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POST (Power On Self Test) - Definition

POST is an abbreviation for Power On Self Test. When a PC is powered up or restarted, the first thing the BIOS does is perform some basic tests for the existence and/or functionality of various hardware components. Should any of these tests fail, the BIOS simply beeps to indicate the error, and stops the system. The number of beeps describes which of the sub-system tests failed. Unfortunately, there is no explicit standard between manufacturers for these error codes, so you will need to contact technical support or the manufacturer's web site to obtain this information.


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