I'm looking to confirm an issue, I have had my Alienware Aurora for about 5 years, I was browsing last night when it simply blacked out and shut down. When I attempted to boot it up I hear a fan power up, then click off, then power up again, then finally followed by 6 beeps continuously.
According to the manual and everything I've read this indicates a failure in the graphics card, I opened it up, unhooked the card completely, reconnected it but still got the same result. Is it safe to assume the graphics card needs to be replaced? What I have in there right now is a ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB, any recommendations for a replacement would also be helpful.
I also attempted to disconnect anything I could inside the unit to see if there was another problem, it was certainly dusty in there so I cleaned it out a little but still no luck.
Thanks in advance!
6 beeps indicates issue with the Video Card on the system.
Please refer to Page 51 on the manual given below:
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Thank you for the reply.
Check if the system works properly without the video card.
Replacing the video card will isolate if it is an issue with the video card or the slot.
NOTE: Computer components are to be replaced by a professional only.
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Try a know good PCIe video card (even if it's an old slow one). That should test the PCIe x16 slot and the motherboard.
If you test the video card in different slots and the 6 beeps issue persists, then yes the video card might be damage.
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I just tried the card in an alternative slot and the same thing happened, I have a new card coming today that I will install and see if that makes a difference. I'm not convinced it will since I've removed the card completely and I still get the same 6 beeps.
So I got a new card and the good news is I have had some success, the system boots up, gets past the initial screen and then I get a black screen simply stating 'missing operating sys'.