Hearing eight hi-pitched beeps constantly

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wilrib

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I have a two-year-old Dell Inspiron 14z laptop on Windows 8.1 and Mozilla Firefox. A few days ago, I started having the following problems: 1) extremely slow startup, accompanied by a very fuzzy screen, with four Dell logos appearing. 2) Eight high-pitched beeps sounding constantly.

My son has defragged the hard drive, run a virus scan, and deleted temporary internet files, but the problem continues. I will appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you in advance.

Bill
 

DaveBurnett

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That is a display panel problem. It may be the screen or the cable.
Hold D and reboot for the Dell diagnostics.

I would remove the keyboard and check that the cable is plugged in correctly.
 

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That is a display panel problem. It may be the screen or the cable.
Hold D and reboot for the Dell diagnostics.

I would remove the keyboard and check that the cable is plugged in correctly.
is it D, or is it fn+boot?
 

DaveBurnett

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I think it is D for the panel test, but I'm only repeating others since I've never tried it on my old Dell lump.
 

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With Dell, I've always know it to be fn+boot, but who knows if they've changed it......thanks Dave.
 

wilrib

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I have no idea what Dave Burnett means by either "hold D" or "reboot for the Dell diagnostics." Also, how do I remove the keyboard? What is "fn+boot"? I'm assuming fn is the function key.
 

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yes, fn is the function key. Dell laptops have as diagnostic boot option; I know it as with the power off, hold the fn key down and press the power on button. This should bring up the dell diag boot, follow the prompts and let us know if it fails at any place.

thanks,

v
 
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