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#1 mattconn


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Posted 28 July 2009 - 10:57 PM

Hey guys, I have an Alienware and have been having problems and here are the specs!

Intel Pentium 2.67 GHz
GeForce 4 Ti 4200 64 MB
1024 MB DDR
ASUS P4PE Motherboard
Windows XP
80 GB

In 2007 before I went off the college I had a problem where when I turned
the computer on I would just get a black screen on the monitor. I checked
the monitor and ruled that out. I was heading off to college and had my
laptop anyway so I decided to just tuck it away into my closet. Well
about a month ago I decided to see what was up with it and turned it on
and had a distorted screen. I downloaded the new drivers and it worked
and everything looked back to normal and I was very happy. But now I have
the same problem again, just a black screen when I turn the computer on.
Another thing I noticed was that I got the blue screen of death where it
said something about my physical memory. Now I wanna assume it's the
video card that's fried but I really don't know, somewhere in 2005
Alienware came and switched out my motherboard in another seperate

I'm looking at a new Alienware in my price range with these specs..

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.00 GHz 6MB Cache 1333 MHz
Single 512 nvidia GeForce GTS 250-Superclocked Edition
2GB Dual Channel DDR2
nvidia nForce 750i SLI Motherboard
Windows Vista
250 SATA 3GB/s 7200 RPM 16MB Cache as the system drive

Should I fix my old one or go for the new one?

Any help or suggestions would be great and thank you so much for your time!

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#2 fairjoeblue


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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:32 AM

Whether or not you should go for the new one depends on your finances.
If you can pay for it in full, not put it on plastic, then go for it ! :thumbsup:

BTW, You do know Dell bought Alienware ?
If you are more interested in buying performance instead of a name, & can live with a normal case, you might want to look at the Dell XPS since they are pretty much the same thing.

On the unit you have,
I suggest you start by downloading Memtest86 & making a CD,


Download & extract the iso image .
Burn the iso image to a disk using a program like Nero that has the "Burn image to disk" feature.
You can not burn the iso image to a disk as a Data file.
If you don't have a burning program that will do Burn image to disk downloaf ISORecorder ,


Istall it
Right click on the iso file & on the menu click Make Disk [or words to that affect]
Once you have the disk made leave it in the drive & boot the unit off of it
Let it run at least 1 full set of tests [I think there are 8]
If any errors are found, even 1 , the memory stick is bad & should be replaced.
If you have more then 1 stick & get an error try them 1 at a time to find the bad.
Memtest will keep running as long as you let it. It must be manually stopped.

Once you get the memory so you know it's good start the computer
Go to the Device Manager & uninstall the video card
Turn the unit off & unplug it
Remove the video card
Scrounge up one you are reasonably sure works right & try it.
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