Question about Gateway 500XL PC Desktop
No additional hardware was installed recently. Computer was working fine except for an interesting shutdown issue (despite many attempts to fix, the computer would simply reboot instead of shutdown from windows xp). One day after installing and playing neverwinter nights 2, my computers video would freeze or crash (irregular video patterns would appear on the screen the would no longer respond to any commands). At first no video would appear on boot up. Lights flash, hardrives spin up, fans work, no beeps though (although do not remember there being beeps before). Just a blank screen. I unplugged my power, video card, and ram. Cleaned dust from everything. Plugged it all back in and powered on. The first time it got all the way to the windows loading screen then turned black (monitor light orange). Rebooted then it went to windows. It appeared to be random. Windows would run from 10 minutes to all day. After it crashes it seems to be random when it will turn on and actually boot up. I continually clean try again. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Recently I have been unable to get video on boot up despite any attempts.
Have you tried to uninstall the vedio driver and reinstall it then let me know.go to my computer icon right click it > go to properties >hardware tab > device manager and check if there is any yellow mark showing.kindly do this in starting your computer in safe mode.
Posted on Oct 09, 2007
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several beeps in a system is caused by a memory issue -- If you've recently added or tried to add additional memory to the computer and have started getting these beeps. Remove all new memory you've added to the computer. If the computer works fine after removing the new memory you're encountering either an incompatibility or defective new memory.
Sometimes when the computer is moved and/or over time a memory stick can become loose causing the computer to be unable to read the memory or get errors as it's reading it. Try fixing this issue by opening the computer removing each of the memory sticks you have in the computer and then placing them back into the computer.
If reseating the memory did not resolve the issue try swapping the location of the memory. If you have only one stick of memory in the computer try moving it to another slot and then boot the computer.
If you have more than one stick of memory try removing all but one stick of memory and boot the computer. If this does not resolve the issue try removing that stick of memory and try one of the other sticks of memory.
the specs can be found at this link
the system you have is upgradable to 4G of RAM, and this RAM must be installed in equal pairs
so if you have 4 slots to insert memory in (assuming you will retain the 2 256M) , you must install the other slots by 2 512M, 2 1G or 2 2G DIMMs -- make sure you isntall exact same DIMMs, dont mix memory makers or specs, other than what Dell specifies
memory type must be
PC2700 (333-MHz) or PC3200 (400-MHz) DDR SDRAM
i hope this helps --
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