Highlighted
HijackThis
1 Nickel

AREA-51 ALX NO BOOT, NO SCREEN, FANS 100%, HELP?

So, lastnight I updated the CC (to fix an annoying FX light that seemed to flicker/change color) to the latest version with no problems, everything seemed to be OKAY - that is untill just a few hours ago. A random crash (which I rarely get) restarted the computer, instead of a nice fast boot-up all hell broke loose. The vents opened full and the fans went to max, the computer will continue to stay like this with no signs of the bios loading - untill i eventually hold the power button down and shut it off.

 

There doesnt seem to be anything I can do, Anyone experienced this before or have a fix? Would be extremely grateful.

 

Regards

One Worried Customer.

0 Kudos
20 Replies
Plaxiotic
2 Iron

Re: AREA-51 ALX NO BOOT, NO SCREEN, FANS 100%, HELP?

I have a very similar problem. Mine powers on, the lights come on, fans come on (Sometimes in different order than the next, may or may not stay on), hard drive SEEMS to be running, disc drive runs ( I have a disc stuck in there at the moment) and my screen stays blank all the time. Only once did I get a very faint display, but that's it. I tried swapping parts over from another computer and it didn't help so I'm really stumped on whats wrong with it. Hopefully someone can help us out. If I figure anything out I'll let you know.

0 Kudos
HijackThis
1 Nickel

Re: AREA-51 ALX NO BOOT, NO SCREEN, FANS 100%, HELP?

I called Dell, they told me to take out the RAM modules for the bleep test - no bleeps. They told me to take out the hard-drives - still nothing.. Technician is on his way tomorrow to replace the MOBO. Im stumped? I cant see how there is a problem with the MOBO, but lets see how this works out tomorrow. Will post again with results

0 Kudos
Plaxiotic
2 Iron

Re: AREA-51 ALX NO BOOT, NO SCREEN, FANS 100%, HELP?

Does my situation seem familiar to what yours is doing? I tried 2 other motherboards that work, and it didn't make one bit of difference. But I hope it will solve your problem. Its frustrating when I've spent hours on this thing and haven't gotten any further with it.

0 Kudos
stevep397
2 Iron

Re: AREA-51 ALX NO BOOT, NO SCREEN, FANS 100%, HELP?

I had the simalar problem in May with my Area 51.  It would start to boot and then just freeze before the bios started loading.  After 4 tech visits and and replacement of motherboard, I/O board, video card, and ram, they finally exchanged the computer.  No one could ever figure out what the problem was!

0 Kudos
tprior
1 Copper

Re: AREA-51 ALX NO BOOT, NO SCREEN, FANS 100%, HELP?

I have 2 M9750.  Two weeks ago, they both started giving me a black screen on startup.  I have tried the power button, taking out the battery, reseating the gpu, replaced the lcd inverter, etc and still no change.  I think it is very strange both of these started doing the same thing on the same day.  Is it possible its a Windows 7 issue and does anyone have a way to solve this or any other suggestions to fix this?  I appreciate any help. 

0 Kudos
Plaxiotic
2 Iron

Re: AREA-51 ALX NO BOOT, NO SCREEN, FANS 100%, HELP?

I think I found out key info about what happened with mine, I'll know more when I get my other video card. This is what happened: I swapped over parts from my working machine into the non-working one, it worked. I went into the BIOS, changed Integrated graphics and disabled them (I think thats the built-in one in the MOBO?) if not, thats what I mean, to the hybrid graphics. But didnt hook up my hybrid GPU, so It couldnt find it. I hooked it up, and now with that MOBO since the BIOS is set up to go straight to the hybrid video card(s) it wont recognize it. So Im thinking with the machine thats not working, the video card(s) failed and now the problem is to somehow reset the BIOS to its factory settings without actually getting in there. So now Im down to 1 working MOBO out of 4, found out one isnt the same part # as the others, which may explain why it isnt working. Anyone know how to reset the BIOS manually, without having to have the laptop working? Im to the point where Id pay someone to help me, so please if you want to make some quick money, help me out? Im just so frustrated right now. I need to get at least one working decent.

0 Kudos
dodger_roger
2 Bronze

Re: AREA-51 ALX NO BOOT, NO SCREEN, FANS 100%, HELP?

Quote from above.  "  without having to have the laptop working "............ try a monitor in the VGA port, you may have to use a function Key.

0 Kudos
Plaxiotic
2 Iron

Re: AREA-51 ALX NO BOOT, NO SCREEN, FANS 100%, HELP?

I think I've tried using my monitor, seems to me you have to be into windows in order to use it. At least in my case. Guess I could try the HDMI output port? Worth a shot I guess.

0 Kudos
tprior
1 Copper

Re: AREA-51 ALX NO BOOT, NO SCREEN, FANS 100%, HELP?

I tried hooking up montiors and to the tv.  Neither one worked.

0 Kudos