I have a Inspiron 15 5545. Just yesterday it started giving me 3 long beeps and 2 short beeps. It will do this 3 times, then a black screen with the fan running.
I doesn't happen everything I start it. I'd say 1 in 5 times. The other 4 times it runs just fine.
I've removed the hard drive and the battery and it keeps doing it sometimes. I also replaced the RAM.
I have run the diagnostic tool and everything comes out fine, when it isn't beeping.
Is this considered 3 beeps or 5 beeps or something else? Since there is nothing about long AND short beeps in the beep code key for Inspiron. If it took a standard CMOS battery I'd try it but since I have to order for one I don't want to order for one it's not what I need. I mean the time is right on the system.
Any thoughts would be great. Thanks.
I am thinking you are hearing beep codes for 2 different problems but possibly tied to the same cause. 2 beeps is no memory detected, and 3 beeps is a chipset error but included in that is a time of day error. And both of those could be caused by a CMOS battery problem such as a weak battery which would give you the intermittent start problem. The easiest thing to try would be to remove the old battery, then after 15 minutes insert a new CMOS battery. And wrong time alone is not the only symptom of a bad CMOS battery. You might see erratic problems such as the hard drive not detected. RAM errors that seem to come and go. The system might not boot, etc. Try changing the battery and then post back in the forum if that does not help or the symptoms change.
And FYI...if it is actually 5 beeps, that is a CMOS problem.
According to the service manual that is a normal CMOS battery (CR2032).
Thanks, but I have a 15 inch which is used a wrapped battery
I am a bit confused. Is your system a 5455 as you posted, or a 5545? If a 5455 then the service manual would have incorrect information. Thanks for clarifying that.
Not a problem. That is why my wife does the budget...Numbers and I have never been on speaking terms.