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Alienware x51 Andromeda R5 questions please

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Hello, I have an Alienware x51 Andromeda r5 according to my computer information.  I've had this computer for many years no upgrades just factory from dell.  Recently i have been unable to start it up it beeps 2 times but doesn't load.  I went ahead and changed bought a new ram card since online said its a ram memory code problems.  No luck I even tried leaving 1 in the slot then leaving other empty to see if its the slot holder both sides no luck? i can't seem to find information some say its a manufacturer typo and there is only an r1 and r2.  i have been looking to update system for moderate gaming mostly just surfing web, last game I played was diablo lol any links or set up examples would be appreciated.  Thankyou

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I believe there were only 3 versions of the X51 (R1, R2, R3). If you enter your service tag into the Dell Support website then it will tell you for sure.

The beep codes are just a guide and don't always give the correct answer. A lot of the time it can be a motherboard issue which is located at the point of the other piece of hardware. For instance it could be the memory sockets on the mobo which have failed so the machine says it's a memory fault. It could also be the CMOS battery. It should give the CMOS beep code but the beep codes are a little funky in the X51, from past experience.

You could try to remove the CMOS battery and bridge the connectors on the mobo with a screwdriver. Make sure the machine is unplugged of course. This will reset the BIOS. Don't do anything that you're not comfortable with though. 

My guess is that your mobo has died but hopefully it's something simple. 


Thanks yes I've tried to disconnect the CMOS battery hoping it would reset the BIOS which I've seen in YouTube. Same issue but I will check with the service tag with Dell. Then get back to you. Are you familiar with basic upgrades for x51 model's? If so I would really appreciate help. Thanks

Thanks yes I've tried to disconnect the CMOS battery hoping it would reset the BIOS which I've seen in YouTube. Same issue but I will check with the service tag with Dell. Then get back to you. Are you familiar with basic upgrades for x51 model's? If so I would really appreciate help. Thanks Mobo is mother board yes

Did you bridge the CMOS battery connectors on the motherboard?

Depending on your model, a new motherbaord will probablay be around $100-250. 


okay i just checked does this help?

320-3668 : 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 64 0
15J9Y
CARD (CIRCUIT), GRAPHICS, 1G, OHGA3, FULL HEIGHT, W7
1
 
H2T3D
SERVICE CHARGE, DRIVER, OHGA3, ALIENWARE
0
319-1521 : Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz (6MB Cache) with Hyper-Threading a nd Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
6M5DP
PROCESSOR, IVB, I5-3330, 3.0, 77W, 4C, N0
1
 
54K1R
LABEL, INTEL, NO BIOS, CI52
1
319-0830 : 6GB (1 X 2GB, 1 X 4GB) Dual Ch annel DDR3 up to 1600MHz
GDN7X
DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULE, 2G, 1600, 256X64, 8, 240, 1RX8
1
 
VT8FP
DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULE, 4G, 1600, 256X64, 8, 240, 2RX8
1
318-2389 : Matte Stealth Black with Dark Chrome Accents
Y569K
SCREW, M5X10MM, FLAT HEAD, THREAD ROLLING, NICKEL PLATED
2
 
DU124
INFORMATION, EXTREME PERFORMANCE SYSTEM, 720, H2C
0
 
RR3J2
ASSEMBLY, HEATSINK, FAN, FANDCT, CENTRAL PROCESSOR UNIT, ANDR
1
 

Looks like you have the R1 with those specs. 


Alohagrown said:

okay i just checked does this help?

320-3668 : 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GT 64 0
15J9Y
CARD (CIRCUIT), GRAPHICS, 1G, OHGA3, FULL HEIGHT, W7
1
 
H2T3D
SERVICE CHARGE, DRIVER, OHGA3, ALIENWARE
0
319-1521 : Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz (6MB Cache) with Hyper-Threading a nd Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
6M5DP
PROCESSOR, IVB, I5-3330, 3.0, 77W, 4C, N0
1
 
54K1R
LABEL, INTEL, NO BIOS, CI52
1
319-0830 : 6GB (1 X 2GB, 1 X 4GB) Dual Ch annel DDR3 up to 1600MHz
GDN7X
DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULE, 2G, 1600, 256X64, 8, 240, 1RX8
1
 
VT8FP
DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULE, 4G, 1600, 256X64, 8, 240, 2RX8
1
318-2389 : Matte Stealth Black with Dark Chrome Accents
Y569K
SCREW, M5X10MM, FLAT HEAD, THREAD ROLLING, NICKEL PLATED
2
 
DU124
INFORMATION, EXTREME PERFORMANCE SYSTEM, 720, H2C
0
 
RR3J2
ASSEMBLY, HEATSINK, FAN, FANDCT, CENTRAL PROCESSOR UNIT, ANDR
1
 

I just found a shop nearby that will do a diagnostic for free.  Hopefully, they will find out what's going on.  I've been researching on the r1 looks like its still okay for gaming but the case makes things hard due to fitting, like graphic cards that require 2 fans and need to udate power supply,  you think still worth the time and money lets say 300-400 bucks?


I still have my R1. It has a 3770 and GTX 1060 (3GB). 

It really depends on what you want from a PC. I don't play the latest AAA games so the 1060 does enough for me. The case is very restrictive but some people have got RTX cards to work. You may have to mod the case though. The only reason to keep a machine like this going is for the small form factor. If you don't need a small itx machine then sell it and invest the money on a custom PC. 


Thanks yes I've tried to disconnect the CMOS battery hoping it would reset the BIOS which I've seen in YouTube. Same issue but I will check with the service tag with Dell. Then get back to you. Are you familiar with basic upgrades for x51 model's? If so I would really appreciate help. Thanks