Help! Sudden Computer Death!
Posted: 01-19-2004, 06:29 PM
built it several months ago and it has worked flawlessly,
except for about three spontaneous reboots while gaming
and one VPU recovery screen from my Radeon 9800 A-I-W
Pro. (I think the VPU episode might have been related to
the Catalyst 3.9 drivers and the game Call of Duty. This
is suppose to be fixed in the 3.10 drivers.) Anyway,
here are the bloody details. My USB wireless Joystick
stops working properly two days ago. I assumed it was
the joystick. Then yesterday, while trying to play
Battlefield 1942, my Microsoft USB Explorer mouse started
mapping keys incorrectly. (In game, I'd press the left
mouse button to map a control and it would be listed as
Joystick 17.) Shortly after this, the computer starts
to reboot spontaneously and then it emits a loud, fast
continuous beep. It no longer boots, or at least there
is no video signal at all. Here are my thoughts. Please
help if you can. My Gigabyte manual says that short
continuous beeps may indicate a power problem. I doubt
this because it is a high quality 550 watt PSU and all my
fans and drive lights work. The AWARD BIOS site said
that short continuous beeps may represent a CPU problem.
The fast beeps only occured during the computer's actual
death. It is silent now. I'm wondering if the CPU has
been overheating, causing the reboots, and is now fried.
Or did my video card somehow just die? Or did the USB
problems indicate a motherboard failure? Please help.
My life, (or at least part of it) is on that computer!