Originally Posted by adc2564
Hey Jan, Im having the same prob. I changed my mobo and it worked fine for a month. Then the other day it wouldnt boot past the alienware screen. The blue bar at the bottom goes about 3/4 of the way then to a blank screen cant even get into bios. I can here the hard drive running and im trying the barebones boot but would like to have the link if you can provide it. I could use any help i can get i hate to just start parting it to find out whats wrong it get to expensive and im already 500 into the motherboard. Thanks
Im sorry to hear man.
First thing i would suggest that you make a new thread you will get much more help that way i didnt know anything when it happened to me. I reckone you should open as much of the components on the case including taking the keyboard of to check the top half of the motherboard for burns or some otherthing that doesnt look alright. First remove the keyboard http://4help.alienware.com/cgi-bin/a...m9hcmQ%2A&p_li
=# then the metal plate dunno if you have already reset the bios but the email alienware sent me, told me to leave it as the last resort. http://4help.alienware.com/cgi-bin/a...i=&p_topview=1
If nothing wrong here then follow the email alienware gave me: In this case I would suggest you to follow the instructions found at the below links in order to perform what is called a "barebones". In this case it would mean to remove the hard drive, the optical drive, the video card, and one memory stick; then you would need to turn on the computer to verify if you experience the same problem. If the problem persists, please test your system by using each memory card, one at a time. If the problem persists, please try reconnecting the video card. If the problem persists, please try reconnecting the hard drive. Last, if the problem persists, try connecting the optical drive again. Title: How do I reseat or replace the memory of an Alienware 7700 mobile desktop? URL: http://4help.alienware.com/cgi-bin/alienware.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3079&p_created=1101247504
Title: How do I reseat or replace the optical drives of an Alienware 7700 mobile desktop? URL: http://4help.alienware.com/cgi-bin/alienware.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3080&p_created=1101247579
Title: How do I reseat or replace the video module of an Alienware 7700 mobile desktop? URL: http://4help.alienware.com/cgi-bin/alienware.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3077&p_created=1101247180
Title: How do I reseat or replace the hard drives of an Alienware 7700 mobile desktop? URL: http://4help.alienware.com/cgi-bin/alienware.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3078&p_created=1101247456
If the problem persists after the barebones, please clear the CMOS as described at the below link: Title: How do I clear the CMOS on the Alienware 7700 mobile desktop? URL: http://4help.alienware.com/cgi-bin/alienware.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=4256&p_created=1109170882
as uve said you have probably removed all of these areas already but this time please make sure you properly check everybit including the motherboard area and the hardware themself. For the ram i took all of the sticks out and tried every slot with just one powering the laptop with each slot. Then i switched to my other ram done the same. Finally i inserted both sticks however i left them both on the bottom slots the way the laptop came. Whereas on the site they tell you to fill the slots located near the memory fan connector first. Press the components together if your video card is one unit maybe open it up check the video chip & look for burns. Its the most likeliest hardware that would fail along with the motherboard. If still nothing then see if you get a response from the bios by doing the full fan function by pressing Fn+F2. Try to hook the laptop up to another screen to see if there is any kind of image. Dont know if this would even do anything i think you actually need to be in windows for this to happen. I cant think of anything else other then opening the processor and checking for burns. To remove the heat sink just unscrew the four screws indicated and pull it up. To open the chip you need to push down on the lever and push it forward to release the clamp. Take the chip out be careful dont rub your hands on it hold it from one part only (skin contact). Examine it then place it back in. Clamp back on then screw the heatsink back on. Another thing people told me to do was reseat the lcd cable which i didnt bother with heres the link http://4help.alienware.com/cgi-bin/a...i=&p_topview=1
hopefully it will work
Originally Posted by Devoran
Jan, Now that you've got it working - save yourself some potential future pain and get rid of the existing thermal compound and put some AS5 on
Don't start using it for gaming etc if you haven't put new grease on, or you'll torch your vid card!
i did only tonight for 30 minutes on C&C 3 with full fan speed doh i kept checking the heat. Whats AS5 can you get me the links for these. You said grease as in the same as thermal compound or some other thing. Im gonna get a laptop cooler that zalman ZM-NC1000 is still the best right do you know if anything new is coming out maybe by august coz ill be away to sea around that time and i cant afford the laptop to **** up right then.