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I get beeping when I start the computer, and it wont start?

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This is called a beep code. It is used for troubleshooting when you are unable to boot your computer. Here is a listing of the Dell beep codes, depending on the sequence of beeps that you are hearing, you will find the problem listed here. How many beeps are you getting and what model of Dell do you have?
1-1-2 Processor Register Failure 1-1-3 NVRam 1-1-4 ROM Bios checksum failure 1-2-1 Programmable Interval Timer 1-2-2 DMA Initialization Failure 1-2-3 Direct Memory Access Page Register Read/Write Failure 1-3-1 - 2-4-4 Memory/RAM Not Properly Identified or Used 3-1-1 Slave DMA Registration Failure 3-1-2 Master DMA Registration Failure 3-1-3 Master Interrupt Mask Registration Failure 3-1-4 Slave Interrupt Mask Registration Failure 3-2-2 Interrupted Vector Loading Failure 3-2-4 Keyboard Controller (Input) Test Failure 3-3-1 NVRam Insufficient Power 3-3-2 Improperly configured NVRam 3-3-4 Video Memory(RAM) Test Failure 3-4-1 Screen Output Initialization Failure 3-4-2 Screen Retrace Failure 3-4-3 Failure Finding Video Read Only Memory 4-2-1 Lack of Time Tick 4-2-2 Shutdown Failure 4-2-3 Failure in Gate A20 4-2-4 Unexpected Interruption in Protect Mode 4-3-1 Memory Address Failure above 0FFFFH 4-3-4 Non Functioning Time Of Day Clock 4-4-1 Serial And/Or Parallel Port Test Failure 4-4-4 Cache Test Failure

http://www.bioscentral.com/postcodes/dellbios.htm 1-1-2 Processor Register Failure 1-1-3 NVRam 1-1-4 ROM Bios checksum failure 1-2-1 Programmable Interval Timer 1-2-2 DMA Initialization Failure 1-2-3 Direct Memory Access Page Register Read/Write Failure 1-3-1 - 2-4-4 Memory/RAM Not Properly Identified or Used 3-1-1 Slave DMA Registration Failure 3-1-2 Master DMA Registration Failure 3-1-3 Master Interrupt Mask Registration Failure 3-1-4 Slave Interrupt Mask Registration Failure 3-2-2 Interrupted Vector Loading Failure 3-2-4 Keyboard Controller (Input) Test Failure 3-3-1 NVRam Insufficient Power 3-3-2 Improperly configured NVRam 3-3-4 Video Memory(RAM) Test Failure 3-4-1 Screen Output Initialization Failure 3-4-2 Screen Retrace Failure 3-4-3 Failure Finding Video Read Only Memory 4-2-1 Lack of Time Tick 4-2-2 Shutdown Failure 4-2-3 Failure in Gate A20 4-2-4 Unexpected Interruption in Protect Mode 4-3-1 Memory Address Failure above 0FFFFH 4-3-4 Non Functioning Time Of Day Clock 4-4-1 Serial And/Or Parallel Port Test Failure 4-4-4 Cache Test Failure

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The beeping you hear is a BIOS Beep Code.
The computer's way of telling you something is wrong, and an area to look in for the problem.

The beep code is just that. A Code.
It can be a single beep, or a series of beeps.
The beeps can alternate.

For example: One Long beep followed by two Short beeps. Then a pause of time, and the code starts all over. This is repeated over, and over.

The BIOS Beep Code may tell you something's wrong with the graphics, or the Processor, or Ram Memory, and so on.

Without knowing the beep code you're hearing, I can only supply generic information.

http://www.5starsupport.com/info/beep_codes.htm

The above shows charts of BIOS Beep Codes from a lot of BIOS manufacturer's. There are only three main one's.
AMI, Phoenix, and Award.
(Award and Phoenix merged, but sometimes still show themselves as two separate entities)

I would like you to look into an area that seems to crop up a lot.
The Ram Memory.

A ram memory module ('Stick') will develop corrosion on the contact pins.
The gold plated contact pins on the bottom of the ram memory module.

Example showing a DDR Sdram ram memory module, of the contact pins stated above,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Generic_DDR_Memory_%28Xytram%29.jpg

(You can click on the photo to enlarge. You can enlarge twice)

I would like you to remove your ram memory module/s, and clean the contact pins on both sides, with a pencil eraser.

If you are using a pencil, and not a solid eraser, refrain from letting the metal band on the pencil hit the contact pins.

NOTE*
Before you start;
1) Computer unplugged from power
2) Follow Anti-Static Precautions

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity.
Static will fry out (Short Circuit) the hardware components inside a computer.
(Some examples: Processor, Ram Memory, Harddrive, Graphics Card {If used)

Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open,
TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

Should you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, upon your return be SURE to Touch the metal frame again.

If this problem does indeed relate to a Dell Dimension 3000 desktop computer, here is the Service Manual,
(Free from Dell Support),

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3000/en/SM/index.htm

1) Removing the Computer Cover
2) Removing and Installing Parts > Memory

Regards,
joecoolvette

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