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therobot
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 7:31 am    Post subject: Why I hate my computer Reply with quote

It has decided that instead of doing anything useful, it will just beep at me when I turn it on...
Yay!
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therobot
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear lord, I actually got it back up again. Hopefully, once again when next i shut it down, it won't do this again.
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cphax
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 8:03 am    Post subject: Login shell? Reply with quote

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It has decided that instead of doing anything useful, it will just beep at me when I turn it on...

Are you sure you're not using vi as your login shell?

All the symptoms point to that direction...

(that was me trying to be funny... sorry 'bout that all you vi-freaks.)
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MacMasta
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The corrolary, to you (perhaps an emacs freak?) is that just as RMS tells us we should say "GNU/Linux" where referring to the operating system, "GNU/Emacs" is an operating system.

Beeping, btw - check your ram, and your ide cables. Do this now.

~Mac~
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meyerm
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, whenever a computer just begins beeping at you, you should check the temperature... Was it too hot?
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cphax
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm trying to think of an answer that just wouldn't escalate my innocent (!) remark (this is 'off the wall'-section after all...) to a slugfest of any sort... :roll:

But i do use vi actually even though i prefer emacs (or joe w/ emacs keybindings if possible). But an EmacsOS would be a righteous thing indeed
:twisted: But let's stop now on that subject, ok? alt.religion.emacs is for this sort of thing...

But seriously, there was good advice given to the original poster... checking the connections of all devices and checking the temperature... maybe i should've thought about that first...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent lots of time checking the ram, and the video and such. Then I got real mad, and pulled out all the power cables from the mainboard. I smashed them back in when i was calm again. And it worked.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a problem where my computer took a really long time to log in, then I got RSI and started (overusing (parenthesis (all) the ((time))))... :mrgreen:

As far as the beeps - the number and duration of the beeps can tell you exactly what's wrong. For example, 8 is usually a video card problem. Three is often RAM. Depends on the motherboard (and sadly, newer motherboards tend to be less helpful).
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

phong wrote:
I had a problem where my computer took a really long time to log in, then I got RSI and started (overusing (parenthesis (all) the ((time))))... :mrgreen:

As far as the beeps - the number and duration of the beeps can tell you exactly what's wrong. For example, 8 is usually a video card problem. Three is often RAM. Depends on the motherboard (and sadly, newer motherboards tend to be less helpful).

Wouldn't really agree on that one. Saw a new motherboard that has leds that'll let u figure out stuff even befor the post beeps.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2002 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be my motherboard, the Abit TH7-II. :D Look on the very right side of this pic...

[img:8301d87aac]http://www.hothardware.com/reviews/images/th7ii/poweronreset.jpg[/img:8301d87aac]
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