3 beeps on startup

January 1, 2019 at 15:14:06
Specs: Windows 8
just started beeping. 3 times on start. no obvious symptoms other than beeps
hard drive seems to make a clipping sound every now and then

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January 1, 2019 at 15:39:44
Depends on make of machine---if it's a Dell, it's not good news:


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January 1, 2019 at 20:38:14
With an HP machine it's a little less drastic, bad memory or memory issues. Try pulling the Ram chips out cleaning the contacts with a pencil eraser and replacing them.

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January 2, 2019 at 01:19:24
Clicking sounds from the drive doesn’t sound good either. If possible I’d remove the drive, and using a USB adapter cable, plug it into another working computer; after-which copy all personal files to dvd and ideally yet another hard drive. If, as the clicking may be indicating, the drive is failing then the sooner you do the above the better.

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January 5, 2019 at 23:29:51
If you are hearing 3 beeps on startup that might be because of motherboard failure. And for hard drive sound there are 4 possible reasons:
- the insufficient power supply is a very common cause of noise on the hard drive
- faculty data cables
- failed hard drive
- some physical shock or trauma

Keep in mind to recover the data from the hard drive beforehand

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