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Wont turn on, bios beep code

Hi, i have a sony desktop. lately the computer has gotten worse and worse. at one point some blue screen showed up[ and it turned of by itself. then this started happening more constantly until the point where it did not let go as far as logging into my acount. now the computer doesn't turn on at all and the screen doesn't even turn a little lighter when i turn on the computer. i tried to reinstall windows xp, but the computer does not react to the disk. the screen remains black and the computer's fans run much louder than usual. on top of that we have a bios beep code going at every 3 seconds a 4 second long beep occurs. the beeps go on endlessly. we tried to switch the the cord for the computer, but nothing happened. what should i do, replace, or fix?

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Seems heat-related motherboard POST failure. Replace it.

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