Monday, October 19, 2009

eMachines T5234 - 5 Beeps, Continuous Beep, No Boot

I woke up sometime in the night to hear my eMachines T5234 (the Vista box) beeping. The monitor showed no image. I unplugged it and went back to bed. When I got up and turned it on, it issued five (5) beeps, then began beeping continuously.

Distraught, I surfed the Web, and though I came across several sites which listed "Beep Codes," none of them were correct. As it turns out, it appears that my CDRW has failed. I tried several things, including removing and reseating the RAM and replacing then removing the new modem I was trying to install (without luck) yesterday.

The good news is that I have several CDRW, so I can replace this one, although I don't know about drivers... Another good thing is that I'm confident the reason the modem would not install yesterday is because it couldn't read the disc to load the drivers.

Unfortunately, I'm limited as to what I can do with it right this moment, since it can't get online and now can't even burn CDs. I've never successfully networked any OS with Vista, but I only have 98 boxes working right this minute, anyway - and Vista will not recognize 98, regardless. I'm not going to start swapping-out hardware on it with neither internet access with which to load the drivers, nor money to fix it should something else fail once the new hardware is loaded, nor even a networkable computer to port things across.

At least I'm able to listen to my music (almost my entire collection fits handily on a 30+GB HD - everything I like, at least) and play Sims, if I want. Of course, a lot of the website is on there, but I've managed to do well without it the last couple, few months, so I'll just continue to work around it as best I can.

But, in the case of the eMachines T5234, when it did not boot and issued 5 beeps, followed by continuous beeping, it was a hardware failure - CDRW.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, just had the same issue with a T5062 - 5 beeps then continuous beeping after that. Disconnecting the CD-RW fixed it immediately

ManoDogs said...

You are kidding!?

So was it a bad CD-RW? Or was it a bad powerpack or motherboard?

Thanks for commenting!

Anonymous said...

how to disconnect?