As soon as I turn my Dell Inspirion 530s with Windows Vista Home on, it continuously has a series of 4 beeps. The CD Rom does sound like it is running, but nothing comes up on the monitor. I tried to look up what to do on the troubleshooting area of the Dell website, but it didn't follow any of the beep codes listed. It also talked about switches, but I don't know how to figure out what kind of switch I have. The green light on the back is continously lit, and I couldn't find the A, B, C, and D lights on the back. Any help that could be given would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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The Inspiron series does not have the four diagnostics lights.
Are there any error messages, if there are, please post the exact text of them.
What is the reading of the power button LED, Steady Blue, Blinking Blue, Steady Amber, Blinking Amber?
You can check the 'Beep' codes in the following link.
Four 'Beeps' indicate a memory issue, try opening the case, remove and reinstall all the modules and see if this makes a difference
The Inspiron 530s Troubleshooter and Diagnostic Guide, is HERE <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>
The monitor doesn't turn on at all so I cannot see if there are any error messages. The power button is steady blue. I will try what you suggested. Thanks.
Well - If you aren't using either a video card or the onboard graphics no video signal can ever get to the monitor. I'm guessing you have the monitor plugged into the computer somehow, someway. Don't you? If it is not either option Bev mentioned where on earth is it plugged into?
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I guess I didn't realize it was an either/ or question. I'm not sure, but I think I have the onboard graphics. I guess I'm not sure how to tell either. I know that I'm definitely far from a computer whiz, but I guess I thought that was why you were supposed to post questions on here.
I had the same problem, and was able to fix it with the following steps:
Somehow one of the memory cards must have jiggled lose, even though they looked fine at first. My system started right up immediately afterwards.
All the best,
Microprocessor register failure
NVRAM read/write failure
ROM BIOS checksum failure
Programmable interval timer failure
DMA initialization failure
DMA page register read/write failure
Video Memory test failure
1-3-1 through 2-4-4
Memory not being properly identified or used
Slave DMA register failure
Master DMA register failure
Master interrupt mask register failure
Slave interrupt mask register failure
Interrupt vector loading failure
Keyboard Controller test failure
NVRAM power loss
Invalid NVRAM configuration
Video Memory test failure
Screen initialization failure
Screen retrace failure
Search for video ROM failure
No timer tick
Gate A20 failure
Unexpected interrupt in protected mode
Memory failure above address 0FFFFh
Timer-chip counter 2 failure
Time-of-day clock stopped
Serial or parallel port test failure
Failure to decompress code to shadowed memory
Math-coprocessor test failure
Thank you so much for posting this solution. I consult out to a friend for computer help and when he gave me this problem it had me stumped. I popped out the RAM, blew on each one, and popped them back in, and the system is loading up as I type this.