First off, good mobo! outdated, but it really performed well for my department at the University. I love the DIP layout instead of the pins....and the soft configuring....
Anyways, about your actual question:
I heard this combination many many times, as I had to make do with all the frankenstein computers we had in my department. It means that the BIOS can't detect a video card. I did some searches and found the following line confirming this:
Try putting another vid card in. If I remember correctly, that model had quite a few troubles with the 2X AGP cards I used to try...as well as some of the PCI ones...I'm not sure where you can find a compatability chart at this point, but hopefully you have some extra cards to try lying around....I know it has a 1X/2X AGP slot...
01-14-02, 08:56 AM
Yeah, the 1 long beep and 3 short beeps mean that a video card can't be detected. Even when it is in the slot, sometimes they can wiggle their way out enough so that its not making a proper connection. Its the same code for my ASUS motherboard. Annoying when that happens..."
as far as reliable sources of info for this kind of stuff, figure out what bios you have (the P3B-f had AwardBIOS), and look at this web site
The manual I found here
Edit: I just looked up some of my old documentation from up there, and the problem I narrowed many of my issues to was the AGP speed, and the voltage...I had to make sure I had a Vid card that was AGP 1.0 compatible-you'd have to look up the specifics, but it had to be AGP 1X or 2X, and have the proper voltage for the Mobo. I can look up later to see what that voltage should be. PCI vid cards usually worked out fine.
Last edited by Orion; 07-31-2007 at 08:08 PM.
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