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Q: Tower beeps even when unpowered.

This is a problem I've mentioned in this forum before. It stopped happening and I marked it solved but it's obviously not. There's a beep-beep beep-beep noise that emanates from inside the tower. This occurs about every 90 - 100 seconds, whether the computer is turned on or not, and happens even if the AC power is disconnected. At the advice of a friend, I opened the casing, removed the C-MOS CR2032 battery and at that point, the symptom stopped. I replaced it with a new EverReady CR2032 lithium ion battery and it's been fine (no beeps) for a week. It started again in the middle of the night and just woke me up. I'm more than a little frustrated. Between the new power supply I had to have installed a couple of weeks ago and these lithium batteries, the computer's sucked my bank account dry. New computer is out of the question.....I can probably find 100.00 for repairs when my end-of-month pension cheque arrives. Any ideas? I'm really discouraged, and wondering if I just have to go off the grid for good.
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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel Pentium III Xeon processor, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3293 Mb
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Hard Drives: C: Total - 476929 MB, Free - 443843 MB;
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Preferred Solution: Tower beeps even when unpowered.

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Whenever I play music on Windows Media Player or play any kinds of games on my computer something inside my computer tower will start beeping continuously until I exit the media player or the game and log off my user name on Windows XP. It doesn't affect my computer's performance in any way but the beeping is annoying and I would love for it to stop. Please help me....
 

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When I start my computer I get a couple of quite irritating beeps coming from the tower unit, not the speakers. Is there a way to silence them? I can't see anything about it in the motherboard manual (I assume that's where they're coming from)
Thanks.
 

A:Beeps from tower unit

if im not mistaken,that beep comes from your vga card or maybe from the motherboared(i forgot which one it is) to let you know that, either one of them is booting up or working !
 

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I made a thread a while ago about my computer freezing without knowing why. I did lots of checks and ran lots of tests. I swapped my SATA cable and everything seemed to be fixed. However it is now back, the computer freezes (There is no BSOD) and then the tower beeps. It is an electronic beep.

I reset the computer by pushing the button on the front, the computer then works for a while afterwards. However it still will freeze from time to time. I am not really doing anything in particular when it crashes, sometimes it's watching a youtube video, or just looking at the news.

Additionally I don't know if it is of any use but I was away from this computer for four weeks with it being turned off, it was after this time that it seemed to start to freeze. I don't know if that is just coincidence but I know the more information I can give the better.
 

A:Computer freezes then tower beeps.

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We're hanging on by a "thread", if at all. This is a Compaq Presario 6300US, 8 years old, not much changed except additional ram a few years ago. Just began beeping & no display. Took side off & cleaned it Thoroughly-& it wasn't bad- it powered up, ran long enough to begin moving files into folders for an emergency thumb drive (maybe 10 minutes), then repeated the beeping & no display. Have tried powering off as well as unplugging. I So hope I'm not looking at losing all that's on it (right- no backups). Help? Thanks.
 

A:Compaq tower 2 continuous beeps

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Hello. I've got a 3-year-old PC (AMD Athlon XP 1800+, MSI KT3 motherboard) that's never had any real problems. Recently however, my system freezes completely after it's been turned on for about 1 or 2 hours. It's sometimes preceded by a few beeps coming from the tower, or by some graphical "stuttering" when I'm playing games. My guess was that one of the two fans had stopped spinning, leading to the processor overheating, but I've checked up on them twice right after the system froze and they were both working fine. There are no viruses, spywares or trojans on my PC, and I don't remember doing anything unusual with my PC during the last few days, except perhaps leaving it on for a bit longer than usual (10 hours/day instead of 5 or 6) a day or two before it began freezing up on me.

Any ideas?
 

A:Tower beeps, system freezes

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Install newly purchased DVD Drive.when I turned desktop on, error light (red), five (5) beeps and fan will not turn off.  Screen is blank.Bought new DVD drive because the installed DVD wouldn't read DVD's.please help.  Thank you.

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NOTE: This is NOT a POST beep code. This is after the box has been running awhile (either in Windows 7 or most recently after booting from the Memtest86 CD). Possibly, after it crashes, it then tries to reboot and then the 2 beeps? (If so, then the 2 beeps are POST related)
I searched, but didn't find anything that seems to relate to beep codes after the box has been up and running for awhile, and then crashes and gives a beep code. In this case, the beep code is 2 beeps, a pause, 2 more beeps, etc.
Question: Am I correct, to believe that this is because of a RAM DIMM that has failed, or, a bad RAM slot on the motherboard, or do those beeps indicate something else?
I believe it is a HW problem, and that I've eliminated the hard disk drive causing the issue, because the first thing I tried to do was run Memtest86 and after that ran for approximately 15 or 20 minutes, after booting from the Memtest86 CD, it crashed and then the 2 beeps.
Thank you, in advance, for your time and help! Lanny
www.dell.com/.../SLN129732
Repetitive Beep Codes
2 No RAM detected.NOTE: If you installed or replaced the memory module, ensure that the memory module is seated properly.

A:Inspiron 660s tower crashes and then 2 beeps repeating

Any signs of overheating? Are all fans working?
Have you tried reseating the RAM modules in their slots and using canned air to blow out the dust?
Any error messages logged in Windows Event Viewer around the time of a crash?
You can try this:

Reboot and press F2 to open BIOS setup
Copy down all current BIOS settings
Power off, unplug
Press/hold power button for ~15 sec
Open case and remove motherboard battery
Press/hold power button for ~30 sec
Remove all RAM modules and reseat the one in slot 1
Reinstall the battery* and close case
Run the system for a while to see if it crashes again
Then swap all RAM modules into slot 1 (steps 3-6, and swap modules at #7)
Repeat until all modules tested are in slot 1 and you ID a bum module
If they all work in slot 1, add RAM back to the other slots, one at a time, until you ID a bum slot or all modules are reinstalled and no further crashes

*If battery is more than ~2-3 years old, this might be the time to replace it. CR2032, 3-volt lithium ion battery, ~$2 at discount stores. If nothing else, you'll rule the battery out as part of this problem.

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running Vista Home Premium
this is an eMachines T5086
The desktop computer is less than 2 years old.
We just moved. Now when I turn on the computer, it will make its whirling sounds then it will beep 3 times..like error beeps. The monitor will display "no signal". So I tried another monitor...same message. What could be wrong with it all of a sudden? This is the kids computer and they are sad

A:turn tower on..beeps 3 times..no image on monitor

To me it could be one of three things if you are comfertable going inside the computer try reseating the ram or if there are two sticks take one out and see if it will boot up if not put it back and take out the other stick and try to boot up if it will boot up with just one stick then the other stick is bad. to test the power supply see if your cd or dvd drive will open are there any lights showing? If its none of the above its your motherboard most probably a capicitators blown or something see if you can spot any dark marks like burn marks on the motherboard. Well I hope its the ram.

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for the last several months I have had a problem with my screen going black and the tower beeping. Started after I installed update for Nvidia(hope that is right). Restored to a point before update was installed and have not re-installed the update. Seemed to help for a while. Then screen started going black and tower beeping at first when computer was idle but now while we are using it. Took it to computer repair guy who said had viruses and cleaned it up. Was good for about a week then same thing happened again. Took it back to computer guy and he said he couldn't find anything wrong. Now it is getting worse and happening more frequently. Also sometimes explorer stops responding and won't restart, control, alt, delete doesn't do anything. Can anybody help with this before I throw computer in garbage?

A:vista home premium-screen goes black and tower beeps.

I would install the most current driver from Nvidia's support site

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Well, a family member accidentally threw a stuffed animal on the right side of my PC. Thankfully, the hard drive is on the left side. Could this have caused any physical damage? I have done a chkdsk and a SMART test and it seems okay. All fans are functional and the computer is as fast as usual. I have not checked internally but I know nothing is loose as no sounds of anything loose is heard. Am I being too worrying, or could a problem eventually happen? It didn't hit the computer hard enough to make a noise.

A:Unpowered PC Got Hit By Stuffed Animal

Yes, it's possible, especially if the side that was hit has a dent in it. That side covers what would be the bottom side of the motherboard. Some cases have a brace between the board and the cover but could be dented enough to touch the pins that stick out of the board and cause issues. Some cases don't have that side as removable and some do.

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I have a new Dell XPS420 quad core processor that has 6 external UBS ports. I would like to get a USB Hub. Do I need one that is self powered or not. What are the advantages to one that is self powered. What are the disadvantages of one that is not self powered?
 

A:USB hub powered or unpowered needed?

Always get a self-powered one.....it won't steal any power from your PC to run.
 

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4 years ago, we lost power on our HP Media Center PC.  I recently decided to attempt a recovery of the files.  After researching different ways to get it to turn on again, I discovered a solution that involves blowing a hair dryer into the power supply on the back of the computer......it worked!But instead of connecting my external hard drive, to begin the process of recovering all of our old photos/files, I received a message on my monitor that states "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key".I did more research, and attempted the following solutions:  1) Re-set my "boot device priority" to ensure my hard drive was the "first boot device priority".  2) Opened up my computer to ensure all connections were clean and secure.  My next solution was going to be a "system recovery", but I'm afraid I will lose my files if I attempt it.Does anyone have any other solutions, or opinions as to what may be going on?  After successfully getting it to power on again, I can not see anything on my monitor except for this message.  I'm sorry, I can't remember which version of Windows we were running at the time it stopped working.  If it's not possible to get this old computer running again, is there a good option for pulling the files straight from the hard drive?Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you so much!Thomas

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Found this on SlashDot this morning. Had I known this before installing my first ever SSD this week, I would not have done it. I back up user data daily and image the disk weekly and save the most recent seven images, leave my computer on 24/7; but, I don't like the idea of this:

The standards body for the microelectronics industry has found that Solid State Drives (SSD) can start to lose their data and become corrupted if they are left without power for as little as a week. ... According to a recent presentation (PDF) by Seagate's Alvin Cox, who is also chairman of the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC), the period of time that data will be retained on an SSD is halved for every 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) rise in temperature in the area where the SSD is stored.

Until now, I thought SSD was kinda like flash; but, it seems now not even near so.
 

A:Unpowered SSD can begin lose data after only one week.

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hi, I am going to upgrade my graphic card to ATI 5770 so I need a new power supply which has power about 550--600 watt. But the most frustrating problem is that I failed to find a proper power supply with the correct dimension.
I have an HP pavilion e9300 which uses a very wired power supply tower-150mm(W) 86(H) 140(D). But so far all the PSUs I found is the standard size --150mm(W) 86(H) 150(D) which cannot fit in my setup.

So could any PC God give me some suggestion, please??
Is any PSU with the size of my tower or can I just simply install a bigger PSU which can still successfully power up the comptuer?

Thx in adance.
 

A:Power supply bigger than the tower - frustrated by HP PSU tower

If the power supply will physically fit your case, it should work fine with your computer. Will the extra 10mm interfere internally with anything inside the PC?
 

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I need to retrieve some old info from my old tower. Is it possible to hook the old tower to the new one and use it as a big memory bank? And if so, how do I do it?
 

A:Hooking old tower to new tower to retrieve old programs

This TCP/IP Home Networking and File Sharing Tutorial should get you started.
 

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Forgot to ask this in my last thread. Is there any difference between a mid-tower ATX case and a full-tower other than height? Thanks.
 

A:Mid-Tower and Full-Tower Cases

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Hi from Ialy, I clean the dust inside, I removed all USB connectors, sata connectors, wireless board, videoa board, but the error remains... Removing the RAM the error is 3 long beeps plus 2 short beeps. Any ideas? Thanks a lot and Whishes for the New YearGB

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When power on i get 4 long then 4 short beeps repeats 5 times then computer turns on

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After upgrading to win10 from win7- problems with boot up. Right now- the pc beeps 5 times/long. I tried a boot disk from win7 is/prior to upgrade- at that point I got a boot up screen. When I selected state Windows- I got a black screen- and the PC started beeping. Also- I have to unplug the !!$&!PC to stop beeping /shut off power.Any ideas - hardware; bios, power issue, OS ISSUE??

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Hi,
SEQUENCE of BEEP is first 6 and then 5.
As i mention in the subject my Dell Inspiron 1564 is not turning on.When i push the power button, it makes beep sound and no display means dark screen. First it makes 6 BEEPS and after 2-3 seconds it make another 5 BEEPS sound and their is nothing display on screen.
I tried various methods to turn the display on but no one results.i did the following steps to check or to make it turn on. Here i mentioned all:

Firstly i  disconnect all the PERIPHERALS and take off the battery and then press and hold the power button for few seconds....
Then i run the LCD test to make sure that the LCD is working fine...Yeah it's working fine because i saw the color bars.
Then run the DIAGNOSTICS to check the other hardware but everything is working fine 

I tried these different ways but nothing happens.Still my INSPIRON 1564 is off and making annoying beep sounds .Please HELP ME!!!

A:Dell Inspiron 1564 Not Turning ON. Make 6 BEEPS first and then followed by 5 BEEPS. Please HELP!!!

Hello Gitesh23,
6 beeps on an Inspiron 1564 indicate video card failure. However, 5 beeps on the system indicate CMOS battery failure. Hence in order to isolate the cause of failure, I would request you to try connecting an external monitor to the computer and check if that works.
You may also try re-seating the CMOS battery and check if the issue persists. Before performing the steps, read and follow the safety instructions in Dell Knowledge Base Article: "Precautionary Measures for Personal Safety". Remove all power sources including AC Adapter and Battery before you remove or re-install an item in your computer. Please see the service manual for instructions on how to re-seat the CMOS Battery: http://bit.ly/14fkggq
Please try the steps and write back with your findings.

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When I start up my 23-q059na All-In-One, I get 3 long beeps then 4 short beeps, several times. It then appears to start up fine. I've tried looking at the diagnostics help but there doesn't appear to be any information on this error. I've tried to find the memory diagnostics option in the BIOS but there is no option for this. It is still under warranty - should I just take it back to the store?

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I have a Lenovo K450e, that beeps 2 times, then 10 short beeps during POST.. It trashed my windows 10, couldnt access my hard drive, had to reinstall win 7 then upgrade back to 10.. it still beeps, but now I can log in.. Anyone have an any clue as to what those beeps mean during POST?  Memory checks out ok.  Video checks out ok, everything checks out, but it still beeps..

A:Lenovo K450e, 2 beeps 10 short beeps.. what does i...

https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/ht062270 This might help

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Cannot get all in one computer to turn on after being disconnected. Turns on but has 3 long beeps & 4 short beeps

A:3 long beeps 4 short beeps on start up

Please try the troubleshooting steps described in this HP Support article. HP DESKTOP PCs - Computer Does Not Start and Emits an LED or Beep Code HP NOTEBOOK PCs - Computer Does Not Start and Emits an LED or Beep Code   If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon.        If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks!

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Hi! Thanks ahead of time for helping me!!I barely use my computer and once when it was in 'SLEEP' mode, I pushed the 'Start' button and it started beeping. I powered it off manually and ever since then, when I start up, I get three long beeps and four short beeps, five times in a row! I searched for the beep codes but didn't see those particular beeps. My warranty ended in October, of course! Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated!!Thanks!

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Hi, i was recently playing games on my laptop and accidentally pressed the windows button and the computer got stuck and failed. I then emergency restarted my laptop and started watching youtube on it. (laptop was a bit hot when i checked under) and it failed again this time, so i restarted my laptop and tried the diagnostic test and was shown black and white lines of sort. When the diagnostic ran and the screen went black, my caps lock key kept beeping for some reason. I then restarted my laptop and then my laptop would not start and would beep 6 times, then 5 times (video card failure, rct power failure)

I then proceeded to hold the d button and turn on my laptop (before that i disconnected everything and held the power button for 30 seconds to drain static power) and the color bars were showing. I am completely lost on what happened to my laptop and urgently need it for the next 3 days (repair shops here are horrible and charge a lot)

Any advice? i was thinking of reseating my lcd cable after googling a bit, is that perhaps a good idea?

Using studio xps 1647 Windows 10

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Hi, I have recently built my own PC but for some reason I keep getting 1 long beep followed by 3 short beeps, but it doesnt happen all the time, sometimes it will turn on fine and other times I get the beeps, it is really annoying me because I cant find any problems, I have read that these beeps can be the Graphics card or the RAM but I find it strange that it does it sometimes and not all the time, can anyone please help with this problem, Thanks.

My system specs are as followed:
Asus P5K Premium Motherboard
Intel Quad Core Q6600 CPU
8GB Reaper RAM
BFG NVIDIA GTX280 OC Graphics Card
CoolerMaster 1000W PSU
 

A:1 Long Beeps, Followed by 3 Short Beeps (sometimes)

hi 1bellb

make sure that all of your RAM chips are firmly placed into their slots and that they aren't susceptible to movement in and out of the slots. You could also run Memtest on your chips from here - www.memtest.org. You've heard right about the beeping sounds probably being caused by RAM issues. Good luck

Spyder_1386
 

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I am given this when I start up - the computer still works, but I can't get into bios without losing video... it goes like this:
1 long beep - post has passed all tests
a couple of seconds later 2 beeps - some hardware has failed
then 4 beeps

Specs are in drop down. thanks



Update: I cannot press tab to show post messages either... it just skips them and carries on like normal. I don't get beeps anymore but still cannot get into the bios.
 

A:1 beep - 2 beeps - 4 beeps? AMI bios

The complete BIOS beep guide
http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic95391.html

Switch your ram modules around.
 

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Running XP pro Sp2, IE 7 & Mozilla 3.6 8 . Using Mozilla, facebook, farmvile game. Mozilla has the file plugin-container.exe, which taskman shows hogging resources. Out of the blue my pc started the beeping randomly while using mozilla. When I close, no beep since. All other apps are standard, usual and up to date. No new hardware or software. Recent past & some random scroll bar moving by it's self, have not found a fix. That happens on both browsers. Should I remove or disable the plugin-container.exe, & would it affect mozilla & farmville? I read where it suppose to stop the browser from crashing, but it doesn't. Also have virtually the same setup up on another pc routed with this one. Please give me some insight!
If this is the wrong forum, please direct me. Thank You, bikinibeegee

A:2 short beeps, one short beep, & a rare long series of beeps

Mozilla Forum Discussion, Container.exeLouis

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I have a dell insprion m5030 windows 7 laptop. On day I went to go and power it on and it started beeping 7 times, with a black screen. I replaced the cpu and it was working fine. Then today it started beeping again. I opened it up and checked everything and didn't see anything wrong. Put it all back together and now when I do not have the adapter plugged in it beeps 3 times with a black screen. When I plug in the adapter it powers on by itself (I do not touch the power button) and then it will beep 7 times with a black screen. Can anyone please help me?! It is not under warranty. Thank you

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Is anyone familiar enough with BIOS beep codes to know what two beeps and then three more beeps with a short pause between usually indicates? It has only occurred, maybe three times.
 

A:Two Beeps, Then Three Beeps (BIOS)

http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic95391.html

Find out what bios your mobo uses and read.
 

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Hi all, I checked the forums and couldn't find a post related to my issue. Some of the other posts were related to bios upgrades. All was fine with my S230U Twist in the morning then I went out for a few hours and when I came back it seemed to be hung (black screen and wouldn't come out of hibernation). I hard powered it and when it started to boot there was only a black screen and then 5 short beeps and a pause then 5 more and nothing happened. The only thing the manual says is to proceed immediate to bootup but that never happened with mine. I don't get any messages or ability to do anything like get into the bios etc. To the best of my knowledge the last update (Windows 10) was about 4 days ago and all was fine. Does anyone know what this is? I have seen some posts related to the bios and others to a dead CPU but they were for machines other than the Twist. Thanks.

A:S230U 5 short beeps pause 5 short beeps then won't...

Try the following to see if this helps.     While the computer is turned off Disconnect any external devicesRemove all power sources from the computerTurn the laptop overReset the system by inserting a straightened paper clip into the emergency reset hole for about 10-15 secondsTurn the laptop back overHold down the power button for 10-15  secondsReattach the ac power adapterPress the power button to startup.  See page 46 for location of Emergency Reset Hole (Bottom View,  item 2) Hardware Maintenance Manual ThinkPad S230uhttp://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/twist_hmm_en_0b48943.pdf Good Luck

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I have just built a computer and at the begining it wouldnt work. We ordered the mother board and the processor in a bundle. I looked up the motherboard and it told me that it could only handle a 2.0Ghz and I it came with a 2.4Ghz in the bundle. I called PC Chips and they said that it would work. It is a M922LR model motherboard. I adjusted some things and now it actually boots up with the Video, RAM, cpu, and MB. It gives me 2 short beeps, pause, and then 8 short beeps. Could someone help me with my problem?
 

A:2 short beeps pause 8 short beeps.

What BIOS is the machine running, that determines what the beep codes mean. This link is for the most common BIOS makers:

http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm

Also check with the MB maker.
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6320 @ 1.86GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3325 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 210, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 51207 MB, Free - 26164 MB; D: Total - 49999 MB, Free - 36638 MB; E: Total - 49999 MB, Free - 37234 MB; F: Total - 49999 MB, Free - 36244 MB; G: Total - 99998 MB, Free - 34265 MB; H: Total - 163409 MB, Free - 124843 MB; J: Total - 12300 MB, Free - 8220 MB;
Motherboard: Intel Corporation, D945GCF
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: EnabledClick to expand...

As shown above I have an older tower that I have modestly upgraded with a SATA DVD drive, more RAM and a better video card. I was wondering if my system is compatible to a SSD drive and if it is, how much would it improve performance. Also, would I be able to clone my current SATA drive to it?
 

A:New SSD for old tower?

Well there are three issues I see;
1 Your mb only has sata 2 ports and that will limit or throttle the speed of a modern ssd. It will still be a HUGE improvement over a mech hard disk however you will be somewhat limited.
2 Next issue is that xp [your os] does not support TRIM or wear leveling for the ssd. This causes a degrading of performance over time. Sometimes the drive mfg has a utility that will do basically the same thing. Another option is to make an image of the ssd and store the image on a second hd, external, etc. Once the image is made, boot with parted magic linux and secure erase the ssd. Once the ssd is secure erased, restore the image. This will also restore the ssd drive's speed.
3 XP does not apply the correct partition offset for a ssd. This can be edited manually using linux OR you can create the partitions with a win7/win8 boot disk then install xp.

Other than the above issues, you can install a ssd drive and you will see a significant improvement in performance however not as much as with a modern mb supporting sata3.
 

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I had to buy a new computer.

A couple months ago I was using an Emachine desktop computer. I know Emachines aren't anywhere near being "the ****," but when you come from a not so financially stable family, you are not greedy.

Anyway.. the computer worked for the longest time and I had a separate tower as well. The separate tower had Adobe Photoshop on it and that is a program I love to play around in and so I would just take the chord from the back of my Emachines tower that led to the monitor, and I would plug it into the older tower without powering down or anything. (Obviously my first mistake but I didnt knw that at the time).

So I kept doing this and then one day I went to plug the chord back from the old tower to the Emachines tower and nothing happened. It was like the Emachines tower was sending no signal to the monitor anymore. I tried different monitors and none of them worked, there's something wrong with the tower now.

Maybe the video card?
I am computer illiterate to the core so alot of abbreviations tend to stump me.
If someone could help I would highly appreciate it.

Being a recent graduate from high school, I have pictures on that Emachine tower that I do not want to part with.
 

A:Old Tower

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Hi

I need some info from my old HD. This 'puter was running WIN ME.
I have memory problems that will not allow this to boot or even POST

http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?p=2674998#post2674998
My new 'puter is runing XP Home.

I would like to put the old HD into my new machine.
Is this asking for big trouble or should this be ok?

thanks
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A:old HD new tower

here's the thing...it depends. if you installed xp on fat32 then yes you can install your old ME HD as a slave and be able to read it...however if you installed xp in NTFS then you'r just plain outta luck. you can't read fat32 with ntfs
 

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Alright, I have this game named Sim Tower, which is a tad bit slow (but shouldnt be). I can manage to install it fine, and even play it off the CD quite well if I wanted to. Although when I start the game, it automatically goes into fast mode (which means time is fast forwarded until there is activity with the people in the game). It hasnt got too much to do with fast mode, but this is when it effects the game speed a lot (mainly the cursor though). I take fast mode off, and then the cursor drags all over the screen, making it nearly impossible to play. At most last time I got to put in some office floors, but Alt F4 Seemed like the best option after that. I have tried running it in compatability mode, and even with this kinda of patch. Any suggestions on how to stop my cursor from slowing down?
 

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So I recently got a used tower from a buddy of mine for free, he told me that there was a virus and needed to be cleaned, I thought i could install a windows 7 operating system since this was a windows vista and fix it, however when i try to run the installation i get a yellow screen and the computer either freezes or crashes before the start up, I was thinking of getting a new hard drive for it. I also tried running it on safe mode and tried to get to command prompt to type in rstriu.exe to be able to restore it, but it seems to keep crashing before i can get past the starting screen. its an hp pavilion media center m8300f pc with an amd athlon 64 x2 dual core processor 6000+, 3072mb system memory, 640gb hard drive an nvidia gefore 6150se graphics and running windows vista home premium, I was thinking of keeping the tower and buying a new processor, hard drive and graphic card if needed, but i feel like if i change the hard drive it will help, i dont know what to do at this point, can anybody help?
 

A:Need Serious Help With my Tower

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Im looking to buy a tower to replace my old one. Can anyone give me a link for the best tower with os already on it for around 200-300$.I know that not much but im a broke dude I would like to find at least a 2ghz .
 

A:What tower should i buy?

Dell outlet would be a good place to start. Personally, I would save up a little more and wait for a good deal at Dell.

This is an example of what they have:

System Price : $269.00

Operating System Genuine Windows XP Home
Memory 512 MB DDR NON-ECC SDRAM 400MHz (2 DIMMs)
Hard Disk Drive 40 GB EIDE Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
Modem 56Kbps Data/Fax Modem
Base Dimension 3000 Desktop: Intel Pentium 4 Processor (2.80GHz, 533 FSB)
Media Bay 48X Max Variable CD ROM Drive
 

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hey all!,

I have recently bought a 200gb seagate sata harddrive to go with my current 250gb sata harddrive and i think i've made a right mess of things.

I installed it fine and everything (computer read that is was there etc), only i tried to move my files from one hard to another and im sure as you can imagine its all gone pete tong.

What i was trying to do or aiming to achieve to have one hard drive purely for the OS and the program files that i use and the other for all other filetypes such as documents, music and videos etc.

I have managed to recover some of my data but all of my music (a good 40gbs worth) and 80gbs worth in guitar + drum training/teaching movies etc etc.

Is what i'm attempting to do possible on windows xp? if so, how do i do it safely so i don't screw anything else up LOL

Many thanks in advance

Mikeyprs
 

A:Two HD's in One tower

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Hello there, the tower on my Windows Xp will not come on. It's plugged in, I swear, the monitor will come on just not the tower. Please give me some good advice.

Thank you much,
Elizabeth
 

A:Tower won't come on, ack!

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hi guys I am trying to connect my pc tower to tv using s video cable.I have A VIDEO CARD raddeon x300 with s video dvi and vga,TOWER IS A SR5010NX COMPAQ PRESARIO..I need help on connecting this tower to an hitachi53 inch projection screen tv.I get a picture black and white. moving screen.. I am using french version of windows vista basic for some reason when i got the pc formated they added vista and in french.can someone please help.THANKS
By the way I LIKE TO THANK THIS FORUM AND THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED ME WITH THE ISSUE I HAD WITH DVD DRIVE. THANKS GUYS

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A:Optiplex GX1 Tower

Jonathon,

You need to use Thread Tools in the ORIGINAL Post to flag you Q as solved. Creating an unrelated new Post is a compounded problem.
 

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My wife has over 5000 itune songs on the computer. We have decent litte logitec speakers but they still dont sound all that great. If I bought a pair of tower stereo speaker is there anyway to hook them to the PC?

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If I bought a pair of tower stereo speaker is there anyway to hook them to the PC?
 

There is a possibility but there is a need to know what kind of in/output jack on the logitech speakers are being used. Usually the 3.5mm stereo plug jack type can be soldered on the speaker wires and then connect on the logitech 3.5 jacks audio out. The in audio jack then would be connected to your PCs audio jack. There are also dual 3.5 mm male/female to RCA audio adapter http://www.amazon.com/3-5mm-Stereo-splitter-Adapter-Female/dp/B004D0LTL2 if you prefer the RCA cable. All audio outputs should pass the amplified speakers going to the PC. 

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Looking for feedback on this new desktop. I am looking to replace a Dell XPS435T / 9000 that I purchased in April 2009 which has served me well.

1. Does the XPS Tower VR require s "Pure Sine Wave" UPS like the XPS435T / 9000?
2. I am planning on having a total of there hard drives in addition to the SSD. Based on the information that I have seen this seems to be possible.
3. I am also trying to determine exactly what 512GB M.2 SSD is being provided.

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Hi...Lately, I have been getting noises in my tower when I run on line tests like Panda Active Scan and Window Security Trojan Scan that are like those that emergency vehicles make in Europe. It doesn't happen with Housecall antivirus or when I run Ad Aware se. Sometimes the same noise comes when I run Spybot 1.3. The noise stops at the end of the scan and no viruses are found. What can I do to stop this because it does get rather annoying?
Regards.
 

A:Noises in my tower!!!

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