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July 6, 2013 5:55:32 PM

Hello,
hey i have a dell dimension 4400 and i just got his new video card called ati radeon 9700 and i opened up my pc and switched that video card with the old one i had ! and i took the molex connecter i think called p7 and i plugged on the side of my video card and closed my computer and plugged everything in and all of a sudden i plug in the power supply and the screen says no signal and the Pc beeps three times ! i don't know what that means i mean i haven't touched anything else but the molex connecter ! SO IT COULDN'T BE ANY THING ELSE besides the fact i have to get a new power supply! ANYWAY PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!
a b U Graphics card
July 6, 2013 6:25:54 PM

Well, according to the user guide provided by DELL, ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/... page 3, 3 beeps indicates an error in the first 64kb of memory. They recommend reseating your memory modules. However, the guide has beep codes of 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 11. This is kind of quirky to me, as I highly doubt they would have the mobo beep ELEVEN times to indicate an error. So, I'm wondering if that's simply a reference to a particular number of beeps. Anyway, I'd try what they recommend and seeing if that doesn't fix the problem. Reseat your memory modules and get back to the forums, successful or not.
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a b U Graphics card
July 6, 2013 6:42:49 PM

The card is not seated right in the Agp slot.
Make sure it is firmly pushed in flush to the Agp slot.
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July 6, 2013 7:00:50 PM

I Have no clue of how to Move a Memory Module...It's hard to lift up.

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a b U Graphics card
July 6, 2013 7:12:52 PM

Irison Steal Ayumi said:
I Have no clue of how to Move a Memory Module...It's hard to lift up.



It has levers on each side that act as teeth to hold it in place. Push the "teeth" to the side and it will help unseat the module. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B9ff9ei7hk This is a long video, but you can chop it to the parts you need. ~1:00 mark you can see the "teeth" explained.
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July 6, 2013 7:14:05 PM

Shaun o said:
The card is not seated right in the Agp slot.
Make sure it is firmly pushed in flush to the Agp slot.


+1 While you're inside the case, ensure that the GPU is seated properly as well.
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July 6, 2013 7:55:12 PM

Alright! I reseated the Ram Thank you so much! :)  But one thing I don't know how to push the Ram all the way I DX I'm sorry!:??: 
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a b U Graphics card
July 6, 2013 7:59:06 PM

Irison Steal Ayumi said:
Alright! I reseated the Ram Thank you so much! :)  But one thing I don't know how to push the Ram all the way I DX I'm sorry!:??: 


Take both thumbs, place them on either side of the stick of ram and push down. Push straight down. Push hard and with force, but with much caution. It should snap into place. Then you can easily reposition the "teeth" to keep it in place.
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a b U Graphics card
July 6, 2013 8:05:40 PM

How much power does the Radeon 9700 that you have installed require?
- Dell are notorious for pairing their low end PCs with barely adequate power supply units.

The power consumption should be listed on the box somewhere or in the manual.

It is quite possible that your Dell PC does not have enough of a PSU, as they fade in rating over time.
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July 6, 2013 8:34:36 PM

Okay so now i did all u said do! And now the Computwr stopped beeping!! Thank you so much! :D DDD but the thing is...i put in the video card the Radeon one...i should have put in the old one....:/. But now i think the power supply died.....i think because now its on and the light is on but the fan is not moving and the system is not making any start up sounds...i dont know what happen...
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July 6, 2013 8:35:47 PM

Thank you so much Sir! :)  u have helped a whole lot!
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July 6, 2013 8:37:03 PM

Irison Steal Ayumi said:
Thank you so much Sir! :)  u have helped a whole lot!


Don't forget to select the solution :)  I enjoyed our little adventure.
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July 6, 2013 8:39:44 PM

Irison Steal Ayumi said:
Okay so now i did all u said do! And now the Computwr stopped beeping!! Thank you so much! :D DDD but the thing is...i put in the video card the Radeon one...i should have put in the old one....:/. But now i think the power supply died.....i think because now its on and the light is on but the fan is not moving and the system is not making any start up sounds...i dont know what happen...


The PC powers on, but the power supply fan is not spinning? Or nothing is running including the PSU fan? That same user guide shows what the lights on the motherboard mean. Page 2 has all the corresponding warning lights that are associated with your motherboard, so if you can match what you see on your mobo with one of the ones in the guide, you can identify exactly what is wrong.
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July 6, 2013 9:28:10 PM

Oh, im sorry! I pressed the button! :)  and it's running! But it still says no signal! The lights are all 5 that glow! And i read the dell link u gave me but i dont understand it that well its really complicated! Dx it says i should do this! "set the configuration jumper to maintenance mode" when the light is on 5 but the thing is i dont know where it is! Dx
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July 6, 2013 9:29:53 PM

I did too! :D  and i will be very sure that i select the solution! When i am done! :)  i hope this dosent delete all of my memory! Sheeez all this over a video card computers are so complex!
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a b U Graphics card
July 6, 2013 9:36:05 PM

What color are the lights?
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a b U Graphics card
July 6, 2013 9:44:12 PM

If I'm reading this right, you're going to want to flash the CMOS. This is a very, very simple process, but often quite difficult to find on the motherboard as it is very small. There is a 3 pin jumper somewhere on the motherboard. This is a description for a DELL 2100 model, but I suspect it may be the same on a 4400. It's usually a 3 pin jumper, but this looks like a 4 pin. Regardless, there should be a small plastic "cap" on 2 of the pins. What you want to do is remove that plastic "cap" and replace it on the OTHER two pins. If it's a 3 pin jumper, and the "cap" is originally connected to pins 1 and 2, you want to remove it and connect it to pins 2 and 3. Then reconnect it in it's original position. Let me know if there are any questions.

http://www.ehow.com/how_7475518_bios-pins-dell-dimensio...
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July 6, 2013 11:41:55 PM

Okay! Im on the Bios screen! :)  i dont know what to click on! Should i click on Setup defaults? :o 
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July 7, 2013 12:40:55 AM

I configured the Bios settings. And it says this message. "Turn off power and reinstall the jumper in normal mode position" what do i do? :o 
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a b U Graphics card
July 7, 2013 6:32:13 AM

Yea, you replace the jumper back to its original position.
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July 7, 2013 12:01:43 PM

This about sums it up to whats happenig!
I have a Dell dimension 440 and then i wanted to play a game called sims so i got a new video card! I got radeon 9700 video card and switched the my old video card with the radeon card! And then i turned on my computer screen. So then the computer beeps 3 times and the monitor has no signal! But then i figured out the beeping problem, i simply reseated the Ram. Then the computer still would load the monitor screen still no signal to monitor. Then, i took out the bios battery for 5 seconds and then put it back in. Then i put the jumper in slot 2 and 3 then it loaded up Bios Mode. So then in bios mode i cliked setup configuration then clocked saved and exit. It said "Turn off power and reinstall the jumper in normal mode position" so i did all that and then turned the pc back on and the screen became black and said "Boot Faliure:System Halt" something like that. I loaded the bios again! And pressed setup configuration and then the logo screen came up and it wouldnt let me press <f12> i would only tell me to press <Del> so i did and it went straight back to bios.-____-
Could someone please tell what is going on? I really dont get how all this crap happend just for putting a new video card in....
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July 7, 2013 2:05:22 PM

Okay! Ill try putting the CD in! Dx but the thing is my disk thing wont open!
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July 7, 2013 3:02:02 PM

Irison Steal Ayumi said:
Okay! Ill try putting the CD in! Dx but the thing is my disk thing wont open!


If you're able to get into BIOS, reorder the boot order. Boot from CD/DVD first. You can also open the CD drive so long as the PC powers on. Unless there's something wrong with the CD drive (?). So, power it on, get into BIOS, and rearrange the boot order/boot menu to CD/DVD first. Open the CD drive, insert the disc, then save settings and restart. It should boot straight from the CD.
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July 7, 2013 8:57:51 PM

Alright i cant...,my computer is clicking inside and the lights on the dell dimension 440 are not lighting up...just the light inside the computer...*Sigh* please dont tell me its my hard drive it has to be soemthing else....i have my stuff saved in there! Dx and the system wont boot! I dont know what to do! Please help
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a b U Graphics card
July 7, 2013 8:59:02 PM

Which light inside the computer? On the motherboard? What does it look like? How many lights, what color?
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July 7, 2013 9:06:22 PM

Did you follow the steps to rearrange the boot order to CD/DVD?
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July 7, 2013 9:08:33 PM

That's the standby power LED meaning the PSU is supplying power to the mobo.
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July 7, 2013 9:10:36 PM

Close it up, stand it up, and see if the clicking turns into a diff sound... I have no real idea what it is, but my suspicion is your CD drive trying to spin the disk inside and since it's on it's side the disk may not be catching the spin...
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July 7, 2013 9:15:36 PM

I might suggest opening a new forum and briefly describing your problem with a link to this thread. We need more minds on this because I am no expert and I know for a fact there are more intelligent troubleshooters out there. I'll continue to supply what information I can, but you might be best getting a second opinion on what's going on...
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July 7, 2013 9:21:52 PM

Okay, Thank you so much sir! :)  you have helped a whole lot! Really! And i dont know any other forums ._.
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July 7, 2013 9:28:02 PM

This same forum. Open a new thread on Tom's and link to this thread. People seem to be neglecting this thread so reopen it and link them to our discussion here. Those lights indicate a memory problem. Do you have any other memory sticks? If not, take one out and try booting with just one DIMM filled. If that doesn't boot, take that stick out and put the other one in it's place. If that doesn't work, you seem to have two faulty memory sticks.
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July 7, 2013 9:34:54 PM

Okay! Thankyou! :o  and i how do i reopen new thread? @_@
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July 7, 2013 9:37:01 PM

The same way you opened this one to begin with. "Ask the Community" Then type a brief description of your problem/s and make sure you link to this thread so they don't have to reask you all the same questions and re-troubleshoot all that we went through.
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a b U Graphics card
July 7, 2013 9:41:32 PM

Irison Steal Ayumi said:
Ah okay! :D  thanks!


Good luck!
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July 9, 2013 7:25:40 PM

You be freaking kidding me! 121 freKing reads and no one has the answer...? -_-
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July 9, 2013 7:59:57 PM

Irison Steal Ayumi said:
You be freaking kidding me! 121 freKing reads and no one has the answer...? -_-


You're going to have to appeal to the ancients on this one. It's some old technology that, I assume, a lot of the folks on here are unfamiliar with. You'll have to find someone that's been around a while with some experience. Maybe seek out the billboard section and see about PMing one of the top responders...
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July 9, 2013 9:56:07 PM

Can u check my pther problem please? :o  about the one about my Usb is reading as a disk drive! Ill give the link hold on.
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