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Have compaq presario v2000 notbeook. was beeping twice upon boot up, replaced the memory as that was the error code I found online, now it gives off one long consistent beep right after the compaq screen comes up but before the windows xp screen comes up. It does boot but then you can do nothing as everything you try hangs. Any clues? Thanks

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  • pekala13 Mar 05, 2008

    There was a 256mb memory chip in the system when I got the initial 2 beeps. I replaced it with a 512mb chip (both are 200 pin, 333mhz) and now it went from two beeps to an extremely long beep. There is no built in ram that i could find from the specs. I did diags from the BIOS and the system sees the 512mb of memory. I will have to remove the battery when I get home from work and see if that works. Can I reply tonight once I try to unplug everything?

  • pekala13 Mar 05, 2008

    sorry
    specs for the laptop are up to 2gb of memory, there are two slots. I replaced a 256mb with a 512mb, which is a supported config.

  • pekala13 Mar 06, 2008

    I unplugged everything and had the same result. Put in another memory chip, same thing. Put memory in both banks thinking one bank was iffy, same result. I can bypass the beeping by holding down the esc key at boot up but still cannot really do anything when the system comes up. The system doens't initally beep, it goes to the compaq screen, beeps when the screen fades then a black screen with a blinking line appears (still beeping) and then the beeping stops as the windows screen appears. When you say main board, do you mean the motherboard of the system? or is it possible to just replace the memory portion of the board?

  • pekala13 Mar 25, 2008

    It ended up being a defective keyboard. One of the keys caused the never ending beep. Replace the keyboard and all is well.

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Does this also happen without the battery inserted. Unplug everthing possible including DVD drive and external devices.

According to this site: http://www.bioscentral.com/beepcodes/compaqbeep.htm one long neverending beep is also bad RAM. If you've replaced the ram then the only other explanation is the memory controller on the main board, looks like you'll have to replace that too. First check that the RAM is inserted properly. Try a single RAM module if possible. Does this unit have built in RAM? If so then the main board needs to be replaced. Also make certain that your new RAM is the proper type and speed.

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    Dean Joly Mar 05, 2008

    That would indicate that either your new RAM is also faulty or that the main board is faulty. Try some more RAM, try to borrow some, if same problem replace the main board. Otherwise buy more RAM. Lookup MEMTEST86, it's a great memory diagnostics program that you burn to CD, use it to test your RAM.

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    Dean Joly Mar 06, 2008

    Motherboard is correct, and no the memory slots and memory controller are part of the motherboard unfortunately. Ebay should have some motherboards for this model for sale, if it's a few years old you may be in for about $200~$250.

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    Dean Joly Mar 26, 2008

    That makes a lot of sense now!!! You always think the worst when you hear beeps it thru me off, especially since the beep codes site I found had an entry for a long neverending beep. It didn't occur to me that you were describing neverending short beeps. Good on you for finding it out.

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    Dean Joly Mar 26, 2008

    Please make sure to rate my solution as you see fit. Thanks.

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What is the RAM specification of the notebook??

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    isaac johny Mar 05, 2008

    the ram position may be slightly wavered from the slot or the ram may not be performing well..

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