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 Post subject: BOOT: like faded phone ring (Id-ent-i-cal) then a P.O.S.T.
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:24 pm 
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Hello,
DELL OPTIPLEX 780 (SFF)
JUST out of warranty.

SERVICE TAG: 9Z9K5M1
EXPRESS SERVICE CODE: 21723414121

WINDOWS XP PRO – upToDate (S.P. 3)

AVAST! Vs. 7.01

Yesterday tried typing on email and message kept erasing itself (I would click mouse and it would erase text). I have installed new mouse HOWEVER, MORE WORRISOME:

On boot, (cold and warm) there is ringing from the “tower” (like a muffled phone) IRregular - like an id-ent-i-cal and then a POST (1)

RAN: virus check (full, quick, and boot scan: All negative.)
RAN: MalWareBytes – negative.

No new updates | no new H/W / S/W (EXCEPT: uploaded music from DVR but problem did not occur until several days later)

PC has always had issues I think due to the SFF (size) causing xs heat.

SO: Is it heading for death?
Which component?

Please advise!

P.S. I think the mouse erasing text issue was due to the mouse (I replaced it and so far so good (relatively) but the PC still rings).

P.P.S.:
I got 3 dells 3 years ago: (with the optiplex total was 3). I was not very happy with them. Is this a fluke? Or has Dell deteriorated? What other manufacturers would you suggest (that I can order my own components for) - I.E. that allow one to choose certain things?
Thank you!


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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:32 pm 
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I think the problem was solved: I replaced the mouse and the ringing and P.O.S.T. stopped!

Thanks
I still would be interested in any advice on PC brands?


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 Post Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:12 pm 
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I'm glad the new mouse solved the problem, thanks for letting us know. While I would generally recommend building a system over buying one pre-made, for new pre-made desktop systems I would recommend Dell or HP, but I'd want to be careful to choose a system using industry standard ATX or microATX form factors. For laptop systems I only recommend ThinkPads. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:27 pm 
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Hi,
Thank you for replying.

I did *start* to build my own system (2005) (2 - one intel based the other AMD-based) but
1. It was really time-consuming

2. It was going to cost a lot more than a pre-made system.

3. I was told that the main advantage of building one was for gaming which I do not do.

4. I found there were some obstacles because I was in Canada

Maybe things have changed?

For my next laptop I will definitely follow your advice because out of absolute stupidity and naivety I got an Acer which is unusable.

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The cost for building vs. buying has changed over time. At times it has been cheaper to build, other times it is cheaper to buy. Right now I think building is favored especially if the system will be re-built in the future. That's because a home built system will use industry standard parts, so that any and all parts can easily be upgraded or replaced in the future. Even if you currently have a pre-built system, if it uses industry standard chassis, PSU and motherboard form factors you can save a large amount of money by re-using the existing case and other components when building a "new" system. Another way to save is to re-use the existing OS. This can even be done with normally non-transferable OEM versions using the "repair" loophole.

As for time, it only takes a few minutes to assemble a new system from scratch. I recommend watching the build-a-PC segments on the video included with my new URPCs 21st edition (just released, I got my first copies the other day!) for more information on fast and easy system building. Scott.


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Scott wrote:
The cost for building vs. buying has changed over time. At times it has been cheaper to build, other times it is cheaper to buy. Right now I think building is favored especially if the system will be re-built in the future. That's because a home built system will use industry standard parts, so that any and all parts can easily be upgraded or replaced in the future. Even if you currently have a pre-built system, if it uses industry standard chassis, PSU and motherboard form factors you can save a large amount of money by re-using the existing case and other components when building a "new" system. Another way to save is to re-use the existing OS. This can even be done with normally non-transferable OEM versions using the "repair" loophole.


I use XP
My "encounter" with 7 was using (trying to use) the ACER laptop - I honestly do not know if this was the OS or if ACER's version of Windows 7 is different...

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As for time, it only takes a few minutes to assemble a new system from scratch. I recommend watching the build-a-PC segments on the video included with my new URPCs 21st edition (just released, I got my first copies the other day!) for more information on fast and easy system building. Scott.


Hi,
Thank you for replying
Is this the right one?
"Upgrading and Repairing PCs (21st Edition) [Hardcover]"
http://www.amazon.ca/Upgrading-Repairin ... tt+mueller


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Is this the right one?
"Upgrading and Repairing PCs (21st Edition) [Hardcover]"
http://www.amazon.ca/Upgrading-Repairin ... tt+mueller

Yes indeed that is the correct one for Canada! Thanks, Scott.


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Scott wrote:
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Is this the right one?
"Upgrading and Repairing PCs (21st Edition) [Hardcover]"
http://www.amazon.ca/Upgrading-Repairin ... tt+mueller

Yes indeed that is the correct one for Canada! Thanks, Scott.


So I can also get help here right?

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 Post Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:00 pm 
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Yes indeed, you sure can! Scott.


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