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scuderia2004
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Area-51: After CPU Change the Alien don´t start

I have an Alienware Area- 51 with the following conifg: I7 920 Ati 5970 12 Gb Corsair Dominator 1600 256 SSD ... Now i bought a i7 980x to but it in my area51. I know that the CPu is compatible with the Mainboard and the Rams. I Change the Cpu´s. Now with the 980x i get no Image. i couldn´t even go in the BIOS. If i start the Pc, all the Fans rotate max till i shut down the PC. No Speaker error...nothing. After putting the 920 back... all works fine. Any Idea, what is going wrong? Thanks!
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RE: Area-51: After CPU Change the Alien don´t start

Which BIOS version do you have installed?

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Area-51 Cosmic Black/Windows 8 64-bit Pro/BIOS A11
Intel Core i7-980x Extreme Edition @ 4.0 ghz/Intel 160gb X-25M SSD Raid-0
6GB Corsair Dominator GT 1866 DDR3/PNY GeForce GTX 680 SLI/ATI TV Wonder

 

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scuderia2004
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RE: Area-51: After CPU Change the Alien don´t start

Now i have the A10 installed. I proved the CPU with the A11, but the same kind of "error". On the official Dell Website they Show, that the A10 is the latest, so i proved it with the A10. So A10 and A11 don´t work.
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RE: Area-51: After CPU Change the Alien don´t start

Gulftown 980x is validated ( http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/p/19454954/20132595.aspx#20132595 )

Under Historical Drivers, under bios, try to download/install - at your own risk -  the "a12" released on 4.09.12 here which is probably a mislabeled a11:

http://ftp.dell.com/Pages/Drivers/alienware-area51-all.html#BIOS

for whatever reason, it isn't on the common downloads page for A-51. A bios update/flash is always a risky business, so, proceed with caution but might be worth a shot/the risk.

Otherwise, remove cpu, check for bent pins on your mthrbrd, reseat, retry, if a dud --> suspect cpu might be the culprit 😞

Old 980x thread: http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19471277.aspx

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scuderia2004
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RE: Area-51: After CPU Change the Alien don´t start

I proved the 980x with the A11 or "A12" but the CPU still not work. I can´t see any bent Pins on my Motherboard. In the old Thread there is no solution for this Problem. Anyone with another tip???
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RE: Area-51: After CPU Change the Alien don´t start

I don't think the MB socket can be bad if the 920 still works (but not really sure). My guess would be:

1. Motherboard version (I think there are 2 or more). Might explain why it works for only some people.

2. 980x Stepping. When micro-code is added to BIOS to support a CPU, are all CPUs included or only current Steppings?

3. Bad processor. Have you ever seen it work?


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RE: Area-51: After CPU Change the Alien don´t start

I proved the 980x with the A11 or "A12" but the CPU still not work. I can´t see any bent Pins on my Motherboard. In the old Thread there is no solution for this Problem. Anyone with another tip???


The 980x will work with the A10 or A11 bios so it's not that. So the only other thing it would be is a bad CPU or a motherboard issue. Which motherboard do you have? Is it blue/black with Alienware logo on it? If it is then I would see about getting the CPU swapped for another one.

Did you try resetting the CMOS jumper? This pic is the board I have and the yellow circle is the CMOS jumper.

Dell-Alienware-Area-51-ALX-i7-LGA1366-11.jpg

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Area-51 Cosmic Black/Windows 8 64-bit Pro/BIOS A11
Intel Core i7-980x Extreme Edition @ 4.0 ghz/Intel 160gb X-25M SSD Raid-0
6GB Corsair Dominator GT 1866 DDR3/PNY GeForce GTX 680 SLI/ATI TV Wonder

 

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scuderia2004
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RE: Area-51: After CPU Change the Alien don´t start

Yes i tryed to reset the CMOS Jumper but without success. Still not working. It´s a blue mainboard but i can´t see any Alienware logo. I don´t understand why there is no "Speaker error" or something else, only the Fans are working without any reaction.
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RE: Area-51: After CPU Change the Alien don´t start

Yes i tryed to reset the CMOS Jumper but without success. Still not working. It´s a blue mainboard but i can´t see any Alienware logo. I don´t understand why there is no "Speaker error" or something else, only the Fans are working without any reaction.



If it doesn't have the Alienware logo on the motherboard and it has green SATA/PCI slots instead of black ones then it is the 1st gen motherboard. It should look like the version 2.0 motherboard in the picture I posted and will even say ver 2.0 near the bottom pcie slot. The version 1.0 motherboard without the logo and green ports was released long before the 980x and 990x came out. The specs say the version 1.0 board can support the 980x but I wouldn't depend on it being true. When Dell released the Area 51 with the 980x and the BIOS to support it that motherboard was no longer being used.

At this point I will say it's the CPU or the Motherboard.

You can buy them online for a reasonable price.

Version 2.0 motherboard: http://www.ecozoom.tv/blog/wp-content/temp/dell-alienware-area-51-alx-i7-lga1366-ga-2.jpg

Version 1.0 motherboard: http://www.stuartconnections.com/9056-thickbox/NEW-Dell-Alienware-Area-51-ALX-i7-LGA1366-System-Main...

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Area-51 Cosmic Black/Windows 8 64-bit Pro/BIOS A11
Intel Core i7-980x Extreme Edition @ 4.0 ghz/Intel 160gb X-25M SSD Raid-0
6GB Corsair Dominator GT 1866 DDR3/PNY GeForce GTX 680 SLI/ATI TV Wonder

 

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scuderia2004
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RE: Area-51: After CPU Change the Alien don´t start

Ok, so i think it´s the Version 1.0. Here is a Picture. The Mainboards Name is J560M. What is the Name of your Mainboard(with the black PCI Slots), is there any "Code"? Thanks a lot! http://www.ascendtech.us/mmASC/Images/P270J002.jpg
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