I have a Dell Dimension 3000 with a 2.93 Ghz Processor and 1.25 Gb of RAM. I've had it for awhile and its worked fine for a long time. Now after 15-20 minutes of use it suddenly freezes and emits a loud, sustained beeping sound. Does anyone have any ideas on what could be causing this? Let me know if you need any more information. Please any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Have you checked the color of the four diagnostic lights on the back of the computer when it freezes and emits the beep?
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I have not. I will do and report back to you. Please standby for that information. Until then can you let me know what type of information I will gain from this? For example, if 2 lights are green and 2 lights yellow then its a memory issue... or whatever the case may be. I'm just trying to get a grasp of what I should expect. Thanks again for your help and I'll get the light test results posted as soon as possible.
Thanks for the links. That is just what I was looking for.
Do the beep codes only occur during errors on start-up? Would the beep codes still be useful if the computer has already successfully booted and been on for 20 or so minutes - then suddenly froze and started a long beep? The beep does not stop until I do a hard shut down. Does that help at all?
The diagnostic lights stay green during freeze and beep. The beep is definitely coming from the lower right corner, which I believe is the hard drive. Perhaps my hard drive is failing? Any thoughts?
Based on this picture, the hard disk drive is on the lower right. Power the PC off, disconnect the power supply lead to the hard disk drive and power the PC on. Press F2 to enter the setup. Let is sit there for awhile, does it freeze up? if not, perhaps the hard disk drive is failing.
If the drive is the problem, the next step would be to replace the hard drive. Is there a way to clone the contents of my old drive on to a new drive? I'd like to keep my files, programs and OS as is, if possible.