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boot problem with 3 long beeps

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#1 geno368


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Posted 20 December 2009 - 11:49 AM

I am trying to boot an older PC running XP and when I power it up, I immediately get 3 long beeps and then the cd drive powers up. I don't get the post beep, video or even keyboard power. I have tested the PS and it shows well within range. I have made an xp msdos boot disk and it doesn't work at all. I put in my xp cd and it spins but doesn't work either...Where should I go next for testing? Thanks

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#2 ratchet48


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Posted 20 December 2009 - 12:41 PM

Three bios beeps is usually a ram issue. Unplug the computer, open the case and touch the case to discharge any static electricity before touching any internal components. Look to see if memeory modules are present, if so how many. Remove and reseat the modules and attempt reboot. If there are more than one module try booting with one at a time, switching out modules.

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Edited by ratchet48, 21 December 2009 - 08:50 AM.

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