reply to post by Liberal1984
Sorry, but your post is full of non-true information.
To the OP:
Some hardware component is simply on the fritz (most likely), because of the stage (period during boot) when you heard the beeps. You can contact Dell
or consult online documentation to determine what kind of error based on the beeps (long, short, long might correspond to one kind of error, for
First, back up what you care about -- data files created in programs you use, your media, etc. on to a CD or external thumb or hard drive. This is key
to do before your machine fails and it could be more difficult or impossible to recover this stuff.
A good general tip is to then open your case, then blow everything out with air in a can. You must use short (half-second) bursts, with decent length
(five seconds, lets say) between them to avoid freeze-destroying any delicate components. Also, keep the can upright (it will blast colder air when
tilted or upside down). Do not blast your skin, do not inhale the fumes (do it in a ventilated area). Be sure to clean the power supply as per other
Lastly, know that this could be a software issue. An annual-ish format is a really great thing for computer performance, especially if running
Windows. You should try Ubuntu if you are comfortable, your computer will perform a lot better with that hardware (unless you play a lot of Windows
games still on that machine).
Games crash sometimes, this is typical. There are often nuanced video driver problems or games that have video-specific bugs, and this is one ex. of
the kind of bug that can lock up/shutdown/reboot your computer. When the computer is shut down unexpectedly like this, sometimes critical system files
can be corrupted, and your OS will have new issues booting. So it COULD be a software problem.
So, in summary I would:
1) Back stuff up
2) De-dust internals
p.s. -- As another member said, make sure your RAM chips are seeded properly (in all the way/the right way). If you don't know how to do this... do
some research/watch some YouTubes.
2.5) Didn't mention this yet, but if you can find documentation on how, you should reset your BIOS settings. This will restore voltage settings to
defaults if for some reason they were changed. This might also affect hardware boot order -- you will want to make sure that you can boot from CD
before hard drive in the BIOS settings so that you can install Windows from disc. That may be the default boot order. Hard to say.
3) Reformat (reinstall Windows while erasing disk), poss. try Ubuntu if you're game for something different. When you format you lose your installed
programs, but assuming you still have installer discs or install files, you would be fine.
edit on 7/31/2012 by AkumaStreak because: (no reason