Note: Please bookmark this article as restarts of the computer are recommended during the process to help resolve issues. Table of Contents: Applies for: Problem Discussion 4. If a computer is not posting, one of the issue it may experience is a no video, beeps, computer freezes at the BIOS screen, or any other behavior that didn't allow the computer to start loading the Operating System.
In this case, static electricity or BIOS outdated can cause this behavior. Solution To fix the issue and have your system working again, please perform the following steps: Remove the system battery. Hold the power button for 30 seconds without any power source.
Shutdown your computer and plug back the system Battery. Turn OFF your computer after the Bios update and test your computer. Thank you for your inquiry, The Alienware Support Team. Hi guys, just to add to this I had exactly the same problem and tried the cmos wipe method which I came across first a bunch of times to no avail. This method worked the second attempt. But when it worked the pc just kept beeping, didn't restart, and next time I turned it on it was all sweet Edit: changed a setting amd it's beeping at me again.
Guide above not working tjis time I'll post my solution if I can get this working again. Amazed that this thing doesnt auto reset cmos on boot failure :s. Edit edit: further to this I got it working, but had to remove the cmos, and battery etc, hold power 45 secs, put all bk together except battery then power on whilst holding fn.
This gave me 5 beeps Saw this while searching everywhere for a solution. I get 5 beeps, then 5 more, then 5 more all in succession to each other.
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I have an Alienware 17 laptop. I have had video issues for about 8 months or so. At first it wouldn't display anything on the screen, the backlight worked but no video, you just had to let it boot to the login screen and power cycle it until the lcd displayed like it should.
That worked for about 6 months until one day it would display anything at all and gave me the 8 beeps. I took it home and hooked up to a hdmi monitor and it still wouldn't display anything. I have tried replacing the motherboard, the video cable, the graphics card, moving the ram to different slots, booting with the battery in or out, removing the cmos battery numerous times and still 8 beeps.
I got it to give me 6 beeps one time after I replaced the video cable but the next power up it went to 8 beeps again. What gives with this thing? Is there anything I can do to it to make it work or am I up a creek. There are a few Alienware 17 models. For the most part the below chart represents the beep code errors and the failures.
The 8 beep code represents an LCD failure. Yes, I understand what the beeps are. I have been dealing with this no video for about 2 months now. I wouldn't have replaced all those parts if I was just figuring out what went wrong. If the lcd failed shouldn't the external hdmi monitor work? Why with all new parts does it still not get past the 8 beeps. And it is the first Alienware 17 from or more specifically the Alienware m17x R5 Ranger. I haven't tried to replace the lcd because no one has mentioned it before.
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Sometimes it takes several restarts, sometimes only one, and other times it just boots up normally like nothing is wrong. So I'm not sure what to do, has anyone had this issue before? How can I be sure that the LCD screen is failing, when this happens at random? Like, I thought it somehow got fixed by itself since was booting up normally for almost a week and then today it happened again and it took attempts to get it to boot. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
MattyB Moderator. Joined Mar 19, Messages 2,It was working fine, for the most part, with occasionally POST messages regarding the RAM count changing even though I've not changed a thing internally and asking me to Press F1 to continue. I did, it would boot into Windows with no apparent issues. But once in a while, if it's been shut down any length of time, it does what it's doing now: press power button, keyboard lights up with the backlighting, then it beeps in sequence of four.
The last time this happened it seemingly randomly fixed itself and booted up. But this time I went away for four days and when I got back the machine wouldn't boot.
Try powering up again. If you get the same four beeps, try one memory module at a time in each socket until you isolate the bad module which will produce the error in both sockets or the bad module in which case either module will fail in just one socket. If the module is what's bad, replace it. If the socket is what's bad, the system board will need to be replaced. From the sound of it, you're more likely to find a bad module than a bad socket. Easily replaced. Thanks for the reply. It seems that it was a bad memory chip.
I removed both, then tried a boot with each one. Unfortunately, I think I must've shorted something, because now, instead of booting, it just waits several seconds before the Ethernet BIOS complains that it's not connected. Apparently, that was the last possible route for the system BIOS to find a boot device. Because now it won't boot at all, not even to the BIOS setup.
The Alienware head pops up on power up, and you can press F2 or F12 for Setup or Boot Options respectively, and the option get "bolded" or whateverbut the system just sits there on a black screen with a big underline blinking cursor in the upper left corner of the screen. I don't know what else to do now but save up for a boat I can use this machine to be an anchor for.
Check your boot sequence and drives list to make sure assuming the Windows configuration is original you're set to UEFI mode legacy is off and with secure boot turned ON. I've tried all the suggestions to no avail. At this point, I've written off the machine. I must've done something, maybe shorted a circuit somewhere before I disconnected it from its battery. I consider it toast. Browse Community.
Turn on suggestions. Auto-suggest helps you quickly narrow down your search results by suggesting possible matches as you type. Showing results for. Search instead for. Did you mean:. Sharkspit 2 Bronze. Alienware 17 R3: 4 Beeps Error. Hi, My somewhat older Alienware 17 R3 laptop now only beeps four 4 times at startup.
I did, it would boot into Windows with no apparent issues, But once in a while, if it's been shut down any length of time, it does what it's doing now: press power button, keyboard lights up with the backlighting, then it beeps in sequence of four.
Can this system be repaired, or do I now own a proverbial boat anchor? All forum topics Previous Topic Next Topic. Re: Alienware 17 R3: 4 Beeps Error. As you noted, this is a memory issue.Hey guy's I have an Alienware M17x R3! It will turn on, but only to a black screen with a single beep repeating every seconds. I'm pretty sure its a motherboard issue from what I've read up on about it but I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue and can reassure me buying a new Mobo will fix it.
Also I don't actually know what the Mobo is called for the R3 and can't seem to find exactly what it is called. Just type alienware m17xR3 motherboard on ebay laptop mobos are specialized for a particular laptop, unlike most desktop motherboards. That'll be a way to get a motherboard. Most likely will fix the problem. It could, though, be a BIOS corruption and that reflashing would help if you are able to reflash it. I would try going into the BIOs menu and finding "Restore to optimal settings", save and exit.
Very late reply, how does one reflash bios if the laptop doesn't boot up at all never goes passed a black screen. Well I had to do a bit of running and searching around because I actually have an R4 thought I had R3 lol. Now i feel stupid that this pc was useless for over a year and the fix was that easy. Thank you so much I would have bought a whole new motherboard if you didnt link that.
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