Hardware Thread, Alienware Area51 m7700 in Technical; I bought one of these in 2005, and it lasted about a year and a half before the AC inlet ...
26th February 2009, 11:06 AM #1
Alienware Area51 m7700
I bought one of these in 2005, and it lasted about a year and a half before the AC inlet on the motherboard shorted out and burnt the mobo.
It was out of warranty and Alienware didn't want to know, so I sourced a replacement motherboard. It now powers on, all the LEDs work, LED clock works and displays right time, but the screen wont come on. Ive tried it with a monitor too.
I'm sure if Ive connected the screen back together correctly, but I probably haven't. I dont really have much experience with laptops insides (probably shouldnt have taken it apart in the first place heh)
So Ive had a £1600 brick sitting in a drawer now for the best part of a year and a half, I figure I might see if I can get it going again.
Theres nowhere local I can take it, is there anywhere anyone would recommend that maybe specialises in Alienware's or something that could take a look at it for me that wont charge the world?
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26th February 2009, 11:17 AM #2
I would just claim under your home contents insurance. Just over look the replacement board. I assume you dropped it and the monitor stopped working?
26th February 2009, 11:20 AM #3
This sounds like the notorious graphics card burning out issue that has plagued Alienware for awhile.
Can I ask what graphics it has in it?
As for taking laptops apart, they screen is generally only connected by one cable and your likely not to have missed it.
As I said before its probably a fried graphics adaptor - especially if its a geforce.
Last edited by Butters; 26th February 2009 at 11:49 AM.
26th February 2009, 11:44 AM #4
Its definately an Nvidia. Not sure which one. I will see if i can source a spare to test that out. Thanks for the ideas.
2nd March 2009, 03:26 PM #5
its a nvidia geforge go 6800. Ive just taken it out, no physical evidence of any damage but will try a replacement anyway.
Anyone point me in the direction of where I might get one?
2nd March 2009, 03:27 PM #6
2nd March 2009, 08:19 PM #7
On an offtopic note that is a fantasticly clear photo of the card, what did you take it with?
Good luck with your repair, I hope it gets it up and running and that it stays that way. The one Alienware laptop that I still had tricked into working here has just blown its RAM so watch for that aswell.
2nd March 2009, 08:29 PM #8
Thats just a photo i found via google images. Cant take any credit for it all all.
Ive still got the original ram I took out when I upgraded it so could try that too I guess.
Only thing is i would have thought I would get error beep codes if the video or ram were fecked.
2nd March 2009, 08:42 PM #9
Correct me if I am wrong, but don't Alienware overclock their hardware? If so, it's one way of overheating and damaging hardware if sufficient cooling isn't in place!
2nd March 2009, 08:46 PM #10
dont think mine was overclocked. it was a p4 3.2ghz which just ran at that speed.
24th March 2009, 11:18 PM #11
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I had the same problem I replaced my Mobo with a version 6.2 and then my Geforce Go 6800 crashed and everything worked but my screen so I got a 7800gtx through ztronics.com and now I'm back up and going with no problems and there quick at getting you the parts you need at a good price they have everything you could want for the M7700 thats there specialty.
Thanks to Joe_Hesser from:
RabbieBurns (24th March 2009)
24th March 2009, 11:57 PM #12
I had no idea there were different mobo versions. Ill need to check. Thanks for the info, that site looks great, Ill email them. Hope they will ship to UK.
Originally Posted by Joe_Hesser
25th March 2009, 04:06 PM #13
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O ya the latest is 6.2 you'll find your version on the ram slots like mine says 6.2v I had a 5.2v and that board has have enormous amount problems if you have any other Question feel free to ask chances are i've been through it by now
25th March 2009, 04:25 PM #14
I sent them an email through their website but havent heard anything from them yet.
Hmm checking my slots, it would appear it says 1.8V ??
25th March 2009, 05:34 PM #15
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thats the voltage it would be 5.x or 6.x for the version it may have fallen off
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