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post #11 of 19
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Alright I tried memtest, but it still doesn't even show anything on the screen. The fan goes and then stops after the lappy stops beeping.

I tried a big ol fan and that still didn't work, any other ideas?
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post #12 of 19
Do you have any other SO-DIMMs lying around? 3 beeps is usualy a memory error.

Check this guide out:
http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm
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post #13 of 19
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Yes, i have read and researched on those beeps.

I heard 4 in the beginning, then 3 afterward.

That means I have a bad timer and my mobo may need replacing and that my ram is bad.
Or it could be that my mobo is bad and not recognizing my ram.
Idk.

Why would it work for one hour then quit?
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post #14 of 19
I'm a tech and this is something that I refuse to diagnose without looking at it in my hands. I'm sure someone else will help.

-- I didn't see your last post, based on the beeps, your MB is toast. If you have onboard RAM your MB is definately toast. Otherwise try swapping out the RAM.

Why would it work for one hour? That's not unheard of. Your hardware is failing.
    
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I completely know what you mean. I was just hoping by chance someone else might have had this problem and would know what to do. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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post #16 of 19
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Well, I took out a stick of ram, and luckily it started up just fine. So I guess it was after all just a bad peice of ram.
Although there must be a bigger underlying problem because I had both sticks of ram in there before and it worked.

But now I try sticking in that bad peice of ram and it doesn't work.
Idk what else could explain it.
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If its running do a memtest
    
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post #18 of 19
Try putting the windows boot disk in when you turn it on. It could be that your hard drive hit a bad spot. My laptop had a bad hard drive and whenever i would hit 16 gigs into my HD, it would crap out and do almost the same thing. I called my vender and they fixed it for me. Took 3 weeks but still...they fixed it...
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post #19 of 19
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Hmmm Thats interesting that you mention that because it actually worked the first time I took it apart when I had the Xp CD in there. Then it just stopped working. But there is no doubt about it, that one stick is bad.

Could very well be the HD.
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