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  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2008

    I have a similar problem with my HP Pavilion M7160N (XP Media Center). It will work fine and then shut off and start beeping with short constant beeps. If the word "beep" equals one second, then it sounds more like. be-be-be-be-be-be until I pull the power. Also, the computer does not boot up and the monitor has no signal. Other times, it boots up fine and at some point shuts down and begins to beep again. Thoughts?

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson May 11, 2010

    how many beeps are there and are they short or long?


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This can usually indicate a RAM error (the beeps are from the power on start test POST).e
On the other hand it may simply be a keyboard failure so try another or power on without the keyboard.

Other issues that can cause this are a virus or a newly installed program that is conflicting with windows.But as leecom asked num of beeps and lenght

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Iturn on my desktop and it just keeps beeping nothing on monitor?

Pull your ram sticks out, leaving only one in place (doesn't matter which spot it's in). If beeping stops and computer boots, you found it. Continue replacing ram sticks until beep returns, and you've found the bad stick.
On the suspect ram stick, try this. Take the eraser side of a pencil, and work the eraser up/down, back/forth on the gold contacts of the ram. What you're trying to do is to clean the contacts with the eraser (stop laughing, it works!).
Try that ram again, if the beeping stops you've saved a ram stick. If not, I'm afraid it's shot.

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I turn the power on and my light stays yellow and the fans work but it beeps

The beeps you hear are BIOS Beep Codes and tells you what problem is keeping the computer from booting. We need at a minimum, the computer make & model or the motherboard model #. If you also know what BIOS it uses (Award, AMI (American Megatrends), Phoenix...etc), this was displayed during the boot process when the computer worked if you happen to remember it.
Once you know this we can find the code that tells what the problem is.

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Does it come with any beep sound, because beep sound clarify the fault. Check it by the way.
The list is given below.

No Beeps Short, No power, Bad CPU/MB, Loose Peripherals
One Beep Everything is normal and Computer POSTed fine
Two Beeps POST/CMOS Error
One Long Beep, One Short Beep Motherboard Problem
One Long Beep, Two Short Beeps Video Problem
One Long Beep, Three Short Beeps Video Problem
Three Long Beeps Keyboard Error
Repeated Long Beeps Memory Error
Continuous Hi-Lo Beeps CPU Overheating

best of luck!

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I would try reseating the ram first and see if that changes anything. From there unplug everything non essential and then turn it on to see if that fixes it.
thank you,

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That beep could mean alot of things, but probably a VIDEO CARD or RAM has become unseated.

If you feel comfortable with this, UNPLUG THE COMPUTER take off the case, remove and reinsert the ram chips, and the cards. You might need a screwdriver or two, and a LIGHT. The ram tabs are small.

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If a computer keeps beeping when i try to start it up , is that the hard drive?

Hello, and thanks for using FixYa.

No, often its memory or video card. The beeping pattern tells of the problem.

I would remove the memory modules from the machine, turn on again without memory, it will beep, turn off, unplug and reinsert one of the memory modules into the computer and turn on, it should work, if it doesn't repeat with another memory module.

if the problem is not solved count the beeps and are they long or short? and I'll know more.


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The beeping is telling you something ... counting the beeps and matching that to the make and model on a beep decoder would answer your question.

What are you going to do about the switch controlled outlet? Id suggest you run a power strip from another hot all the time outlet. It is a death sentence to continue to shut your computer off with first warning it.

I hope this helps you


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Does the computer beep when you turn it on? If so, count the beeps and google it. Something like "computer beep 3 times at post" or similar.

If it does not beep, remove all buy one of your memory chips. (mind your static charge, keep in touch with your computer case so you don't fry your mobo or memory) Will the system post with only one chip? If not, try all of your memory chips one at a time. Post now? If so, you can narrow down the issue.

If this doesn't work, remove all of the cards. (video, sound, network, etc) Turn the computer back on. If it still does not beep, it is very likely that the CPU is the culprit, with a slight left field chance of it being the power supply.

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Have a tech, or mabe yourself if you're so inclined, chec kto see if the video card, or other card, is plugged in fully. sometimes these get partially unplugged.


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