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I have a dimenison 4600 that just beep and won't boot

My son tore the computer apart and when i put it back together i can not get it to boot up. the computer beeps once then beeps three times and then beeps twice. nothing shows up on the screen. he took the read write cd out of the system and replaced it with a cd player

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Possibly a memory issue. Double check your memory is clipped in properly. If you have two sticks you should be able to run on just one to test and see if one is damaged.

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