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PC Wont even boot up and ony beeps

I have a Dell PC.  It froze while I was running multiple apps the other day.  I had to shut it down hard.  Now it will not boot up at all.  There is nothing on the display.  It only beeps in series of three beeps when I push the power on.  Is this possibly the power supply?  I ont know where to start as it wont even give me a display at all.
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JluchtCommented:
is it three evenly spaced beeps? like beep beep beep or its it beep pause beepbeep
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lanrookieAuthor Commented:
evenly spaced
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MuraliCommented:
Problem with you RAm. Just remove it once plug in again and start.

If does not start than some problem with your RAM need to be changed. Test it which other RAMs
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lanrookieAuthor Commented:
ok.  I cant test it until this evening.  I might wait until morning to respond.
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JluchtCommented:
Yes, this is most likely a ram issue.  

Remove all but one stick of ram and if you have access to another computer you can download a program called memtest86.  This program will run patterns against your ram module to determine if the its bad or not.  Once the test completes, change it our for another stick of ram until you find your bad stick.

This error can be caused by a number of different situations.  Most commonly is dirty connectors.  Take the ram out and with a number 2 pencil eraser gently rub the contacts with the eraser.  Blow off any pieces of the eraser before reinstalling.

Check to make sure there isn't any dust bunnies packed into the ram connector also.
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lanrookieAuthor Commented:
I can do this.  Thanks.
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crumleyCommented:
you might have good ram, but it might have gotten some dust in it so it's not connecting...I've had that problem several times. If you take the ram out and clean out the slot, it might fix the problem...but if that doesn't work, I'd agree with what Jlucht suggested.
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jazzIIIloveCommented:
Hi there;

As my friends above suggested, it sounds like a misplaced RAM issue. Please reput the RAMs in their slots.

Best regards.
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cwteohCommented:
Try to clean your CPU ... especially the RAM slot...  I used to got to car repair shop and borrow the air gun to spray the internal of my CPU. blow out all the dust (sometimes spider web). Then unpug  the RAM and processor to clean it with air gun.
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JluchtCommented:
cwteoh that is a good solution, however make sure you blow all the water out of the line prior to blowing out the computer.   Also, make sure that the air pressure is not over 40 psi because you can blow pieces off the mother board. ( I have done this at 90 psi, just to try it)
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crumleyCommented:
yes...if you really want to be as safe as you can, get a can of compressed air especially for cleaning out computers.
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MuraliCommented:
Did you resolve your problem now?
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cwteohCommented:
this is because some of the processor heatsink fan airflow is pointing the RAM slot... all the dist are blowing away from the processor heatsink and stick inside the RAM slot and will cause the resistance between the RAM and the contact.
Remove the RAM and use eraser to rub on the RAM circuit contact... it will clean up the oxidized surface.
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lanrookieAuthor Commented:
Sorry about the response time.  Yes it worked fine.  I removed RAM.  Cleaned everything really good.  Installed RAM.  Everything works fine.

Thanks!
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cwteohCommented:
glad to hear that
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