Thread: Need help with dell desktop
07-18-2009, 01:06 PM #1
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.
07-18-2009, 02:38 PM #2
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.
07-18-2009, 03:43 PM #3
How many beeps ?
Also look @ the back for flashing lights. Most likely is a memory issue.
07-18-2009, 03:47 PM #4
07-18-2009, 03:57 PM #5
6 beeps being translated means "go get an Apple computer"...
07-18-2009, 08:48 PM #6
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
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
07-18-2009, 09:25 PM #7
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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.
07-19-2009, 07:17 PM #8
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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