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    My old computer running xp pro with sp 2 refuses to boot. It beeps 3 times and goes to the BSOD. Is this a dead power supply?

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    Hi mpdjr,

    Do you know what BIOS system is on this computer?

    Could you provide the make and model# please?

    Windows XP is presently at SP3. Is there a reason it is not up to date?

    Other members may have some questions as well.

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    Thanks, DonnaB.
    Don't know the BIOS but it is a Dell computer- haven't used it for several months and wanted to give it to my grandson. I played with all the peripherals, drives and memory chips with a lot of rebooting. I bet the motherboard is toast. Do you agree?
    Thanks for your response,
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    Hi mpdjr,

    Most likely the 3 Beeps at start up that you're hearing indicate a Memory problem (RAM). The best way to troubleshoot the issue is to take all the memory modules out. Insert 1 Module at a time and try rebooting and see if you can isolate it to one of the modules.

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    Please see link for more information on error status and beep codes

    Documentation This information is for a Dell Dimension™ 4200 =====>That's why we asked for the full model #. What is yours?
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