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I've recently set up Ubuntu Server on an old machine I had around the house.

It worked really well and I even got it hooked up to a domain I had, but as I was only toying around with the idea of running a home server, I didn't get a UPS for it.

So recently we had a power cut when the machine was running, and now it won't boot.

I usually access it via SSH, and so I don't have a monitor attached to it, but I managed to find one and connect it up, but unfortunately there is no output when I turned it on.

When I turn it on, I get a repeated internal beeping from the machine - but no display whatsoever. - After it makes the normal sounds it would when turned on, the machine idles, but I cannot access anything (no display, not on the network).

It's just a guess but the internal beeping is likely to mean a hardware fault, right? - Especially as it happened after the power was interrupted.

If anyone has any ideas as to what I can try - that would be great.

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the beep codes are there for a reason! they tell you whats wrong. The best thing to do is check the computer manufacturers website, however you didnt provide that info.

Check this out though, it will give you an idea.

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My BIOS is Award BIOS - the beeps last for about 1.5 seconds with about 5/6 second intervals - I believe the motherboard is aOpen... I don't know if that's any help. – Alex Coplan Jan 7 '12 at 20:03
Ah just saw the link you pointed to said "Any other beeps" > "RAM problems" for Award BIOS... guess it looks like new ram then? - But could a power cut really break your RAM?? – Alex Coplan Jan 7 '12 at 20:05
Well, according to the link I gave you anything other than a 1 long and 2 short is a RAM issue. Try removing different sticks of RAM or replacing them (if you have known good ones). – Keltari Jan 7 '12 at 20:07
A power cut can break your RAM, PSU and burn pretty much anything in your computer. So yes, very possible. :( – Mattias Ahnberg Jan 7 '12 at 20:07
Oh dear :( I guess the fact that it indicates a RAM issue doesn't mean that it is a RAM issue either - I mean it could have fried the motherboard or something which is reporting dead RAM? – Alex Coplan Jan 7 '12 at 20:12

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