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    Need help with dell desktop

    i have the dell dimension 4700 desktop and when i press the power button i get loud beeps and the cooling fan is going alot faster than normal..also nothing will show up on the screen.


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    IIRC that is indicative of a hardware failure (or something not plugged in completely). A specific sequence of beeps tells what it is. That's all I remember, sorry if I'm completely off base.

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    How many beeps ?

    Also look @ the back for flashing lights. Most likely is a memory issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbtd View Post
    How many beeps ?

    Also look @ the back for flashing lights. Most likely is a memory issue.
    its 6 beeps..about a second apart

    also on the back where there are letters lit A and B are orange color and C and D are yellow

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    6 beeps being translated means "go get an Apple computer"...

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    Well you could go buy an Apple and over pay for an underpowered PC or spend a few bucks on new memory. The lights indicate a memory failure. Perhaps it came unseated or just went bad. They are cheap now a days.

    On the lights
    http://support.dell.com/support/edoc....htm#wp1054305

    On the beep codes the time inbetween them is very relevant. My guess is the BIOS error because it needs to load to memory and there isnt any
    http://support.dell.com/support/edoc....htm#wp1052968

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    The normal procedure is to power up the PC system, watch for error message on the monitor screen and listen to the PC beep tone. A single beep during boot-up process is normal and does not indicate a failure if the system continues to boot-up.

    1 Beep tone - DRAM refresh failure
    2 Beep tone - DRAM Parity failure
    3 Beep tone - Base 64K RAM failure
    4 Beep tone - System timer error
    5 Beep tone - CPU failure
    6 Beep tone - Keyboard controller error
    7 Beep tone - Virtual mode error
    8 Beep tone - Display memory read/write error
    9 Beep tone - ROM BIOS checksum error
    10 Beep tone - CMOS register read/write error
    11 Beep tone - Cache memory error
    Continous Beep tone - Memory or Video memory failures.

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    got the problem fixed...ended up being the memory...i just took both 512mb sticks out...then put in one in at a time...thanks for the help everyone!

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