Alienware 13 R3 a brick!

Discussion in '2015+ Alienware 13 / 15 / 17' started by Blazertrek50, Apr 28, 2018.

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  1. Blazertrek50

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    thanks but that didn't do anything either
     
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    Is it possible Windows or Dell utility auto-updated your BIOS while you were out?
     
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    How would I know? I went to Best Buy (Geek Squad) and they said that it most likely has to do with the motherboard and to contact Dell which I have already done. Dell replaced the motherboard in mid March. Could it be a loose connection on the board?
     
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    Really no way to tell if you can't even power on to POST... It does sound kind of like a jank mobo really. The CMOS/battery reset is worth a shot if you can pull it off safely.
     
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    If that is where you unplug the internal battery and press the power button for 30 seconds, then I have done that with no results.
     
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    CMOS battery will retain the settings without the battery in place, its the sole purpose for it.
     
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    Point being?
     
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    If you take the battery out, it will not render the CMOS battery inoperable, as the purpose of the CMOS battery is to retain settings in your laptop.

    Without actually removing it, you cant power drain the laptop. Its actually more important to remove that instead of the regular battery in that regard.

    Otherwise everytime you boot, you would have to tell your pc which drive to boot from, the CPU settings, and basically everything else the laptop does
     
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    Not sure this approach works. Alienware 18 and later I suspect have NVRAM (non volatile RAM) BIOS settings that can only be cleared with a RAM hotswap mid reboot. CMOS battery does nothing to clear/reset anything anymore.

    Apple actually does the same thing with their computers, but they have a preprogrammed key combo for resetting the NVRAM, something Dell didn’t have the foresight to do ;)
     
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    I have NVRAM on my Ranger and CMOS still serves a purpose. Never removed any RAM sticks when I had 8 and 5 beep codes
     
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