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Hard drive i have properly installed my e machine pc. when i turn on the hard drive it begins to beep. the hard drive begins to beep and the power button on the screen turns orange. i dont kno whats wrong wit it.

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Remove lid and check for loose PCI cards and loose memory or CPU or fan or cables.

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Black screen green dots

What was the last thing you did on your computer before this happened?
Did you change any system settings in the BIOS?
Did you add new software? or update any software or drivers?
Did you add any new hardware?
Is your system BIOS infected with a virus?
Because it appears that your PC is hanging up during the Power-On-Self-Test [POST]

Here's what happens; when the power is turned on, the computer BIOS [Basic Input/Output System] runs a POST (Power-On Self-Test). It is a diagnostic testing sequence that the computer runs to determine if the hardware [like the mouse, keyboard, hard drive, etc.] is working properly.

If the necessary hardware is detected and found to be operating properly, the computer begins to boot; If the hardware is not detected or is not operating properly, the BIOS issues an error message.

The error message may be a text on the display screen and/or a series of coded beeps, depending on the nature of the problem.

The series or pattern of beeps may vary...they may be in a number of long or short beeps or a mixture of long and short beeps, or even one long continuous beep, depending on what type of BIOS is installed.

Since POST runs before the computer's video card is activated or the integrated graphic chip on the main board, it may not be possible to progress to the display screen.

So if an error is detected during the POST it will halt the boot process because the hardware is essential for the computer's functions.

How many beeps do you hear during the initial POST?

You may have a burned out video chip/card; or corrupt drivers; or even an IRQ [Interrupt Request] conflict.

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PS3 Hard Drive Error or Restore Hard Drive

A Hard Drive error is a very common problem on the PS3 and this tip will outline how you can troubleshoot and hopefully resolve a hard drive problem. If your PS3 is showing signs that the hard drive is corrupted or is displaying a message asking you to restore the hard drive follow these steps carefully and you may well avoid an expensive repair or having to consign your hard drive to the bin.

Steps 8 and 9 involve erasing data from your Hard Drive so if at all possible please try to back up your data before commencing this procedure. To back up data go to 'System Settings - Backup Utility' Then follow the on screen instructions and back up the information to an external storage device such as a USB Pen.

To begin the process of troubleshooting and resolving your Hard Drive error you must first put the unit into Safe Mode. Follow these steps carefully;

1) Turn off the PS3 by holding the power button on the front of the unit till it turns red.

2) Hold the power button until you hear the unit beep three times. This will take 15 to 20 seconds.

3) The unit will power off on the third beep and power light will turn red again.

4) Touch and hold the power button again as in step 2. The unit will beep three times except this time the third beep will sound like a quick double beep. As soon as you hear this double beep release the power button.

5) You will see a message onscreen telling you to "Connect a controller using USB and then press the PS button".

6) Do as the message says i.e. connect the controller and press the PS button - you are now in Safe Mode and the hard drive repair can begin.

7) Restore File System. From this point select "Restore File System" on the menu. The PS3 will attempt to repair damaged files on the hard drive. If this does not work move to step 8.

8) Rebuild Database. Enter Safe mode again as outlined and this time select "Rebuild Database". Be aware this mode will erase some information from your hard drive which is not recoverable such as photo and message information. If this fails move to step 9.

9) Restore PS3 System. Again enter Safe Mode and select "Restore PS3 System". This will restore all defaults and completely formats the drive.
Be aware this mode will erase all information from the hard drive.

If everyone of these steps fail and the PS3 is still showing symptoms of hard drive error you can be certain that the hard drive has failed and it will need to be replaced. However in a majority of cases these steps will resolve the issue.

Many thanks for viewing this Tip and I hope it has been helpful to you.

on Dec 06, 2009 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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Ps3 stuck in restoring default settings.

To fix this you can go into safe mode and do a couple things.
With the system switched off in the back, switch it back on and with the red light on, hold the power button until you hear one beep, then when you hear another beep let it go. It will now turn back off. Now holf the power button again , you will hear 1 beep, and then 2 quick beeps, then let it go. If done correctly, you will be in Safe Mode with 6 options (on some other models you will hear one beep, then another beep, then one more, that's when you release the button. Instead of 1 then the 2 beeps in quick succession).

Now that you are in Safe Mode select option 3 'Restore File System'. This will fix any hard drive a anomaly's.

Then try restoring it again. But just to let you know 'Restoring Default Settings' just is a fix for the XMB Menu screen (The Sony Menu screen when your PS3 turns on).
If that does not work try Option 5:
Restore PS3 System - IMPORTANT: All data will be lost by performing this step.
This will reformat the hard drive on the PLAYSTATION 3, deleting all data and restoring it to as if it just came out of the box. This is the same as [Restore PS3 system] on the XMB.
(I would try Option 5 from the beginning)

So to sum up how to get into Safe mode 'Direction-wise' from Sony:

1. Touch and hold the Power button, you will hear the first beep, again for the PLAYSTATION 3 to power on.
2. Continue to hold the Power button and after about 5 seconds, you will hear a second beep for video reset.
3. Continue to hold the Power button and after about another 5 seconds you will hear a quick double beep. At that point release the Power button. If you succeeded in activating Safe Mode, you will see a message on the screen saying, "Connect the controller using a USB cable and then press the PS button."

But like I said, it varies from system to system on the beeps.

If none of this help you have 2 more possible options: Do a restore from a previos Backup and Do a Complete System Restore from that or Replace the hard Drive if that does not work. If your down to these last options it would seem to be a Hard Drive issue.

BTW, I wouldn't worry about your system being "messed up for good". The system has its own Flash Memory it restores from that reall y never corrupts. The only reason that would happen if you stopped in the middle of a firmware option or system downgrade.

Good Luck Buddy.

Apr 22, 2012 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My desktop computer constantly freezes; it sometimes gets to the home screen and reverts right back to the booting up; other times it begins to beep constantly; on other occasions it boots up and works...

Try booting into safe mode. (Push one of the following: F1 or F2 or F8 or F10 or F12 during statup)

Once there, do the following:

-Check your hard drive for errors
-Run your antivirus scan
-Run you Malware Remover program (MALWARE BYTES' is a good free one from CNET.COM)
-Defragment your hard drive

If this still doesn't help it boot properly then it could be a nasty virus (means fresh install of operating system required) or the first signs of your hard drive beginning to fail (means buy a new hard drive).

Good luck and please comment back and RATE if this was helpful.

Feb 06, 2011 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Toshiba Satellite A215-S5849 Laptop - at boot up I hit F2 and it hangs never making it to the BIOS also fails to read from USB FDD or CD-ROM drive at power up any help

take out the battery and ac adapter for 5 minutes, hold down the power button for 60 seconds, plug back in the ac adapter and turn on, try entering the bios.

if the problem remains and since you are unable to boot from any device, you would either have to send this laptop to a repairer, or remove the hard drive from the laptop, use a adapter to connect it to a desktop machine or to another laptop and begin the windows setup on another machine, or install windows on another machine (may cause a blue screen when switched to another machine)

or make the hard drive bootable, copy windows setup files into the drive and install from the drive.

Apr 07, 2010 | Samsung V20 XVC 2400 Notebook

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My friends computer just stopped working while she was using it. The screen froze and than she shut it down. When she tried to turn it back on all that happened was that the caps lock, the scroll, and the...


There are a number of things that can cause this to happen. Try taking the battery out of the notebook, disconnect the AC adaptor (if in use) press the power button a few times. Re-install the battery, reconnect the AC (if needed), press and hold the power button for about 2 seconds. This is a hard reboot and should correct you issue. When the notebook powers up, make sure you remove any cd's in the cd-rom drive.

Good Luck,

Jan 05, 2010 | HP Compaq Presario V2000 Notebook

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My E-Machines desktop just stopped working. A few weeks ago, my user was corrupted so I had to do a system restore to get to my data on hard drive. Did that and backed up to external drive and it worked...

that beep means POST.. your computer hardware is fine .. please just re install the operating systemm... before that you might want to back up the hard drive data using bartpe or some tools similar to that.. if you dont have that expertise. just re install the operating system .. you should get back to work...

remember beep meaning POST meaning your hardware is fine.. the operating system is just corrupted / broekn

May 13, 2009 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Doesn't always power on

the beeps you here are bios beep they are telling whats wrong. can you count the beeps for me and give me more info on your pc

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Whining usually comes from the hard drive and indicates that it's beginning to fail. Locate the hard drive in your machine, hit the power button, then listen to see if the sound is coming from the hard drive area, if so, then the hard drive is beginning to fail. As far as it failing, it may go the next time you turn it on or it my last for months, hard drives a funny that way.

Jul 07, 2008 | Compaq Evo N610C Notebook

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Laptop keeps beeping and not turning on

I think you may mean the Hard Disk light not floppy, although, if you have a floppy disc drive, check there's no floppy disc in it as it will stop the boot up. But if it's not the floppy, and the hard disc drive light stays on, possibly the hard drive is faulty, maybe damaged sectors. The other maybe is a possible memory fault, although the beep codes can only be identified if you know the motherboard make. Your rating are important.

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