After fitting new RAM, monitor won't display windo

  patrickbuckley 13:56 18 Oct 09

I have a PC Specialist Win XP computer with an ATI Radeon 1034-X graphics card. I upgraded to 2GB of RAM (as advised by Crucial, booted up the computer but no display on monitor + one long beep followed by two short beeps. I replaced the old 512Mb X 2 RAM but got the same problem (although not previously). Do you think that the graphics card is broken? If so, any ideas for a comparable one to install?

If not, any other ideas?

Many thanks


  ambra4 14:20 18 Oct 09

“I replaced the old 512Mb X 2 RAM but got the same problem”

Reinstall the old 512Mb chip and see if the display is working

If working install one of the new 1 GB chip from Crucial into the second slot and check if

display is working

If that works, remove the 512mb chip and install the second 1 GB chip

If still not working and beeping you may have a bad memory chip, try them one at a time

“Do you think that the graphics card is broken?”

No. nothing to do with the graphics card

Does the display still works with the 512mb chip

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:21 18 Oct 09

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

Remove and refit the graphics card you may have disturbed it when changing the memory.

  patrickbuckley 18:33 18 Oct 09

Hi to Ambra and Fruit Bat. I thought of both those possible solutions and have tried them but without any success. I feel fairly confident from the beeps that it is a graphics problem, although it does seem an unusual coincidence.

Any other ideas?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:07 18 Oct 09

Reset BIOS to default by removing CMOS battery for 10 mins, refit and reattempt to boot.

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