Having problems with your Dell XPS 410 PC Desktop ?

Dell XPS 410 will not even bring up Bios start up screen. I get 6 long beeps. I suspect a motherboard or bios issue. Need to know the size & chipset of motherboard. System is over 2 years old, so no longer warrantied, wanting to just replace the motherboard with after-market motherboard.


Answers :

6 long beeps is a Ram Memory problem.

Suggest this;

1.Computer off, unplugged from power. Computer case open.

2.Work on a table, touch the metal frame of the computer case. Doing this will relieve static. Your body carries Static, and Static will fry out computer hardware components in a Flash! You won't see it or feel it!

3.Remove all Ram modules. ('Sticks') Now reseat them. Be sure they/it are seated in all the way, and the lock tabs are clicked in on both sides of the ram stick.

4.Remove the CMOS battery. Press the Power On button in, and hold it in. Hold it in for a count of five seconds. Let go of the button. Do this two more times.

(You are clearing any CMOS Error Codes, and resetting BIOS back to the factory default settings. Some computers have a capacitor besides the CMOS battery, and will store a charge. Pressing the Power On button in the procedure stated above, will help to ensure that all residual power is drained. If you do not clear the CMOS Error Codes, you will wind up with the same problem)

5.Replace the CMOS battery. Close the computer case. Plug the computer back into power.
WAIT 1 minute. Turn the computer on.

I would like to know your findings. Should you still want to replace the motherboard, I have some recommendations. Dell doesn't state what form factor the motherboard in the XPS 410 is. I suspect it to be a Micro-ATX form factor. To be sure measure it.

1.ATX form factor: 12.4 inches by 9.6 inches
(305mm by 244mm)

2.Micro-ATX form factor: 9.6 inches by 9.6 inches.
(244mm by 244mm)

Let's start by the size of the motherboard first.

The motherboard chipset, (Northbridge/Southbridge chipset) used in the Dell XPS 410 is the Intel P965 Express chipset.

(Not bad really, but I prefer Nvidia motherboard chipsets. Why? Because you have a lot more options to tweak the system. The Nvidia 750i MCP chipset is a really decent one. So is the Nvidia 680i LT, and the Nvidia 780i)
Here are the beep codes for dell. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ws340/en/ug/codes.htm#1161268
\015\012
\015\012Try the below 1 at a time to see if helps.
\015\012
    \015\012
  1. Disconnect the KeyBoard and Mouse and see if you get the same beep. Put them back securely.
  2. \015\012
  3. Unplug the PowerSupply wait for 5 minutes and try again.
  4. \015\012
  5. If you replace motherboard you may have to re-install windows (OS). If you can, you may want to get similar generation or type of MotherBoard. In which case you can try and repair windows with a CD boot. Else if you re-install OS, your programs will not work and you will have to re-install programs as well.
\015\012I've gotten lucky a few times with motherboard replacements and sometime not. Good Luck.
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