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My Dell Inspiron won't boot and beeps twice every three seconds

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I need help because I have a dell inspiron 531 and it won't boot up. When I finished dusting the inside of my computer, and I turned it on for the first time it started beeping twice very fastly every 3 seconds. I tried taking out each ram and putting them back in and it stopped beeping! But then when I booted my computer up it wouldn't send anything to my monitor and it didnt beep as it usually did before it booted up. PLEASE HELP ME!
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Howszit?  Sorry to hear that your Dell is startup "challenged".


You may have a bad RAM chip.  Have you tried only using one?  Switch them and see if it will start with only one chip, (your system should report a decrease in the RAM but let you continue to boot).  Be sure that the chips are installed correctly.  I usually clean the chip's contacts with a solvent cleaner and make sure there's no dust build up.  The two beeps that you got when you 1st tried is a Dell signal that there's a problem with the RAM, so this may help.


You didn't use excessive force dust cleaning the system did you?  I once had a client who used a hair dryer to blow off the dust.  He actually fried his hard drive doing this...


Hope this helps...

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