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I have abrand new Dell XPS 8100 with upgraded memory to 8mb and an ATI 5770 graphics card. When I start the computer I get 6 beeps and the PC does not start. Fitted a replacement Graphics card, still the same problem. Any Ideas? Dell are now sending new memory to try!

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Depending on the main board, 6 beeps usually signify's either a RAM issue (like a bad connection or incompatible ram) or an expansion slot issue so check any other cards you may have installed and make sure that The new RAM stick is compatible with the main board.. The main board model code is printed on the main board. Use it to search for audible fault codes, or go to www.upgrading and repairing computers.com and search for the beep codes for the main board on this site. Also, try reseating all the RAM sticks and expansion cards, especially graphics card..make sure you have not dislodged any data connectors and double check everything..

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