PC shuts down soon after start up with 6 beep

June 28, 2009 at 19:14:28
Specs: Windows XP
Recently while cleaning up I had my PC box on a bed and it fell off. Since then it will turn on and after aproximately 30 seconds during boot up it will shut the monitor screen down to blank and give 6 beeps and turn off. Can anyone help please?

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#1
June 28, 2009 at 21:14:18
How about posting some details about your system?

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#2
June 28, 2009 at 23:44:08
that is where it gets tricky..... I am definately no electronics guru
it is running Windows XP. I think it is a AMD athlon chip processor in it. I have had the fan off the cooling fins of the processor and cleaned the cooling fins. All the cables seem to be connected properly. Not sure how much more I can tell you. maybe you could point me in a direction and I can retreive more info for you?

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#3
June 29, 2009 at 07:16:09
does not matter what system you have if you have dropped it then there are too many things it could be too many to mention here could be something loose or maybe cracked and then when it gets warm and expands stoppes working if you don't know a lot about computors take it to a shop that can test the circuits

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#4
June 29, 2009 at 10:07:55
6 beeps. Are they all the same? no short/long or high/low mix of tones? The fact that it's immediately shutting down seems to inidcate an overheating problem. Did you remove the heatsink from the CPU or just the fan from the top of the heatsink? If you removed the heatsink, it MUST be reinstalled properly...that means fresh thermal paste & you have to make sure it wasn't installed backwards. Other than that, make sure all the cables, cards & RAM are fully seated in the slots.

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#5
June 29, 2009 at 10:41:31
I agree with jam, but the reason I asked for specs is so I could look at the owner's manual for the system to see what the beep code means. But I agree that it sounds like it's overheating.

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#6
June 29, 2009 at 17:01:52
Thanks Guys, I only removed the fan from the heat sink over the top of the CPU. I gave the blades of the heat sink a clean and pushed down on the top of the heat sink fins incase it had popped out but didnt feel anything "click" back down. After cleaning the heat sink blades i cleaned the actual fan and made sure that all both the fans (over the heat sink on the CPU and the power supply) were working. Should I remove the heatsink from the CPU and apply some new thermal paste? If so should the old paste be removed with spyrits from the contact surfaces?

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