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Old 09-19-2008, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
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I turn on my computer last night and it beeped 3 times and nothing..
Showed up on the Monitor.When i turn it on it will shut off quickly then..
Start back up.I check the Monitor i think thats ok.
My guess would be Hard Drive crashed?
The computer sounds like it running normal but nothing on the screen.
I used the USB port to charge my Mp3 player and that was ok.
My Hard Drive is 99% Full,My computer is probably 5-6 years old but..
The processor is still decent 2.6 GHZ (i believe).
There were no signs of the hard drive starting to fail,at least that i saw.
If anyone has experience with this or an opinion that would be great.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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Have you tried to start it up in SAFE mode? If you can, immediately delete some files. The 99% full COULD be your problem. That's the first thing I'd try. Aside from that, the symptoms sound like a bad drive.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
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I cant get it to boot up at all.I hear it running but see nothing on the monitor.
The Hard Drive had probably 1GB left.What would happen if a HD did become 100 %Full?I think its time for a new computer anyway.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:22 AM
 
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If you hear 3 beeps and can't boot up, you have a hardware failure such as a bad video card or memory. Your hard drive isn't even a factor if POST doesn't complete successfully.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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3 beeps is generally bad ram or less likely a keyboard error. Unplug and replug the keyboard with the computer off, then power it back on. If that doesn't work, open the computer up, remove the ram chips from the sockets, and re-insert them after blowing the dust away. If that doesn't work, try to find some other ram chips to try.

FWIW, A hard disk that is 99% full is crazy. Clean it by dumping old unused files and using a good defrag utility, and free up about 1/4 to 1/3 of the space on it.

Five cents , please.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:54 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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It's possible (but unusual) for a failed hard disk controller to short out the data bus and cause the computer to fail to start. Much more common symptom of a failed hard disk is to see a POST screen and to hear a clicking noise from the hard disk.

It is necessary to know what kind of computer it is to be able to look up the beep codes. Without that info, we can't help.
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
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Thanks Harry i ll give it a shot,
99% Full seems crazy but its only a 37G HD(sad i know).
I dont really have the money to upgrade stuff(wouldnt be worth it on 5 yr old comp)
Or buy new computer.I really dont have much more i can delete from the HD.
I would really hate spending anything on this computer but i guess if i can..
Keep it going another 6 months when i buy something else.
Thanks Escape and Harry i ll start looking at Videocard/Ram as possible issues.
Its a cheap Emachine but i havent had any issues with it since i have had it.
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
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Thanks everyone,There was no noises from the HD or POST screen.
I added a Vidcard so i will plug into the built in one and see if that works.
The Vidcard is only a year old and i put 500MB ram in about the same time.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:33 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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You can go to eMachines Official Site: Computers and Displays | Customer Care | Product Support and enter the specifics or your computer and download a copy of the manual that came with it. That should get you headed in the right direction to understand the beep code.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:24 PM
 
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I turn on my computer last night and it beeped 3 times and nothing..
Showed up on the Monitor.When i turn it on it will shut off quickly then..
Start back up.I check the Monitor i think thats ok.
My guess would be Hard Drive crashed?
The computer sounds like it running normal but nothing on the screen.
I used the USB port to charge my Mp3 player and that was ok.
My Hard Drive is 99% Full,My computer is probably 5-6 years old but..
The processor is still decent 2.6 GHZ (i believe).
There were no signs of the hard drive starting to fail,at least that i saw.
If anyone has experience with this or an opinion that would be great.
This certainly points to the video. Even if the issue is RAM or the drive you should get a display of some kind. Even if it's just that white blinking bar.
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