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#1 11 years ago

Ever since this morning when I try starting up my PC I get a loud continuous beeping sound after it shows the Dell booting screen and right before it shows the Windows loading screen. It shows a black screen with a gray loading bar at the bottom. Once the bar is fully loaded the sound quits and starts loading Windows normally. I'm pretty sure the sound isn't coming from the speakers but internally. I've never had this happen before and I haven't done much changes since it started happening.

My PC Specs:

PC Model: Inspiron 6400/E1505 Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2050 @1.60GHz (2 CPUs) Memory: 1014MB RAM Motherboard: DDR2 Duel 1024 MB 266 MHz

I've had it for 3-4 years now so it makes me wonder if its not a hardware issue or if its a software issue that can be fixed. From what I've Googled most people say its a problem with the Bios or Motherboard but I'm not sure. I've updated the Bios in the past and haven't had any hardware problems ever for my PC. And before you ask I've already updated Windows and have gotten all the latest drivers. Anyway, if anyone knows what's going that would be great since this is my only PC.

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#2 11 years ago

If the PC boots then it will probably be fixable.

What your hearing is the good old fashioned internal speaker. The beeps have specific meanings, what your going to need to do is look up the charts to figure out what the error message means. I think that Dell use the Pheonix BIOS chips, but it would probably be as well to check this yourself when you boot.

Find out which BIOS your using, then google for "X beep codes" (where X is either phoenix or american megatrends or whomever) and it'll tell you what it thinks is wrong with itself.


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#3 11 years ago

Great, I'll check that and see if I can find something.