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Acer power up problem and no picture on screen

I have an Acer Aspire M5201 base unit which i am currently having problems powering up. It was fine last night then turning it on this morning it started making lots of noises from the hard drive and i wasnt getting a picture on my monitor. I turned it off and back on to instead get an extended beep noise instead of the usual quick beep and still no picture on the screen. I have tried different power leads, different monitors, different plug sockets. As a last result i am currently waiting on an Acer engineer to arrange a pickup for repair but i am fairly computer literate and if there is anything i can do to fix this without repairs and call centers then it would be most appreciated if anybody had any advice.

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Try this link it will take you to a page that describes the beep(s). Once you figure out what it is telling you let me know and ill let you know if there is anything you can do.

http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm

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Removethe video car and dimm memory and any other plugged in cards
leave the monitor unattached.
start the machine
if it beeps exactly as u said, the motherboard is faulty and must be replaced.
If it doesnt, or gives out a different beep pattern, turn it off, add the memory dimms ack, switch on again.
If it beeps continuously your memory is bad and you may just be able to go buy some replacements. If you have never removed/installed dimms be careful they only fit in one way around.
If the beep is absent/different to the original problem beep, turn off the macchine again and add the video card - do not attach the monitor. reboot and listen again If u have recreated the original beep that it failed on, its the video card.

This is the standard diagnostic process and can be repeated with the addition of each accessory, monitor, keyboard etc. until you find the culprit. Failed hard disks/CD's/DVD/Floppy will not give you this beep error usually. It is most likely faulty memory chips. If youo have really good manuals that came with the machine, you can look up the beep code to identify the problem as they are like morse code...the beep pattern tells u the fault.
Hope u can resolve it yourself and save some cash!

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