Each time I switch my PC on it bleeps 6 times, the caps lock light on the kepboard flashes continually and the monitor is dead. The light on the monitor turns from green to orange and then nothing else happens (apart from the flashing light on the caps lock)! I used to be able to leave it like that for about 30 mins then disconnect it from the mains and plug it back in - this seemed to resolve the problem. However, no matter how long I leave it for now, each time I plug it back in I get the same bleeping and light flashing and then nothing. Any assistance would be really appreciated!
Hi wee eddie. It is a Compaq Deskpro EP Series 6400. As for specification - no idea. I am literally THE absolute beginner when it comes to the technical side of computing. I have managed to get it up and running again (no idea how I I managed it) but I am too scared to shut it down as I know that when I switch it back on it's gonna start bleeping again! Someone told me that the sequence of bleeps (1 long, 6 short) suggests that the motherboard needs replacing but given that the computer is pretty old should I just be buying a new one??
It will tell you all of its details and then we can work out what it's opening "bleep" sequence means.
There is unlikely to be much one can do to repair anything but the most basic of faults, because of it's age, and I think that you should check your bank statement.
As you have all the bits, Screen, keyboard, et cetera. You should be able to get a very basic XP box for around £350, of course you could spend a fortune if you wish, but remember that almost all your software and peripherals may not work with XP.