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#1 8 years ago

I don't use my old computer quite often but I had a shit load of important data (well, mods...) and now whenever I turn the computer on it gives me some weird message: "RV516 102-A92402-20 BIOS 600e/400m Channel AB" I seriously have no clue what this means or why it is doing this. Tried pressing escape and Enter but it doesn't respond and I seriously don't what that message is implying. Can anyone lend me some advice?




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#2 8 years ago

How far does it get before you see that error? Do you get the POST screen? Does Windows start to load?

You could try resetting the CMOS.




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#3 8 years ago

That is a message referring to your ATI VGA BIOS. Some RV516 graphics were integrated. You may have a graphics chip going out on your MB. Try booting into safemode if you can. Resetting CMOS may or may not help, but more likely will if it's integrated graphics and a BIOS vs hardware problem.

If you DO manage to get in via safemode, boot in via the "with networking" option and look to see if there's a MB chipset update.




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#4 8 years ago

No, I simply can't get any further than that screen. It's the first thing that shows up on the screen whether I press and hold F2, F8 or F12 even before turning on the computer. As for the graphics, it's not integrated or at least I think so. It's an ATI X1300 PRO. Old but that computer had been running quite well until just recently.




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#5 8 years ago

It's still the VGA BIOS though. RV516 is an ATI graphics core. If it's a video card though, try re-seating it or even putting it in another slot. Resetting the CMOS typically involves a MB jumper on older MBs. Your MB manual should explain it.




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#6 8 years ago

Okay so I finally took out a bit of time to take a look into my computer. I opened up the casing. Didn't do much. Made sure the GPU was in it's place and reconnected a cable that seemed to be connected to the GPU from the outside to the monitor. But the problem became worse. Now it only makes a low pitch beeping sound every 2 seconds for a while and doesn't even do anything. No display or nothing. When I look for the source of the noise, the closest I can get to is an LED showing yellow light which is located near one of the thin electronic cords (the thin stripped/striped ones) which happens to be near the GPU which is on the lower end of the motherboard. I really don't know what is wrong now. I should mention that while I did not tamper with the electronic cord near the LED, I did sort of touch it while examining it and the rest of my computer. So, any other suggestions guys?




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#7 8 years ago

That means something isn't working properly and preventing the computer from POSTing as it should. If you have your motherboard manual handy, you can look up the beeps to tell you what's wrong.




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#8 7 years ago

Sorry for reviving such an old thread but I think I found out a few things.

I had an acquaintance of mine who is sort of a tech drop by to check things out and he just randomly took out the RAM sticks and put them back in. To my surprise, the computer started working again. But one of the RAM sticks had to be removed. We never actually tried sticking it back in for fear of there could be a short circuit or something if we tried it again.

He suggested that it might have gone bad and he'd "fix" it for me if I "let" him take it for a few hours. But I'm a bit skeptical due to the fact that this person I know deals in computer parts and personal builds. Problem in India is that people can make a real big dumbass of you if you are not too wary.

So I wanted to know, how could I check if the RAM stick is really gone bad? Are there any physically visible signs? Anything else I could do? Or was the stick just poorly put back in its slot after the last time I had to do a check on hardware?




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#9 7 years ago

Run Memtest86+ and see if you get any errors.

He suggested that it might have gone bad and he'd "fix" it for me if I "let" him take it for a few hours. But I'm a bit skeptical due to the fact that this person I know deals in computer parts and personal builds. Problem in India is that people can make a real big dumbass of you if you are not too wary.

If the ram stick is bad, he's not going to be able to "Fix" it. All you can do is replace it with a new stick.