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Computer beeped 3 times and the monitor had no signal.

#1TheSchrefPosted 8/18/2014 12:18:53 PM
I noticed my computer running slowly earlier today, so I shut it down and went out for a few hours. When I came back and turned it on, it beeped 3 times and the monitor had no signal. I held the power button to shut it down and turned it back on and it seems to be fine now. It isn't running slowly or anything. I have to go here in a minute, but I tried troubleshooting quickly and people said the RAM might be loose.

I'll check that out when I get home, but does anyone have any alternative thoughts on what it might have been?

I'll check back tonight.

#2pothocketPosted 8/18/2014 12:20:51 PM
Look at your motherboard manual to see what that 3 beep error code means
#3SinisterSlayPosted 8/18/2014 12:21:42 PM
pothocket posted...
Look at your motherboard manual to see what that 3 beep error code means

Or try searching online for your motherboards beep codes.
I think 3 is bad RAM though.
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#4bluemooglePosted 8/18/2014 12:40:11 PM
Also check to see if there is an LED light on your motherboard. Sometimes they can give a numerical error code to look up, too.
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#5TheSchref(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2014 9:06:28 AM(edited)
So when I got home from work, it said that it had something to do with the RAM, but it was working fine so I didn't touch it and just played some games. This morning I tried turning it on and once again I had no signal to the monitor. I cleaned out the computer and put the RAM back in and the monitor started working again, but the thing is being ridiculously slow. Almost every program I open takes a minute to load. If I change the volume on a youtube video, the video freezes for a few seconds, etc.

The computer is almost 5 years old now. Not sure if I should just get a new one (I can run most new games on high, so I don't really want to upgrade) or buy some RAM and hope that is the problem.

Edit: Now the thing seems perfectly fine again after doing absolutely nothing. Not sure what to do.
#6pothocketPosted 8/19/2014 9:17:07 AM
Buying new RAM seems like the simplest solution with the best chance of fixing the problem. Even if it's working "fine" now, don't let that fool you. Failing hardware isn't going to just magically fix itself and it does sound like it's failing.
#7foodeater4Posted 8/19/2014 9:24:32 AM
Trying running the pc with one ram stick if it works better, then try the other alone and see.
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