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eakire
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Series of 4 beeps continuously at start up

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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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shesagordie
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Re: Series of 4 beeps continuously at start up

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 eakire

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>

Bev.

 


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eakire
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Re: Series of 4 beeps continuously at start up

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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.

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shesagordie
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eakire

Are you using a PCIe video card, or the onboard integrated graphics?

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eakire
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Re: Series of 4 beeps continuously at start up

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No.

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Jeff Hoffman
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Re: Series of 4 beeps continuously at start up

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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?

Jeff

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eakire
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Re: Series of 4 beeps continuously at start up

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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.

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djb777
Copper

Re: Series of 4 beeps continuously at start up

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I had the same problem, and was able to fix it with the following steps:

  1. Unplug everything
  2. unscrew and remove side panel
  3. pop-out each memory card, blow on them and pop them back in (be sure the tabs lock back down)

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,

David

 

speedstep
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Code

Cause

1-1-2

Microprocessor register failure

1-1-3

NVRAM read/write failure

1-1-4

ROM BIOS checksum failure

1-2-1

Programmable interval timer failure

1-2-2

DMA initialization failure

1-2-3

DMA page register read/write failure

1-3

Video Memory test failure

1-3-1 through 2-4-4

Memory not being properly identified or used

3-1-1

Slave DMA register failure

3-1-2

Master DMA register failure

3-1-3

Master interrupt mask register failure

3-1-4

Slave interrupt mask register failure

3-2-2

Interrupt vector loading failure

3-2-4

Keyboard Controller test failure

3-3-1

NVRAM power loss

3-3-2

Invalid NVRAM configuration

3-3-4

Video Memory test failure

3-4-1

Screen initialization failure

3-4-2

Screen retrace failure

3-4-3

Search for video ROM failure

4-2-1

No timer tick

4-2-2

Shutdown failure

4-2-3

Gate A20 failure

4-2-4

Unexpected interrupt in protected mode

4-3-1

Memory failure above address 0FFFFh

4-3-3

Timer-chip counter 2 failure

4-3-4

Time-of-day clock stopped

4-4-1

Serial or parallel port test failure

4-4-2

Failure to decompress code to shadowed memory

4-4-3

Math-coprocessor test failure

4-4-4


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Sol Opacus
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Re: Series of 4 beeps continuously at start up

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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.

Thanks again.

Dominic

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