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On startup the hard drive makes continuous beeping sound and small orange light comes on

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Your hearing the motherboard beeps, Check the connection of your RAM, Cards, and look to see if any keys are pressing down on your keyboard this will cause a beeping sound also, however make sure nothing is loose. and power it up.

I hope this helped

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Its not Hard Drive that makes beeping sound its your mainboard. Check in Bios (if possible) that HD is recognised properly. Disconnect HD form computer and then start computer without HD to see wheather the problem is still there. If not, connect another HD (preferably not more than 40 GB) and use a new IDE cable if applicable. Some HP PCs record in Bios their original HD serial number preventing replacement of HD. In worst case the HD controller on Mainboard is not working properly or may be defected.

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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