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My Dell Inspiron M5010 beeps 7 times and does not work anymore.

I'm currently living overseas and the M5010 model is not sold here, which means it is near impossible for me to find someone who could help fix my processor.  

I'm no longer covered by warranty, as I purchased this laptop over 3 years ago.  What other options do I have to fix my laptop?  Ideally, I'd like to recovery everything on my hard-drive, even if the laptop itself no longer works.

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  • I had the same problem and I restarted the computer and pressed the button to the right of f12 a few restarts and the system came back on, just be patient. It was a M5010 also. Good luck.

  • Same problem just encountered today.  The suggested restart process did not work

     

  • Hi jjpp,

    This problem is well documented with Dell. Mine died just after the warranty ran out also. This is a problem with the solder process when they made the motherboard. I was able to fix mine with a ghetto re-flow process I found on another forum. If Dell wont assist you then this may be your last resort to bring it back to life (mine has been working a little over 3 months now after I did this re-flow process and is still running like a champ).  If you do this exactly as it says you have a pretty good chance of fixing it.

    DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK.... Here is the steps

    For those of you out there who have the technical expertise to disembowel your laptop and repair it yourself.  There are abundant websites that document the 7 beep problem as well as similar problems with other makes and models.  The 7 beep error states that the problem is either a failed processor chip, failed motherboard or both.

    In some cases it is neither; therefore, ordering a new motherboard and processor chip may not solve it because you will only get another flawed motherboard that may work for awhile, then fail again.

    Being a computer repair guy for more years than I want to recall, my guess is that the problem appears to be a flawed process in building the M5010 motherboard where a lack of sufficient heat and, or solder, results in the solder connections breaking loose over time from repeated temperature fluctuations on the motherboard.

    Based on tips gleaned from other web sites, here is how I repaired my  Dell M5010.

    This is called "Re-flowing" the solder connections:

    Remove the motherboard from the laptop.  This is the easiest laptop to disassemble that I have ever encountered.

    Remove every removable component from the motherboard.  That is, memory sticks, processor chips, wifi, battery, etc.

    Again, EVERY pluggable item that can be removed.  Don't forget the motherboard battery.  It will explode in the oven if left on the board.

    Heat your oven to 385 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Get a round pizza pan, wad up 3 balls of aluminum foil to a 2" diameter.

    Place the aluminum balls on the pizza pan, then place the stripped motherboard, with component side up, on top of the aluminum balls.  This allows for proper heat circulation around the motherboard.

    Once the oven is heated to 385 degrees Fahrenheit, place the pan with motherboard on the middle rack.

    Allow the motherboard to "bake" for precisely 8 minutes.

    Turn off the oven and open the oven door, but DO NOT remove or move the pan and motherboard.  The solder is still hot and flowing.  It needs to cool and set.

    Leave the motherboard untouched and let the pan, motherboard and oven cool for 1 full hour, then remove the pan with motherboard and again, without moving the motherboard, let it cool for another hour.  This will guarantee that the solder has flowed and cooled properly so that no "cold" solder connections should exist.

    Reassemble the laptop, hit the power button and hope for the best. It will beep for a few minutes after it powers up, don't worry about this. It will stop when the BIOS resets.

    This process worked flawlessly for me on the first attempt.  At the specified temperature and limited time in the oven, nothing melted or softened.  All ports tested and worked as expected.

    This process may not work for everyone, but if your laptop is dead and out of warranty, you are looking at an expensive repair, so you really have nothing to lose.

    Be patient, follow the steps carefully and don't over heat the oven or exceed the 8 minutes

    This should be attempted only as a last resort and only if you don't want to invest big bucks in repairs or another laptop.

    Good Luck. Hope this helps.