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Vostro bios post beeps

I get 2 beeps and ive tried many things including cleaning the memory sticks with a cloth and a eraser since it was recomended in one of the posts tried removing the cmos battery and calling the president for advice

none of them worked i guess maybe my memory sticks are broken

hope someone can help my vostro 400 to stop crying every time it boots

I will give u Cookies if u help me MAYBE MILK!

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  • messawood Jul 31, 2009

    2 and by diagnostic lights i guess u mean the power button? then blue

  • messawood Jul 31, 2009

    2 and by diagnostic lights i guess u mean the power button? then blue

  • messawood Jul 31, 2009

    2 and by diagnostic lights i guess u mean the power button? then blue

  • messawood Jul 31, 2009

    it's the only 2 sticks that came with the computer

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    mtbakercs May 11, 2010

    hello, how many beeps does your system make? and are their diagnostic lights?

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Either your memory sticks are bad or, you have too much memory in the slots. Computers can accept a lot of memory but they can only recognize a certain amount. Make sure you don't have too much.

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2 short beep


Ram Memory problem.

Remove ALL power. Remove the AC adapter (Charger), and Battery.

Lay a soft static free cloth on the TABLE you're working on.
Turn the laptop over, lay it on the cloth.
Open the Memory Compartment.
Remove all ram memory modules. ('Stick')

Clean the gold plated contact pins on the bottom, of the ram memory modules, with a pencil eraser.
Handle the ram memory module by the BODY.

The Body is everywhere on the Ram Memory module, EXCEPT the gold plated contact pins.
The Body is coated with a see-through protective plastic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1GB_DDR2_SO-DIMM.png

If you are using an eraser on the end of a pencil, and not a solid eraser, refrain from letting the metal band of the pencil, touch the gold plated contact pins.

Rub up, and down, and across on the contact pins, BOTH sides.
Doesn't take much pressure, nor rubbing.

Contact pins will clean up, but they may not be bright, and shiny.
It's OK. I assure you that you have cleaned them. Doesn't take much 'corrosion' to make a bad contact surface.

Use air to remove the eraser dust. If you have a can of compressed air for computers, use it. If not air pressure from your mouth will be sufficient.

Reinstall.

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WHEN I TURN ON IT BEEP


Helen the beeps you hear are BIOS Beep Codes. The computer's method of telling you something is wrong, and an area to look into for it.

As the name implies, the beeps are in a code pattern.

For one example, the computer may beep 2 Short beeps, or 3 Short beeps, then a pause, then start over.

This means a memory problem.

Solution is to;
1) Remove ALL power to the laptop.
Remove the AC adapter (Charger) and Battery.

2 Laptop closed turn it over on a table, that has a lint, and static free towel on it. (Protects the table, and the laptop)

3) Locate the Memory Compartment Cover. This panel goes by different names. The Ram Memory is located inside.

Remove all Ram Memory module/s. ('Stick')
Handle the Ram Memory module by the Body. Refrain from touching the gold plated contact pins on the bottom.

(Everywhere but the gold plated contact pins on the bottom, is coated with a see-through protective plastic,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1GB_DDR2_SO-DIMM.png )

'Corrosion' develops on the contact pins at the bottom. This makes a bad contact. Doesn't take much corrosion, to make a bad contact.
(Gold does not Corrode. It does develop a 'patina' to the surface, though)

Use a pencil eraser to clean each contact pin.
(There are usually gold plated contact pins, on both sides of a Ram Memory module. Clean both sides, and all contact pins)

If using an eraser on the end of a pencil, and not a solid eraser, refrain from letting the metal band, contact any ram memory module contact pin.

Bottom of a Ram Memory module is where the contact pins are.
Clean the contact pins by rubbing the eraser on each one, from top down towards the bottom.

{Doesn't take much to clean the contact pin. You do not have to rub hard)

After you are satisfied the contact pins are clean, use air to remove the eraser dust.
You can use a can of compressed air for computers, if available, or air pressure from your mouth will be sufficient.

Reinstall all Ram Memory modules correctly. Close the Memory Compartment Cover.
Attach the Battery, Plug the AC adapter back in. (AC adapter to power, also)

WAIT 1 minute, turn the laptop on.
Post back in a Comment as to your findings.

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I would also like to add to clean the gold plated contact pins, on the bottom of the ram memory modules.

Computer off, unplugged from power, and computer case open, observe Anti-Static Precautions BEFORE reaching inside your computer, and handling the ram memory module/s.

Use a pencil eraser to clean the gold plated contact pins.

Example of a DDR Sdram ram memory module, and it's gold plated contact pins,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Generic_DDR_Memory_%28Xytram%29.jpg

(You can click on the photo to enlarge. You can enlarge twice)

The top of the ram memory module is towards the DRAM chips. (Black rectangular objects)
The bottom of the ram memory module is where the contact pins are located.

Suggest use the eraser on the top of each contact pin, stroking down towards the bottom of the contact pin.

If you are using an eraser on the end of a pencil, refrain from letting the metal band touch the contact pin.

Now use air to remove the eraser dust.
You can use a can of compressed air for computers, if one is readily available, or air pressure from your mouth will be sufficient.

Reinstall the ram memory module/s.
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