When I boot up my Alienware R10 the alien head logo on it flashes yellow 3 times and then boots up normally. Also, when I shut it down it takes a long time to shut down. What does this mean? Is it a problem? if so, how can I fix it? I just bought this like a month ago.
That's a motherboard or chipset error. You should contact Dell if it's under warranty. Sometimes a bad CR2032 battery can cause this, so you can also try replacing that, or doing a CMOS reset (unplugging everything and removing and replacing the battery after 10 minutes).
Table 1. Diagnostics.Number of Power LED flashes Problem description
|1||System board: BIOS and ROM failure|
|2||No memory or RAM detected|
|3||System board or chipset error|
|4||Memory or RAM failure|
|5||CMOS battery failure|
|6||Video card or chip failure|
|3,6||BIOS recovery image not found|
|3,7||BIOS recovery image found but invalid|
the R10 is a brand new model. the chance that the cmos battery in this model goes bad so quickly is very small.
system taking a long time to shut down is a "normal" idiosyncratic Windows behavior sometimes.
The chipset/mobo error code is not normal though and should be investigated. You should contact Dell if you can't figure it out.