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Need laptop help- dell computer just beeps
me ^ | June 9, 2014 | Faith65

Posted on 06/09/2014 4:14:33 AM PDT by Faith65

Good morning- I need some help with a laptop (dell inspiron - windows 7)- when you turn it on all it does is beep. It was running fine last night and it was shut without hibernating or anything and when it was reopened it just started beeping so the power button was hit to shut it down. Now when you hit the power button it starts to come on and then just beeps loudly. Taking the battery out and putting it back in has not made a difference. I would greatly appreciate any help! Thanks! (Mods- if I have put this in the wrong place- please move- thank you)


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1 posted on 06/09/2014 4:14:33 AM PDT by Faith65
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To: Faith65

I had a similar reaction with my work Dell Laptop. We had to have a memory chip replaced to get going again.


2 posted on 06/09/2014 4:18:21 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Faith65

It sounds like your hard drive may have failed.


3 posted on 06/09/2014 4:19:19 AM PDT by captain_dave
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To: Faith65

What you’re hearing is a diagnostic beep code, analagous to Morse-code, that tells you what the problem is. The Power On Self Test (POST) in the system BIOS issues the beep code

Do a web search for “beep codes”, and you should be able to find the codes for your system.

Typically, this is a catastrophic hardware failure, like memory or hard disk. It could also be a keyboard failure. Have you spilt anything on your keyboard? :)


4 posted on 06/09/2014 4:23:54 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Faith65; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; Still Thinking; ...

5 posted on 06/09/2014 4:24:50 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Westbrook

Hi-

no, nothing was spilled on it. Husband was trying to open up a portal for work that he has gone to before and it was opening so computer was just closed for later. Then upon reopening computer and hitting the power button the laptop just beeped so he hit the power button again to turn it off.


6 posted on 06/09/2014 4:27:42 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65

Should read portal was NOT opening so husband closed computer for later- (sorry- really tired)


7 posted on 06/09/2014 4:29:02 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65
Beep, beep, beep....

May be backing up. :)

8 posted on 06/09/2014 4:35:16 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Faith65

9 posted on 06/09/2014 4:43:43 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Westbrook

Good morning-

the beeping is non-stop-


10 posted on 06/09/2014 4:46:06 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65

With the laptop turned on, remove the battery. Your beeping problem sounds like something more serious, but if it’s not, this kind of a reset should work.


11 posted on 06/09/2014 4:46:40 AM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans (I mostly come out at night... mostly.)
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To: Faith65
It's usually a series of beep (it used to be three on Dell's desktops) that indicate a hardware failure. It could be memory, part of the motherboard, harddrive, or CPU. You can try your recovery discs (assuming you made them after getting the computer) that might help diagnose it. But if you don't even get as far as the boot screen (the Dell circle) so that you can get into the bios, then the problem is probably pretty severe.
12 posted on 06/09/2014 4:47:32 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Faith65

We had a major issue like this a few years ago. The volunteers at Bleeping Computer had it up and running in a few days. For free (we donated a fee anyway).

Http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/


13 posted on 06/09/2014 4:51:05 AM PDT by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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To: Faith65

There is a slight chance it may be a key is stuck. Press every key a few times and then try to restart it.


14 posted on 06/09/2014 4:57:06 AM PDT by TheCipher (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself- Mark Twain)
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To: Faith65

If it’s 7 beeps it’s a bad motherboard or CPU.


15 posted on 06/09/2014 5:00:33 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Faith65

Yank the battery while it is still on, then reinstall it. It worked for me a couple times on a Toshiba that went flaky.


16 posted on 06/09/2014 5:02:57 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: for-q-clinton

It seems to be beeping non stop.


17 posted on 06/09/2014 5:03:03 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65

Reseat your ram.


18 posted on 06/09/2014 5:05:50 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Faith65

This may not be it, but check your escape key it may be stuck on. That has happened to me a couple of times.


19 posted on 06/09/2014 5:07:49 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Please support efforts in your state for an Article 5 convention.)
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To: Faith65

Dell Beep Codes:

http://support.dell.com/support/systemsinfo/document.aspx?~file=/systems/inspd530/en/om/html/trouble.htm#wp1085300


20 posted on 06/09/2014 5:26:55 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Faith65
I doubt it's the hard drive. If it were you'd get past the beeping. Does anything at all come on the screen? Do you know how to access your BIOS? Usually that means pushing a button about a second after power up and that gets you into the computers internal set up. According to a search you push F2 just after powering up. Does a screen come on telling you what's in your laptop? If not, then the laptop is not "posting". Or, Power On Self Test is not working and that almost always means a hardware issue.

Did you drop it after you turned it off last night? Bump it? If you have the capability pull out the battery, hold down the power button for thirty seconds and then open all the panels underneath. Reseat all hardware which will probably mean just the hard drive and RAM boards.

Also, check to make sure nothing is plugged into your USB ports. Could be a bad flash drive.

Hope that helps.

21 posted on 06/09/2014 5:30:25 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: carriage_hill

Thanks


22 posted on 06/09/2014 5:32:27 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: raybbr

Hi

No- it didn’t get dropped or bumped. Since husband could not get work portal to open the computer was just closed and not hibernated.

When the power button is turned on the dell circle comes up, the inspiron word shows up and the blue line starts to load- gets 9/10 done and then the non stop beeping starts.(I am not a computer geek at all)


23 posted on 06/09/2014 5:38:14 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65

Can you hear your hard drive spinning?


24 posted on 06/09/2014 5:38:34 AM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: Faith65

Could possibly be the battery. My daughters old dell batteries went out twice on me. I don’t remember it beeping though. Good luck


25 posted on 06/09/2014 5:38:43 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Did you just get off the short bus or what?)
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To: Excellence

Have to check it again- the beeping is so loud I can’t hear anything.


26 posted on 06/09/2014 5:42:19 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Thanks- my best to you.


27 posted on 06/09/2014 5:43:10 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65
Sounds like the hard drive. How old is it? I've had three hard drives crash on me in the last three months. Or, one or more were malware as my sons tend to play flash games on game sites.

When the power button is turned on the dell circle comes up, the inspiron word shows up and the blue line starts to load- gets 9/10 done and then the non stop beeping starts.(I am not a computer geek at all)

Sounds like it's getting past the POST. The line you refer to, is it a black and white segmented line on the bottom?

28 posted on 06/09/2014 5:43:22 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: raybbr

I think it’s 4 years old. The line is blue in the middle- near the bottom of the screen.


29 posted on 06/09/2014 5:45:19 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65

Faith,

If your laptop is plugged in and not using battery power - then start it up. As soon as you seen the Power On Self Test begin - start clicking the F8 key to attempt to start up the Advance Boot Options Menu.

If that does not work - and it starts beeping - then your memory modules, CPU, or hard drive that contains the operating system has failed and needs to be repaired.

Any number of cuases could have “zapped” those components - or all of them.

A PC Tech is going to have to take it apart to diagnose the issues invovled in determining why the POST will not take you to a SAFE MODE or Normal Operating System log-in.

Seek out an experienced A+ Tech that can test the hardware. It might be a software problem, but unlikely since the beeps are ongoing and not coded...like 3 short beeps then a long beep...

The laptop needs to be professionally looked at.


30 posted on 06/09/2014 5:46:14 AM PDT by BCW (Salva reipublicae)
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To: raybbr

The computer is for work and some web surfing- no gaming or things like that. A lot of docs, work photos and survey mapping on it.


31 posted on 06/09/2014 5:47:50 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65

> the beeping is non-stop-

You mean it’s just a steady beep-beep-beep...
...without any beeps being longer than others, and without any pauses between them?


32 posted on 06/09/2014 5:49:54 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: BCW

Thanks- I am thinking the same thing- get a pro to look at it. This is the second computer to crash in about a week.


33 posted on 06/09/2014 5:52:03 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65
If by "keeps on beeping", you mean a continuous tone, then my vote for best answer is that one of the keys is stuck. Swipe your hand back and forth gently across the keys several times...all of them.. look for one that feels "low" ...see if you can convince it to rise with gentle taps or strokes and then try it again.

If the beep is a single beep and then later, say 10-30 seconds, it beeps again, endlessly repeating, then the next best answers is a hardware failure, in which case you'll probably need more help than an FR post.

34 posted on 06/09/2014 5:52:23 AM PDT by BRK
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To: Westbrook

Correct- I cannot discern any difference- just beeps nonstop.


35 posted on 06/09/2014 5:53:00 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65

Make sure there are no CD’s in the CD drive and no USB devices attached to the computer. Sometimes those two things can cause failure to boot.


36 posted on 06/09/2014 5:54:28 AM PDT by Roses0508
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To: Roses0508

No usb devices or cds in it- checked that 1st :)


37 posted on 06/09/2014 5:56:12 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65

Road Runner?


38 posted on 06/09/2014 5:56:17 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Faith65
Power off the laptop. Pull all of the memory. Turn it on. See if the beep code changes in any way. If so, try turning on with one RAM chip inserted and swap to test for a bad RAM chip.

Never heard of continuous beeping before. Usually there's a pause in there somewhere...strange.
39 posted on 06/09/2014 5:58:05 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Paladin2

I wish ;)


40 posted on 06/09/2014 5:58:05 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65

Everytime someone asks me some advice I always answer, how much do you want to spend?. Easy as pie.


41 posted on 06/09/2014 6:00:29 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Faith65

If you power on and press F12, is it possible to get to the diagnostics option?


42 posted on 06/09/2014 6:00:38 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: thackney; Faith65

Agreed. Memory. Try accessing the memory chips first and removing then re-seating them. Sometimes that works. If not, get new ones. Or get a bootable CD that has a memory test on it to determine which one. Usually there are two in a Dell laptop.


43 posted on 06/09/2014 6:00:56 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate to those who hate truth.)
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To: Faith65

8gb Ram
256gb SSD
Beyond that it’s just details.


44 posted on 06/09/2014 6:01:45 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: mmichaels1970

I will listen to the beeping again to be sure- I have done it 4 times so far and cannot discern any change- just constant beeping.


45 posted on 06/09/2014 6:03:02 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65

-— Have to check it again- the beeping is so loud I can’t hear anything. -—

We had to reset to factory defaults my daughter’s Inspiron, and I remember the loudness of the beeping, which is a warning that you are about to erase your hard drive. So you may have accidentally entered the reset process.

Google “reset Dell Inspiron to factory settings,” to see how to exit the process.


46 posted on 06/09/2014 6:03:21 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Let’s put it this way- I /we need what’s on that computer for litigation for the all the lawsuits we’re fighting trying to defend our property (not sure when last backup was completed)- so if I have to spend money on it I will.


47 posted on 06/09/2014 6:06:15 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Faith65
One last, more drastic thing to test. The continuous beeping is bugging me here as it is usually more of a code that others have described.

It may be a stuck keyboard key. Even if the keys don't appear stuck, your computer may think a key is being pressed.

If you're feeling like you haven't much to lose, you could try removing your keyboard entirely and then starting up. If it works, you will lose the beeping and simply get a keyboard error when you attempt to start up.
48 posted on 06/09/2014 6:07:09 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Faith65
I /we need what’s on that computer for litigation for the all the lawsuits we’re fighting trying to defend our property

If worst comes to worst, you can purchase a hard drive transfer kit at Best Buy. You can pull your notebook hard drive, connect it to the kit, and connect it via USB to another computer. It will then act like a normal external drive, allowing you to pull whatever you need off of it.

The transfer kit costs about $40.
49 posted on 06/09/2014 6:08:41 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Slump Tester
"Reseat your ram."

Watch your language, or I'll hit the "Abuse" button!

50 posted on 06/09/2014 6:11:47 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (The Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones)
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