7 beep at startup

it is actually a "beep-beep-beep-beep-beep-beep-beep" code, 7 beeps. no start screen nothing

please help..

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I have a similar issue. Mine will beep on start up and shut down. It works fine. Its just a few loud beeps until it's up or off.

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Tengo el mismo problema con una Dell inspiron 11 3000. cuando la enciendo emite un codigo de 7 beeps seguidos y no inicia. Tuve que desarmarla y sacar la bateria, volvio a iniciar pero al rato aparecio pantalla azul de windows 10 y se reinicio haciendo 7 beeps

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It is very easy to fix it .

1)Switch on your laptop by pressing power on.

2)Switch it off by pressing power button for long time.

3)Switch it on again while holding fn key on your lappy.

Solved .

It happens bcz of cold environment and not opening lappy for more thn 10 days.

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I had the 7 beeps on my Dell 5030 and I used a comforter and covered it for 15 minutes exactly, then held the power button in the off position for 30 seconds. During the 30 seconds the laptop powered on and off twice. On the 30 second mark, the computer powered on again and I let it power up. It started just fine this time. No more beeps! I have no idea how this fixes the computer but it worked. So give it a try if you have the same problem.

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Removing the battery and using just the power cord helped me boot up. All the best.

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theo, seven beeps usually indicates a processor problem. It is very seldom that the processor actually fails, it is most likely a motherboard issue. We may get more specific if you let us know which Dell you have.

See if you can perform a Pre Boot System Assessment (PSA Diagnostic) by holding the “Fn” while rebooting the system. Keep holding "Fn” key until the diagnostic gets initiated. Here are the details on that

You can also try this.

1. Remove main battery.

2. The rear plate for the system is held on by 6 screws. Remove all 6 screws and remove the plate.

3. With the battery compartment nearest to you in the top left corner you will see the CMOS battery.

4. Using a minimal amount of force and a flat tool, pry the battery gently from its seat (it is held on by sticky substance).

5. Unplug the battery from the motherboard by disconnecting the white connector.

6. Wait for two to five minutes and then reattach the battery cable and reseat the battery.

7. Replace the rear plate and the retaining screws and reseat the main battery.

8. Attach the AC adapter and power on the system.

9. If a 5 beep code is heard, switch off the system and restart it.

10. When the system restarts and completes POST successfully, browse to the Drivers and Download page

11. Download and install the latest BIOS Version. from here

If none of that works, you may be looking at a new motherboard. Hope this helps, good luck. from here

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I had the same issue - After contacting Dell many times I agrued that it was a known problem for many years with this model and they admitted it was a problem with the motherboard for this unit. So in mid 2013 they replaced the motherboard for free (I was only 1 month past the warranty). It is now Oct 2015 and the 7 beeps are back again. There is something about the motherboard for this particular model that just doesn't want to work. With all the years of blogs if this was a car they would be forced into a recall.

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the seven beep is from the video chip on the motherboard, the video need to be resoldered or reballed work or called reflow, you might need to send it to a rework station, don't try to repair it your self because once you have tried you will melt the connectors off the motherboard or the solder on the video will melt together and it will short the motherboard out and the repairs will be lots higher

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*When the diagnosis is the nvidea chip try this:

Remove the motherboard completely.Take off any plastic film (and note where it goes back), remove the cmos battery and any removable parts (I.E. modem, etc.) preheat oven to exactly 385 degrees. Use a timer. Place properly prepared Mobo on a flat cookie sheet. Use 4 rolled up balls of foil to keep the mobo out of contact with cookie sheet. BAKE for exactly 8 minutes (timer) at exactly 385 degrees. When time is up, DO NOT TOUCH YET. Open oven door and place a small fan in position to cool down the board without blowing the parts off. Solder hardens within 5 degrees of the soft point so not a real danger here. I remove the ones I do when the oven thermometer is down to 100 degrees. Usually 10 minutes is a safe bet. My success rate with this home method is about 90% ( I have a reflow machine but prefer the oven.)

* I learned this trick from other techs and I do not guarantee results and take no responsibility for those that try it but do not follow precautions.

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I can't believe it I was completely skepticle. Followed instructions and baked in oven worked like a charm only one day in but works like brand new.

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My M5030 is 5 years old. About 2 weeks ago, I caught the dreaded 7-Beep disease. After reading several Blogs and trying this and that the final recipe that worked is the (I'll call it) Bake Recipe that you've seen various versions of from Blankets to Ovens. After doing this, I may even get 3-4 days of Boot without the 7-Beeps, but eventually, I have to heat'er back up. My technique: I use a Heating pad set on High. Set the laptop on the heating pad (lid open) and place a pillow over the keyboard. I let it bake for about 15-20mins. Sometimes, that is enough. If that doesn't work, I give it a little internal heat by powering up the laptop, let it go into the 7-Beep cycle, replace the pillow (helps the annoyance too) and heat an additional 10-12 mins or so. Power off and try. Repeat if necessary. So far, this is working for me. Hopefully, this technique will work for the next several weeks until I can save a little $$$ and get a new Laptop . Good Luck and God Bless.

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I found an American webpage telling how to solve this within half an hour. At first I thought is was mad. I was desperate so I tried it.

With the laptop on and beeping away wrap it up tightly in a large towel and place under the duvet. Leave it for 1/2 hour and then unwrap and switch off. Leave it to cool down and then switch on. I writing this on a dell laptop that had the 7 beeps and the above treatment.

It works!!!

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I should have said that the towel is just a temporary fix to enable backup before buying a new laptop

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Wow, OMG!!!!!!

After shelving the laptop for at least 2 years, I came across this post and gave it a shot. It worked....Thanks.

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This is incredible , I tried it and viola bran new pc and clean to boot . Thank Dr. Zizmore.

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This really works. I guess the semi overheating triggers something?

Many thanks and a hug!

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Wow--worked for me too. Would have never guessed!

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Use a heat Gun cover yout motherboard with aluminum foil execpt GPU.

Heat GPU upto 200c for 7 to 9 minute.Aftet that let board cool slowly.

Try reassemble.

This will defenetly gonna work

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It's likely that on your motherboard your IGP (Integrated Graphics Chipset) has likely failed and is no longer communicating with the CPU/Processor on the motherboard. To repair the issue you really need to replace the chipset with a new one.

I have written more information about this issue on my website 7 beep at startup

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My daughters inspirion had the same problem. It's either the video chip or the processor. In my case it's the chip. Thermal expansion and contraction made hairline fractures under the BGA (ball grid array) chip. Since we needed her laptop Pronto, I put one squeeze clamp on each corner of the bottom bezel (where the keyboard is). Gently squeezed them so they just start to bend the plastic . This creates enough pressure to make a connection under the chip. Wala, ours worked. Hope this is helpful to you since this is a common problem.

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I had this problem and its totally fixed now. Googled all over and couldn't find the answer, but I finally got it and I just wanted to come back and share it for the next guy. There's a guy (it's not me) on ebay selling a kit titled "Dell M5030 Motherboard GPU Copper Shim Thermal Pad - Prevent 7 Beep Overheat" and it actually works. If you're afraid to take it apart, this might not be for you, but if you're comfortable getting inside it, here it is. It was only about 6 bucks and everything you need is provided (except the cleaner).

The instructions provided were a bit unclear, but I did figure it out. You have to remove the heatsink and clean off all the old thermal grease (CRC QD Electronic Cleaner works good for this - I buy it from Advance Discount Auto Parts, a couple q-tips may be needed too, as the old grease gets a bit baked on, so you might need to rub a little to get it clean) Then you remove the stock thermal pads. Stick the thermal putty on your CPU and the other 2 chips that were under the heatsink. Then you stick the copper pads to the heatsink where it covers those 2 chips with the new thermal grease. I did this fix and I've been going about 6 weeks strong with no issues and no sign that there ever was a problem.

Hope this helps some of you all out. It worked great for me. Blessings...

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BTW, before I found the kit I mentioned in the post above, I did do the "towel / blanket thing" people are talking about and it's true, it does work temporarily. If you're just out to retrieve data off of it, this may get you fired up long enough to do it, but if you want to keep using the laptop, this isn't a permanent fix...

You may get a few hours out of it before you have to do it again...

Peace...

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I did the same thing except for copper shims I used 2 pennies and has worked for over 2 years now

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Is this still working until today? I'm gonna try it.

It's been like 1 year without trying anything on my notebook.

Would you guys know a video or something showing how to do it, maybe step by step?

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I have a Dell Inspiron M5010. I had the 7-beep cycle error like others. I tried the blanket wrapped tightly while laptop on for 10 minutes, allowed to cool--no change; then went another 15 minutes, allowed to cool--no change again--still the cycling 7 beeps!

So then I followed the advice of another post: Simply held the Fn key down while pressing the ON/OFF button, and BOOM--it immediately went into the blue Pre-boot System Assessment Build 4127. I hit escape to abort testing; the laptop rebooted; took a while to reboot this time, though, and it finally works fine now!

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