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Posted On: Jun. 10 2011, 9:08 PM

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Now it's the recording computer that is freaking out.  Just sits there and beeps like crazy, won't boot.  Don't buy from Dell, incidentally.  Why did I do that, anyway?  argh.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jun. 10 2011, 9:27 PM
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The dreaded beeps. Poop.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jun. 10 2011, 10:05 PM

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Now it boots up and gets all the way there, and within a minute it turns off and beeps.  What the frick does that mean?  

My advice is, never buy a Dell.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jun. 10 2011, 10:27 PM
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Actually Dell are usually very good.  Been around them a long time and seen them in use by large corporates and govt departments.  Anyway, that doesn't help you.  

Is it still under warranty?

The bios beeps usually mean something.  It's trying to tell you what's broken.  Have a listen.  You will most likely hear a phrase of long and short beeps.  Then we just need to google the beep codes depending on the model.

It'll be RAM or graphics card or something like that at a guess.  If you feel brave, crack the case and try re-seating the RAM and graphics card (if it's not an onboard graphics).  Make sure you ground yourself first (use an anti-static strap if you have one), disconnect all power, and then just remove the card/ram and put it back in.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jun. 10 2011, 10:30 PM
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Ahh, just read that it partially boots now.

Go into the Bios and look for the setting that reboots the computer on errors.   That'll cause it to blue-screen rather than reboot.  There are often clues on the blue-screen.

But try reseating the ram and any plug in cards as my previous post.  Most of the time that sorts it.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jun. 10 2011, 11:00 PM
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Quote: (Mark A @ Jun. 10 2011, 3:27 PM)

Actually Dell are usually very good.  Been around them a long time and seen them in use by large corporates and govt departments.  Anyway, that doesn't help you.  

Yup... all I use both at home and work. In to them fellers for millions at this point.

Sounds like a bad mobo, power supply, or the like. Just call them. They have parts. What's the service tag? I can pull your machine with the service tag.

FWIW, what you are running into is what are known as POST errors. They actually tell you what the problem is rather than leaving you guessing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power-on_self-test#Error_reporting

I hope you never get a flat tire. You'll be cursing Toyota or whoever for years.

In other news, I am VERY crabby today.
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jun. 10 2011, 11:33 PM
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For what it's worth, Tom. Not so long ago, my daw was crashing every five min's. A tech-friend said to re-seat any cards, as Mark says which improved the situation but what really did the trick was to clean the fan and heatsink. I hate it when that happens. Doh!
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jun. 11 2011, 12:14 AM

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Well, the anti-Dell judgment is partly a result of the poor help I received when purchasing the computer.    :p

Thanks for the info, friends, I might get a moment to check it out this weekend.  Anyway, if it were a car problem I'd be in much better shape to fix it.  Cars make much more sense to me.   :)
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jun. 11 2011, 9:56 AM
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I dunno Tom, I've had a lot of bad experiences with Dell also, at work mainly. At home I have three Acers which never give me any issues. More importantly, n-Track has never crashed on my Acer. Luck of the draw maybe!
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Skip to the previous post in this topic. Posted On: Jun. 11 2011, 2:24 PM

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Luck of the DAW!

My biggest problem was when I was ordering it, the person was entirely wrong about certain features, which really messed me up.  I know, I know, I should learn and figure it out for myself.   :)

Everything is breaking and falling apart lately.   :disagree:
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