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My dell vostro 200 Desktop won't boot up...just beeps

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Last Modified: 2013-12-01
We had a power outage yesterday...and now when we tried to power back on the Dell vostro 200 desktop computer it powers on, then only shows the Dell start scrren and beeps six times...pauses, then beeps six time....etc...

system runs xp home edition

Any thoughts on how to fix the machine or at least recover the data on the hard drive?
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searching on 6 beeps is bringing all sorts of errors...keyboard controller, board etc
The solution for recovery of data depends on the tools you have... there are a few tools out there whereby you can boot of an "emergency rescue disk" and access the drive (if the drive is ok)...If you have a USB drive plugged in, you can drag/drop your data onto the USB drive

I guess it depends what the 6 beeps mean.  Can you get into the BIOS and see if its picking up the drive etc?

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Hi..thanks for your response...unfortunately "getting into the BIOS" is a bit over my head...could you dumb it down a bit for me?
Turn on the PC and press F2 at the 1st screen.


yeah...nothing happens when I hit F2

I think it is F2 as stated above...keep hitting it and see what happens

Do you not get any errorafter the beeps or are you stuck oin the Dell logo?
If the latter, some machines you can hit Tab key to get out of the startup logo (in your case Dell) and check what is going on in the background (ie: errors)


no luck...still stuck on the dell screen ...htiing the f2 multiple times...hitting tab...no luck
If you have 6 consecutive beeps, this indicates that it failed the video BIOS test. Do you have 2 video cards (the system board card and a expansion slot card)?  Is the computer still under warranty? Contact Dell.
Also here are the steps to get into the BIOS:
1. Turn on (or restart) your computer.
2.  When the blue DELL" logo appears, press <F2> immediately.
If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to
wait until you see the Microsoft® Windows® desktop. Then shut down
your computer and try again.


Thanks for the help...I tried your f2 technique but it didn;t let me past the dell logo...I think I'm going with Calling Dell route (if they will ever pick up the phone)...

Thanks for your help on this...
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