Computer beeps /help needed/

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by Sam Alsop, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Sam Alsop

    Sam Alsop New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    On startup on my computer makes an audible beep, then there is a pause, then 3 more beeps in quick succession. Another pause follows this and then 2 beeps come afterwards, again in quick succession.

    I've tried removing my RAM and Graphics card

    Thank you very much!
    Sam

    (Spec: in case this is of any use)
    8GB RAM, (4x2GB DIMM2 sticks)
    i5 processor (can't be more specific
    Seagate 500GB hard drive
    SMSC bios chip
     
  2. AlienMenace

    AlienMenace Well-Known Member

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  3. Sam Alsop

    Sam Alsop New Member

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    Thanks for the reply,

    I've tried booting the computer after taking each RAM stick out one by one and have tried booting with none of the sticks in with no success

    Many thanks,
    Sam
     
  4. _Pete_

    _Pete_ Active Member

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    It wont boot with no ram in. You need to take three of the sticks out and try to boot with one only. Then try a different stick on it's own and so on. What BIOS do you have because different BIOS's have different beep combinations. Perhaps telling us what make and model of motherboard you have will help.
     
  5. Sam Alsop

    Sam Alsop New Member

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    Thanks for the reply,
    I have just attempted to boot with one stick in as recommended, trying all 4 individually, with no success.

    The make of motherboard is Dell and I can't see a visible marking on the motherboard regarding the model. Have had a more tech savvy friend have a look, he can't see it either.

    Can make out a serial number on a small sticker:
    CN-0N4YC8-72200-58P-0379-A00
    But searching that produces nothing
     
  6. Sam Alsop

    Sam Alsop New Member

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  7. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    Take it to a shop.
     
  8. Sam Alsop

    Sam Alsop New Member

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    I will do, but I'm understandably hopeful to save money through help from this forum. I'm a student so a computer shop fee is a bit worrying

    Thanks,
    Sam
     
  9. Kitsune

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  10. Sam Alsop

    Sam Alsop New Member

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  11. Kitsune

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    Depends on what is wrong with it.

    According to this site, 1-3-1 through 2-4-4 beeps means DIMMs not being properly identified or used
    Source: https://www.dell.com/support/articl...-vostro-beep-codes-and-error-messages?lang=en

    So my guess is ram is bad or maybe the Motherboard itself is toast, but that is just speculation. So my guess would be at a minimum you'd be buying more ram, otherwise new mobo. OFC there may be some other things that are causing it, that I am not thinking of.

    Edit: actually if it is not detecting the ram is there, sounds like a mobo problem to me, but youll want and actual tech to confirm that before dumping money based on my opinion
     
  12. Sam Alsop

    Sam Alsop New Member

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    A tech savvy friend has had a look in person and recommendeds purchasing a new motherboard. Foetunately they look to be less than £30 so I shall try that first.
     
  13. Kitsune

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    Sweet. Just thought of another cause that is possible, could be the power supply is giving out, if it is, the mobo isnt getting the correct voltage which can affect external Hardware like HDD, GPU, Ram and any other components attached to the mobo's ports.
     
  14. Sam Alsop

    Sam Alsop New Member

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    So the way to test this theory would be to use another cable?
     
  15. Kitsune

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    Use another power supply, preferably that is equal to the one that is in there. If you have access too one.
     

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