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Hi My mum is trying to switch her computer on, but when she tries to switch on her 'tower' it is just making a loud beeping noise then going off. She has tried switching it off at the wall, but she still cannot get it to work

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That is from the POST routine at start up. Those beeps actually tell you what is wrong.

Depending on your BIOS, they can mean different things. this page will help you to narrow down the issue. - LINK

Here is a second link as well - LINK2

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