We turned the computer on and heard a series of loud beeps, so we immediately turned it off and unplugged it. Now we can't get the computer to go back on and the litle battery icon (above and to the right of the keyboard) is orange. The computer is totally dead. Please help! Thank you.
Take out all the CRU (Customer replacable Units) from the laptop eg: RAM, HDD, CD/DVD, FDD etc). Connect each one individually one by one and the start the machine.
Also, disconnect the Battery from the Laptop & Connect directly to the wall jack using the Adapter.
Also check for the Power port for physical defects, and if found have the port replaced by a certified technician.
Assuming that this is a laptop then it sounds like a few possible problems. Very common in laptops is a D/C socket problem. Even a Hairline crack were the power socket is soldered. This can be fixed try, www.laptoprepairspecialists.co.uk. Or it could be a problem with RAM. Depends how many beeps you were getting but a laptop will not boot without RAM. Any more help just ask.
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DELL BEEP CODES Beep CodesBeep CodeDescriptionFailure Coverage 1 System Board: BIOS ROM failure System Board, covers
BIOS corruption or ROM error 2 Memory No Memory / RAM detected 3 Chipset Error
(North and South Bridge Chipset DMA/IMR/ Timer Error for Intel platform);
Chipset Error System Board Chipset Failure Time-Of-Day Clock test failure. Gate
A20 failure Super I/O chip failure Keyboard controller test failure. 4 RAM
Read/Write failure Memory failure 5 RTC Power Fail. CMOS battery failure 6 Video
BIOS Test Failure Video card / chip failure 7 CPU Cache Test Failure CPU failure
8 LCD LCD failure
I attempted to update the BIOS on my Vostro 1000 to cure the bad battery message. My original BIOS was 2.6.1 and I intended to update to 2.6.3.
I could not flash under Windows 7 so I installed XP but the flash failed half way through.and the computer did not power up again. All that happened after I pressed the power switch was the light came on and the CD drive shuffled a couple of times. No screen illumination.
Various posts were scanned but no solution found until my buddie came up with the following sequence.
At boot up, after the POST, each time the HDD led blinks, the laptop produces a loud "beep", and refuses to boot, as if this phenomenon prevented the HDD to be read.
If I press the power button, it stops beeping. When I release it, it starts beeping again.
If I press F8 at the beginning and then ask for a normal boot, It boots normally. Anyway, in windows, I have some strange activity, like I would continually pressing Alt+Tab. If I press Esc, it stops immediately and then all seems to work fine.
The reason with your laptop does not boot is power chord does not plug in...memory problem...operating system and corrupted hdd...
Check the power chord if properly plug to the outlet
Check the memory if you heard 3 beep or 8 beep...if you hear 3 beep...the memory is not installed properly...check and install properly...if you hear 8 beep you need to replace the memory with new one...if you hear a continuous beep...the memory...discard the memory...open the laptop then off immediately...then install the memory again...
if the problem still exist...
Please go to the nearest repair center to fix the problem. Because it is very fatal and need assistance from a technician
Since you have power on your laptop. I have this questions you need to answer: 1. have you seen Dell logo after turning on the computer? 2. After turning on the computer heard beeps? If all no do this
1. Turn off laptop remove batt and use ac adapter 2. While laptop is off press Fn key + Power button to run test check if you see display test in progress. If no, wait for 5 minutes to listen to beep codes. Once heard beeps keep pressing hold on N key. If fails turn off laptop
3. While laptop is off, press hold D key + power button. Check if you will see colors display whole screen. If no this will need to replace LCD call Dell. If see colors whole screen replace motherboard call dell.
Try taking the memory out and then put it back in making sure it seated correctly then start using AC power lead it's probably caused by letting the battery get too low before recharging.Use a start up disc to get it going if you have to. Good luck