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@formosan@Tesla1856   I bought this (link to ebay product page) and had a friend remove old chip from mobo and solder new chip on.  Good to go.  Also there are some places you can mail your board ... See more...
@formosan@Tesla1856   I bought this (link to ebay product page) and had a friend remove old chip from mobo and solder new chip on.  Good to go.  Also there are some places you can mail your board to they'll do it for you for around $100 if I remember correctly.  If you need more info on mail-out people I can dig around for you, no problem.  Or you can probably find someone locally in your area that does soldering.
@RoHe wrote: If you hate Win 8.1 so much, have you considered installing the free Classic Shell which will make Win 8.1 look and work just like Win 7? I use Classic Shell on my Win 8.1 laptop an... See more...
@RoHe wrote: If you hate Win 8.1 so much, have you considered installing the free Classic Shell which will make Win 8.1 look and work just like Win 7? I use Classic Shell on my Win 8.1 laptop and I like it even better than Win 10 on my other PC.   I don't hate 8.1 but it seems dysfunctional when you are used to using win 10. I have tried the Classic Shell and it looks like that will be a backwards happy medium solution.  Thank you!
@Tesla1856 wrote: @kevinak907 wrote: 1. Okay, so anyone who knows about the XPS 2710 knows it was had some issues with the black screen of death due to BIOS/firmware issues with Win 10.   2.... See more...
@Tesla1856 wrote: @kevinak907 wrote: 1. Okay, so anyone who knows about the XPS 2710 knows it was had some issues with the black screen of death due to BIOS/firmware issues with Win 10.   2. Dell has never verified that is AIO is compatible with Win 10.     3. My question is, is there a chance the new BIOS will prevent this machine from bricking if I install Win 10?  1. That's not "bricking". Bricking is killing forever dead. 2. Then you are on your own. However, I've successfully taken many old machines (Dells and others) to Windows-10/64bit that are not on "the lists". They work fine. 3. It's doubtful that BIOS is for Windows-10 compatibility. It looks like it might be for Spectre. However, for them to be releasing a BIOS update ... and you have a serious problem ... it's up to you if you want to try. Now, when flashing a BIOS on an old machine ... that is when you DO HAVE a BRICKING-RISK. You might want to try it like this outside of Windows. https://www.dell.com/community/Vostro/Vostro-460-XPS-8300-Upgrade-Adventures/m-p/6071757/highlight/true#M1311 Thanks for the reply: If the definition of "bricking" was killing dead gone forever eternally then the term "un-bricking" would not exist.  I had to solder on a new BIOS chip after I installed 10 to fix my PC, essentially un-bricking it. I too have installed 10 on tons of devices that were 7/8 OOB and had no issues.  But this system does not appear to be friendly with 10.
@fireberd wrote: Considering the age of this system, it may run Win 10.  How well? But since its running 8.1 Win 10 should work. I would image the entire existing drive (all partitions) to a dif... See more...
@fireberd wrote: Considering the age of this system, it may run Win 10.  How well? But since its running 8.1 Win 10 should work. I would image the entire existing drive (all partitions) to a different drive using a program such as the free (and popular) Macrium Reflect.  Then install Win 10 and see how it works.  If its a "no go" you have the disc image from 8.1 to easily go back.   As far as any other updates, don't install the Dell support software then there won't be any automatic Dell updates. As Dell only supports XP/Vista/Win7 drivers there is no need for the Dell support software. Macrium Reflect free version: https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree How to download and create a bootable Win 10 using the media creation tool (if you don't have it). https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2376-create-bootable-usb-flash-drive-install-windows-10-a.html Thanks for your reply. -It runs 10 fine with a Quad-core i7, 16GB RAM and SSD.  Hardware specs are as current as can be. -You can't re-image a machine that will not even POST/Can't get into BIOS to do anything. 
Thank you!  :-).  I was able to fix my "brick" for under $20 thanks to a BIOS chip from ebay, the service manual and a friend who does soldering.
Okay, so anyone who knows about the XPS 2710 knows it was had some issues with the black screen of death due to BIOS/firmware issues with Win 10.   Dell has never verified that is AIO is compatible... See more...
Okay, so anyone who knows about the XPS 2710 knows it was had some issues with the black screen of death due to BIOS/firmware issues with Win 10.   Dell has never verified that is AIO is compatible with Win 10.   This is a very nice computer and I would like to continue to use it, although I truly cannot stand Win 8.1.  Dell has released a new BIOS for this machine recently as of March 2018. My question is, is there a chance the new BIOS will prevent this machine from bricking if I install Win 10?  Looking at the description of the driver it looks like it was built to prevent another issue, possibly non-related to the Black screen of death so many people have encountered after upgrading this machine to Win 10.  This is from the driver details page in the link above.  "F ixes: - Updated to the latest CPU microcode to address CVE-2017-5715 and associated Intel Reboot issue." So long story short, I really need to run Win 10 and I was wondering if anyone confirm/deny or make an educated guess on whether or not this new A13 would possibly prevent this XPS One 2710 AIO from bricking. Alternatively , the other question i would have would be, Does anyone know how to make this machine work with Win 10?  Is there a work around or way to permanently defer from any updates to BIOS, to prevent the BIOS from getting corrupted, again?!   Any help would be greatly appreciated.
All those "How-Tos" were total BS and a huge waste of time.  They may have worked for some, at some point but never worked for me.  I got the CMOS chip replaced and I'm good to go.  
Any idea if this new BIOS will prevent Win 10 from bricking me again?   http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/drivers/driversdetails?driverId=6C68R   I got this thing back up and running but ... See more...
Any idea if this new BIOS will prevent Win 10 from bricking me again?   http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/drivers/driversdetails?driverId=6C68R   I got this thing back up and running but I'm not a big fan of Win 8.   Thanks!
 Why do you say that?  I did a clean install of WIndows 10 and got the same Black Screen issue a few days later.
So I recently bought a XPS One 2710 AIO from a friend.  It had Windows 8 on it when I got it and seemed to be running fine.  When I got it home I upgraded it to windows 10.  It ran fine with windows ... See more...
So I recently bought a XPS One 2710 AIO from a friend.  It had Windows 8 on it when I got it and seemed to be running fine.  When I got it home I upgraded it to windows 10.  It ran fine with windows 10 until about a week after I installed it.  Now I am getting the black screen of death, the computer comes on, all the fans run and the backlight on the screen comes on briefly and then goes off, the computer continues to run but I don't get the dell logo POST, or any option or even a chance to get back into BIOS. My issue is exactly the issue described in many various threads on the dell support site and other sites.   Such as:   https://www.tenforums.com/general-support/35636-windows-10-killed-my-dell-xps-2710-a-10.html & https://www.dell.com/community/Desktops-General/XPS-One-2710-Black-screen-on-boot-No-BIOS/td-p/5019007 This is a tutorial about how to fix it, which I have tried but not succeeded: http://s3.amazonaws.com/Junk_Bucket/Dell_BSOD_FIX_Manual.PDF This tutorial from the tenforums.com actually got me into the bios after getting the 5 RTC reset beeps but I was not able to make any changes becuase the computer was laying flat on it's screen, so I powered off thinking the problem was solved and would be able to get back to bios next time a powered up. That was the last time I saw the bios and that was about a 1000 more troubleshooting steps in the past.  I have tried the following process several times since then and have only been able to get the 5 beep codes again once or twice, but still no BIOS.  Here are the steps that worked for me (once): "1.Follow the CMOS reset, clear NVRAM, and BIOS procedure (steps)-- Make sure to disconnect power!!! a. Take out the coin battery and press the power button for 10 seconds to clear the CMOS to totally discharge it. Put battery back. b. Locate both the 2-pin jumper plug for the password connector (PSWD), and the CMOS (RTCRST)-- RealTimeClockReset (look at the XPS user manual PDF--download for free). c. Move both plugs to the left. d. Connect power, press power button, and wait at least for 10 seconds. Turn power off. e. Put back both plugs where they were before. 2. Now, to force a Realtime Clock Power Failure (5 beeps in your computer at power up--power on!) a. This will hopefully get you where you can make some changes to the BIOS entries. b. At power up press F2 and/or F12 (BIOS access and/or Boot setup) c. With F2 you can make sure the date/time is correct , the hard drives are recognized, and the booting sequence. d. This is what you really want...F12...Boot setup!! Here I solved my problem...and hopefully yours. What I did is to change the Boot Mode Setting from Legacy Boot to UEFI Boot. This made the Windows Boot Loader (WBL) take over the booting process and....presto!! I got my system working back!!! e. MAKE SURE YOU PUT THE BATTERY BACK BEFORE PRESSING ENTER TO SELECT UEFI BOOT!!! f. I had DELL BIOS A11 so I updated to A12 while in Windows before I rebooted for second time to see if I really got it working. Know what? I DID!!!! 8-)"  From what I am gathering this machine does not cooperate with windows 10 and an automatic BIOS update may have corrupted my BIOS.  All signs point to a corrupt BIOS.  Although, my power supply seems to be acting up as in makes a "spring noise" when it shuts off and during this troubleshooting process, my machine has powered off on its own several times and then turns itself back on, which to me seems strange. I believe I have tried everything and I am getting very frustrated.  Some company in Florida said they could fix it if i mail the mobo to them, for $110 and they also said Windows 10 caused it and it was a bios issue.   Kevin from Alaska.