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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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During starting i get one beep every 2 sec.


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.
According to hp that beep code is associated with a cd/dvd burner issue. Open up the computer, and pull the power cord out of it. While you have the case open, clean out any dust that is inside, overheating may be causing the issue. Place cover back on, and try starting it.
Next step is to reseat the hardware inside your computer, this involves removing components such as memory, video card(if present), and any additional hardware you may have.
Next remove extra hardware, If it is non-essential try starting your computer without it being installed.
including a link to common beep codes to use as a reference, They will change depending on the hardware you remove, such as memory, video, and the processor.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=bph07107#N196

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Computer beeps


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.

If you try to boot your computer and nothing shows up on your monitor do these steps first.
1-Check all your cables in the back of the computer.
2-check your power source and power cord to the monitor
3-try another monitor if possible
4-If on a power bar try to turn off the power bar and reset the breaker

If you try to boot your computer and nothing happens and you hear beeps look at this website. The beeps you hear are actually telling you what is wrong. Look at the website by clocking on the link below and click on the computer beep codes link. If you want to scroll down past the link it will show you bios codes to enter the bios in your computer


http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

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PC will not boot up. Almost did once but screen went black. Reboot doesn't help. No green light on monitor and PC makes a long slow beep over and over. I have recovery discs but when put it nothing...


Based on your description of your problem, my educated guess is that you have a problem with the system board or motherboard. Checking Compaq support site, it says that beeps are generally heard when a hardware device is not connected properly or has failed.

First thing to try is disconnect the keybaord and mouse and try to start the computer again. What we are trying to do is find out which hardware device might be involved. So start with the keyboard an mouse. If the computer still does not start, remove any periferal drives, like floppy or cd drives.

There are several beep codes, below are a few examples listed:

Beep codes common to HP and Compaq Desktop PCs The following beep codes are common to many HP and Compaq desktop computers. Use these codes first before referring to the other code lists. NOTE: Not all codes are shown. Beeps Description 1 short beep and 1 long beep Memory problem 2 short beeps and 1 long beep (repeats 5 times) Unable to initialize video or video card required but not installed 3 short beeps and 1 long beep CPU configuration error or CPU type is not compatible The following beep codes are common to many HP and Compaq desktop computers that can occur while restoring, flashing or updating the BIOS : Beeps Description 1 short beep Legacy floppy drive or CD/DVD drive not detected 2 short beeps Floppy diskette or compact disc not detected 3 short beeps Unable to start flashing (such as when missing a utility or BIOS image) 4 short beeps Flashing failed (checksum error, corrupted image, etc.) 5 short beeps BIOS recovery successful Try working on this solution and see if you can get the computer to start. Below is a link to a troubleshooting page from Compaq for your computer. This can be a good reference as well.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00899280&tmp_task=solveCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&dest_page=solveCategory&tool=solveCategory&query=pavilion%20m8200n&product=3548185

I hope that this information was helpful.

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Computer will not start


It all depends how many beeps there were.
From http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12253_div/12253_div.HTML
Diagnostic LED Explanation Table Number of 1-second red LED blinks followed by 2-second pause, then repeats:
2-processor thermal protection activated
3-processor not installed
4-power supply failure
5-memory error
6-video error
7-PCA failure (ROM detected failure prior to video)
8-invalid ROM, bootblock recover mode

I have only really come across 4 beeps = order new Power Supply or 5 Beeps = reseat the memory and hope it works

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Hi, I have a very simular problem, I have just read that running the water in the kitchen sink until its hot may work, if not could you please let me know if you get an answer to this problem,

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Try the following troubleshooting:

1.What you need to do is the following, there is something called a power discharge, what you need to do is the following:
1. Remove the AC Adapter/Charger
2. Remove the Battery
3. Hold down the power button for
1 minute
4. Connect everything and try start
-ing it back up
Basically you are draining all the
remaining static Off the Motherboards Capacitors.

If this does not work

2. Check on an external monitor, If there is no display your Graphics Card could be faulty,
If there is display the LCD Panel could be faulty.

3. Do you hear any beeps, if there is 1 long and 2 short beeps it is 100% the graphics card is faulty.

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HP Pavillion dv4000 cto won't start


Hey,

if the computer doesn't beep at all, and noting comes on the screen.

Lets do this first,
Remote the ram from the computer, start up without ram.
turn the laptop off and unplug, did you hear beeps?

Place the other memory module back in and try starting up.
if the computer starts up then all is ok you can plug in the other ram and start up again. if it doesn't start up then repeat the previous process.

if this has no effect and you don't get any beeps from the computer the motherboard most likely has a problem.

I would suggest you call hp or your dealer to check your warranty.
If you are outside of warranty the repairs will cost you.

Discuss repairs with hp and see if its worth it.


Let me know if you need anything else.


Thanks,
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If you added more memory this may make your tower beep.
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hmmm...that's not good. works fine with no battery. I suspect your motherboard may be taking a vacation from working soon.

got backup for your HP?

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