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Lately, my Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop running Win XP Personal Edition, had been beeping several times during boot-up. The beeps occur before the Win XP Logo shows up and during screen's initial blank and during the Black & White progress bar across the screen's bottom.

The laptop still runs pretty slow.

I have run anti-virus and AdAware, without improvement.

Any suggestions? Please Help!
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it may be becoz computer failed its power-on self test (POST) because a problem was detected.Did you add a new piece of hardware? If so, it might be faulty or not installed right. Remove it, then try again.
 

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Nice try. No Cigar. No new hardware has been installed on the laptop since purchase 2 years ago. Certainly not just before the beeping started.

Any other suggestions?
Thanks!
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well that is as first said POST, the beeps is a way of telling you something is wrong, and depending on which bios you have the beeps mean different things. Do you know who makes your bios? This can be found by a couple ways, one way is to just watch your screen on start up.
 

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If i remember correctly, my motherboard manual says that the beeps correspond to certain problems with the POST. But FLCL said it's the bios, and he could be right as well.

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POST - Power On Self Test

Each BIOS manufacturer assigns beep codes to various post issues (99.9% use a single beep to indicate all is well).

What is the beep pattern? Some go with long and short beeps, others in groups of short beeps.
 

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Not always. Could be a floppy controller error, and the BIOS is set to not stop booting on errors.

Again, what we really need is the exact beep code pattern.
 

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Thanks for all your attempts to 'hep!
Here's what I can gleen - I recorded the beeps and played them back at 1/2 speed to count them:
It sounds two "groups" of beeps -
The first group has 14 (or maybe 15)
The a "pause" of about 2 beeps' time duration,
and then the second group of 11 beeps.

Thanks again for the help!
Harry
 
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Just pooling my ideas here with the group Chevy but what do you think about PSU failure. Most common beep errors usually come from RAM at first thought but seeing all these codes tells me commonly it is the PSU. If you want harrymoritz, you can go to Radio Shack and pick up a Multimeter. It is probably better that Chevy teaches you for 1:

I am to lazy to type all of the information about a Multimeter tutorial :laugh: and even though I use it on a good basis I only know how to work the easier ones not the older harder one.
 

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Harry,

Please follow THIS. Scroll down a little and you'll see the instructions for running the PSA (it's built into the system), as well as a chart of errors.

Once you have the error, select the correct option at the top and continue.
 
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