Constant beeping on my Gateway desktop

December 31, 2011 at 13:40:08
Specs: Windows 7, AMD 64 2.6 GHz/ 4 Gigs
I have a GT5426E Gateway computer. I recently cleaned the computer and when I started it back up the computer will not load. It will beep 5 times, pause for a moment, and then beep continuously.

Another thing is I have 4 1gig memory cards, if I take 3 of them out, the computer will load up normally, no beeping or nothing, it doesn't matter which memory card is in, any more than one and I get the beeping. Please help :)


See More: Constant beeping on my Gateway desktop

Report •


#1
December 31, 2011 at 15:45:16
How did you go about cleaning your computer? Did you unplug the power cord before doing anything? Did you take components out to clean them or just blow it out with compressed air? If the RAM had been working OK before you cleaned & for some reason you removed the sticks to clean them, I can only guess that you're not re-inserting them fully in the slots.

http://support.gateway.com/s/pc/R/1...

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHER...


Report •

#2
December 31, 2011 at 15:52:00
HOW did you clean it???
If you used a regular vacuum on the inside there are a number of possible problems including bumping parts, static discharge, pulling on wires.
If you touched internal components without grounding yourself, static discharge can damage memory and some other components.
If you removed the CPU or other heat sinks then all of the thermal compound needs to be carefully removed and properly reapplied:
http://www.arcticsilver.com/methods...
Just to name a few possibilities.
If the power was on or even just plugged in, the risks are even higher.
See beep code chart in your manual or see this one below:
http://www.5starsupport.com/info/be...

Supply us with more details and we may have more suggestions.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


Report •

#3
December 31, 2011 at 16:39:28
The power cord along with everything else was unplugged when I cleaned the computer components. I did remove the cpu when cleaning the cooling fan.

I have checked that the RAM inserts are in a thousand times. Just puzzles me that when 1 stick of RAM is inserted the computer boots up normally. It doesn't matter which stick of RAM I insert, its only when I insert the other 2 or 3 sticks of RAM I get the same beeping problem, and windows not loading or even the screen coming on. But all fans are running?

When removing the CPU I did use the Thermo paste. I used a paint brush and vacuum to clean the components.

Thanks


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
December 31, 2011 at 17:18:39
IMO, a working computer should never have to be disassembled to be cleaned. All it needs is to be blasted out with compressed air occasionally. If the heatsink & fans were so dirty that they needed to be removed to be cleaned, you probably don't clean it often enough. Also, a vacuum should NEVER be used on electrical components.

Report •

#5
January 1, 2012 at 07:39:26
Static discharge damage is a real possibility.
LOOK at the ArcticSilver link I supplied above to verify you reapplied the thermal compound properly (old compound needed to be removed completely first) for your CPU (different methods for each type of CPU).
There may have been some damage to RAM or MB.
TRY clearing CMOS AND resetting defaults in BIOS after that.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


Report •


Ask Question