Question about Dell Alienware Area-51 Gaming Desktop Computer (Intel Core i7 930 640GB/12GB) (DPPCPW11)

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What would cause the monitor to go black while playing various games.

Playing any particular game, the monitor loses signal from the video card. I have checked the cable on both ends. I have even swapped out the cable with my other PC. Computer is only two weeks old. Thoughts?

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Add new graphics card to check
is working 100%......

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Being that its so new, i would just send it back for warranty work. Sounds like a video/graphics card going bad.

Posted on May 13, 2014

  • Philobios May 16, 2014

    It does not at all sound like the card is 'going bad'. GPU's don't 'go bad'. When they burn, they stop working altogether.

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This model can be ordered with several different GPU, depending on customer preference/budget. The desktop does NOT offer integrated GPU nor does the i& 930 does NOT perform integrated GPU-functions.
All that to say that this sounds like GPU-Driver problems. Update the GPU drivers to the latest from the manufacturer directly (do NOT use any 3rd party drivers and do NOT download them from anyone but the manufacturer).
If the problem persists after this, it is likely that the CPU is a bottleneck for your GPU, and you were undersold on the model. Alienware rigs are far from the monsters they used to be before DELL bought them out and severely sucked the life from their product line. You would be further ahead to return this and build your own rig.
If the latter is the cause, you may be able to overclock the CPU, but bear in mind this will almost certainly void any warranties you have - and will likely result in failures since none of the devices in that rig are intended to be overclocked.

Posted on May 16, 2014

  • Philobios May 16, 2014

    ... and make sure to disable 'User Account Control' in your OS!!!

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    Brian Hayes May 21, 2014

    I returned it. They sold me a significantly upgraded version and everything has been working great for the past two weeks.

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If the video card is built into the motherboard then try starting in safe mode and reinstalling the drivers from scratch. Download the latest drivers from the dell website. Safe mode will reduce the resolution and use a generic VGA driver. If your video card is plugged into a PCI slot try unplugging the video card and using a different slot and going through the same process. If you are still not getting any output to your monitor and you are positive the monitor is fine then you may need a new video card. To be sure, if the video card isn't embedded to the mother board, you could take it out and try it in a different computer. Hope that helps.

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SOURCE: Dell C521 Where to connect monitor?

This means that you have an external video card (which is not outside the computer). This video card will be plugged into the motherboard. That message is saying that the port on the back of the computer that your monitor is plugged into is the wrong one. You need to look for another port on the back of the computer.

Here is a picture of a VGA port that you should use if you have a VGA cable to connect the monitor (Blue Ends).
http://news.softpedia.com/images/reviews/large/VGA.jpg

Here is a picture of a DVI port that you should use if you have a DVI cable to connect the monitor (White Ends).
http://zedomax.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/dvi.jpg

So depending on the cable and connections that are available on your computer and your monitor depends on what you have to use. I hope that wasn't too confusing. Let me know if you need more info.

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check whether ur ram is working or not. remove the cpu side door and remove the ram from the ram slot and clean it using a eraser gently and fix again it back and power ur pc on and check it

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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