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4 short beeps

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I just reinstalled Windows on a Dell Inspiron 9400.  I downloaded the latest drivers and bios and installed them.  I am now getting 4 short beeps when the computer is booting up.  What does this mean?

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  • That's BIOS trying to tell you there's something wrong before it can print anything on the screen.

    That's why it's using beeps.

    Look in your documentation for the meaning of 4 beeps.

    At least it came through POST, else it would present a flash code at the keyboard lights.

    Did you upgrade your BIOS also?

     

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  • I don't know where the documentation is for this laptop and I tried searching online for the meaning of 4 beeps but couldn't find it.  I did upgrade the BIOS.  

  • See the support section of the DELL site for manuals.

    Case the laptop plays dead after BIOS upgrade, seems to me the upgrade went sour.

    Recovery from dead bios is a lot of reading and trying.

    Good starting point is here http://www.wimsbios.com - go to the forum

     

    LaptopNomad
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  • I ended up running the Dell Diagnostics utility, not really expecting a result from it, but worth a try since I didn't have time to do much else to it yesterday.  It ended up coming back with a keyboard error, one of the keys was stuck.  And that was the problem.   :P

  • If the BIOS update did complete (i.e., you CAN boot the system):

    Remove the battery and power.  Hold the power button for 30 seconds and restart.  If the beep continues, reseat the memory modules and video card -- if it continues thereafter, you have either bad memory or a bad video card.

    If the system DOES NOT POST to a boot screen and the BIOS update did not complete, replace the system board.