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HELP! When I turn on the computer, it keeps restarting...

by Taegugki / August 1, 2012 9:49 AM PDT

HELP! When I turn on the computer, it keeps restarting...

I have a computer running Win XP, every time I try to turn on the computer, it won't go to the screen running the memory check, the computer turns off and restarts and turns off and restarts over and over again.

Note: Before it restarts it makes a beep sound...

I tried re-inputting the RAM, air-sprayed all the dust, to no avail, please help...

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More information needed
by mchainmchain / August 1, 2012 11:08 AM PDT

Make, model, XP version, age of machine needed.

Sounds as if this system is not completing the POST check in BIOS.

Information is needed to get beep codes for the BIOS POST error you hear. Once you have that, the likely culprit can be isolated and addressed. We can point you to the BIOS beep code for your specific machine only if you give us that information, with a direct link, to the manufacturer web site.

Bad guessing is the result otherwise.

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Air spray. Check. what about fresh heat sink compound?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2012 11:51 AM PDT

There's not enough detail here. It could be as simple as some USB thing you forgot to unplug.

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