Alienware 18 8 beeps no post.

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  1. Raja786

    Raja786 Notebook Consultant

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    Hi recently upgraded ram from 16GB to 32GB & GPU from 980m sli to a single 1070. Been working fine since until yesterday when I went into bios and went into the performance tab and enabled oc lvl 1 for CPU. Saved and exited and got black screen and no boot but could hear fans running and all lights were on. So I force shutdown and turned back on and that’s when the 8 beeps started. So I tried a ram hot swap to no avail. Then I opened laptop and drained all power and tried resetting bios via cmos battery but still 8 beeps. Then I removed HDD all ram and GPU and put back together and turned on and started getting 4 beeps. Turned of and put everything back in and fired up and still 8 beeps. So last night I removed battery and cmos battery and left over night. This morning put cmos battery and battery back in and tried booting and was getting 2 beeps and system auto shutdown. Then booted back up and 8 beeps again.

    Does anyone have an idea of what could be the problem. I’m 99% sure the GPU is fine as I’ve had it for a few days and it was working perfectly. Temp didn’t exceed 75c while gaming.

    All input welcome.


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    Hello,
    as i see you are fighting too with your motherboard.

    I would try a reset without the discrete GPU.
    What you need with the reset processing is 5 beeps. As long as you get only 4 you wont get ur system back
     
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    I removed the GPU and tried but it did not boot.


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    theoretically, 8 beeps is a LCD failure
     
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    Yes. That’s what dell site say. But it could be anything from the motherboard to the actual GPU.


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    @Raidriar

    ANy idea how to make the board want to work again? Fickle AW 18 boards aren't exacly uncommon.
     
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    All done. You was right Danish. Because I had a 1070 and using SG Mode when I reset bios it switched back to PEG Mode hence why I was getting 8 beeps. Removed 1070 and installed a 980m so I was able to boot. Changed back to SG mode and installed 1070 again and now it’s up and running. Thanks for all the help and replies.


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    It's very useful to keep a PEG supported GPU around, even if it's a crappy GPU or one that doesn't work under 3D loads.
     
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    Yes I was going to sell my 980m but now I’m keeping it just incase


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    You can sell the 980M and just buy a cheap card that costs like $40-50 for PEG.
     
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