hey quick question, i think i figured it out because i was on a forum here before that the person diagnosed their problem and my computers acting pretty much the same way i think there was a power outage here earlier,and even though i have it hooked up to a surge protector it was really wierd the way we lost power, my computer was on and then it shut off, 2 secounds later we got power, it went back on, 2 secounds later we lost it again, it went off, then power came back on, it came on, then power went off for like 5 hours, then when the power came on my computer didnt go on then i turned it on and as soon as i got to my desktop it gave me an error message of "beggining of physical memory dump" thingy, i restarted in safe mode and the dell diagnostic agent ran up and fixed the problem, i restarted and it worked fine for about 20 minutes, after that it went to a black screen and the system speeker went "beeep beeep beeeep" over and over, i shut it off and turned it back on and it did the same thing, not even showing the dell logo i have a dell dimension 3600 but not really, considering ive changed the case, hard drive, and put in a completely new cooling system and other stuff im 99.9% sure its the ram, because like i said i saw someone with a similar problem before and that was the problem, but i figured before i go out and buy new ram and waste my money i might as well get a secound oppinion
Shizzle my nizzle
28th July 2004
Surge protectors don't stop your computer turning off, it just stops it getting fried. The power company must have sent some pulses which turned your computer on and off.
The only things really effected by sudden power-losses are the things with moving parts - the hard drive and optical drives. The memory should not be effected in any way, as there was no power surge (presumably, if your surge protector is working).
When you next turn on the computer, listen closely for any weird noises from the hard drive. If you have a spare hard drive, try using it to boot instead and leave the computer at the 'can't find anything to boot from' bit for a few minutes to see if anything is effected.
Otherwise, if your Dell is still insured after the modifications you've made and the time you've had it, tell them to fix it.
Tech is where you'll find me..
13th April 2005
When the power is flickering on and off like it was for you. It's best to just shut off the surge protector. It's hard on computers to start and suddenly stop.
well i had some slight problems with my ram before, but nothing like this, and i dont think its the hard drive because nothing boots, i dont even see the dell logo off the rom or anything to let me try and boot in safe mode or access the bios
3rd May 2005
Sounds like your motherboard's gone down. They don't like their voltages being messed with. Something similar happened to me a few years back, the house was struck by lightning and it fried the motherboard completely.
yea but i dont think its my mobo because i had one fry before, and if it was fried then i dont think the system speaker would work, which it is
3rd May 2005
Remember the system speaker is just one component of the motherboard - just because that works it doesn't necessarily mean there isn't a fault somewhere else on the board.
true, but like i said i saw someone with almost the exact same problem and he found out it was his ram, so im pretty sure its my ram, im just looking for secound oppinions so really in ur oppinion what do you think the chance is its the mobo and what do u think the chance is that its the ram? cause ram would probably be cheaper then a new mobo