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by pinopino / September 27, 2008 6:30 AM PDT

So, I got my hands on a dead Acer 5100, When you turn it on it goes beeep, then about a second later it goes beep beep
And that's pretty much it. Any idea where to start?
I've tried to start it with a boot-cd but get nothing what so even.

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Re: beep, beep.
by Kees Bakker / September 27, 2008 6:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Dead Comp

That's something on the motherboard. The technical manual explains what it is. If you can't find it on the Internet, ask a qualified Acer tech.

It can be anything like:
- no RAM
- error when checking RAM
- no video
- invalid BIOS
All kind of circumstances that would cause the BIOS to be unable to put a decent error message on the screen. All it can do is scream a few beeps to show the CPU basically works and so does the speaker. It's like braille: learn the code and you'll understand the message.


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Typical of no ram.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 27, 2008 6:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Dead Comp

Many would remove that on a dead unit to sell off.

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by pinopino / September 27, 2008 3:48 PM PDT
In reply to: Typical of no ram.

So I've been trying to find the tech manual, with little success, didn't get the pdf files said to be so.
It's got all the parts it usually had, from what I hear it had had some difficulty recently, so might maybe be hard drive?

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by pinopino / September 27, 2008 8:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Well, I found the manual finally, it didn't have any think og th beeps, but a very handy undetermined problems section.
It pretty much said to remove anything I can, then try and see, and thus I remove the HDD and RAM and Voila, no sounds.
no real life ether, but no beep sounds.
So, Am I far from a solution if I suggest the ram chip might be the issue?

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So it's really dead(er) now?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 27, 2008 10:32 PM PDT
In reply to: Excellent

Sounds like the wrong direction to go in. Beeps = hope. No beeps = it's really dead.

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Error Code?
by Renegade Knight / September 28, 2008 1:06 AM PDT
In reply to: Dead Comp

I recently picked up a Vintage ThinkPad at a garage sale. Double beep at start up. It had an error code. I plugged that into Google and got 1 hit. The hit said "replace the CMOS battery" and so I did. 5 bucks later my laptop was up and working and I'm a happy camper.

The trick is the error. Some computers will boot with no CMOS battery. Some won't. A new battery is an easy thing to fix. If your error is something else (like no RAM) that may take a bit more work.

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