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Beeps at Boot Up, but doesn't actually Boot Up.

My dad was having problems getting his laptop (Compaq Presario V5000/V5305 With XP) to converse with his printer. Like an idiot, I mentioned putting the computer into Safe Mode to look for hidden drivers - blah blah. He tried to do that. He says that he only held the F8-key down while booting up his laptop until it beeped, and then he let go, and repeated that once more. But, he says it never showed him the screen asking him to choose a mode to boot up into. It just booted up normally. Then he shut it down, and the next time he tried to boot it up, he only got beeps and a blank screen. I have tried removing the battery. I have tested the memory stick in my laptop. It still continues only to beep when the computer comes on. One beep, then three beeps, then four beeps, then three beeps again. Then everything stops, and the screen is still blank. The computer whirs for a moment while this is going on, and then it is silent. The On Button stays lit. I have to hold it in for some seconds before it goes back off. Please let me know what else I can do. I'm sure this started with a simple driver conflict. Now I don't know what it's escalated into. Thank you.

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Re: Beeps at Boot Up, but doesn't actually Boot Up.

U can try to take off the hdd, and at the same time, pls clean the memory slot in your laptop with a brush & some liquid solvent.. After that, try booting it without any HDD. If u did not see any error messages, try take out the CMOS backup battery and neasure its voltage or get it replaced. Pls revert...

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Re: Beeps at Boot Up, but doesn't actually Boot Up.

Well this is a strange problem. Just want to tell you something as tip. When the computer pressing the F8 key may result in many consequences like this. First thing is that you shloud see the laptop's F8 key... What else is indicated in that key. Usually there is an option to change your deafault display device from the Laptop's TFT panel to an external monitor. And this is incorporated to the F8 fuction key as a secondary function. (for e.g. By pressing the Fn + F8 keys in IBM Think pad will shift the display to an external monitor.) Suggestion-1. So you should connect an external monitor to see whether this your case or not. If yes then pressing the same key will restore your display setting. Suggestion-2. Remove the memory modules and reinsert them one at a time (I fyou have more than one memory module) and try to work with the laptop. In the worst case you may need to arrange seperate working RAM module and check with it.

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