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8 beeps

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by scarletfire92, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. scarletfire92

    scarletfire92 Notebook Enthusiast

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    My computer wont boot up. When I press the start button the keyboard lihts up but the screen stay black and then it beeeps 8 times. I 've had the cmos battery out 20 min.Any help please?
     
  2. widezu69

    widezu69 Goodbye Alienware

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    Time to phone Dell and get a new GPU. Mine did this not one week ago. They'll say it is a LCD problem but insist that it is a GPU failure. They'll replace both.
     
  3. nayilalien

    nayilalien Notebook Evangelist

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    did you overclock or repaste the gpu?
     
  4. widezu69

    widezu69 Goodbye Alienware

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    Wait @scarlet did you get the 8 beeps after you fiddled with the modded A08 bios to try and turn off the iGPU? If so then try a blind bios recovery.
     
  5. The Revelator

    The Revelator Notebook Prophet

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    Did you press and hold the power button for 25-30 seconds while the coin cell battery was out?
     
  6. scarletfire92

    scarletfire92 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I left the cmos battery out 20 min. and now it's fine:D Right after a Dell tech told me I need a new mobo. oh it was 5 beeps then a pause then 5 more and so on
     
  7. The Revelator

    The Revelator Notebook Prophet

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    Wonderful, scarletfire92. That's a sick feeling when it appears that you've lost one. The relief when it recovers is overwhelming. :D :D
     
  8. scarletfire92

    scarletfire92 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Oh yeah I was so thankful to God!!:D
     
  9. maxheap

    maxheap caparison horus :)

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    now back to gaming :)
     
  10. ValkerieFire

    ValkerieFire God Follower

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    This is why I am not messing with mine. Optimus isn't great but it doesn't completely suck either, I see no reason to mess with it.
     
  11. CGSDR

    CGSDR Notebook Deity

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    I currently also have this 8 beep problem, and the reason is exactly what you said, so I want to ask you how to do that "blind BIOS recovery"? Is it the same for other Alienware laptop? Because I also do a Google search and found some How-to result, however it is for M17x/M18x only. So if possible can you shed some light? Thanks.

    EDIT: I've done what the instruction in that thread (Found other thread design for M14x as well but the instruction is same so I use this one) said and unfortunately it doesnt seem to work for me, because it said wait for the beeping to stop and it will auto boot, but for me when I do it, yes the fan power up to the maximum but I didnt hear any beep so I leave it for like 3-4 hours and it still not beep or anything so either I might have done something or the BIOS is completely corrupt.
     
  12. JoeyFUZZ911

    JoeyFUZZ911 Notebook Evangelist

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    my first R3 from the factory had 8 beeps and never turned on. they replaced the gpu, heatsink, mobo, keyboard and it still didnt work. i ended up getting another brand new one from the factory and its been a dream ever since. I got 5 beeps when i swapped out my gpu, but a bios reset fixed that. Runs great now. never new why my first R3 was a lemon.
     
  13. zoolian982

    zoolian982 Notebook Deity

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    Should try out a 460m, then you'll change your mind :D
     

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