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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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motherboard is doing a check and failing something another component either CPU, Monitor or memory usualy) (google search bios beeps for your make/model) to determine what.
if you cant find it, just ensure the above 3 are correctly seated by taking them out and putting them back in again.

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To Create a Crisis Recovery USB you must use a Win XP system
Note: Running XP through compatibility more in Win 7 will not work
1. Insert Blank USB Drive
2. Open "CRISDISK" folder
3. Open "WINCRIS" application
4. It should detect the USB Drive
5. Click "Start" Button
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6. For Crisis recover, be sure to Power drain system.
A. Remove Battery
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7. Insert USB drive into USB port.
8. Hold END button while plugging in power cord in system
9. Continue to hold END and depress and release the system power button.
10. Continue holding END until USB drive begins to flash and a beep is heard.
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Good luck Dean/Steve

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It's possible you have some kind of infestation, and it's possible there's something more systemic, but without knowing the make and model of your system I couldn't say.
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