.
One Beep, Blank or Incorrect Display Video Display Circuitry.

 
Beep codes for AMI BIOS

Beep Code Descriptions


1 short            DRAM refresh failure
2 short            Parity circuit failure
3 short            Base 64K RAM failure
4 short            System timer failure
5 short            Process failure
6 short            Keyboard controller Gate A20 error
7 short            Virtual mode exception error
8 short             Display memory Read/Write test failure
9 short             ROM BIOS checksum failure
10 short           CMOS shutdown Read/Write error
11 short           Cache Memory error
1 long, 3 short Conventional/Extended memory failure
1 long, 8 short Display/Retrace test failed


2) The PC does not boot, the power and HDD LED does not come on, there is no display on monitor. 

Check that your main power cable is plugged into the ATX power supply. Make sure you have connected the ATX power connector to the motherboard. Check if the cable for the power switch at front of the PC is connected to the correct pins on the motherboard.

3) PC performs slowly on start-up

Normally a computer slow down is caused by registry errors, this is especially apparent if you commonly install and uninstall lots of applications. This can quite easily cause registry errors and leave corrupt entries. For smooth functioning of your system delete unwanted programmes from the start-up programe list. For this you can use CCLEANER.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Colin 

      5 years ago

      These are very frustrating issues!! visit yourpcproblems.com for professional technical support or any questions or email me at colin@yourpcproblems.com

    • profile image

      asasa 

      7 years ago

      --> ow ??

    • profile image

      Ashwin 

      7 years ago

      you can also find your solutions at this blog;

      http://search4solutions24.blogspot.com/

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR

      maheshpatwal 

      7 years ago from MUMBAI

      I'm glad that you liked it

    • profile image

      PC 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the beep codes, Very useful hub.

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR

      maheshpatwal 

      7 years ago from MUMBAI

      Lex

      Thank you very much for stopping by and for your lovely commnents

    • lex123 profile image

      lex123 

      7 years ago

      Very useful hub. My PC has started slowing down and I was wondering why. Thanks for sharing.

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR

      maheshpatwal 

      7 years ago from MUMBAI

      I agree with that beep code differs with the manufacturer of the boards......

    • motricio profile image

      Mauricio Rodriguez 

      7 years ago from Bogota DC, Colombia

      Beep codes some time differs from mother boards vendors.

      I had a long time ago, a Parity circuit issue in my old board that I never was able to solve, I guess like an end User; I just bought a new one jeje.

      Nice info.

    • profile image

      Martha Castillo 

      8 years ago from San Diego CA

      Thanks for the beep codes...

    • maheshpatwal profile imageAUTHOR

      maheshpatwal 

      8 years ago from MUMBAI

      paradigm thanks a ton for dropping by and for your comments....... Really appreciate that.

    • paradigmsearch profile image

      Person of Interest 

      8 years ago from SoCal, USA

      Excellent! Voted up here, there, and everywhere.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)