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4 components in failure, now what?

My computer has 4 major components in failure, and i dunno how long it will last with it messed up like it is. The processors being funky, the fans being super quiet, even when my space heaters on, the motherboard is slightly cracked, and the BIOS is saying that the hard drive's about to fail.

Long-formatting is out of the question: took 5 hours to get to 99%, i ended up having to quick-format it, but I know that the thing wont last and its NOT worth replacing this part or that part, already looked into a new computer, but the question I have is, will this one hang on long enough for me to have the other one, which is expected to be in early May.

An idea of a timeline with these problems would be helpful.

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Well as for the hard drive,, the laptop im currently on, also warns me of an impending hard drive failure and to back up all data when i start the laptop and ive been using it for several months this way, although i DO NOT keep anything important on here as it can completely fail at any time. As for the motherboard,, im surprized its still workign at all if its cracked so im guessing that wont last too much longer. And as for the fans,, its possible that either your processor is acting funny because its overheating due to the fans not spinning as fast as they should be,,, or your processor could just be shot.

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How can I translate the motherboard beeps on startup


AMI Beep Codes

Beep Code Meaning
1. beep DRAM refresh failure. There is a problem in the system memory or the motherboard.
2. beeps Memory parity error. The parity circuit is not working properly.
3. beeps Base 64K RAM failure. There is a problem with the first 64K of system memory.
4. beeps system timer not operational. There is problem with the timer(s) that control functions on the motherboard.
5. beeps Processor failure. The system CPU has failed.
6. beeps Gate A20/keyboard controller failure. The keyboard IC controller has failed, preventing gate A20 from switching the processor to protect mode.
7. beeps Virtual mode exception error.
8. beeps Video memory error. The BIOS cannot write to the frame buffer memory on the video card.
9. beeps ROM checksum error. The BIOS ROM chip on the motherboard is likely faulty.
10. beeps CMOS checksum error. Something on the motherboard is causing an error when trying to interact with the CMOS.
11. beeps Bad cache memory. An error in the level 2 cache memory.

1 long beep, 2 short Failure in the video system.
1 long beep, 3 short A failure in the video system.
1 long beep, 8 short display test failure.
Continuous beeping A problem with the memory or video.
BIOS Beep Codes

Phoenix Beep Codes

Phoenix uses sequences of beeps to indicate problems. The "-" between each number below indicates a pause between each beep sequence.
For example, 1-2-3 indicates one beep, followed by a pause and three beeps. Phoenix version before 4.x use 3-beep codes, while Phoenix versions starting with 4.x use 4-beep codes.
Click here for AMI BIOS beep codes.
4-Beep Codes

Beep Code Meaning
1-1-1-3 Faulty CPU/motherboard. Verify real mode.
1-1-2-1 Faulty CPU/motherboard.
1-1-2-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
1-1-3-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. Initialize chipset registers with initial POST values.
1-1-3-2 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
1-1-3-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. Initialize CPU registers.
1-1-3-2
1-1-3-3
1-1-3-4 Failure in the first 64K of memory.
1-1-4-1 Level 2 cache error.
1-1-4-3 I/O port error.
1-2-1-1 Power management error.
1-2-1-2
1-2-1-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
1-2-2-1 Keyboard controller failure.
1-2-2-3 BIOS ROM error.
1-2-3-1 System timer error.
1-2-3-3 DMA error.
1-2-4-1 IRQ controller error.
1-3-1-1 DRAM refresh error.
1-3-1-3 A20 gate failure.
1-3-2-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
1-3-3-1 Extended memory error.
1-3-3-3
1-3-4-1
1-3-4-3 Error in first 1MB of system memory.
1-4-1-3
1-4-2-4 CPU error.
1-4-3-1
2-1-4-1 BIOS ROM shadow error.
1-4-3-2
1-4-3-3 Level 2 cache error.
1-4-4-1
1-4-4-2
2-1-1-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
2-1-1-3
2-1-2-1 IRQ failure.
2-1-2-3 BIOS ROM error.
2-1-2-4
2-1-3-2 I/O port failure.
2-1-3-1
2-1-3-3 Video system failure.
2-1-1-3
2-1-2-1 IRQ failure.
2-1-2-3 BIOS ROM error.
2-1-2-4 I/O port failure.
2-1-4-3
2-2-1-1 Video card failure.
2-2-1-3
2-2-2-1
2-2-2-3 Keyboard controller failure.
2-2-3-1 IRQ error.
2-2-4-1 Error in first 1MB of system memory.
2-3-1-1
2-3-3-3 Extended memory failure.
2-3-2-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
2-3-2-3
2-3-3-1 Level 2 cache error.
2-3-4-1
2-3-4-3 Motherboard or video card failure.
2-3-4-1
2-3-4-3
2-4-1-1 Motherboard or video card failure.
2-4-1-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
2-4-2-1 RTC error.
2-4-2-3 Keyboard controller error.
2-4-4-1 IRQ error.
3-1-1-1
3-1-1-3
3-1-2-1
3-1-2-3 I/O port error.
3-1-3-1
3-1-3-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
3-1-4-1
3-2-1-1
3-2-1-2 Floppy drive or hard drive failure.
3-2-1-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
3-2-2-1 Keyboard controller error.
3-2-2-3
3-2-3-1
3-2-4-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
3-2-4-3 IRQ error.
3-3-1-1 RTC error.
3-3-1-3 Key lock error.
3-3-3-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
3-3-3-3
3-3-4-1
3-3-4-3
3-4-1-1
3-4-1-3
3-4-2-1
3-4-2-3
3-4-3-1
3-4-4-1
3-4-4-4 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
4-1-1-1 Floppy drive or hard drive failure.
4-2-1-1
4-2-1-3
4-2-2-1 IRQ failure.
4-2-2-3
4-2-3-1
4-2-3-3
4-2-4-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
4-2-4-3 Keyboard controller error.
4-3-1-3
4-3-1-4
4-3-2-1
4-3-2-2
4-3-3-1
4-3-4-1
4-3-4-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
4-3-3-2
4-3-3-4 IRQ failure.
4-3-3-3
4-3-4-2 Floppy drive or hard drive failure.
3-Beep Codes
Beep Code Meaning
1-1-2 Faulty CPU/motherboard.
1-1-3 Faulty motherboard/CMOS read-write failure.
1-1-4 Faulty BIOS/BIOS ROM checksum error.
1-2-1 System timer not operational. There is a problem with the timer(s) that control functions on the motherboard.
1-2-2
1-2-3 Faulty motherboard/DMA failure.
1-3-1 Memory refresh failure.
1-3-2
1-3-3
1-3-4 Failure in the first 64K of memory.
1-4-1 Address line failure.
1-4-2 Parity RAM failure.
1-4-3 Timer failure.
1-4-4 NMI port failure.
2-_-_ Any combination of beeps after 2 indicates a failure in the first 64K of memory.
3-1-1 Master DMA failure.
3-1-2 Slave DMA failure.
3-1-3
3-1-4 Interrupt controller failure.
3-2-4 Keyboard controller failure.
3-3-1
3-3-2 CMOS error.
3-3-4 Video card failure.
3-4-1 Video card failure.
4-2-1 Timer failure.
4-2-2 CMOS shutdown failure.
4-2-3 Gate A20 failure.
4-2-4 Unexpected interrupt in protected mode.
4-3-1 RAM test failure.
4-3-3 Timer failure.
4-3-4 Time of day clock failure.
4-4-1 Serial port failure.
4-4-2 Parallel port failure.
4-4-3 Math coprocessor.

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Reasons why Hard Drives fail.


A hard drive's file system may become corrupted or damaged due to a virus or software malfunction, but this is not a true drive failure because in most cases you can reformat the drive and reinstall the operating system and everything is back to normal. Hard drives fail due to a malfunction in their mechanical or electrical components.

The following picture illustrates the major components inside a hard drive:

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The following is a list of the most common mechanical failures that can happen.

1. The spindle motor can malfunction. The spindle motor works much the same way that cd-rom or dvd player spindle motor works and is located in the middle of the hard drive platters. In a hard drives case, it's job is to spin the platters.

2. The read/write heads malfunction or the actuator arm malfunctions and prevents the read/write heads from reading the data stored on the hard discs (the platters). The picture below shows a closer view of the platters, actuator arm, and read/write head.

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3. The hard discs themselves can become damaged by rough handling (dropped) or can in some cases become scratched by the read/write heads if they touch the disc.

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4. On the back side of the hard drive case you will see where the cable and power supply plugs in and you will also see where the jumpers are. These contain small pins and can easily be bent or broken.

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5. Another problem that can occur is the cables and ribbons themselves become loose and do not make a proper connection or the cable themselves can become damaged. The power cable can also become damaged or malfunction.

Picture of an IDE cable.

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Picture of a SATA cable.

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Hard drives can also fail due to malfunctioning or damaged electronics on their circuit board.

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The most common electrical components to malfunction are Transistors, Capacitors, and Resistors. Power surges are the common cause of these small components to fail, so remember to make sure you are using a good surge protector or a UPS system for your entire computer system. A good policy is to always unplug your computer system from outlets when a storm is capable of producing lightening. It is also important to remember that if any of these failures happen, it will be cheaper to replace the drive for a new one. You can return a hard drive to the manufacturer to be fixed if it is still under warranty. Read your documentation and warranty information carefully if you purchase a new hard drive to upgrade/replace your old one.

The following picture is an illustration of where the hard drive is located inside the computer case. In this case, it is a SATA hard drive.

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on Jan 10, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Amber light is flashing on my computer and it won't turn on at all. Help!


The Dell Dimension 300 gets the amber blinking light when there is power to the computer (the power supply) but the motherboard isn't getting the correct power. Sometimes it can indicate a motherboard fault or that the power supply is not set to the correct incoming voltage.

Check the back of the computer. If the power supply has a switch for incoming voltage, make sure that it matches your incoming voltage. Next check that the main power cable (20 or 24 pins depending on the computer) is fully seated on the motherboard. (It can only be connected one way and should lock onto the connector on the motherboard.)

Next check that the power supply is providing the correct power. You can simply install another power supply (known to work on another computer). Make sure that the PSU is correctly sized for the computer components. Alternatively use a multimeter or a dedicated power supply tester or put it in a different machine.

If the problem is not cured with a new PSU, the motherboard has a failure. Unfortunately, it's difficult to identify the exact bad component. (If a major component other than the CPU on the motherboard had failed, the diagnostic lights or beep codes could help identify the issue.)

I hope this helps.

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I just got a pc from a friend without HDD, i put my own HDD in but when i start up pc constantly beeps until i shut down.. so irritated.. plz help, thanks


The beep codes indicate there is a problem keeping it from starting. You code post the model, etc. of the computer, and the number of beeps, and if there are long or short beeps. Mostly these are memory and/or video. If you can, disconnect the hard drive, cd, and any extra cards (sound card, modem, network). Re-seat (remove and re-install) RAM and video card, then try it again. Re-post if you are still getting beep codes with # of beeps, etc.

Sep 15, 2011 | PC Desktops

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Beep Code Manual


(I'm Computer Technician, I use these codes to trouble shoot hardware issues at my job. Enjoy.)

BIOS Beep Codes

When a computer is first turned on, or rebooted, it's BIOS performs a power-on self test (POST) to test the system's hardware, checking to make sure that all of the system's hardware components are working properly. Under normal circumstances, the POST will display an error message; however, if the BIOS detects an error before it can access the video card, it will produce a series of beeps, and the pattern of the beeps indicates what kind of problem the BIOS has detected. Because there are many brands of BIOS, there are no standard beep codes for every BIOS.

The two most-used brands are AMI (American Megatrends International) and Phoenix.

Below are listed the beep codes for AMI systems, and here are the beep codes for Phoenix systems.

AMI Beep Codes

Beep Code Meaning
1. beep DRAM refresh failure. There is a problem in the system memory or the motherboard.
2. beeps Memory parity error. The parity circuit is not working properly.
3. beeps Base 64K RAM failure. There is a problem with the first 64K of system memory.
4. beeps system timer not operational. There is problem with the timer(s) that control functions on the motherboard.
5. beeps Processor failure. The system CPU has failed.
6. beeps Gate A20/keyboard controller failure. The keyboard IC controller has failed, preventing gate A20 from switching the processor to protect mode.
7. beeps Virtual mode exception error.
8. beeps Video memory error. The BIOS cannot write to the frame buffer memory on the video card.
9. beeps ROM checksum error. The BIOS ROM chip on the motherboard is likely faulty.
10. beeps CMOS checksum error. Something on the motherboard is causing an error when trying to interact with the CMOS.
11. beeps Bad cache memory. An error in the level 2 cache memory.

1 long beep, 2 short Failure in the video system.
1 long beep, 3 short A failure in the video system.
1 long beep, 8 short display test failure.
Continuous beeping A problem with the memory or video.
BIOS Beep Codes

Phoenix Beep Codes

Phoenix uses sequences of beeps to indicate problems. The "-" between each number below indicates a pause between each beep sequence.
For example, 1-2-3 indicates one beep, followed by a pause and three beeps. Phoenix version before 4.x use 3-beep codes, while Phoenix versions starting with 4.x use 4-beep codes.
Click here for AMI BIOS beep codes.
4-Beep Codes

Beep Code Meaning
1-1-1-3 Faulty CPU/motherboard. Verify real mode.
1-1-2-1 Faulty CPU/motherboard.
1-1-2-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
1-1-3-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. Initialize chipset registers with initial POST values.
1-1-3-2 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
1-1-3-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. Initialize CPU registers.
1-1-3-2
1-1-3-3
1-1-3-4 Failure in the first 64K of memory.
1-1-4-1 Level 2 cache error.
1-1-4-3 I/O port error.
1-2-1-1 Power management error.
1-2-1-2
1-2-1-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
1-2-2-1 Keyboard controller failure.
1-2-2-3 BIOS ROM error.
1-2-3-1 System timer error.
1-2-3-3 DMA error.
1-2-4-1 IRQ controller error.
1-3-1-1 DRAM refresh error.
1-3-1-3 A20 gate failure.
1-3-2-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
1-3-3-1 Extended memory error.
1-3-3-3
1-3-4-1
1-3-4-3 Error in first 1MB of system memory.
1-4-1-3
1-4-2-4 CPU error.
1-4-3-1
2-1-4-1 BIOS ROM shadow error.
1-4-3-2
1-4-3-3 Level 2 cache error.
1-4-4-1
1-4-4-2
2-1-1-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
2-1-1-3
2-1-2-1 IRQ failure.
2-1-2-3 BIOS ROM error.
2-1-2-4
2-1-3-2 I/O port failure.
2-1-3-1
2-1-3-3 Video system failure.
2-1-1-3
2-1-2-1 IRQ failure.
2-1-2-3 BIOS ROM error.
2-1-2-4 I/O port failure.
2-1-4-3
2-2-1-1 Video card failure.
2-2-1-3
2-2-2-1
2-2-2-3 Keyboard controller failure.
2-2-3-1 IRQ error.
2-2-4-1 Error in first 1MB of system memory.
2-3-1-1
2-3-3-3 Extended memory failure.
2-3-2-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
2-3-2-3
2-3-3-1 Level 2 cache error.
2-3-4-1
2-3-4-3 Motherboard or video card failure.
2-3-4-1
2-3-4-3
2-4-1-1 Motherboard or video card failure.
2-4-1-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
2-4-2-1 RTC error.
2-4-2-3 Keyboard controller error.
2-4-4-1 IRQ error.
3-1-1-1
3-1-1-3
3-1-2-1
3-1-2-3 I/O port error.
3-1-3-1
3-1-3-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
3-1-4-1
3-2-1-1
3-2-1-2 Floppy drive or hard drive failure.
3-2-1-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
3-2-2-1 Keyboard controller error.
3-2-2-3
3-2-3-1
3-2-4-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
3-2-4-3 IRQ error.
3-3-1-1 RTC error.
3-3-1-3 Key lock error.
3-3-3-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
3-3-3-3
3-3-4-1
3-3-4-3
3-4-1-1
3-4-1-3
3-4-2-1
3-4-2-3
3-4-3-1
3-4-4-1
3-4-4-4 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
4-1-1-1 Floppy drive or hard drive failure.
4-2-1-1
4-2-1-3
4-2-2-1 IRQ failure.
4-2-2-3
4-2-3-1
4-2-3-3
4-2-4-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
4-2-4-3 Keyboard controller error.
4-3-1-3
4-3-1-4
4-3-2-1
4-3-2-2
4-3-3-1
4-3-4-1
4-3-4-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components.
4-3-3-2
4-3-3-4 IRQ failure.
4-3-3-3
4-3-4-2 Floppy drive or hard drive failure.
3-Beep Codes
Beep Code Meaning
1-1-2 Faulty CPU/motherboard.
1-1-3 Faulty motherboard/CMOS read-write failure.
1-1-4 Faulty BIOS/BIOS ROM checksum error.
1-2-1 System timer not operational. There is a problem with the timer(s) that control functions on the motherboard.
1-2-2
1-2-3 Faulty motherboard/DMA failure.
1-3-1 Memory refresh failure.
1-3-2
1-3-3
1-3-4 Failure in the first 64K of memory.
1-4-1 Address line failure.
1-4-2 Parity RAM failure.
1-4-3 Timer failure.
1-4-4 NMI port failure.
2-_-_ Any combination of beeps after 2 indicates a failure in the first 64K of memory.
3-1-1 Master DMA failure.
3-1-2 Slave DMA failure.
3-1-3
3-1-4 Interrupt controller failure.
3-2-4 Keyboard controller failure.
3-3-1
3-3-2 CMOS error.
3-3-4 Video card failure.
3-4-1 Video card failure.
4-2-1 Timer failure.
4-2-2 CMOS shutdown failure.
4-2-3 Gate A20 failure.
4-2-4 Unexpected interrupt in protected mode.
4-3-1 RAM test failure.
4-3-3 Timer failure.
4-3-4 Time of day clock failure.
4-4-1 Serial port failure.
4-4-2 Parallel port failure.
4-4-3 Math coprocessor.

Good luck!

on Dec 31, 2009 | PC Desktops

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I get beeping when I start the computer, and it wont start?


This is called a beep code. It is used for troubleshooting when you are unable to boot your computer. Here is a listing of the Dell beep codes, depending on the sequence of beeps that you are hearing, you will find the problem listed here. How many beeps are you getting and what model of Dell do you have?
1-1-2 Processor Register Failure 1-1-3 NVRam 1-1-4 ROM Bios checksum failure 1-2-1 Programmable Interval Timer 1-2-2 DMA Initialization Failure 1-2-3 Direct Memory Access Page Register Read/Write Failure 1-3-1 - 2-4-4 Memory/RAM Not Properly Identified or Used 3-1-1 Slave DMA Registration Failure 3-1-2 Master DMA Registration Failure 3-1-3 Master Interrupt Mask Registration Failure 3-1-4 Slave Interrupt Mask Registration Failure 3-2-2 Interrupted Vector Loading Failure 3-2-4 Keyboard Controller (Input) Test Failure 3-3-1 NVRam Insufficient Power 3-3-2 Improperly configured NVRam 3-3-4 Video Memory(RAM) Test Failure 3-4-1 Screen Output Initialization Failure 3-4-2 Screen Retrace Failure 3-4-3 Failure Finding Video Read Only Memory 4-2-1 Lack of Time Tick 4-2-2 Shutdown Failure 4-2-3 Failure in Gate A20 4-2-4 Unexpected Interruption in Protect Mode 4-3-1 Memory Address Failure above 0FFFFH 4-3-4 Non Functioning Time Of Day Clock 4-4-1 Serial And/Or Parallel Port Test Failure 4-4-4 Cache Test Failure

http://www.bioscentral.com/postcodes/dellbios.htm 1-1-2 Processor Register Failure 1-1-3 NVRam 1-1-4 ROM Bios checksum failure 1-2-1 Programmable Interval Timer 1-2-2 DMA Initialization Failure 1-2-3 Direct Memory Access Page Register Read/Write Failure 1-3-1 - 2-4-4 Memory/RAM Not Properly Identified or Used 3-1-1 Slave DMA Registration Failure 3-1-2 Master DMA Registration Failure 3-1-3 Master Interrupt Mask Registration Failure 3-1-4 Slave Interrupt Mask Registration Failure 3-2-2 Interrupted Vector Loading Failure 3-2-4 Keyboard Controller (Input) Test Failure 3-3-1 NVRam Insufficient Power 3-3-2 Improperly configured NVRam 3-3-4 Video Memory(RAM) Test Failure 3-4-1 Screen Output Initialization Failure 3-4-2 Screen Retrace Failure 3-4-3 Failure Finding Video Read Only Memory 4-2-1 Lack of Time Tick 4-2-2 Shutdown Failure 4-2-3 Failure in Gate A20 4-2-4 Unexpected Interruption in Protect Mode 4-3-1 Memory Address Failure above 0FFFFH 4-3-4 Non Functioning Time Of Day Clock 4-4-1 Serial And/Or Parallel Port Test Failure 4-4-4 Cache Test Failure

Oct 18, 2010 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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I keep getting the error that C:windowssystem32configsystem is corrupt or missing, and it says I can repair it by inserting the CD and pressing R. So I popped in the CD, booted from the CD, and it all...


YES. This IS the problem.

When Windows is installed on a computer, it assigns a hash value for the major hardware components inside the computer.

You may think of it as assigning serial numbers, for each major hardware component. In reality it isn't a serial number, though. Just a specific value attached to THAT hardware component.

Some of the major hardware components such as;

1.Processor
2.Harddrive
3.Motherboard, (Actually the BIOS program and version, which is burned into the BIOS chip, on the motherboard)
4.Graphics chip (GPU)

Now THAT genuine copy of Windows is matched to THE computer it was installed on.

(It is a security feature that Microsoft implemented long ago. A feature to try to insure that their software would not be stolen.
Microsoft Users License states "One genuine copy of Windows per One computer"

Helps to keep thieves from taking One Genuine copy of Windows, and installing it on 1000's of computers.

{Microsoft makes one Master disk of an Operating System. Such as Windows 95, or 98, or 2000, or Me, or XP, or Vista. Then they copy off the genuine version that you, or I receive)

The Restoration disk has the needed Windows files. File for Windows System32.

Files you need right now. Except the ones on the restoration disk you're trying to use, is for another computer.
The Restoration disk also has needed Drivers, and also has the files needed for the Programs, and Applications.
Trouble is, they are for the other computer, and not the one you have now.

Nov 08, 2009 | Dell Dimension 9150 (DIM915MIN) PC Desktop

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Bios Beep code


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BIOS Beep Codes
When a computer is first turned on, or rebooted, its BIOS performs a power-on self test (POST) to test the system's hardware, checking to make sure that all of the system's hardware components are working properly. Under normal circumstances, the POST will display an error message; however, if the BIOS detects an error before it can access the video card, or if there is a problem with the video card, it will produce a series of beeps, and the pattern of the beeps indicates what kind of problem the BIOS has detected. Because there are many brands of BIOS, there are no standard beep codes for every BIOS.
The two most-used brands are AMI (American Megatrends International) and Phoenix.
Below are listed the beep codes for AMI systems, and here are the beep codes for Phoenix systems.

AMI Beep Codes
Beep Code Meaning 1 beep DRAM refresh failure. There is a problem in the system memory or the motherboard. 2 beeps Memory parity error. The parity circuit is not working properly. 3 beeps Base 64K RAM failure. There is a problem with the first 64K of system memory. 4 beeps System timer not operational. There is problem with the timer(s) that control functions on the motherboard. 5 beeps Processor failure. The system CPU has failed. 6 beeps Gate A20/keyboard controller failure. The keyboard IC controller has failed, preventing gate A20 from switching the processor to protect mode. 7 beeps Virtual mode exception error. 8 beeps Video memory error. The BIOS cannot write to the frame buffer memory on the video card. 9 beeps ROM checksum error. The BIOS ROM chip on the motherboard is likely faulty. 10 beeps CMOS checksum error. Something on the motherboard is causing an error when trying to interact with the CMOS. 11 beeps Bad cache memory. An error in the level 2 cache memory. 1 long beep, 2 short Failure in the video system. 1 long beep, 3 short A failure has been detected in memory above 64K. 1 long beep, 8 short Display test failure. Continuous beeping A problem with the memory or video. BIOS Beep Codes

Phoenix Beep Codes
Phoenix uses sequences of beeps to indicate problems. The "-" between each number below indicates a pause between each beep sequence. For example, 1-2-3 indicates one beep, followed by a pause and two beeps, followed by a pause and three beeps. Phoenix version before 4.x use 3-beep codes, while Phoenix versions starting with 4.x use 4-beep codes. Click here for AMI BIOS beep codes. 4-Beep Codes Beep Code Meaning 1-1-1-3 Faulty CPU/motherboard. Verify real mode. 1-1-2-1 Faulty CPU/motherboard. 1-1-2-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 1-1-3-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. Initialize chipset registers with initial POST values. 1-1-3-2 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 1-1-3-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. Initialize CPU registers. 1-1-3-2 1-1-3-3 1-1-3-4 Failure in the first 64K of memory. 1-1-4-1 Level 2 cache error. 1-1-4-3 I/O port error. 1-2-1-1 Power management error. 1-2-1-2 1-2-1-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 1-2-2-1 Keyboard controller failure. 1-2-2-3 BIOS ROM error. 1-2-3-1 System timer error. 1-2-3-3 DMA error. 1-2-4-1 IRQ controller error. 1-3-1-1 DRAM refresh error. 1-3-1-3 A20 gate failure. 1-3-2-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 1-3-3-1 Extended memory error. 1-3-3-3 1-3-4-1 1-3-4-3 Error in first 1MB of system memory. 1-4-1-3 1-4-2-4 CPU error. 1-4-3-1 2-1-4-1 BIOS ROM shadow error. 1-4-3-2 1-4-3-3 Level 2 cache error. 1-4-4-1 1-4-4-2 2-1-1-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 2-1-1-3 2-1-2-1 IRQ failure. 2-1-2-3 BIOS ROM error. 2-1-2-4 2-1-3-2 I/O port failure. 2-1-3-1 2-1-3-3 Video system failure. 2-1-1-3 2-1-2-1 IRQ failure. 2-1-2-3 BIOS ROM error. 2-1-2-4 I/O port failure. 2-1-4-3 2-2-1-1 Video card failure. 2-2-1-3 2-2-2-1 2-2-2-3 Keyboard controller failure. 2-2-3-1 IRQ error. 2-2-4-1 Error in first 1MB of system memory. 2-3-1-1 2-3-3-3 Extended memory failure. 2-3-2-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 2-3-2-3 2-3-3-1 Level 2 cache error. 2-3-4-1 2-3-4-3 Motherboard or video card failure. 2-3-4-1 2-3-4-3 2-4-1-1 Motherboard or video card failure. 2-4-1-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 2-4-2-1 RTC error. 2-4-2-3 Keyboard controller error. 2-4-4-1 IRQ error. 3-1-1-1 3-1-1-3 3-1-2-1 3-1-2-3 I/O port error. 3-1-3-1 3-1-3-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 3-1-4-1 3-2-1-1 3-2-1-2 Floppy drive or hard drive failure. 3-2-1-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 3-2-2-1 Keyboard controller error. 3-2-2-3 3-2-3-1 3-2-4-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 3-2-4-3 IRQ error. 3-3-1-1 RTC error. 3-3-1-3 Key lock error. 3-3-3-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 3-3-3-3 3-3-4-1 3-3-4-3 3-4-1-1 3-4-1-3 3-4-2-1 3-4-2-3 3-4-3-1 3-4-4-1 3-4-4-4 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 4-1-1-1 Floppy drive or hard drive failure. 4-2-1-1 4-2-1-3 4-2-2-1 IRQ failure. 4-2-2-3 4-2-3-1 4-2-3-3 4-2-4-1 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 4-2-4-3 Keyboard controller error. 4-3-1-3 4-3-1-4 4-3-2-1 4-3-2-2 4-3-3-1 4-3-4-1 4-3-4-3 Faulty motherboard or one of its components. 4-3-3-2 4-3-3-4 IRQ failure. 4-3-3-3 4-3-4-2 Floppy drive or hard drive failure. 3-Beep Codes Beep Code Meaning 1-1-2 Faulty CPU/motherboard. 1-1-3 Faulty motherboard/CMOS read-write failure. 1-1-4 Faulty BIOS/BIOS ROM checksum error. 1-2-1 System timer not operational. There is a problem with the timer(s) that control functions on the motherboard. 1-2-2 1-2-3 Faulty motherboard/DMA failure. 1-3-1 Memory refresh failure. 1-3-2 1-3-3 1-3-4 Failure in the first 64K of memory. 1-4-1 Address line failure. 1-4-2 Parity RAM failure. 1-4-3 Timer failure. 1-4-4 NMI port failure. 2-_-_ Any combination of beeps after 2 indicates a failure in the first 64K of memory. 3-1-1 Master DMA failure. 3-1-2 Slave DMA failure. 3-1-3 3-1-4 Interrupt controller failure. 3-2-4 Keyboard controller failure. 3-3-1 3-3-2 CMOS error. 3-3-4 Video card failure. 3-4-1 Video card failure. 4-2-1 Timer failure. 4-2-2 CMOS shutdown failure. 4-2-3 Gate A20 failure. 4-2-4 Unexpected interrupt in protected mode. 4-3-1 RAM test failure. 4-3-3 Timer failure. 4-3-4 Time of day clock failure. 4-4-1 Serial port failure. 4-4-2 Parallel port failure. 4-4-3 Math coprocessor.

Oct 19, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Emachines desktop Wont boot.


A simple and effective task (well most of the time) is to reseat components on the motherboard. This can include unplugging the components, including but not limited to:

Hard Drive and Optical Drive Cables
IDE/SATA Connectors
System Ram
AGP / PCI / PCI-E add in cards

Note - Never mess with the processor unless you feel qualified to do so.

If after reseating all the components, the computer still does not boot, try setting in your BIOS to start up from the CDROM and insert your recovery disc into the drive and see if the recovery detects the drive. If it does, its most likely the boot header in the file system has gone kaput. You could attempt a re-installation of Windows by choosing the repair option, however, this is a last resort thing, and if you cannot do this either, then you might be in the market for a new computer.

When a new computer is bought, you might want to buy an external USB Powered enclosure for your hard drive so you can plug it into the new tower and recover all of your documents.

I know how the failing computer feeling feels like........ So good luck!

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