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Dell Inspiron 1545 - Two beeps will not boot

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I have a dell inspiron 1545 that I bought last year that now just recently will not boot up, When I hit the power button the power light will come on, I hear the hard drive and the fan boot up but the screen will stay blank and I will here two beeps. When I leave it there it will just sit there and beep.

Occasionally it will boot up but it will freeze and the screen will become pixelted in a way

I've done a little bit of research and found that it may be a RAM problem and that I may need to replace it but before I do that I just want to get some reassurance on the Dell forums before I go out and buy something I can't return.

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  • Hi ItsalwaysSunny,

    Welcome to the Community. Before you replace the memory, I suggest you to reseat your memory. Use the below link for help. If that does not fix it, and if your able to see the Dell Logo at startup, press F12 at that page, and select Diagnostics, and run an extended diags on your computer, post back if you get any error codes.

    <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>

    Hope this helps.

    Thank you


  • I have the same problem, which usually occurs on shut down/stand by. I reseated the memory and ran all the diagnostics when the computer decided to start. Useless to say that everything was ok, until the next reboot. I'm getting tired of this problem, I checked several forums, many people seem to have the same problem, but nobody knows what causes it. The first posts on various forums were from 2009, which means that last year, 1545 was sold without correcting this flaw. I'll keep this computer as a desktop, always on and at home, and when I buy another laptop, I'll choose another brand.



  • hi royan,

    i have the same problem as itsalwaysunny anf followed your advice on diagnostics. but at the end it says press any key so i press a key and then it just doesnt do anything so i have to abort it. so what could i do to fix my laptop

  • Hi.

    My problem was fixed, it was the mainboard that had to be replaced. Luckily, I had a 3-year warranty, so I didn't have to pay.

    Good luck,


  • well i have a dell and i got the error code 0146

  • That error means the hard drive is bad - it needs to be replaced.

  • how much would something like that cost?? It comes on but its stops at the screen after the Dell logo its black with one blinking _ in the left hand corner......

  • how much would something like that cost?? It comes on but its stops at the screen after the Dell logo its black with one blinking _ in the left hand corner......

  • A new drive will run between $50-75.

  • It sounds like DELL willfuly sent out many units with faulty motherboards!!!! i keep posting this message in every forum, you shouldnt need a  3-year warrenty to get it repaired!!! if you make a <ADMIN NOTE: Profane word removed as per TOU> product and then send it out knowing me and multiple other people are haveing the same Motherboard problem same dell same model.... RIGHT IS RIGHT we didnt break it why shoud we have to pay to fix it !!!!! Dell made the mistake of outsourcing to get cheaper componets at the coast of us having to repair a quailty ERROR!!! Get it Together

  • I have an issue where my laptop(Dell Inspiron 1545) beeps two to four times before it gives me an option to cloose an operating system. I don't have any operating system installed on my laptop but it still requires me to choose windows 7 to load. I then tried to load Linux ubuntu flavour to see if it will beep on restart, it beeps several times before loading. I am very disappointed. switched back to Win7 pro, it still does. I don't know what to do next; just don't tell me to order new MB please. any other suggestion will be appreciated; Thanks

  • I have the same problem with my studio i7 i joined the community because I thought someone had responded to itsalwayssunny

  • Hi Guangzhou1,

    Please share the exact system model. Also, elaborate the issue so that I can assist you further. Share the number of beeps you hear from the system. Since when you are facing this issue? Did you make any software or hardware changes on your computer?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Appu S
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  • I have an Inspiron 1545 that will not boot up anymore.  At power up, I have a black screen, can hear the hard drive start to spin and then

    after about 5 seconds, the hard drive stops, and then I hear 4 beeps continuously.  I have swapped the memory DIMMS as well.  Also, have tried to reset

    the power by several other 'tricks' from the forum, but that does not appear to help.   There is mention of a bad motherboard from the onset.  Can you comment or help?  Or is this machine toast now?

  • My computer had the exact same symptoms. After trying stuff from forums I brought it to Dell Service. They fixed it and whn I asked what it was, it was the motherboard. Exactly what it was about it, I don't know. They mentioned something more detailed but I don't know much about computers.

    If your warranty still applies, ship it to them to have it fixed. Otherwise, perhaps you should assess the best option between paying for repair or buying a new one.