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Old 12-09-2015, 01:16 PM   #16
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it beeps at me in a 4 or 5 pause 4 or 5 pattern.
May that be 1 long beep followed by 3 short beeps? If that is the case this indeed indicates with most BIOS manufacturers (sadly, there is no standard about BIOS beeps) a videocard failure. Try to reseat the videocard. If the card has extra power-connectors reseat them also. If your mainboard/CPU has inbuilt graphics try if the problem persists if you remove the discrete card and run the system with the inbuilt video device.

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Old 12-09-2015, 01:25 PM   #17
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Regrettably I did not pay close enough attention to the actual pattern. The activity light is flashing furiously at the moment and I am now waiting rather impatiently to see if it will indeed beep at me again. I must leave for work soon. I will pull, inspect and reinsert video card later tonight. The motherboard does not have on board graphics.

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Old 12-09-2015, 01:37 PM   #18
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TobiSGD is onto it,... If it's beeping while booting those beeps are BIOS post codes. If that didn't do it for you, I was going to suggest turning off DPMS (Display Power Management System)... But it sound like a hardware failure.
 
Old 12-09-2015, 01:42 PM   #19
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The beeping pattern was 6 short beeps pause 6 short beeps. Update has concluded and Windows has booted as if nothing is wrong. I will try gooogling the beep code and see what I find.
 
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I found this list, which has a special section for Dell systems: http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm
Unfortunately, on Dell systems 6 beeps indicate videocard failure.

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Old 12-09-2015, 05:06 PM   #21
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If reseating the card doesn't resolve the issue, then it's possible you may need to replace the card.

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Old 12-11-2015, 03:00 AM   #22
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It appears to be the video card. It has a plastic shell around it to direct the airflow through the heat sink and it was in such a location that compressed air was not clearing the dust from the heat sink. Unfortunately I kind of broke the shell while I was examining the card. Also I can see heat distress on numerous areas of the card. So yeah, I definitely need to replace the card.

Thank you very very much for assisting even though it turned out to not be related to Linux at all. I have to admit I still don't understand why, if the card was damaged, that it didn't show up when I was stress testing it.

Thanks again.
 
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Thank you very very much for assisting even though it turned out to not be related to Linux at all. I have to admit I still don't understand why, if the card was damaged, that it didn't show up when I was stress testing it.

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TobiSGD gets the gold star here, he quickly and accurately diagnosed the issue.

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