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Old 12-29-2011, 07:23 PM
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I need help! My daughters computer she does her home school work on will not boot. It beeps than goes black and goes to a screen to start windows normally or in safe mode. Neither of these work. When the timer ends it beeps and starts all over again.

She has a half a school year of work on that computer. Is it dead? Can it be fixed? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is an old dell with XP. Not sure on the processor.

It did originally had an error message about hardware/softward addition has caused an issue but now that does not even come up.

Thanks in advance either way guys and gals
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:29 PM
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It's likely that you have some sort of hardware failure. The other day, my computer acted the same way and was a hard drive failure.

Open your BIOS and check to see if your hard drive is still detected, that's likely the culprit.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:34 PM
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It's likely that you have some sort of hardware failure. The other day, my computer acted the same way and was a hard drive failure.

Open your BIOS and check to see if your hard drive is still detected, that's likely the culprit.
How? I am an idiot when it comes to technology my man.
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How? I am an idiot when it comes to technology my man.
When you first boot the computer, you should have something that may flash very quickly saying "set up". Usually, you can just try hitting the F2, F8, or F12 button repeatedly once you start the computer. Start with F2, If it fails, restart, and try a different button.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:50 PM
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I did and I guess it is detected. Not sure what to look for but everything look ok
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:18 PM
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I did and I guess it is detected. Not sure what to look for but everything look ok
If I am understanding your post correctly, it is now functioning. If that is the case, please learn a lesson and back up all your daughter's work on something - CD, thumb drive, back-up hard drive, Carbonite, etc. so she doesn't lose it in the future.
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