Dell Inspiron Fix Beeping on Start

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Your laptop is trying to tell you what is wrong with it.

When a laptop or computer first powers on, it goes through an initial set of diagnostic tests to make sure vital components are preforming correctly. These tests are called POST or Power On Self Test. When a test fails, the user is notified via POST codes, Light codes, or Beep codes. For diagnosing Beep codes you need to:

  • Power on the laptop or restart it if it is already on.
  • Listen to the number of consecutive beeps when the computer begins to boot. Restarting the laptop may be necessary and should not harm the laptop at this time.
Dell Inspiron 14R (N4010) Beep Codes
# of BeepsDescriptionPossible Cause(s)
1BIOS ROM checksum in progress or failureSystem board failure, covers BIOS corruption or ROM errors.
2No Memory (RAM) detectedMemory or Memory slot failure
3
  • chipset Error (North and South bridge error, DMA/IMR/Timer error)
  • Time-Of-Day Clock test failure
  • Gate A20 failure
  • Super I/O chip failure
  • Keyboard controller test failure
System board failure
4Memory read / write failureMemory failure
5Real Time Clock (RTC) power failCMOS battery failure
6Video BIOS test failureVideo subsystem failure
7CPU Cache test failureProcessor failure or motherboard failure
8LCDLCD failure

Most Common Fixes:

  • 1 Beep: Replace the motherboard / system board.
  • 2 Beeps: Reseat the memory or replace the memory.
  • 3 Beeps: Replace the motherboard / system board.
  • 4 Beeps: Reseat the memory or replace the memory.
  • 5 Beeps: Replace the CMOS battery.
  • 6 Beeps: Reseat or replace the video card or replace the motherboard / system board.
  • 7 Beeps: Reseat or replace the CPU or replace the motherboard.
  • 8 Beeps: Reseat the LCD cable or replace the LCD screen.

 

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