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Computer Beeps And Wont Boot


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#1 Larryjr88

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 06:02 PM

Hello, I've had my computer for a year now. Last night, I shut it down and it wouldn't start today when I tried to boot it.

I have not added any new parts, so I'm confused why it happened now.

Here's what happens

I hit the power button
Fans turn on
5 seconds later, it begins to beep. It sounds like a siron almost, high pitch then low pitch. While it is doing this (never stops) my moniter is blank black.

What can I do to fix this?

thanks in advance

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 06:08 PM

Did you buy this computer used or new?

Is there a disk in your 3 1/2 inch floppy drive?

Has anyone recently opened up the case?

Did the hard-drive in which the OS is installed on come with the computer?

Please specify more information. There are a few possibilities as to what could be wrong.


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Posted 23 February 2006 - 06:30 PM

Have you looked up your BIOS beep codes?

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 06:45 PM

Hi Larryjr88,

My suggestion would be to open the case and look to see if the processor fan is turning. My research indicates that one cause maybe the processor over heating. Make sure the fan and heatsink is free and clear of dust and debris. I would also reseat your memory sticks and adapter cards installed.

If that doesn't help... just as WlkingMan stated... we need more information about your system.
Make of computer
Model of computer
If it isn't a named brand (Like Dell - HP - Gateway) please list the model number on the motherboard. It is usually stenciled in white on the motherboard.

I hope this helps,

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 09:39 PM

I agree with Rigel. Generally that siren noise indicates an overheating CPU. See Cleaning the Interior of your PC for some great tips on how to do this.

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#6 Larryjr88

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 10:16 PM

Thanks for the input!

I replugged my ram and adaptors as well as cleaned my cpu fan and heatsink.

I booted it up and still makes the noise.

Here's my info...

Bought from cyberpower
radeon X800 video card
creative audigy soundcard
2 single gig memory sticks
the motherboard says ''Albartron PX865 PE lite pro

if you need any other info let me know.

A poster above asked if the hard drive came with it- yes it did. and yes it came with windows xp.

thanks again for other ideas.

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 10:23 PM

make sure ur jumpers are right. make sure your memory, video, and any pci cards are seated. unplug ur comp. Take out ur cmos battery and hold the power button for 20 seconds. Dont worry it obviously wont turn on. Put the cmos battery back in and try to boot. hope this helps cause it worked for me. Keep us posted
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Posted 24 February 2006 - 12:43 AM

If the computer is 2 + years old change the CMOS battery. They're cheap enough and if not now it would need to be changed soon anyway.

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 12:54 AM

Beep Codes

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 04:08 PM

What's a cmos battery or where is it? Should I change it?

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 09:27 PM

The CMOS battery is a round silver disk about the size on a nickle on your system board. You can buy them at any Electronics store and I have even seen them in Wal-Mart's automotive department next to the keys.

Larry I am still leaning toward an overtemp issue or a power problem. Can you get you hands on a voltage tester and check the voltages on your power supply? The voltages for each color of cable coming from the power supply is listed on the cover of the power supply. Just be careful when dealing with electricity - no crispy critters allowed! Also make sure the heat sink and cooling fan is securely attached to your processor.

Take care and be safe

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Posted 24 February 2006 - 10:57 PM

Thanks for the ideas, Rigel!

I replaced the battery disk and it still isn't working.

I noticed something new also. The noice is coming from a little device that is sticking up from the motherboard. I'm not sure if that matters though.

So, you think that I should replace the power supply? Should I post the voltages for you?

thanks again!

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 08:30 PM

Larryjr88...

Try this:

SpeedFan

This is a free utility that monitors your computer's systems. Download and install SpeedFan. Run the program and look at the Readings tab. At the bottom of the window, it will list your voltages. Please post those here.

Let me know if you have any questions about installation or running the program.

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 08:41 PM

Thanks for the ideas, Rigel!

I replaced the battery disk and it still isn't working.

I noticed something new also. The noice is coming from a little device that is sticking up from the motherboard. I'm not sure if that matters though.

So, you think that I should replace the power supply? Should I post the voltages for you?

thanks again!


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Posted 27 February 2006 - 08:49 PM

Larryjr88...

Try this:

SpeedFan


I had a senior moment Larry... Please disregard my last post. You can run software on it if it doesn't run. :thumbsup:

Use a volt meter and document the reading for each color. Remember the black leads are grounds - use the black meter leads here... use the red meter lead to check the colored wires.

Good luck

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