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At Start up, beeps several times, won't boot.

PC beeps several times, Fan gets louder and faster and PC never boots. The monitor would stay black (not even blue). Its intermittent, and occasionally starts like there was never a problem. Other times, just beeps and beeps until I turn it off (with the fan screaming along).

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  • MsTiki Dec 01, 2007

    I have kinda the same issue. I have a Dell Dimension 4700. It boots, but the monitor doesnt. I get 6 beeps like 1234pause56. Then the AC lights are green and the BD lights are yellow. Can anyone help me figure this out. I have tried cleaning and reseating the memory and I have replaced the video card, and still the issue persist.

    Thanks for the help in advance

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    mt electricity went off and when i started my dell i had three bips and an error

  • sanjosetiu Apr 01, 2009

    PC beeps several times, Fan gets louder and faster and PC never boots. The monitor would stay black (not even blue). Its intermittent, and occasionally starts like there was never a problem. Other times, just beeps and beeps until I turn it off (with the fan screaming along). Whats causing this problem. Is this a virus issue or hardware issue?

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    Fan will sometimes spin for a second. No sounds, beeps, etc. Simply no start. Was very slow booting previously. Have checked all cables,ram tabs, etc. Everything seems in order. Someone mentioned "port quiet" was pressed hard and problem was fixed on their pc. What is "port quiet"?

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    My Gateway SX2870-UR10P beeps 11 times and will not boot up. Any thoughts


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This could be an overheating processor problem,dependant on the motherboard and what the beeps mean. The fan speeds up to cool it down, there may be dust collected in the heatsink on top of the processor, check it and gently brush off dust. Check that the vents on the side are atleast 6 inches clear of anything for good circulation. To see if it is an overheating thing, remove both sides of pc and run it in an open space to see if the same thing happens. While you have the side off just check your memory and other peripheral cards are all seated correctly and not loose.

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I had the exact same problem with my wife's computer. I used my air compressor to blow it out and it works good as new. I must say I am surprised at what a low tolerance this Dell computer has to dust.
At first I did not think it would work for me because there was so little dust in the machine and hardly any on the heat sink, just a light coating. But after I blew it out it solved the problem.

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I had this problem with an Optiplex 755, 6 beeps when I tried to turn the machine on and no image was shown on the screen.
I first thought it could be the video card, but I replaced and the problem continued to happen. Then I recalled that this problem started after we upgraded the memory for a 4GB RAM.
I noticed that after I removed one of the memory cards, the noise stopped. As posted on Dec 01, 2007, it might be a faulty memory.


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Blow the dust off the heat sinks and remove one memory card then give it a try .. replace and romove the other one.. It is likely a faulty memory card.

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