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My dell xp on startgivestwo short beeps then it says f1 to retry boot f2 utility

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July 23, 2012 3:14:43 PM

my dell xp gives two short beeps when I turn it on the gives the message of f1 to retry boot f2 utility setup.. everytime i press f1 its beeps two times please help
a b $ Windows 7
July 23, 2012 3:26:38 PM

Sounds to me like a faulty hard drive. Does your hard drive show up in the bios?
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a c 395 $ Windows 7
July 23, 2012 3:40:17 PM

Reseat your ram modules,then try to boot.A ram stick may be loose.
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a b $ Windows 7
July 23, 2012 3:53:02 PM

i regularly see all this beep beep related queries. Every bios maker have a list all possible beep beep combinations. U can get info from their respective sites or even a google search will help. from boot menu identify u bios maker and there u go beep beep.
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a c 395 $ Windows 7
July 23, 2012 3:56:22 PM

A double beep on my optiplex was a loose ram module.
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July 24, 2012 6:30:07 AM

2 beeps is indeed indication that the system is not detecting any ram.
what you can do is to check if you memory is secured probaly in the sockettes.
otherwise run memory diagnostics to see if one of the modules is defect and replace it with new ones.
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