dimension 4100 -error beep codes: does anyone know what it means

Discussion in 'Dell' started by cyberstarone, Oct 5, 2006.

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    cyberstarone Guest

    cyberstarone, Oct 5, 2006
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    hdrdtd Guest

    It's better to take a look at the back of the case where you should be able
    to see 4 led's in a row.

    Make a note of what color each of them are, and look that combination up in
    the same document you posted a link to.
    hdrdtd, Oct 5, 2006
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  3. like was suggested look on the back of the case for the 4 lights labeled
    abcd. they may be off or yellow or green. i suspect you will see yellow
    green yellow green (abcd). if so, re-seat the video card. by the way, 1
    long one short on other bios' also refers to video card problems.
    Christopher Muto, Oct 5, 2006
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    cyberstarone Guest

    Thanks. As you can tell, this is an old computer. Those lights are not
    working for some reason.
    cyberstarone, Oct 5, 2006
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    cyberstarone Guest

    Thanks. Like in my reply above, those lights are not operational.

    This has one long and3 short - what would that mean?

    Also, I upgraded to xp home and when I F8 I get a frozen DOS text menu.
    Can't go to Safe Mode; SO, I tried to "reinstall" XP Home, but if fails
    on the video.sys which would suggest what you said about the video -
    only I have 3 short after 1 long

    Agian, thanks.
    cyberstarone, Oct 5, 2006
  6. i typo'd in my previous reply. meant three beeps when i said one. in ami
    bios one long followed by three short is a video error. remove and replace
    the video card.
    but the abcd leds are more helpful in diagnosing a problem. watch them from
    power on to failure to see if they report any codes. when you first boot a
    system they should change many times before a successful boot. also, you
    can just try to reseat everything (processor, memory, video card, pci cards)
    and you can remove any usb devices which may be causing a boot problem. and
    try disconnecting the hard drive and boot from cd or floppy to help you
    identify the problem.
    Christopher Muto, Oct 6, 2006
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    cyberstarone Guest

    Shoot, should I reply above or below with this group. :)

    Thanks. That helps very much. What you says goes with the video.sys
    error I get with reloading xp.
    cyberstarone, Oct 6, 2006
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    paulmd Guest

    paulmd, Oct 6, 2006
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    S.Lewis Guest

    I'm surprised he's getting no diag LED's in back if either of those have
    failed - unless the failure is due to a power event.
    S.Lewis, Oct 6, 2006
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    paulmd Guest

    I don't like it either, But the fact that it IS beeping at all is
    encourging. Lots of people are red-green colorblind, and can't easily
    see the green and yellow LEDs.
    paulmd, Oct 7, 2006
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