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  Dell Inspiron 530 Won't Boot, just beeps. 
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erob Jan 13, 2013, 08:03pm EST Report Abuse
Hello, I was wondering what the problem could be with a Dell inspiron 530 that was given to me the computer doesn't boot. When turned on just beeps once and goes into sleep mode, or something because all fans continue to work, but there's no video on screen.
I have tried the following changing power supply unit of 160Watts to a 550 Watt, still the same thing. I have also tried resetting the bios. Swapping memory adding and removing, and still nothing. The PC is a Pentium D 1.8Ghz with 3GB DDR2 667Mhz. All Sata connections. PCI-E. Before I invest money in a PCI-E Graphics Card I want to make sure that it will solve the issue. Thank you for your help in advance, as well as checking out my post.

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PIRATE Jan 18, 2013, 12:04am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Dell Inspiron 530 Won't Boot, just beeps.
After a bit of research I came across this:

"According to the Inspiron 530 manual, 1 beep means "BIOS checksum failure. Possible motherboard failure."

So I am gonna go out on a limb and suggest that motherboard is dead. You could take the RAM, processor out and anything that's useful and use it on another system.

Hope that helped.

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john albrich Jan 18, 2013, 06:23pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Dell Inspiron 530 Won't Boot, just beeps.
Adding on to PIRATE's input, if the BIOS chip is in a socket, you might try reseating the chip. Corrosion or other contamination might cause a checksum error.

This isn't a very likely event, but it is a possibility.

Be VERY careful as without a special chip removal tool sometimes it's very easy to destroy these sockets and that would render the motherboard useless. So, it's a last step action for the non-professional.

One needn't necessarily have to remove the chip entirely. If contamination is the problem, it might be enough to "wiggle" the chip a tiny bit from the corners within the socket...just enough to wipe the connections.

erob Jan 22, 2013, 09:43pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Dell Inspiron 530 Won't Boot, just beeps.
Thank you for your advice, unfortunately I found out that the board had 2 problems, the first one was with the onboard gpu which was saying it's final good bye's. The 2nd was that the owner took it to someone who told him to re-arrange the memory and he ha done that atleast 5 times, so needless to say I think the board is dead. I tried adding a pci-e, and a pci graphics card to it, and go absolutely nothing, but what I got it with the blank dark screen and 2 beeps. Thank you none the less.



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