Computer will not boot up. Beeping

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jimmycaps - Apr 28, 2011 at 02:09 PM
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- Apr 30, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Hello,

Sorry this is a long post. I'll try to save people time by giving the short version first. I am having problems rebooting. I can get the fans and lights to come on, but there is a series of long beeps that are ongoing. I thought it was a RAM problem, but it appears that the computer may be destroying my RAM

Here is the long story:
I have a HP pavillion a1450n. Over the last four years, about once per year I go on vacation and leave my house a little bit cooler than normal (about 55 degrees). While I am gone, I have my computer shut down. When I return, I find that the computer won't power up. I usually get it to work by blowing warm air with a blow dryer on it. Over the years I have learned to not turn the machine off.
Well, the other day, I noticed our internet was out. I therefore, went to restart via windows and instead of restarting the computer shut down. Then when I tried to turn it on, I got the similar symptoms that I have had in the past. Absolutely no power (no lights, no fans, no beeps). I therefore tried blowing some warm air on it as usual and no results. I ultimately opened the computer up and cleaned the dust out of it. I also unplugged the RAM and then seated it back firmly.

Eventually, I got the power to come back, but when I did, it wouldn't reboot. Instead, I got a series of constant long beeps. I looked it up on google and saw that this was normally a RAM problem. I have two 1GB DDR ram sticks that are original to the machine. By trial and error, I was able to find that when i used one specific stick it would boot up normally, but if the other one was in, it would not. So, I put the good one in and kept the computer running. When I returned home today, I found that the computer was frozen so I restarted it. When I restarted it, it wouldn't reboot even with the good RAM in it.
I'm wondering if this RAM is now bad too? What could be the problem?

I appreciate any help that I get.

Thank you,
jimmycaps

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Apr 28, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Hi Jimmycaps,

CAn you tell me the manufacturer of you BIOS if you know it (Pheonix or Award in most cases), the numbers of beeps and their nature (long or short beep).
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Hello,
Unfortunately, I do not know who makes the BIOS. The beeps are long in nature and last about 1 second and come every 2-3 seconds. They don't stop.

From what I read on other forums for HPs, it normally signals a RAM problem. What I can't understand is why I could get it to work with one of the two 1GB RAM sticks and then 24 hours later, I'm back to the beeps.

I have bought another 1GB of RAM that is in the mail currently, but I'm afraid that the computer will ruin that RAM.

Thanks for your help.
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Apr 28, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Your tones are due to your ram. Try to remove and clean them, then reinsert them!

Let me know if the problem still exist!
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I have removed them and cleaned them many times. When I did it the first time, I found that one of the two was working.

It then worked for 24 hours, then froze, and when restarting, the computer started beeping again.

I tried to take it out again and it didn't work.
Thanks
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Apr 28, 2011 at 07:46 PM
Check if you do not remove a component (jumper). If the problem still persist or appear, I suggest you go see a qualified technician to try to see exactly where the problem may be located.

Good Luck!
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What is a jumper? Thanks
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