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Computer won't boot with chime-ing

I could not find a valid product on the list offered, so I picked what I thought was closest to my computer. My computer, a different model is not refurbished.
When I turn my computer on, an HP Pavillion a1150y, I get this chimeing sound from the rear inside of the computer and windows does not load. I get a message that the monitor is going to sleep. I had a similar problem while the computer was still under warrenty. It turned out that the power cord connection was loose (I try to keep the computer covered when not in use, and the cover pulling down on the power cord loosened the connection). When the power cord was reconnected, the chimeing stopped and the problem was fixed.
Well this time when the chimeing started, we turned off the computer (had to do it by the switch on the power strip, because windows had not logged on, so I couldn't log off. We checked all the connections on the back of the computer, turned the power back on and the computer booted, windows loaded and I connectd to the internet. Shortly thereafter my computer screen filled with columns of bars (the bars had blocks of various flashing colors) and my mouse froze. I tried control+alt+delete, but the computer did not respond to that and again had to end by turning off the power strip. Does anyone know what causes the chimeing sound other than a loose power connection and where do I go from here. I would like to fix the computer myself, if I can (must be easy, I have low expertise) or, if I have to take it somewhere for repair, I would like to have an idea of what might be wrong, so I have an idea of how much it will cost to fix. Any advice on how to find good repair will be appreciated. Thank you.

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  • EdwinaH Jan 23, 2008

    Thank you for your fast response. The computer is not beeping. The sound it is making is a rapid chime, kind of like a fire alarm, only not quite so loud.

  • EdwinaH Jan 23, 2008

    Ok. Thanks for the suggestion. I will give it a try and see what happens. I will get back to you and let you know what happened. Thanks again.

  • EdwinaH Feb 01, 2008

    It took me awhile to get what I needed, and to get the courage to open the CPU, but we finally did and yes the fans were dusty and blowing out the dust solved the problem. No more alarm. Thank you so much for your helpful advice. It was right on!



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If it beeps in a pattern (example 2 long 3 short) then I would need to know the pattern. With that pattern I could try to determine when the faulty component is.

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    Dean Joly Jan 23, 2008

    That could indicate overheating, I would suspect that a fan is stuck or stopped spinning. Open up the machine and dust out the fans with some compressed air. If they are stiff to turn with your finger then they need to be replaced. Don't forget the one in the power supply.



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