thanks for the reply.
Originally Posted by qhn
Are you 100% sure that it is the motherboard? Or is it just a bad graphic card. If so then try to "bake" it first as you have nothing to lose. And if that does not work, then yes, sell it in parts. cheers ...
The issue I have is similar to what everyone else has posted. I mentioned this earlier but it was a long time ago and those posts are gone apparently. But it started with it just shutting off out of no where, I'd be working then black screen no power. I thought it was the power connector int eh back as it is lose but when it's running I would jiggle the cord and nothing it would stay running. So one day I decided to wipe the hard drives and reinstall everything, but I can't get it to recognize the Alienware Respawn disc, and when I try to install Windows with a regular install disc it takes tricks to get it to a point that it actually begins the install. But it gets to a point and it just locks up. Funny thing is that I was able to load windows 98 on it LOL go figure... but when I try XP it locks up on me. I searched for the baking threads, looks like it worked for a few, but I am not sure if this is my problem or not??
I would clean the fans and copper heatsinks often and built a custom fan unit to sit under it to help keep it cool, so that's why I think the mobo is just dead... what do you guys think? anything else I should try to get it to load XP first or just pop it in the oven and see what happens? Thanks in advance.