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Computer beeps when I try to start up

I have an HP Paviliion, it's only 2 yrs old, and when I tried to start it this morning, all it did was beep. Did my harddrive crash?

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No Beeps
No Power, Loose Card, or Short.
1 Short Beep
Normal POST, computer is ok.
2 Short Beep
POST error, review screen for error code.
Continuous Beep
No Power, Loose Card, or Short.
Repeating Short Beep
No Power, Loose Card, or Short.
One Long and one Short Beep
Motherboard issue.
One Long and Two Short Beeps
Video (Mono/CGA Display Circuitry) issue.
One Long and Three Short Beeps.
Video (EGA) Display Circuitry.
Three Long Beeps
Keyboard / Keyboard card error.
One Beep, Blank or Incorrect Display
Video Display Circuitry.

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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    • 1 short beep - Normal POST - system is OK

    • 2 short beeps - POST error - error code shown on screen

    • No beep - Power supply, system board problem, disconnected cpu, or disconnected speaker,

    • Continuous beep - Power supply, system board, or keyboard problem

    • Repeating short beeps - Power supply or system board problem or keyboard

    • Repeating long beeps - memory etc is unseated

    • 1 long, 1 short beep - System board problem

    • 1 long, 2 short beeps - Display adapter problem (MDA, CGA)

    • 1 long, 3 short beeps - Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA)

    • 3 long beeps - 3270 keyboard card



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Further info needed...

Are you getting ANY writing on the screen error messages or no ?
If your not getting video could be your video card or memory.

What type of PC is it and how many beeps, certain # or non stop ?



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If you try to power on your computer and nothing happens but a bunch of beeps there is something you can do. The beeps actually mean something. To make sure you can hear the beeps check in the bios options. If there is an option for a silent boot you won't hear any beeps. If you hear one beep every time your computer starts then you don't have to worry about this.

If you want to check this setting refer to my other tip on how to enter bios and change boot settings.

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Hello axel,
Before addressing the beep code, please unhook any devices you have plugged into the computer, such as printer, scanner, camera. Then try starting it.
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