I have an alienware aurora ALX 2009. 16gb of RAM, X58 motherboard, BIOS version A04, with an Intel i7 920 processor.
I recently purchased an I7 980 which appears to be compatible with this motherboard.
After installing the new processor, the pc turns on, i hear the fan run and then 4 beeps, then it goes into the same cycle.
I put back my I7 920 and it boots back up perfectly fine.
Is this a problem with my BIOS not recognizing the new processor? How can I fix this.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Bios issue, visit Dell FTP, grab A08 A09 A10 A11. Normally you install all 4 in series, one after the other. Flashing your Bios is a risky issue, flash at your own risk: http://downloads.dell.com/published/pages/alienware-aurora.html
Bootable thumb drives in DOS mode is 'safest' method
A09 'improves' microcode for 980x
If you just flashed A08 today, and it updates successfully, what you have there might then boot up ... attempt 9/10/11 later at own risk
4 beeps is a possible memory issue. It is possible if you flash to A08 the Bios will revert to all default values, any memory overclock would be nullified, memory runs at base speed, probable 'compatibility' with new CPU if that was what the beeps were for, post your findings after A08
Thank you!!! So I upgraded to a08 and now my bios recognizes the new CPU. Is it really worth updating to a11 since things are working well in a08?
it's a krapshoot when updating the firmware on these Alienboards ... booting into a bootable USB drive is the best method / launching it from your Windows desktop is the riskier method, so they say. Were it me, I'd give A08 a spin for a while, browse the fixes in 9 10 11, and when curiosity killed me or my board, I'd load up my usb drive with 11 (skip 9 and 10), flash it, see what's what. I say that since my Area-51 board (with 975x) I jumped from A06 direct to A11 cause that's how we roll here. Others might do 10 1st (since it's close enough to 8). Do what u think's best, new / used motherboards are found on eBay ... ... ... :/