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 PostPost subject: Possible to short a laptop by plugging a USB drive in?        Posted: Wed May 20, 2009 4:51 am 
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My old laptop (Compaq Presario 1245) won't boot anymore, it beeps infinetley at the compaq logo. Could I have shorted something out by plugging something into the USB port? After i did, the system didnt run so i opened it, but didnt see anything, so i put it back together and now it does that infinite beeping. Can someone help?


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 PostPost subject: Re: Possible to short a laptop by plugging a USB drive in?        Posted: Wed May 20, 2009 8:14 am 
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Not possible, it will have protection circuitry so it was probably just coincidence. Have a look online for what the beeping could mean. Try res-seating the memory too.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Possible to short a laptop by plugging a USB drive in?        Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 6:59 pm 
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Compaq laptops are notorious for killing their ram. I had two so far that have done that after opening them up. as it turns out... something rejects the ram that it comes with, i would suggest getting some other ram to try in it, and it should boot just fine.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Possible to short a laptop by plugging a USB drive in?        Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 1:32 pm 
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Probable symptom of stuck keys.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Possible to short a laptop by plugging a USB drive in?        Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:39 am 
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If it's halting the boot process, it's rarely the keyboard. My hunch is bad RAM.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Possible to short a laptop by plugging a USB drive in?        Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:39 am 
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Continuous beep is a memory error.

And yes, it is possible to short out a computer through the USB port (surprisingly enough). I've seen it happen; in fact, I did it to one or two older computers (when USB was just coming out). But I hear it's more common with firewire.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Possible to short a laptop by plugging a USB drive in?        Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:11 pm 
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Compaq laptops are notorious for killing their ram. I had two so far that have done that after opening them up. as it turns out... something rejects the ram that it comes with, i would suggest getting some other ram to try in it, and it should boot just fine.


This problem also affects Compaq PCs: a friend of mine had a Compaq DeskPro (I can't remember the model) which said "memory error" after being turned on for the second time. Changing RAM didn't fix the problem, and he finally was able to bypass that problem by removing the coin battery and disconnecting the power supply after system shutdown (and he obvioulsy had to set the system date every time the PC boots)


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 PostPost subject: Re: Possible to short a laptop by plugging a USB drive in?        Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:06 am 
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I also own a deskpro and once it did that to me every time I booted up. In the manual it said that cpu fan wasn't working but after a week or so it started booting up noramlly again.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Possible to short a laptop by plugging a USB drive in?        Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:32 am 
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Well i just tried to replace the RAM for this laptop and I still got the infinite beeping


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 PostPost subject: Re: Possible to short a laptop by plugging a USB drive in?        Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:57 am 
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I've shorted out my laptop by, after the plastic guard came out, I inserted a USB device upside down. Check to make sure your USB ports are fine. But as for infinite beeps, I'd have to think its a more critical error like a bad mobo or CPU overheating.


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