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Old 19th Sep 2019, 9:25 am   #1
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Hello, I have a Phillips p3371 computer which was working, then the next time I switched it on the post gave a series of beeps and there was no video display. Has anyone come accross this before and if so were you able to repair it? A friend suggested fitting a separate video card but I would value your opinion before purchaseing a card only to find a conflict between the onboard motherboard video circuits and the isa video card. Any help much appreciated.
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 11:02 am   #2
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If you can find the manual for it, or even if it is an IBM clone and therefore the workings are the same, you need to look for the diagnostics section and count the number of beeps - the documentation will tell you what those beeps mean.
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 11:42 am   #3
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Thanks for your reply, I have switched it on and I got - - - .. which I think is 7 in morse, I do not have the manual.

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Old 19th Sep 2019, 12:30 pm   #4
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Any of these match: https://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm
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Old 20th Sep 2019, 12:06 pm   #5
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I don't know the meaning of the beep sequence, but can I make a quick suggestion which is to remove a memory card and try again. If no change, then put the card back and remove another. Keep doing this until all the memory cards have been swopped out once.

I have had computers where the symptoms you describe were due to a failed memory card.

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Old 21st Sep 2019, 10:50 am   #6
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Thanks again for your replies. The machine I have is a strange one in that I have several boards sitting on the bottom of the case which makes it difficult to separate different stages. The memory seems to be in solder in chips rather than plug in modules. I will post a photograph later when I get time.

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Old 21st Sep 2019, 6:58 pm   #7
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Is it a "Made in Canada" model?
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Old 25th Sep 2019, 11:45 am   #8
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Hello again, yes this computer is a Canada Model, as you can see in the photos
it is pretty grotty inside but I have managed to get my problem sorted. I have a
486 machine which was used at my old workplace for programming Philips FM1100 radios, I swapped the hard drive from this machine into the 486 and now it works and I can program my radios.
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Old 26th Sep 2019, 9:15 am   #9
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Are you still going to try to get the Philips going again?
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Old 26th Sep 2019, 10:27 am   #10
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It seems the P33xx series was also marketed as PCDxxx and maybe others as well. Probably one of their last own models. Unfortunately, I couldn't really find any information.
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Old 26th Sep 2019, 3:14 pm   #11
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Thanks again for your replies, there is a radio rally coming up next month and possibly someone may have an ISA video card, if not I will strip out anything useful such as power supply and floppy drive and dispose of it.

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