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Alienware m14x Seven Beeps (With a twist)

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I bought my m14x laptop in the summer of 2011. I've since been having problems with the seven beeps issue, which I know is most likely motherboard related, but my issues seem to be a bit different than most, so hopefully there's a different/cheaper solution (as a college student, I don't exactly have money back up for a $500 motherboard + installment). Here's a quick timeline of what's been happening:

1. In fall of 2012, my brother accidentally spilled liquid onto the keyboard of my laptop. Shortly after this (maybe a couple weeks) I first started experiencing the 7 beeps. Like others, my laptop wouldn't boot at first, but by shutting it down, and restarting, it would eventually boot.

2. The 7 beeps started again around Christmas 2012, but only lasted a day.

3.  Most recently, the beeps have been happening for the past 3 days. Every time the computer sleeps, it goes into 7 beeps mode. It could be entirely unrelated, but it seems to boot most regularly when I unplug and plug the power cable back in. 

I have noticed that every time the computer decides to boot, I hear a noise coming from inside the laptop somewhere below the directional keys. Hopefully all of this is info to maybe diagnose anything. Thanks!

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Alienware-Natal
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Re: Alienware m14x Seven Beeps (With a twist)

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Hi BootsElectric,

7 beeps indicate CPU failure: Alienware Beep Codes Table  

Open the bottom cover and locate the graphics card fan, clean it with compressed air to check if the noise is coming from there.

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Re: Alienware m14x Seven Beeps (With a twist)

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Thanks for the response, but the sound is actually just a boot up sound. I've always gotten it, ever since I've had the computer. If this helps diagnose anything, I've also been getting a message saying "signal cable disconnect" upon attempt to boot-up.

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Alienware-Natal
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Re: Alienware m14x Seven Beeps (With a twist)

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Run an ePSA test, and let me know if any errors come up. In the mean time, I'll look into the signal cable issue.

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BootsElectric
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Re: Alienware m14x Seven Beeps (With a twist)

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I was given Error Code 2000-0221

If this helps at all, AlienRespawn has also been crashing on bootup, but this happened after the system started having problems booting.

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Alienware-Natal
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Re: Alienware m14x Seven Beeps (With a twist)

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Run the latest BIOS update, the following link will direct you to the download:

M14 r1 A08 BIOS

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Re: Alienware m14x Seven Beeps (With a twist)

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It looks like that did the trick! Thank you so much!! I will post again if it doesn't work in the long run, but everything seems to be in tip-top shape!

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Re: Alienware m14x Seven Beeps (With a twist)

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Great! Smiley Happy

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Re: Alienware m14x Seven Beeps (With a twist)

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Unfortunately, it looks like I'm back to square 1 :/ the issues have come back, and things don't really seem to have changed. A couple extra things I've noted though, when I try starting it at first, the keyboard lights a a shade of red, and the longer I let it run, the more it changes from red to white (my default color). When I leave the computer for long enough (as it continues beeping), I eventually hear a startup noise, and my computer boots up.
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Alienware-Natal
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Re: Alienware m14x Seven Beeps (With a twist)

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This sounds like it might be a hardware issue, and probably the motherboard needs to be replaced, does your system have warranty still?

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