Sometimes a memory module will go falty. Try taking one out and seeing if it runs. Then try it with the other one and see if it runs. If it runs with one and not the other then you have a faulty memory module. Also if you have any PCI cards that you can remove, it might work with them removed.
Hi John. If you already swaped the Memory, it's the video card. I'm giving you what the beep means according to the different types of BIOS, because basically Ascent is a clone PC. I hope it helps. (you will have to open the computer to see the BIOS type.)
1 long beep and 2 shorts -- Video error
2 short beeps -- non-fatal error.
1 beep corto -- OK.
1 short beep -- Memory error. 2 short beeps -- ECC error.
3 short beeps -- Memory error.
4 short beeps -- change atery
5 beeps cortos -- bad processor.
6 beeps cortos -- bad keyboard.
7 beeps cortos -- video memory bad.
8 beeps cortos -- video bad.
1-1-2 beeps -- Problem with cpu/motherboard.
1-1-3 beeps -- Cmos issue.
3-4-1 beeps -- Video issue.
1 short beep -- Post normal, ok!.
2 short beeps -- POST error, will show on screen. NO beep -- CPU issue or Expansion card issue 1 long and 1 short -- motherboard error.
1 long and 2 shorts -- Video issue.
1 long and 3 shorts --EGA video issue.
3 longs -- Keyboard error.
If your computer is beeping at you, 9 times out of 10 its going to be an issue with the memory or video. (more often the memory) Try re-seating both. If your still hearing the beep fest, below is a list of the most common beeps and what they
This will help you to find out what needs replacing.
Long beep followed by 3 sequential short beeps.
This issue is linked to your Graphic card configurations
Short beep followed by three sequential long beeps
You are facing a system memory problem
Beep- PAUSE- Beep- PAUSE- Two sequential beeps
This error is linked to your CPU
Three beeps-PAUSE-Three beeps-PAUSE-Four beeps
You have an issue with the video memory
Three beeps-PAUSE-Four beeps-PAUSE-Beep
This is linked to an error with your Graphic Card
Four beeps-PAUSE-Three beeps-PAUSE-Beep
You have a system memory problem
Five short beeps
You are facing a problem with your CPU
Long constant beeps
It’s a system memory problem
Short constant and high-pitched beeps
The temperature of your CPU is too high
The 6 beeps are an error code. You should note a pattern such as 3 beeps, short pause, 1 beep, short pause, 2 beeps. Also, you may have a set of 4 error indicators on the back of the unit that will show a pattern of green and yellow lights. In any case, you will want to try to run the Dell diagnostics. Let us know the beep pattern and the light pattern and we should be able to give you some more specific information.