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Computer isn't working.. with a very annoying long beep.

The lights that flash are 1 and 4, and then sometimes 2 and 3. It switches.

The beeping isn't anything like the codes I found in my manual, it just goes on forever, repeatedly. beepbeepbeepbeepbeep
I've tried un-plugging and then replugging the computer, and then my father took out the memory and put them back in.. problem still persists.

And the monitor doesn't say anything for me that would help..

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  • randomranma Feb 09, 2009

    We can't find the culprit..the computer hasn't worked normally yet.



    but we have gotten 1 and 2 flashing lights now.

  • randomranma Feb 09, 2009

    Wow. Okay I found the problem..

    just wow.

    I had some things lying on top of my keyboard that prevented it from starting up. Just wow.



    Thanks anyway~

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Disconnect all the drives connected like hard disk , cd drives or dvd drives and floppy drive and than start the system and if i am not mistaken it should start ... than shut the system again and than connect the drives one and start the system and if that works connect the other drive one by one and u will find the culprit and if the system is under warrantty contact dell on 18006249896

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