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Gx280 beeps on start up 6 times and never boots up 1 pause 2,3,4 pause 5,6 the pauses are about two seconds and then when there is no pause its about half a second between beeps. can anyone help me?

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Re: Gx280

The bios beeps indicate bad memory

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When your computer emits beeps when you power on the computer, it's usually means that you have a memory issue. Try re-seating the memory modules and power on the computer. If you have more the one module, insert one at a time and power on the computer. The other issue is if that model supports 4 gig memory.

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Beeps:1 long 8 short pause 2 short pause 1 short

The first couple of beeps ( 1 long 8 short) points to graphics problems. Check the graphics card is seated firmly. If this fails, remove the graphics card and plug the monitor into the onboard graphics slot

If you have only the onboard graphics slot, try seeing if a graphics card, plugged into the motherboard ( may be agp or pcie fitting) solves the problem

The second pair of beeps ( 2 and 1) sounds like ram issues, if they are still there after you solve the graphics problem, try removing one ram module at a time and if it boots ok with that module removed, it is likely to be a faulty stick of ram

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When I turn the hard drive on it beeps 6 times intermittently, it goes 1beep slight pause 3beeps slight pause 2beeps, and doesn't boot up as normal. Numbers 3 and 4 on the hard drive are lighting. The...

Has anything changed since it was working last? check that first
Next -- the Beep codes indicate a hardware problem --the PC was unable to POST(Power On Self Test-)-but DELL's beep codes closest to what you described is either 1-2-video card not detected or 1-3-1-1 which is Memory (RAM) error adn the PHEONIX beep code of 1-3-2 is Memory error also-- so be sure all cards and chips are seated properly--I dont think its the hardrive --a PC can still boot and POST without a hardrive.

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It all depends how many beeps there were.
Diagnostic LED Explanation Table Number of 1-second red LED blinks followed by 2-second pause, then repeats:
2-processor thermal protection activated
3-processor not installed
4-power supply failure
5-memory error
6-video error
7-PCA failure (ROM detected failure prior to video)
8-invalid ROM, bootblock recover mode

I have only really come across 4 beeps = order new Power Supply or 5 Beeps = reseat the memory and hope it works



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Beeping sound leting you something is wrong with some hardware. As for what,, listin to the beeps.. also depends on motherboard... here is a link

But best way is to open up machine and make sure all the hardware is hooked up tight. If that does work look at the code list then go from there.

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Unplug power from the machine for a period of 5-10 minutes.

Plug it back in and attempt to boot. Carefully notice if there are any beeps again, and listen for pauses in between. Dell beep codes go in a three pulse pattern I.E. 4-Slight Pause-4-Slight Pause-2-Pause/ and repeat.

After this, you may have to open your machine and assure that everything is well connected.

There is a chance however that a major system component has failed and needs to be replaced.

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If your computer is beeping at you, 9 times out of 10 its going to be an issue with the memory or video. (more often the memory) Try re-seating both. If your still hearing the beep fest, below is a list of the most common beeps and what they refer to. This will help you to find out what needs replacing.

Long beep followed by 3 sequential short beeps. This issue is linked to your Graphic card configurations
Short beep followed by three sequential long beeps You are facing a system memory problem
Beep- PAUSE- Beep- PAUSE- Two sequential beeps This error is linked to your CPU
Three beeps-PAUSE-Three beeps-PAUSE-Four beeps You have an issue with the video memory
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Four beeps-PAUSE-Three beeps-PAUSE-Beep You have a system memory problem
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Here is what is says in the owners manual in what to do in this case, Hope this is a Help, Happy Holidays
Red Power LED
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once every second,
followed by a two
second pause.
5 Pre-video memory
1. Reseat DIMMs. Power on the
2. Replace DIMMs one at a time to
isolate the faulty module.
3. Replace third-party memory with
HP memory.
4. Replace the system board.
Red Power LED
flashes six times,
once every second,
followed by a two
second pause.
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For systems with a graphics card:
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The 6 beeps are an error code. You should note a pattern such as 3 beeps, short pause, 1 beep, short pause, 2 beeps. Also, you may have a set of 4 error indicators on the back of the unit that will show a pattern of green and yellow lights. In any case, you will want to try to run the Dell diagnostics. Let us know the beep pattern and the light pattern and we should be able to give you some more specific information.

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