intermittent failure to boot, award bios audio code is -..

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I have a three year old homebrewed machine that I'm very happy with in
most ways, but it has intermittent problems booting. I think the problem
developed within the last year, so maybe it indicates something has been
damaged by a power surge or something...?

Most of the time it boots fine, but maybe one time out of three, it
fails with a -.. (long-short-short) audio code. If it fails once, then
typically it fails a bunch more times before getting out of its rut
and booting successfully. The bios is Phoenix-Award BIOS 6.00 PG,
and apparently -.. is "video adapter failure." The mobo is an ECS
L4VXA2, and the video card is a GeForce2. The power supply is a
pretty good quality Antec 380 W supply (80 PLUS), and the machine only
only draws a peak power of 169 W during booting, so I don't think that
should be the issue. (I recently upgraded from a cheap 300 W supply to
the more efficient 380 W supply, and it doesn't seem to have had any
effect on the problem.)

Am I right in interpreting this as a problem with the video card? If
so, is there anything I can do other than just replacing the video
card? I'm interested in keeping power consumption low, and don't do
any gaming, so I don't want to get the latest, greatest video card.
Actually, if I can't solve this problem, I'm thinking of building a
new, lower-power-consumption system with a mobo that has integrated



Re: intermittent failure to boot, award bios audio code is -..

Hola Ben como estas tenia ganas de conversar con alguien y te escog=ED a
ti espero que no te moleste.

Re: intermittent failure to boot, award bios audio code is -..

Oops, I didn't realize that this group was essentially defunct, and
had been replaced by alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt. I'll post this
there instead,

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