Solved Window 7 HP Pavilion desktop wont boot & emitting beep codes

November 9, 2013 at 04:32:30
Specs: Windows 7
i have a HP Pavillion pc and it will not boot and is giving a beep code of one long beep (2 seconds) and one really long beep ( five seconds) what is the problem?

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November 10, 2013 at 13:29:05
Worth bearing in mind that one faulty stick of RAM can cause issues, hence the suggestion to try one at a time (especially as the beep code points to RAM). Better check the spec for your particular computer model first though, just in case you have to have two banks of RAM in order for it to work. In which case it will just take a little longer to check out each RAM stick that way.

Probably far too hopeful but unplug the computer power then hold the power off/on button in for about 10 seconds. Easy to try if nothing else.

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November 9, 2013 at 05:16:39

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#2
November 9, 2013 at 07:14:58
Probably faulty RAM but sometimes cleaning the RAM edge connectors with a pencil eraser will help. Also pop the sticks in and out a few time to clean any oxide off the sockets themselves.

If you have more than one RAM stick try them one at a time to see if you can find the culprit.

You could also download a "RAM test" onto a CD and see if you can boot with it. You might need to set the disk drive ahead of the HD in BIOS.

EDIT: Emphasised "RAM test".

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#3
November 9, 2013 at 07:46:14
thank you both for your help, i will try to clean ram, i have also previously tried to re-boot using the original boot discs but it did not help so i will try and do it using your method, here goes fingers crossed

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#4
November 9, 2013 at 10:22:36
"i have also previously tried to re-boot using the original boot discs but it did not help"

You have a hardware problem, not a software problem. Put the discs away!


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#5
November 10, 2013 at 04:54:00
Did not work. Back to the drawing board. .

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November 10, 2013 at 08:36:08
Which suggestion didn't work or was it every part of all of them?

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November 10, 2013 at 09:07:45
Did you do anything or make any changes just prior to the problem? Add or upgrade any hardware? Move the tower from one location to another? Open the case to clean out the dust bunnies? The 2 most common causes of beeps are memory issues or graphics issues. HP says one short + one long = memory problem. If you have more than one stick, temporarily remove all but one & make 100% sure it's fully seated in the RAM slot. And always unplug the power cord before working inside the case.

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November 10, 2013 at 12:02:19
since i started having this problem i have so far, cleaned out dust from cabinet and fans, as reviously mentioned i did try to use boot discs but they would not read,by the way display is blank too but it works fine when connected to my laptop i have removed both matching pair of ram cleaned and replaced them correctly ,i did also clean out ram sockets with a natural fibre soft brush, i have checked that there are no loose connections on cables, before this started i had not moved the cabinet at all and my wife and daughter never go near it ,i have not made any changes to my pc apart from update my anti virus (kaspersky)

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November 10, 2013 at 12:32:32
Re #2. There appear to be a couple of things yet to confirm:

Did you try each RAM stick in turn, one at a time in each position?

Are you saying you could not boot with a RAM Test disk?
If not were you able to get into BIOS to ensure the CD drive us set ahead if the HD?

If you never see anything at all on the display this is almost definitely a hardware issue.

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November 10, 2013 at 12:40:11
i took out 1 pair of ram sticks at a time but have not tried individual sticks one at a time, i have not got a ram test disc.bios not displaying at all, screen is blank

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November 10, 2013 at 13:29:05
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Worth bearing in mind that one faulty stick of RAM can cause issues, hence the suggestion to try one at a time (especially as the beep code points to RAM). Better check the spec for your particular computer model first though, just in case you have to have two banks of RAM in order for it to work. In which case it will just take a little longer to check out each RAM stick that way.

Probably far too hopeful but unplug the computer power then hold the power off/on button in for about 10 seconds. Easy to try if nothing else.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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