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is it the hard drive?

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#1 queensfull


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:23 PM

I have had this problem with 3 desktops. I get this beeping sound with a flashing red light next to the steady green light on the front of the pc. This time I turned on the pc and I heard 5 beeps, pause, 5 beeps again and nothing comes up on the monitor. Two days later I read an article that said you should disconnect hardware devices one at a time and try to pinpoint the problem. I started with the ram. Removed both, still beeping. Next I unplugged the cables to the hard drive, when I turned it on it stopped beeping. I plugged it back in and the pc was working again. I want to address the issue before it happens again, but I'm not sure what to do.

The pc-Hewlett-Packard HP Compaq dc5100 MT
Harddrive-WDC WD800JD-60LSA0 80 gig

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#2 jhayz


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:19 AM

According to the HP documentation link, the 5 beep code refers to a bad stick of RAM. Have you tried alternately using the sticks if they are more than 1? I think you should remove all cable, power, motherboard connections including the CMOS battery for a hardware reset and then press the power button for atleast 30 seconds. Firmly reinsert each connection with one stick of RAM alternately on each slot.


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