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Dell Inspiron M5010 giving 7 beeps and no display.

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March 13, 2013 3:07:49 AM

Did several searches and came up with the same answer, Bad Processor. Replaced the processor one evening and that resolved the problem. Power unit up the next morning and had no display with 7 beeps. Could I just have a bad mother board.
March 13, 2013 4:43:13 AM

Does your BIOS load ?
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March 13, 2013 6:36:30 AM

Can't tell, the display is blank. It takes approximately 20 sec. for the beeps to start. When I did an inspection on the original CPU the thermal paste was totally dried up. I reapplied new compound, cleaned the fins, fan and heat sink removed and reseated memory. Installed hard drive into another laptop to to verify HD.
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March 13, 2013 10:39:49 AM

Got this off of the Dell site.


Beeps codes are used as diagnostic indicators.On your system model 7 beeps would mean a processor failure.

Since your system is out of warranty for help with repairs you can contact Dell Out of Warranty Repairs Department at 1-800-288-4410 ( For US customers).

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March 13, 2013 11:55:13 AM

Hi :) 

You HAVE tried with an EXTERNAL monitor ?

All the best Brett :) 
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March 16, 2013 11:26:24 AM

Try to test it on external monitor, if that won't work than there could be couple of problems but without more information i can't provide any more help..
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April 22, 2013 12:50:58 PM

I apologize for posting the solution so late, but this was the solution. I tried what is called reflow, where I used a heat gun and applied heat to the video chip, moving the gun in a circular motion. I also used foil with a hole cut in the center so that I was only applying heat to the video chip and not the surrounding components. Heat was applied for approximately 3 to 5 minutes being careful not to overheat the chip. I let the board set until the chip was cool to the touch. Re-installed the motherboard and the laptop booted up with no problems. I checked with owner of the laptop several weeks later and the laptop is still working with no problems.
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May 7, 2013 11:52:45 AM

davidske said:
Can't tell, the display is blank. It takes approximately 20 sec. for the beeps to start. When I did an inspection on the original CPU the thermal paste was totally dried up. I reapplied new compound, cleaned the fins, fan and heat sink removed and reseated memory. Installed hard drive into another laptop to to verify HD.


any update on this issue? I have one with the same exact issue. Nothing at all on the display, and after about 20 seconds, the 7 beep pattern starts. Everything i have found also points to the thermal paste being dried up, too.

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