My girlfriends XPS 420 has started, in recent weeks, to beep once, not too long after startup. Any ideas on what it means? I've been looking for info on Dells web site but can't seem to find any.
Type into you Internet browser: Dell XPS 420 Specs, browser will direct you to PDF file, whichs shows everything from RAM to Processors allotted for this computer.
With the onslaught of variables by each Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of made computers, and the many design in motherboards, I find it compeling to consult with the Dell community & technicains; when, drivers, repair, upgrade & update information is available. I find this site & forum useful & helpful. I got extremely critical updates on the AC97 Audio Driver & the Intel Pro 2200 Wi-Fi Notebook Adapter, when, installing Windows7 Ultimate, 32bit Operating System, on my 2004, 2006, 2007 Dell computers. Exchange of information is a Networking marvel.
Ja Melvin Horsey
Gwynn Oak, MD
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The XPS 420 may emit a series of beeps during start-up if the monitor cannot display errors or problems. This series of beeps, called a beep code, identifies a problem. For example, beep code 1-3-1 (one possible beep code) consists of one beep, a burst of three beeps, and then one beep. This beep code tells you that the computer encountered a memory problem.
Reseating the memory modules may correct the error.
You can access the Dell XPS 420 manual by clicking on the link below. There is detailed information on the list of beep codes as well as steps for reseating the memory on your computer. Please open the system chassis only if you are comfortable doing so yourself.
Before you begin removing the system cover, please follow the precautionary steps mentioned below:
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Hi Ja Melvin Horsey,
Thank you for your input.
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I believe I figured out what the issue is.
Thank you for your reply.
It is great that you have been able to figure out what the issue is with the computer. I hope the issue has been resolved as well.
Please reply in case you need further assistance.
I'm ok for now. I guess another question I have is, what is the "spindle test"? And what does it mean if the computer fails that?
The "Spindle test failed" error message could be related to the optical drive on your system. This may come up when you are running the diagnostics on the system. Try booting from a cd/dvd to check for optical drive functionality by following the steps mentioned below.
In case you are attempting to boot using the Windows Operating System cd, do not proceed further or you may re-install the Operating system resulting in data loss.
Please keep us posted on the results.
I hope your query regarding "Spindle test" has been answered satisfactorily.