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Computer turns on and beeps

My computer i turn it on and it starts up then it does a beep for about 8 seconds then stops and doesnt start then beeps again for another 8 seconds and it keeps doing this ive already checked the ram and its in place

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  • Bill Kindle May 11, 2010

    You have a hardware failure somewhere. Could you provide me with the make and model of your system? Was it a self built computer or a name brand??

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Have you recently changed any hardware or BIOS settings? Is it one beep for 8 seconds or 8 beeps? If it's 8 beeps then that indicates a bad video card. If you are not using the on board video then try re-seating the video board or try a different video board.

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