So..I have had this thing for less than a month (bought 1-24-09) and have already had an issue come up.
Whenever I go to Youtube or any site playing videos/music it does fine to start with but about 5 minutes or so it will start freezing up and then I hear a rather loud whirring noise coming from the vents below the mousepad area and then it freezes up altogether with the noise getting louder.
Each time I get a blue screen and then it says Physical Memory Dump and I have to power the device off using the power button. Nothing else will work.
Anyone else having trouble too? Anyone know of a fix?
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Lets step through some trouble shooting. Can you plug in an external computer monitor? If this works then it is cable connections to the notebook monitor. If a normal computer monitor does the same thing it is potentially video settings or hardware. Since there is some kind of output then the video card is outputting so it us not likely the video card has failed not impossible just less likely. If the external monitor works and the laptop one still fritzed check the video settings are right. If video settings are ok then it could also be cables issue on the laptop. Faulty RAM chip can also cause the problem as described this is also worth checking.
The beeping sound is a warning that the motherboard is running into trouble or there was a bad download. The easy way to find out is a system restore of your computer back before this became a issue, if you are lucky the settings will resolve the issue.
I am a Dell Certified Sysyem Engnieer(DCSE).
the issue you are facing with the system seems either for ac adapter or to the port you connect the ac adapter to
now if you already tried a good known ac adapter on your system and it does the same thing
wot i can suggest is get a new ac adapter as it would be less expensive otherwise the system board needs to be replaced.
My honest advice would be get a Dell next time whenever you purchase a computer.you will get great technical support over the phone and chat.
If your computer is less than six months old, you can contact the manufacturer and they will help.
Secondly, the new devices for sound and video are mounted, especially
on laptops, on a special high definition bus (or something like that).
I had a similar problem with HP laptops whereby this advanced bus was
easily detected by Vista but I had to install XP and the sound went
kaput. The only way to solve was to install this driver patch
specially prepared by the manufacturer.
You can check already the audio setting in your dvd software maybe the volume is low or mute. Click Start, accessories,entertainment and volume control adjust the volume to higher or look if the volume is mute