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    I have Dell desktop thats a couple years old, and up till just now worked fine. But when I tried turning it on it just sits there and beeps at me. No signal is going to the monitor, the keyboard wont come on and the tower gives me a 5 second long tone every three seconds. I checked all the connections in the back and everything is connected. I really have no idea whats going on!
    Sorry I keep using you guys as my own personal tech support team!

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    Have you ever opened your desktop case? It sounds like some piece of hardware connected to the motherboard needs reseating/possibly replacing.

    I would suggest you take all of the memory out, and assuming that you have more than one stick, put in one stick at a time (you will usually hear a click) and boot. If this works, continue with the other sticks, one by one, until you have back in all of your sticks or until you put in one that's faulty and causing the beeps.


    Let me know.

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    Im sure there are thousands of computer experts here but when I have an issue I talk to srl7741, he is very good with computers.

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    Sounds to me like the power supply might be shot. It is a common problem

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    Few possible reasons.

    First thing I would try is get some Air In A Can...Take the RAM out and blow the air in the can down there to see if there may be some dust or whatnot that has gotten under there. Used to happen to me all of the time because I left the outer housing off of the computer and dust could get in there and underneath some things.

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    I checked all my PC hardware support books this is a constant beep that continues every 3 seconds with no powering on of pc and other peripherals it appears that it probably is your power supply. Most other problems are a series of beeps but the power supply is the only one I've come across that gives you continuous beeps.

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    Man I am so freaking smart... LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by StaceyRVC
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    Re: computer crash!!

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~wow! I was about to just grab a new hard drive thinking that was the problem! I'm going to work on it tonight! Thanx guys! I'd be so screwed as its actually my dads comp and he's on a trip and would assume it was something I did! I'll keep you posted as to any results I have!

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    Re: computer crash!!

    Here are the POST beep codes for most PC's, a little something from my last A+ cert for your reference

    Steady, short beep Power supply may be bad.

    Long continuous beep tone- Power supply bad or not plugged into motherboard correctly.

    Steady, long beeps Power supply bad.

    No beep Power supply bad, system not plugged in, or power not turned on.

    No beep If everything seems to be functioning correctly there may be a problem with the 'beeper' itself.

    One long, two short beeps Video card failure


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    Re: computer crash!!

    I'm gonna side with everyone else thus far and point to dfc420's post. Sounds just like the old power source is getting tired or the connection to the power supply somehow came lose. Try re-seeding all the connections and if the issues continues try and find a new power source (or old one) to use.

    Start with the simple solutions to narrow down the problems. If a different power supply does not work post what happend including screens and sounds again.

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    Re: computer crash!!

    My name is Brad and I work at Dell Headquarters in Round Rock, TX. I came across your post and saw that you described an issue with your Dell system. Please contact me back at the email address below and I will help you in any way that I can.

    Brad
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    customer_advocate@dell.com

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    Re: computer crash!!

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~umm...ok...

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    Re: computer crash!!

    DellCA, Welcome to PinStack.

    Thanks for the offer to help this member. Do you have a BB or were you just stopping by?

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