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Beeps half-dozen times then shuts down.

When i turn my computer on, it loads into windows and I may get 4 minutes work out of it before the screen goes blank and the PC beeps about 6 times. I can hear that the PC is still functioning but screen goes blank.

Sometimes I may not even get passed Dell loading screen or windows loading screen.

The longer I leave it completely shut down the longer I have before it shuts down after turning it back on.

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  • Matt May 30, 2009

    I opened the case, vacuumed out any dust inside and on the air intake on the front. And it hasn't turned itself off again. Didn't try windows disc or anything to do with software.

  • rjivaro May 11, 2010

    It sounds like a heat problem. Is the CPU fan spinning? Is the CPU heat sink attached properly?

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Try ur windows disk,,put it in and go from there,,reformat if u have to,,or try sytem restore,,

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