Why doesn't computer do anything but beep three times

Question

My Dell laptop is malfunctioning. When I turn it on it beeps three times and thats it. I can hear that the laptop is on.

What could be the problem?

Answer

This question was answered on June 1, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The three beeps are a code generated by the POST (Power On Self Test) to indicate the nature of a problem First you have to find out what BIOS your computer is running.

Usually you must press F10, or Delete at a certain time during the restart to check your BIOS.

When you find out which one is running look it up in one of these sites

http://www.bioscentral.com/postcodes/dellbios.htm http://www.hi-tech.net/zones/help-beep.html

And it will tell you what is wrong with the computer.

Good Luck! Hope I was helpful

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Posted by Ezequiel of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 1, 2004