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When I turn the hard drive on it beeps 6 times intermittently, it goes 1beep slight pause 3beeps slight pause 2beeps, and doesn't boot up as normal. Numbers 3 and 4 on the hard drive are lighting. The monitor is switched on but there is no picture. I tried another monitor with my hard drive and that worked fine, so it is definitely a problem with the hard drive. What do you think the problem might be? Please can you help me!!

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Has anything changed since it was working last? check that first
Next -- the Beep codes indicate a hardware problem --the PC was unable to POST(Power On Self Test-)-but DELL's beep codes closest to what you described is either 1-2-video card not detected or 1-3-1-1 which is Memory (RAM) error adn the PHEONIX beep code of 1-3-2 is Memory error also-- so be sure all cards and chips are seated properly--I dont think its the hardrive --a PC can still boot and POST without a hardrive.


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