I'm afraid this post isn't going to be full of information - it's really more of a request for information. I have a P4N SLI motherboard, and recently my computer has decided to stop booting into windows. I can't get any activity on the monitor, but the system will 'turn on'. I get 2 short beeps, followed by 6 beeps (8 in total). I was getting, before this problem, 2 beeps at start up as normal. I do not know which version of the BIOS was running, it's not something I ever took note of (sorry!). I have listened to see whether or not the computer eventually gets into Windows - it never does, and there isn't much hard drive activity (if any). I don't think it is getting past the POST.
I've had the computer for nearly 3 years now. I have taken out and replaced each memory module one by one to test if it is a memory issue (doesn't appear to be). I've taken out and replaced the memory card with an older one (from 8800GTX to 7900GT), still no monitor activity. Removed sound card and replaced keyboard and mouse - still no dice. I see no reason to remove and replace the hard drive, as it is my only one.
I now have serious concerns about the integrity of the data I had stored on the hard drive. This doesn't appear to be something I can easily fix with a replacement component. It would seem as though the motherboard itself is toast. I don't have a D-Bracket because MSI conveniently left that out of the P4N SLI package, and I don't have any other means of determining the problem outside of the beeps. If it is a problem with the mainboard, I may cannibalise the components, stick the SATA-II HDD into a new computer and go from there.
My main concerns are whether or not this problem could affect the data on the disc, and if there are any means possible of at least getting into Windows and getting the data off the HDD in the short term. There is no on-board video, if it is indeed a problem with how the motherboard communicates with the video card, not the video card itself. If it is such a problem, what are my options outside of replacing the motherboard?
I don't know what has caused this issue - I am a part-time musician, and last night, for the first time, I plugged a digital coaxial to 3.5mm jack into my sound card from my workstation (a Roland Fantom G) and the system wouldn't turn on. I had been working my day-job until getting back and this was the first thing I tried. I did not boot the system without plugging in the wire first - I just went straight ahead. With this being a video problem, I wonder if I have somehow completely fried my system! The keyboard is thankfully fine (and that cost a lot more than my computer!!).
Should I just give up?