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Dell XPS 420 Beep Codes

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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.

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  • 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

  • Hi Wohnsiedlerj,

    Unfortunately we have not received feedback from you on this topic. If you need continued support, please respond to my post.

    Thanks and regards,
    Babita S
    #iworkforDell 

    For easy access to drivers, manuals and product updates, please visit our Support Site .

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  •  Hi Wohnsiedlerj,

    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.

    http://dell.to/11wx0Nf

    Before you begin removing the system cover, please follow the precautionary steps mentioned below:

    •  Ensure that the work surface is flat and clean to prevent the computer cover from getting scratched.
    • Turn off your computer (see "Turning Off Your Computer" on page 99 of the Owner's Manual).
    • NOTICE: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug it from the network wall jack.
    • Disconnect all telephone or network cables from the computer.
    • Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets, and then press the power button to ground the system board.

    Let me know if further help is needed.

    Thanks and regards,
    Babita S
    #iworkforDell 

    For easy access to drivers, manuals and product updates, please visit our Support Site .

     

  • Hi Wohnsiedlerj,

    Unfortunately we have not received feedback from you on this topic. If you need continued support, please respond to my post.

    Thanks and regards,
    Babita S
    #iworkforDell 

    For easy access to drivers, manuals and product updates, please visit our Support Site .

  • 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

  • Every computer made by Dell has a specification sheet, showing whats in it. Learn this, it will prevent you from having someone attempt to fix it, with parts that don't work. Have a great day!

    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

  • Hi Ja Melvin Horsey,

    Thank you for your input.

    To add to the information provided by you, the Dell Support website links mentioned below are helpful if you need to get drivers, manuals, parts and more for your Dell products.

    For accessing Dell Support website: http://dell.to/10PGcRq

    How to use the Drivers & Downloads website: http://dell.to/YyKehR

    We hope you find these links helpful. Let us know if you have any queries.

    Thanks and regards,
    Babita S
    #iworkforDell 

    For easy access to drivers, manuals and product updates, please visit our Support Site .

  • I believe I figured out what the issue is.

  • Hi Wohnsiedlerj,

    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.

    Thanks and regards,
    Babita S
    #iworkforDell 

    For easy access to drivers, manuals and product updates, please visit our Support Site .

     

  • Hi Wohnsiedlerj,

    Unfortunately we have not received feedback from you on this topic. If you need continued support, please respond to my post.

    Thanks and regards,
    Babita S
    #iworkforDell 

    For easy access to drivers, manuals and product updates, please visit our Support Site .

  • Thank you

  • 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?

  • Hi Wohnsiedlerj,

    Thank you for your reply.

    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.

      • Insert a bootable CD or  DVD in your disc drive. The bootable cd could be the Windows Setup OSCD or the Dell Resource CD.
      • Restart your computer.  Tap the  F12  key continously till you see the Boot Menu Options and select the options of CD/DVD for primary booting.
      • Watch for a Press any key to boot from CD or DVD... message. Hit a key immediately to boot from the CD/DVD.

    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.

    Thanks and regards,
    Babita S
    #iworkforDell 

    For easy access to drivers, manuals and product updates, please visit our Support Site .

  • Hi Wohnsiedlerj,

    I hope your query regarding "Spindle test" has been answered satisfactorily.

    Unfortunately we have not received feedback from you on this topic. If you need continued support, please respond to my post.

    Thanks and regards,
    Babita S
    #iworkforDell 

    For easy access to drivers, manuals and product updates, please visit our Support Site .