My hp pavilion xf328 quit working on me one day and now when i start it up it just makes four loud beeps, beep....beep....beep....beep and then its skips a couple seconds and does that again. someone told me it could be the ram need to be reaseated but i opened the ram cover and there is no ram to take out.
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The beep patterns always tell you what the problem is, but it depends on what kind of BIOS is in your computer. You can take a look here, maybe you find what is the problem with your machine: http://www.pchell.com/hardware/beepcodes.shtml
What the beeps are for is to alert you that there is a component that is not going smoothly through POST(Power On Self Test) This is a test that the motherboard runs everytime you start your pc. It is the boards way of double checking hardware and that the most basic software to find the windows installation is in order.
These beeps could generally be the same but different according to the manufacturer of the computer.
This is what I need you to do so I can effectively provide assistance. When You turn on your Pc i need you to count how many beeps it is making, as well as frequency. Like if they are short beeps or long beeps. Thats the difference you need to listen for. It may sound randoom but there is a pattern that the motherboard is trying to convey to you to state what is wrong with it. Record the beep sequence and provide me with a little more information on your pc and we will see where we go from there.
Ram is not supported or installed incorrectly, try readjusting it, then reset the CMOS and try again. If ti doesn't work after the readjust make sure that the ram speed etc is supported by your motherboard.
I just had the same problem to deal with. My computer automatically turned on, and just when you thought it was gonna work, there was a single, loud beep. I immediately unplugged the computer. Make sure all the cords and chips are properly and securely connected. My problem was that my memory cards were loose. Maybe that'll help.