Solved turn on home computer get 1 short beep 1 long beep repeats

October 16, 2014 at 01:02:21
Specs: Windows XP, home edition
system shows power but does not boot at all, no fan, just lights showing everything has power to it. Have dismantled this tower twice, put it all back together, and it booted right up. I believe it is a memory issue that somehow resets, I just don't know what I am doing to reset this system, yet it has done it again and I am not willing to tear this apart once again just to not figure anything out.turns out 1long,1short means ram issue, replace and issue resolved.

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October 16, 2014 at 01:03:43
Without knowing the make and model of the computer (or the motherboard) it's not really possible to answer your query.

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October 16, 2014 at 02:13:15
hp compaq IPIEL-LA on motherboard

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October 16, 2014 at 02:21:07
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OK. That indicates a problem with the RAM. The first thing to do is to remove any RAM modules (assuming you can identify them) and carefully clean the contacts. Try to avoid touching any of the metal parts. A good way of cleaning them is with a pencil eraser. Then reseat the memory module(s) and see if the problem persists.

If it does then a module is almost certainly faulty. Try taking them out one at a time (if there is only one then obviously that is the faulty one!) to see if you can identify the faulty one. If the problem stops when you take out a particular module that must be the faulty one; you can buy replacements on-line (try, for example,

If you are not confident with this procedure then it may be better to take it to a computer shop - the small ones tend to be better than the chain stores.

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October 17, 2014 at 07:56:22
This might also be of interest (see free version):

You would need to create the tester on a CD or Flash Drive using another computer, then run it on the suspect one.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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October 17, 2014 at 09:40:38
Power on self test - Post beep codes:

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