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My Dell desktop computers will not start with the orange light on

Recently my school purchased pentium iv dell computer which we used for only for a month and they have all broken down. They will not start with the orange light beeping. Why

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Hi im josh in cebu phils. may i help you? friend if it signifies beep it means there is some hardware problems occur. the hardware that gves beeps is the video card, memory RAM, processor. try to check the three. first check the video card if it is seated and mounted firmly in the slot.failure of mentioned may gve the beepr problem,. 2nd the memory be sure it is seated firmly on the memory bank failure to do so may have the same problem. and the last is the processor be sure the fan still turns and the lock is still at place.failure may cause also beeping. so check and do the mentioned it will solve the problem. good luck hope i helped you.

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Check out the hardware. if their is regular beep then it is due to RAM malfunctioning . open the cabinet and check out the RAM . Remove it and then reset it and start the computer it solves the problem and if the problem persist then replace the RAM

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