Mr MT's Posts

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I have built a RAID 1+0 array successfully with 4 Crucial MX200 1Tb drives in my Alienware Aurora R1.  Upon attempting a clean install from the OS disc provided with purchase, the installation fails ... See more...
I have built a RAID 1+0 array successfully with 4 Crucial MX200 1Tb drives in my Alienware Aurora R1.  Upon attempting a clean install from the OS disc provided with purchase, the installation fails at the very end every time irregardless of trying different RAID configurations.  The Crucial 480Gb SSD I have as my current primary drive works just fine.  Please advise as to what's going wrong and if a fix is known. I've read it suggested in numerous forums that Dell skimps and doesn't provide a true full OS and that the OS reinstall disc I have is only usable for single drive install and is what's causing me all this grief.  Any sage advice is welcome.  Thanks in advance for your replies.
Update......Chris is going to send a 1 time replacement mobo that I can have installed......or I can pay the $250 to get it "recertified".......I'm assuming this means the 3 year warranty put in ... See more...
Update......Chris is going to send a 1 time replacement mobo that I can have installed......or I can pay the $250 to get it "recertified".......I'm assuming this means the 3 year warranty put in place retroactively but was told I'd have to call to find out from another department. Hopefully this fixes the problem that the bios install appears to have caused.
sent order # info to Chris M in a pm this morning.   Lets see if Dell does anything with regards to releasing a bios update that they acknowledge damages equipment.
Thanks for the reply......sadly both the OS reinstall CD sent with the computer and the windows 7 recovery disc I created won't boot.  The drive does attempt to read them but no screen.....just t... See more...
Thanks for the reply......sadly both the OS reinstall CD sent with the computer and the windows 7 recovery disc I created won't boot.  The drive does attempt to read them but no screen.....just the "no digital signal" message then eternal blackness.   It astounds me that Dell releases software that damages their own computers.  Almost seems like complete ineptitude or unscrupulous business practices....I hope it's neither. If it is the mobo then it's either a new dell mobo or upgrade.  with an upgrade I fear that the OS that I paid for to use on this computer may not be able to be reloaded onto this computer.  If it comes to that I'll have to have my brother in law look over the contract (hepls to have contract lawyers as family).  It hardly seems ethical to set up the software to not be able to be used on the same machine purchased with replacement hardware due to damage that their software caused.
I have an alienware aurora that after cloning the drive (like every month) i tried to update the bios.  The computer fans spin up the lights come on and it does this cycle 3 times then beeps 5 ti... See more...
I have an alienware aurora that after cloning the drive (like every month) i tried to update the bios.  The computer fans spin up the lights come on and it does this cycle 3 times then beeps 5 times and is unresponsive.  The screen only shows "no digital signal" then stays black.   I tried the cmos reset as Chrisr posted Aurora-R1/Aurora-R2 * Disconnect the power plug from the PC * Remove the left side panel * Locate the 3 pin CMOS reset jumper on the motherboard next to the round CMOS battery * Remove the jumper from pins 2/3 and place the jumper on pins 1/2. Wait approximately five seconds * Put the jumper back onto pins 2/3 * Replace the left side panel * Reconnect the power plug to the PC and power on to no avail.  I understand that the 5 beeps means a realtime clock error.  A neighbor down the street thats employed as a coporate computer tect took a stab at it swapping video cards, changing ram, reseting the jumper pin for the cmos per the instructions as well as unplugging all the SATA plugs that were not being used to try ti isolate the issue.   After about 3 hours of his trial and error he's left scratching his head.       Any advice at this point is welcomed.  I had a nightmare of a situation with dell getting this computer as a replacement for the defective one they originally sent.  I requested a new one during that first 21 days the contract specifies after they had sent 2 techs out.  I had documented over 30 hours spent on the phone with different tier techs and after 3 months of the dance even with supervisors had to file a grievance with the Better Business Bureau, State Attorney Generals office, Department of Consumer Affairs, and a few others.    Low and behold this computer shows up on my doorstep in 3 days for breach of contract on Dell's end.  I have enjoyed using it for the past year or so since I received it and would love to continue to however at this point it seems that a year old computer is about as functional as my paperweight.  Please help.  Thanks in advance! if it helps this is the configuration Alienware Aurora windows 7 intel i7 975 extreme chipset dual 240 nvidea cards sli 875w PSU 12 gigs DDR3 1600 8-8-8-24 (upgraded by crucial from stock 6g) 500g sata II seagate baracuda 2x WD 750 Caviar Black sata II (upgraded by a tech for storage)