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beep on start up

my computer was built by friend..so its a no name,but
it has a 1.10 gig AMD Athlon processer
40 gig hard drive (usable) and 20 gig Hard drive free
main circuit board SiS-730
XP professional windows.
My computer was working fine and had been for about 2 years. One day I pushed button to turn on and only black screen with - icon blinking in upper left hand corner.. I waited for it to boot up and when nothing happened, I started hitting keys.. all that happened was a beep each hit.. never will boot up...
What can I do??????????????

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Can you

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start in Safe Mode?

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beep on start up

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I can't do anything...its just a black screen.. it just doesn't boot up, and sorry to say, I don't have a backup or restore disk..

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comp not booting

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There are things to try.

When you treid to boot, was the disk activity light on the case lit, or blinking ? Was the power supply light on or blinking ? Was the keyboard NUM lock light on ?

With power disconnected, open the case and check for loose cable connections and fittings - connections to HD, memory modules seated tight, etc. Check the monitor connection and video card too.

Look for the CMOS battery - take out and leave for at least ten minutes(or overnight) and put back in. This may hopefully reset things. Settings for BIOS will be back to default. Try booting up.

Otherwise, the BIOS chip may be faulty. There are usually something or messages on the screen for other faults.

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