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Computer beeps when turning on and wont start up

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    joecoolvette Aug 07, 2010

    As semi referred to, the beeps you hear are BIOS Beep Codes. The computers way of telling you something is wrong, and an area to start looking in for the problem. BIOS = Basic Input/Output System. A small program that is usually 64KB in size for a desktop computer. BIOS is the first program to start up, when you start your computer. BIOS will look to see what devices are installed, does a Ram Memory count, turns the Processor on, and hands the computer over to the Operating System. (Windows XP is one example of an O/S) There are several manufacturers of BIOS. Two of the main manufacturers at present are Award/Phoenix, and AMI. When a pre-built computer is manufactured, the computer manufacturer has a BIOS manufacturer make a BIOS for THAT series, or model line of computers. Therefore THAT BIOS is made for THAT computer. That particular BIOS has it's own set of BIOS Beep Codes. The beeping you hear, is as stated, a Code. May be one Long beep, followed by several Short beeps, for example. Could be three Short beeps, for another example. You could compare it to Morse Code. What is the beep code you hear? Listen closely. Listen for a repeating pattern. It will beep a few times, then completely stop. Then the beep code will occur again. Need to know what beep code you are hearing.

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Http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm
Its kind of hard to tell just by one beep but the site listed above will give you codes to associate with your beep and then see if any matches and the solution beside...
hope this helps...

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