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HP beeps when powered up


A friend in TV production gave me an HP Pavilion tower w/keypad which he used at his home. It had Vista, was fully integrated and was used for sports videos. He said it crashed often due to the size of the videos so he gave away.

He didn't tell me about this if he knew, but right off the bat when powered up the system makes a beeping noise. It lasts about 15 seconds then stops then begins again.

I read some troubleshooting tips on the HP site online and it indicated that it could possibly be an error in how the ethernet card was installed.

My son is knowledgeable regarding system issues and was able to remove Vista and load XP, but once it was complete the beeping continued when its booted up. He doesn't have the time to continue to help me unfortunately.

I have very little money and wish to either utilize or sell this system as it appears to be a very nice set up.

I greatly appreciate any feedback!

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The beeps are a sign.

In reply to: HP beeps when powered up

That something is amiss. It could be that ethernet card which you could unplug for a test. But the most common issue I find with GIFTED PCs is that the RAM is gone. Did you check that the RAM sticks were still installed and while inside gently push all cards home?

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Thanks for taking the time to respond Bob

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RAM sticks were already checked.


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BIOS Beep Codes

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This sounds like BIOS BEEP Codes, and you will need to know which BIOS type this is, then find out what those codes mean.

You can find out during boot-up or POST, (Power On, Self Test), which BIOS this system has, then use a resource like the one in the link below to help diagnose what the beeps mean;

As Bob says, those Beeps are a sign that something is amiss.

I hope that helps.


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Will definitely check into this

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Thanks for the link Mark. Will let you know if it helps.


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In reply to: Will definitely check into this

Just to add to Proffitt's suggestion, did you check to make sure the RAM is all the same type? Just because it's there, doesn't mean it's good or the correct type (mismatched). Even if all there, try installing one stick at a time, see if it still beeps.

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