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#1 noodle

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 01:22 PM

TessiahOS has a problem:

Desktop computer with the beeping noises when starting up. I have a 32-bit Dell Precision running Windows 10. This problem recently happened to it: the PC makes the beeping sounds when I start it up. This isn't the first time it happened, in fact it did the exact same things way back, making the same pattern of beeps. Back then I just keep turning it on and off and fortunately it did run again


Recently I changed PC, so I unplugged all the external stuff on this Dell computer (I don't have external drive or anything, just simple mouse, keyboards, etc.). When I plugged them back in to the Dell because I was giving it to someone else, the beeping happened. I read somewhere that they are also partly caused by hardware changes, much like BSOD, and I'm pretty sure each mouse or keyboard is "installed" to certain USB slots. When I plugged the external stuff back in like I mentioned earlier, I don't remember the exact USB slots since the Dell PC I had has many, so I think this is the main reason it looks like I have a "hardware change"

I hear a long beep, then 3 long peeps and finally 2 long beeps but can 't interpret the beeps and I don't have any hardwares skills to modify the inside parts (except RAMs but that's not helpful right now). I want to ask if there are any better way to get my computer back to normal booting (since back then it took me hours to turn off and on constantly, not good for a computer...)


 
 
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According interpretation of Dell Precision manual beep sequence 1 - 3 - 2; mean one long beep. three long beeps, two long beeps, has nothing to do with USB slots or hardware change. Those beeps and the fact that actually you can't start up your computer might indicate failure of 1st 64K RAM test. Dell recommends troubleshoot the memory and memory slots.

Now, if you can't start your computer, you can't use standard apps to do a memory check so all you can do is to remove and replace carefully your memory cards.

If failure still persists and in case you have more then one memory sticks, remove all memory and replace them one by one. A bad memory might conflict startup but your computer can start up with just one good memory withouf problem.
If failure still persists, you should test professionally those memories and may I say, your computer; it might be some serious problem with your motherboard; so, if you don't have the tecnical background, you can't do much except keep turning it on - off and pray until it boots up. Now, you are right, this procedure is quite bad for the electroinics of your computer
So, take it to an experimented repair service.

If you want to interpret those beeps by yourself this webpage might give you some orientation:


http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN293445/en

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 03:56 AM

Nice noodle. Most memory is lifetime garunteed. So if you do find a bad one check the chip for manufacturer name and call them about a replacement. Worth a try.



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 12:51 PM

Nice noodle. Most memory is lifetime garunteed. So if you do find a bad one check the chip for manufacturer name and call them about a replacement. Worth a try.

Nice... I'll make comment to asker though I don't know if he really followed my advice.


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