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Precision M6500 Blinking Cursor on BIOS boot

Q: Precision M6500 Blinking Cursor on BIOS boot

I have a Precision M6500. It does not have any Hard Drives on it. BIOS is A04
Default BIOS setting has SATA at RAID.
I can change SATA = Disabled and it will boot to BIOS
I can change SATA = ATA and it will boot to BIOS
I change SATA = AHCI, it pretends to boot to BIOS but gives me blinking cursor. Aborting boot with F2 or F12 also gives blinking cursor.
I open back panel, remove CMOS battery, plug it back in again, laptop will boot up. Unfortunately it boots into SATA = RAID setting.
How the heck do I change it to AHCI so I can put a Hard Drive in start using the darn thing? I see I'm not the only one who has this problem of blinking cursor, however in my case, it is not random. It only happens after I change SATA = AHCI, not otherwise.

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Preferred Solution: Precision M6500 Blinking Cursor on BIOS boot

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My old precision M6500 was turned on then it shutdown without any warnings.
My battery was dead since a while ago, the battery light was blinking all the time but I did not care about using the battery.
Now if I press the power button the battery light above the keyboard and on the left side rapidly blink orange for about 2-3 seconds.
If I remove the battery and press the power button it does the same.
I tried removing the battery and pressing the power button for 30 seconds without battery. Then I pugged the power cord and pressed the power button but still the same blinking.
Is there a way to force it on or is completely dead?

A:Precision M6500 blinking lights when pressing power button

Hi CODEGIJOE,
Try another adapter if possible.
Download the service manual here - http://dell.to/2dq68xQ
Disconnect the adapter and battery and press and hold the power button to release any static power.
Remove and reseat the memory modules and check if the system powers on only with the adapter connected.
Disconnect the HDD / ODD and check.
As a last resort, remove and reseat the CMOS battery and check if the system powers on.
If nothing works, then I would suspect a failing motherboard.
Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private conversation with the service tag and your contact details(Name and Email) for case records.
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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Hello Dell community

I'm looking at bios update for my precision M6500 and I see a version A10 from December 2013 and a version A07 from Mars 2014. Which one should I use ?
I'm currently on version A06.

Thanks for the answers

Paul Kauphart

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I'll start with the background info:
I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 with Windows XP and Ubuntu installed. Previously, GRUB would boot up and allow me to select which OS to run.
A day or two ago, I was using StumbleUpon and listening to iTunes when my computer froze, minimized to the desktop, and showed a window saying there was a virus. Half the icons on my desktop were missing and I didn't have control of the mouse. I performed a hard shutdown. When I restarted the computer, it went past the Dell splash screen and sat at a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left hand.

What I've done so far:
-Tried removing the battery and starting the laptop.
-Removed the hard drive and started the laptop, receiving a "missing hard drive" error, replacing the hard drive and starting the laptop.
-Running off a live Ubuntu CD.

I've had the most luck running of the live cd. Originally, I couldn't get the windows partition to mount, but after trying (and failing) to get GRUB to install, one of the commands must have freed it up and now it mounts properly (in the live environment). However, my computer still won't boot past that blinking cursor.

I opened up the Boot.ini file and everything seems in order, however I still get an error when trying to mount the Ubuntu partition (but I think I can worry about that later).

So, since I can open up that partition and browse around my files just fine, why won't the darn thing boot up? Could GRUB ... Read more

A:Laptop won't boot past BIOS, blinking cursor

The ubuntu LiveCD should have a "boot from hard drive" option. If that works, you could "re-do" grub from the command line using the "sudo" do allow for adminstrative commands.

As to the cause, I would check the bios for anywhere it would show CPU temperature.
 

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After cleaning out my system in this thread, I was asked to come over here to help solve my issue:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic426754.html/page__st__30__p__2769309#entry2769309

After I removed the bad fake partition, and did the bootrec stuff. After rebooting the computer and completing the BIOS checks, I was left with a blinking "_" cursor, it just blinks. No hard drive activity from the light on the front of the case. I booted into recovery CD again and did the bootrec stuff again, and the same result. I also used the Startup Repair on the recovery CD, and it did say it found issues, and supposidely fixed them, but still have the blinking cursor.

I decided I needed to at least get it up and running for internet browsing, so I installed Fedora Linux as a dual boot like I have done in the past. Fedora works great, but when I select Windows 7 at the boot screen, I still have the blinking "_" cursor.

After running some bootrec commands in that thread, I lost my GRUB dual boot screen, and just back to the blinking "_" cursor after the BIOS screen.

I also noticed when running /rebuildBCD, it says "Total Identified Windows Installations : 0", which is odd, because when first loading Windows recovery console, it shows my Windows 7 Ultimate install on the list.

Can anyone suggest anything? We can start from the beginning if it is easier. Thanks.

A:Windows 7 No boot, Blinking Cursor after BIOS loads

Hi mechjames,

Not sure of your knowledge level but you seem to know enough to bounce from OS to OS when needed so I'll continue from that...

As it's the Windows partition and OS you care to save let me point you to a few things that might help right off, if you are comfortable with the tools. (Not sure if your a shell or GUI guy so bear with me.)

Fixing grub or grub2 isn't that hard but a few steps we can get into later if needed. Are you using a live cd/dvd to boot Linux? Are you able to use gparted or even fdisk to see what's going on with the drive?

A tool I have used from Linux to fix a HDD issue is called ntfsfix. If not part of your current tools its available using your usual installer, apt, dpkg, synaptic, etc.

As a last resort you can reinstall Windows using the upgrade option so you save all your data and profiles so keep that in mind.

In linux can you mount the drives or partitions you want to fix/save?

Have you used linux to backup/copy the data you don't want to lose?

Let us know how any of the above goes so we can proceed.

Regards,
Zen

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I'll start with the background info:
I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 with Windows XP and Ubuntu installed. Previously, GRUB would boot up and allow me to select which OS to run.
A day or two ago, I was using StumbleUpon and listening to iTunes when my computer froze, minimized to the desktop, and showed a window saying there was a virus. Half the icons on my desktop were missing and I didn't have control of the mouse. I performed a hard shutdown. When I restarted the computer, it went past the Dell splash screen and sat at a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left hand.

What I've done so far:
-Tried removing the battery and starting the laptop.
-Removed the hard drive and started the laptop, receiving a "missing hard drive" error, replacing the hard drive and starting the laptop.
-Running off a live Ubuntu CD.

I've had the most luck running of the live cd. Originally, I couldn't get the windows partition to mount, but after trying (and failing) to get GRUB to install, one of the commands must have freed it up and now it mounts properly (in the live environment). However, my computer still won't boot past that blinking cursor.

I opened up the Boot.ini file and everything seems in order, however I still get an error when trying to mount the Ubuntu partition (but I think I can worry about that later).

So, since I can open up that partition and browse around my files just fine, why won't the darn thing boot up? Could GRUB be installed in the inaccessi... Read more

A:Laptop won't boot past BIOS, blinking cursor

So if you boot from the Ubuntu CD (not the partition on your drive) does everything work fine?

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I want to install a new SSD Samsung V-nand 850 EVO in a Dell Precision M6500.
I clooned the hard drive. The bios is AHCI.
When i boot the SSD from the Dell Precision M6500 i got the message "inaccessible boot device"
When i boot the same SSD from other Dell (par exemple Inspriron R17) the disk is booting with no problems
The prosed repair didn't worked, the SSD is recognized in the BIOS and DOS-prompt accessible (letters X en E).
So i think it should be a BIOS problem or a driver issue.

Any idee how to solve the problem ?

A:Dell precision M6500 and new SSD Samsung V-nand 850 EVO - INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE

Was the drive cloned in AHCI mode?  Once the cloning was done, did you remove the original hard drive and install ONLY the cloned drive for the first bootup?

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I am beyond frustrated with this. Intel MB: D945GTP AAC97837-300. Bought this CTL pc that has W7 Ultimate 64 (from the properties screen). I believe that it was upgraded from XP. The problem is that it sits with a black screen and the flashing upper left cursor for 3 minutes until it starts doing the normal W7 loading, which goes off smoothly, and works just fine from then on. I believe that the guy that installed the W7 has done these successfully before, but I wonder if something went wrong with the install.

It has only onboard video and no additional cards of any kind. Iíve tried many things. Iíve tried memory sticks individually. The cmos battery is over 3 volts. Iíve tried disabling all boot options but the HD and the same problem.

My neophitism makes me think that either the bios can't find W7 due to a problem in where it is looking or a possibility the HD has a problem. Do I need to do a test like chkdsk first to make sure the HD is ok? One idea I was given was to do F8 select the HD and that would have the bios look for a boot sector. Problem there is that F8 takes the 3 minutes also and just brings up the safe mode screen. Is there that option in that screen or somewhere else for this?

The repair options via system repair have done nothing.

When I put in an install disc and tried the repair option it gave me a message that was saying something about how the disc was not proper to repair my system. I have used this disc successfully recently for a diffe... Read more

A:BIOS blinking cursor for 3 minutes before W7

Not a problem I have come across before, so lets start with a run of Disc Check and then run FRST to see what is on the system and view the error logs.

Disk Check
Click on Start then type cmd in the search box. A menu will pop up with cmd at the top, right click on it and select Run as Administrator. Another box will open, at the prompt type chkdsk /r and hit Enter. Note: you must include a space between the k and the /
You will then see the following message:
chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)
Type Y for yes, and hit Enter. Then reboot the computer.
chkdsk will start when Windows begins loading again. Let all 5 phases run and don't use or turn off the computer. (The chkdsk process may take an hour or more to finish, if it appears to freeze this is normal so do not interrupt it. On drives above 500GB it can take several hours.)
When the Disk Check is done, it will finish loading Windows.
Then follow this guide to find the chkdsk log. NOTE: You need to do the search for wininit not chkdsk.
Windows 7 Disk Check log

Once the log is in view then click on Copy in the right hand pane and select "Copy details as text".
You can then right click on the message box on this forum and select Paste and the log will appear, add any further information asked for and then click on Submit/Post Quick Reply and your done.
Please download Farbar Re... Read more

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I bought a used M6500 about a year ago from a local pc store. It came with only 4GB of memory. I used the dell support to pull out the original manufacture's configuration which shows it can support up to 32GB. So I bought 8GBx2 from Fry's and put into it. But it won't boot up. Further research indicate that the this pc originally had a quad core i7-940xm which is supposed to be able to support 16GBx2. However, the property of the machine indicates it is a dual core i7-620 which only support up to 4GBx2. This indicate the original CPU was swapped out. As I want to put in 32GB memory, I went on bought another quad core i7-940xm which is identical to the original configuration (for about $140).
I would appreciate if anyone can give me an word whether the CPU I bought would work or not.
Thanks.
Jim

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OK, I've exhausted my slightly higher-than-average computer knowledge, and can't even get IN the darned thing to see what's wrong :/ Dell XPS400 running Windows XP (SP2)Loads BIOS then goes to blank screen with blinking cursor in up. left-hand corner, and that's it.I can get into set-up, and the boot menu.Boot device menu options are : onboard SATA HD, onboard/usb CDROM device, system setup, hard drive diagnostics, and Boot to Utility Partition.What I've done so far:Ran "hard drive diagnostics" from Boot menu, said everything's fine. (HD is Samsung SP2504C)boot to utility partition = "utility partition not available"Boot from XP installation disk. It's a friend's computer, & admin password not known (never used it day-to-day, nothing's pw protected, so they don't remember it), so I cannot "repair" from the XP disk.Everything I see online assumes I can run in safe-mode, which I can't even LOCATE at this point. I know my Windows-repairing skills have gone down the toilet, since I'm a Mac and have been for 2 yrs now but really, where the heck did it go?! Anyway, I guess we can wipe it and reinstall, but is there a way to check that it's actually a corrupted file that's the problem, not some hardware that's dead, so I don't waste my time? Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Blinking cursor after BIOS loads, before splash

BTW, my friend said he was online in IE, with 2 windows open, tried to maximize one window, then it froze for a few seconds, then the blue screen that said "something about how 'if this hasn't happened before, just restart your computer', so I did and got that blinky thing".

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Hello,

I'm trying to find a replacement for my motherboard, and I have the same question as in this thread :
What motherboard should I use on my system ? Are they both compatible ?

Can I post my service tag here or should I send a PM ?

Thanks

Paul Kauphart

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I'm hoping there is an M6500 expert out there who can help me...
I have a Precision M6500 notebook, late 2009 with a quad-core i7 and Quadro FX2800M graphics. Recently, it has developed an issue where, without warning, the screen will blank and the system will enter a catatonic state. I think it is not hung as I can see random flashing from the hard drive light, but it will not respond to any attempt at a blind shutdown either by keyboard command or by pressing the power button (Windows set to shut down on power button press). I have some reason to believe that it is not even seeing the keyboard since a press of the CAPS LOCK key is not reflected in the system LEDs. Ultimately my only option is to force a power down via a long press of the power button.
Other observations: 1) I don't think it is a software issue as the problem persisted even after a wipe and reload of the OS.2) I don't think it is directly related to heat and/or system load. I can run the system for hours under heavy load with no issues. In fact, the problem usually seems to occur under minimal load (i.e., web browsing), in some cases shortly after waking from sleep.3) The timing seems to be completely random. I can run the system for over 24 hours with no issues, but then get three incidents in a day.4) The screen blanking is not just an inverter/backlight issue. There is no sign of anything on the screen when it occurs.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? I really need some help here...
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A:Precision M6500 Problem

I can think of a couple things to try if you haven’t done so already that may give indication on what is wrong.
You mentioned that you recently reimaged the hard drive; did you notice the problem at all while reinstalling? If not during the reinstall, how long after the reinstall did you first notice the screen blanking out? Was something installed just prior to when the screen blanks restarted?
If you haven’t done so I certainly suggest running diagnostics. Do you receive any errors running the diagnostics, does the system goes out while running diagnostics?
You mentioned that you don’t think that it is a LCD problem. Have you been using an external monitor, does the external display black out as well when this happens?
Please let me know what you find out.
 
TB

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The online store does not give a replacement M6500 battery if you live in Australia (as I do). It is listed for the US (link). How can I get a replacement battery? 
Thanks!

[edit: removed viewport which made link text funky]

A:Battery for Precision M6500 in Australia

Hi ccaprani,
I should be able to get you a battery for the M6500 in Australia. Send me a PM with your service tag and I'll be able to get the ball rolling with getting a quote arranged for you

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Hi,
i would like to Kindly ask if any one faced the same issue as i have recently bought a Dell Precision M6500 Laptop i7-X 920
my issue is when i have the 4 memory slots installed the machine starts acting wired, blue screen shows up with almost any thing.
but if i use only 2 slots it goes without erros, i thought it might be the ram or the motherboard but i would like to ask for your expertise with such a problem,
second question can the machine take 2x16GB ram to reach the 32GB or not? 

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Hi there!I have a Dell Prec. M6500 laptop.Specs: i5 580m ,4gigs ram, Quadro FX 2800M.This is the problem:  
I can't really describe the situation well ,but let the video speak for itself. I had problems with strange artifacts,blank screen and such ,but undeclocking the gpu and some light slaps under the screen(no joke) always solved them.This particular phenomenon which I'm dealing with has started after a  3minute stress test on the gpu with FurMark(I wanted to see the temps so I could decide if a thermal paste replacement and heatsink cleaning is due or not).I disassembled the laptop ,replaced thermal place ,reseated cpu and gpu AAAND IT WORKS!!Or at least worked for a minute or two ,then started to do the same thing that is in the video.Any ideas what could be the solution?Maybe a new cable to the screen could solve it?New GPU? Or should I just sell it as faulty laptop or parts and move on? Honestly I really love this machine ,even though it is a pain in the *** to carry around and I can't really use the GPU because I get blank screened.Feel free to write a comment ,even if you just want to tell I'm a retard or something.You guys really didn't help me with my other post ,but hopefully someone cares and knows something I don't.Thanks in advance.

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Hi there!I have a Dell Prec. M6500 laptop.Specs: i5 580m ,4gigs ram, Quadro FX 2800M.This is the problem:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDjFIjx183A
I can't really describe the situation well ,but let the video speak for itself. I had problems with strange artifacts,blank screen and such ,but undeclocking the gpu and some light slaps under the screen(no joke) always solved them.This particular phenomenon which I'm dealing with has started after a  3minute stress test on the gpu with FurMark(I wanted to see the temps so I could decide if a thermal paste replacement and heatsink cleaning is due or not).I disassembled the laptop ,replaced thermal place ,reseated cpu and gpu AAAND IT WORKS!!Or at least worked for a minute or two ,then started to do the same thing that is in the video.Any ideas what could be the solution?Maybe a new cable to the screen could solve it?New GPU? Or should I just sell it as faulty laptop or parts and move on? Honestly I really love this machine ,even though it is a pain in the *** to carry around and I can't really use the GPU because I get blank screened.Feel free to write a comment ,even if you just want to tell I'm a retard or something.You guys really didn't help me with my other post ,but hopefully someone cares and knows something I don't.Thanks in advance.

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Hi there!I have a Dell Prec. M6500 laptop.Specs: i5 580m ,4gigs ram, Quadro FX 2800M.This is the problem:  
I can't really describe the situation well ,but let the video speak for itself. I had problems with strange artifacts,blank screen and such ,but undeclocking the gpu and some light slaps under the screen(no joke) always solved them.This particular phenomenon which I'm dealing with has started after a  3minute stress test on the gpu with FurMark(I wanted to see the temps so I could decide if a thermal paste replacement and heatsink cleaning is due or not).I disassembled the laptop ,replaced thermal place ,reseated cpu and gpu AAAND IT WORKS!!Or at least worked for a minute or two ,then started to do the same thing that is in the video.Any ideas what could be the solution?Maybe a new cable to the screen could solve it?New GPU? Or should I just sell it as faulty laptop or parts and move on? Honestly I really love this machine ,even though it is a pain in the *** to carry around and I can't really use the GPU because I get blank screened.Feel free to write a comment ,even if you just want to tell I'm a retard or something.You guys really didn't help me with my other post ,but hopefully someone cares and knows something I don't.Thanks in advance.

A:Dell Precision M6500 GPU or LCD dying?

Hi csoul23,
Thanks for posting.
Apologies that your computer is not working as expected.
Have you tried running system diagnostics yet?  You can run them by pressing F12 at startup, or by using Dell Support Assist.  Please make a note of any errors and contact Tech Support for further troubleshooting.  You can contact Tech Support at 1-800-624-9896  or 1-800-288-4410, or you can initiate a chat session http://dell.to/2v4snVm .

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Hello, 
             I presently have an Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 840 @1.87GHz 1.87 GHz. I also have 12 GB ram. As I recall all the slots are filled, making up the 12 GB ram. Can I exchange that in this model to use the slots for a higher amount, & if so how much will that improve the overall computer's performance. I'm assuming this is something if possible that wouldn't be extremely difficult to do myself. Finally what is the recommended ram? 
Thanks, in advance for any input.
Rob_D  

A:Upgrading Ram in Dell precision M6500?

You can go up to 32G (you must now have 2X2 and 2X4) by installing four 8 G soDIMMs -- that said, you're not likely to see a major boost in doing so unless you're using extremely RAM- intensive applications such as large spreadsheets or databases.
If the system is running a conventional hard drive, replacing that with a solid state drive will produce far more of a boost.

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So I have a Precision M6500 with the latest BIOS AFAIK - A10. I ran Diagnostics from the BIOS, both short and long. No issues encountered.
I have installed windows and then once again ran Dell Diagnostics from Dell website. Short Test fine. Long Test fine, except one problem reported - Video RAM for my NVidia Graphics. Suggested remedy is to replace the GPU. Right.
I searched for similar problems reported. In each case the poster also has symptom of No video. However, that's not my problem. My laptop seems to run fine with no screen artifacts. So question is - is something else causing Dell Diagnostics to report Video RAM issue? Even though I don't see issues right now, does it mean one fine day my GPU will simply go kaput? 
I'm really stumped because laptop really running well and even GPU temperature is in limits. 

A:Precision M6500 Video RAM error

griftopia,Some of the ram memory is shared to the video card. I do not think that the Diags can distinguish. If you are not having any issues with your computer, then I would not replace the GPU.

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Hi, I'm using a Dell Precision M6500 on Windows 7 and there is no sound. It seems to have happened after installing Borderlands, and only Borderlands and Skype would have sound, nothing else. I tried reformatting and now nothing has sound. Device Manager says that the sound card is fine, I tried rolling back the driver, no sound. Then I updated to the newest driver, no sound. Then I plugged my computer into my TV via the display port and the sound runs perfectly through there. I am thoroughly confused. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Dell Precision M6500 No Sound

Right click on the sound icon in the start menu (close to the clock), then click playback devices. Make sure you have the correct output device set as default. Right now because the sound works through display port the default device is probably some HD audio device. You will want to select the "speakers" as the default. Right click on the correct output and select "set as default device" Sound will go through whatever the default device is currently set as.

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I see that Dell has very helpfully noted that my relatively "new" refurbished Precision M6500 mobile workstation is not listed as a machine that is supported for win 10 by Dell.

in fact, prior to learning this, I've tried - twice - to upgrade, only to be stuck with no internet (but a lovely interface) after the upgrade.  In both cases, I tried all the solutions (regedit, drivers, etc) - all to no avail.  In both cases, I rolled back to Win 7 Pro.
Has anyone successfully upgraded a Precision M6500 to Win 10?  If so, how did you do it?  I was hoping to find some internet protocol drivers that would I could download in Win 7, then after the upgrade, install and fix the internet problem.

...it's that or turn off the darn MS Windows 10 upgrade notification that pops up every couple weeks.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
DC

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Hello I recently acquired one of these and it is not bright enough. when I go to settings and try to adjust the brightness bar nothing happens it just stays the same. I bought this because I am 62 and have Parkinson's and wanted a bigger screen. Without being able to increase the brightness I will be unable to use this unit. Help please! Thank you

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Hello,
I bought a Dell Precision M6500 laptop workstation from a local laptop store. Using the service tag on the back of the computer, I was able to pull out the configuration from Dell Support. It says the original CPU that the manufacture put in is an Intel I7-940XM Quad Core 2.13GHz which can supports more than 16GB of memory. But when I actually put in 8x2 GB memory in it. The system stuck in memory checking and won't boot. So I checked out the property of the pc and found out the CPU  it currently has is i7-620 Dual core which can only support memory for < 8GB
So I decide to go online to purchase a CPU of the original configuration (i.e., the i7-940XM Quad Core).
Do you think this would work?

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Got an old Precision M6500 dual core with a blown speaker.  Can get a replacment board off ebay, but not sure how difficult it is to change.  I lifted up the top plate and can see the speaker board, but don't see any screws on top to remove to get the board out.
Has anyone changed the speaker board and how hard is it.
Can't find anything on the net to help me.
haze10

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Dell UP3216Q works at 1920x1200 with dp to hdmi cable (no higher resolution displaied), but it is always black with dp to mdp, at any resolution, i only see windows logo startup, than it turns black when i would do the login to windows.
sn- cn-04ncd0-74445-659-152p
computer model dell precision m6500 wih ati gpu m7740
windows 7 ultimate 64bit
windows power plan balanced
video card driver 8.702.0.0
actual resolution supported show in osd screen 1920x1200 60mhz with dp to hdmi cable.
monitor is a substition from dell to a dell up3214, and should be new, i've personally open the box and mounted it.
I've tried it with a gtx780 ti, and all is ok, it works with dp to mdp cable at maximum resolution.
I'e also installed last dell display manager 1.24.0.1586
I've enable hdmi 2 in monitor osd.
i think it is an ati m7740 limitation, also if it should drive it.
At a certain time, i had also higher resolution in option screen, but it always stay black.
is there a driver solution?

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Hello.
My Dell Precision M6500 has two separate half-mini PCI-e slots for WiFi (WLAN) and Bluetooth (WPAN) cards.
Can I install a combined WiFi+Bluetooth module in on of them? Will it work completely, or partly (or finelly not)?
Thank you.

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Hi,
as many already posted, I also have some crazy issues with my Precision M6500 (late 2009). Basically its display goes black and the machine does not respond to anything. While typing these words, my PC is using some funny screen resolution (like 800x600) and my Device Manager says "NVIDIA Quadro FX3800 has stopped because it has reported problems. (Code 43) ". The PC was working quite well for last 5 years. In December 2014 I finally cleaned its fans and vents... reinstalled Windows, performed all available firmware updates (including BIOS - now it's A10)... and it worked very well for like ...10 days! Now, it is almost impossible to use this machine... it doesn't look like it would overheat or something ... but the display turns black all of a sudden and the only option is to force it to shut down by pressing and holding its power button for a while.
Here are the hardware IDs of my NVIDIA Quadro FX3800:
PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_061F&SUBSYS_02EF1028&REV_A2PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_061F&SUBSYS_02EF1028PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_061F&CC_030000PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_061F&CC_0300
Is there any fix for this issue? It appears like I am not the only one with exactly the same problem...
Thank you in advance,
Adam.

A:Dell Precision M6500 video issue...

Try updating nVIDIA drivers from nVIDIA's website. If the driver was just updated and the problem started happening, roll back the driver

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precision M6500 spec sheet says it supports upto 8gb DDR3 1600MHz ram. I was wondering if that 8gb can be one 8gb module or does it have to be 2 x 4gb modules? The laptop has 4 DIMM slots available.
Thanks

A:Dell Precision M6500 memory upgrade

Max is 8G/slot or 32 if you have a quad-core CPU (the four-slot system should have shipped with a quad core).
A dual-core CPU is 8G max total.

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Hi, hopefully not hard questions:
Question 1:
I found the installation guide (however it's not listed at Download&Drivers site):
http://www.dell.com/support/Article/hu/hu/hubsdt1/SLN285343/EN#IDT_92HDxxx_HD_Audio
It's point 5. lists: Dell Control Point Security Manager - System Devices

I went to the Download&Drivers site:
http://www.dell.com/support/home/en/en/hubsdt1/product-support/servicetag/2673yp1/drivers/advanced?dcp=dndtag
Here, there are 2 files for me:
1. Dell ControlPoint Security Manager Application: It's not for M6500. (View details) True? (Why is it listed at M6500 drivers site?)
2. Dell ControlPoint Security Device Driver Pack: It's name a little different than at point 5.
Which ones do I need?

Question 2:
Point 10. lists: Conexant Modem Daughter card (MDC) Drivers (little lower name is different: Conexant D330,HDA,MDC,v.92 Modem, little lower: Broadcom USH driver)

There are 4 files at Download&Drivers site, however not D330 but D400:
1. Conexant D400 USB 56K Modem Driver: It's not for M6500. (View details) True?
2. Conexant D400 External USB 56K Modem Application:  It's not for M6500. (View details) True?
3. Conexant D400 External USB 56K Modem Diagnostics Utility: Is it driver?
4. Conexant D400 External USB 56K Modem Utility: It's not for M6500. (View details) True?
Which ones do I need?
 
Thanks in advance,
Peter

A:Dell Precision M6500 driver install - Which ones?

rpet,Depending on the r egion you live and purchased your Dell Computer. The hardware could vary depending on country regulations. This is the Dell US Forum. There is Control Point drivers, firmware and utilities posted. If you need the latest driver choose the one with the latest date.

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Hi - Apologies straight off to any Mods about where this is - Just couldn't really see anywhere else to post - & I am kind of desperate!
I recently went to New Zealand for 2 months, and on the very last leg of my return trip left my precious M6500 on the train - it was very early in the morning and I was severely jet lagged - Pathetic excuse but it happened.
I contacted the relevant station, but unfortunately the laptop has not been found.
To make matters worse 2 boxes of important documents were destroyed by the house movers while I was away - Including all my Dell documentation.
My question is, does anyone know how I can possibly find out any relevant Chassis numbers or anything else which might be useful for the police and my insurance company? Regrettably, the machine's details were never listed on the household policy I had as they did not require them.
I have logged in to my Dell account and can see the Service Tags,and what looks like a Serial number for 1 of the HD 's, but I had replaced the Primary drive with an SSD, so that is about it.
I'd be really interested to hear from anyone who's had the same misfortune - Just to find out how they proceeded - This is the 1st time anything like this has happened to me, and I am kinda struggling to find out what to do! (Yes, thanks for the "Get your head examined mate" Cries I can hear!
Thanks for any helpful information
Mr Dell- Less

A:Advice please re Lost / Stolen Precision M6500!

The service tag IS the serial number.

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I have a dell Precision M6500 laptop with the ATI Firepro 7740 Video card.  Last night while using the computer with an additional monitor connected both screens blacked out then my desktop appeared again on the additional monitor, however the laptop screen stayed black.  Nothing I did would bring the laptop screen back.  Ultimately I shut down the computer, unplugged the external monitor and then rebooted the computer.  The laptop screen came back but at the wrong resolution.  When I tried to change it to the correct resolution I noticed that there were only two listed.  After further investigation I discovered that windows was using the "Microsoft Basic Display Driver".  When I open device manager and click on display it shows only the ATI FirePro 7740 graphics card., and when I open the properties for that it says "No drivers are installed for this device".  I uninstalled and reinstalled a few different  drivers, but nothing I have done changes what graphics are being used and does not change the status of the ATI properties.

Does anyone have any ideas what I could try? 

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I have a question. One of my friends has a XP SP3 with Dell Precision M6500 laptop with Dual Monitors....one being the laptop and the other being a Dell standard monitor. Here is our problem. It doesn't matter if we use the nvidia driver settings or windows display settings to extend the desktop, it will seem to work in general but whenever you reboot the computer or do a undocking of the laptop and then redock it, it will sometimes lose the settings that you put into it and "forget" which monitor is which...etc.

You can always correct it again but you would have to keep doing this over and over again. My friend is a standard user in windows XP and when I try logging in as an admin, it seems to work for me but whenever we log in as his standard user, everything is forgotten again whenever he undocks or does a cold boot in most cases.

Does anyone know what could be causing this? Wrong drivers or wrong settings?...should we be managing this via the nvidia driver controls or via XP display settings display tab?....bad monitor?....etc....the laptop monitor should always be primary but it will forget that and swap them or lose settings.....again we can fix it everytime manually but we are wondering if it's a driver problem, settings problem or admin-limited user rights problem or something else...please help! Thanks
 

A:XP SP3 with Dell Precision M6500 Dual Monitors

yeah. it happened again today. 2nd screen wasn't detected in the Nvidia setup, so I had to unplug and reconnect the monitor to the docking statiion. after that it came up. any clues or reasons why this could be?
 

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My M6500 Precision has a serious heat problem.... a few things happening:

Many times when Windows 7 does updates when I'm shutting down for the night, then the next day I turn it on, some of the updates are initiating. But the fans are going like a bat out of hell and the CPU's are going full on and the heat gets way up there into the 90*C range.
Recently, after the system is in sleep, and turn the sytem back on, it shows a message about heat and it did a shutdown. After the system is testing itself, it doesn't finish and it does an emergency shut down.
Doesn't take much to get the fans going like crazy and for a long time now, the back of the laptop is extremely hot and never cools down.

Call me crazy, but it started to do this in the last 8 months, but unfortunately, with the current heat issues I'm experiencing now, it's shutting down often from heat. I also notice svhost is running several instances, one in particular is a system svhost at 210K or more in size....and this isn't even when I started to do anything. 

The other unfortunate thing is that this system is 3+ years old now and the support package is done.

Any ideas?

The system is:
Processor: I7-720QM
RAM: 8 GB
two solid states 60 GB each
ATI Graphics FirePro

A:Precision M6500 Heat & Shutdown Problem

Dell Precision M6500 i7 CPUX920 Overheating
I have a very easy, cheap, and reliable (although noisy) solution.  The back left vent is the key to cooling the CPU.  Place a vacuum cleaner against the grates on the back left and let it rip.  I was just running 6 engineering model simultaneously (in the past even running 1 model would overhead +90C and often shutdown).  The vacuum cleaner sucks the temp down 15-20C in seconds.

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Hello folks,Thank you firstly for any help on this - I'm at my wits end trying to sort it out.DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK law-and-disorder.de/wp-content/themes/law-a/gerald393.phpOk now that is out the way I'll begin!I was checking back links to my website though yahoo's site explorer and the link above was there. As usual I always see who's linking to my website(s) and opened the link along with 3 or 4 others. This link was the last 1 I was checking and when I finally clicked the tab it was open on I saw looks of numerical figures and at the top of the screen it said ''WAIT... LOADING PAGE'' or something along them lines.I knew straight away I had to get off it so I tried to open task manager to shut it down to no avail.So I restarted the PC by the button on the front, and it starts to boot up.It shows me as usual the Asus meotherboard boot page and I can choose DEL to enter setup.After that is when I hit a brick wall.I then go to the next screen which shows MAXTOR SMT and some numbers after - my hard drive?And below is says press any key to continue. Now is I press an key is goes to a black screen white blinking underscore in the top left corner - and if I press nothing it does the same - black screen white blinking underscore in the top left corner.I've tried all F keys and nothing happens apart from F8 which brings up my BOOT MENU.I can select Hard Disc - SCSI-0 : MAXTORor CDROM - 1st Master : ATAPI DVD Entering either of those does noth... Read more

A:Blinking Cursor on boot up

Hi, Lets give it a try.We will need to view the system status from an external environment. It will be good to know the Operating System installed as well as the specs of the computer. You will need a USB drive and a CD to burn. There will be several steps to follow. Download GETxPUD.exe to the desktop of your clean computerRun GETxPUD.exeA new folder will appear on the desktop.Open the GETxPUD folder and click on the get&burn.batThe program will download xpud_0.9.2.iso, and upon finished will open BurnCDCC ready to burn the image.Click on Start and follow the prompts to burn the image to a CD.Next download driver.sh to your USB driveAlso Download Query.exe to the USB drive. In your working computer, navigate to the USB drive and click on the Query.exe. A folder and a file, query.sh, will be extracted.Remove the USB & CD and insert them in the sick computerBoot the Sick computer with the CD you just burnedThe computer must be set to boot from the CDIn some computers you need to tap F12 and choose to boot from the CD, in others is the Esc key. Please consult your computer's documentation.Follow the promptsA Welcome to xPUD screen will appearPress FileExpand mntsda1,2...usually corresponds to your HDDsdb1 is likely your USBClick on the folder that represents your USB drive (sdb1 ?)Confirm that you see driver.sh that you downloaded therePress Tool at the topChoose Open TerminalType bash driver.shPress EnterAfter it has finished a report will be located on your USB ... Read more

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i recently got my computer back from the shop. they checked got my computer in working order and i brought it home. it had a blank 500 gig sata hdd and i booted it up. i put in my windows disc to install windows and rebooted, it ran all the little checks and stuff. it gave me my options for a fresh install, recovery and stuff likke that. at that point my keyboard wasnt working so i did a hard reboot and when i did it came up to a blinking cursor in the left and thats all it does now. i took out the battery and reset the bios already but i'm at a loss and dont want to take it back and pay money again.

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Got a blinking cursor everytime I reboot. Tried the minmized image recovery which reformats, copies / restores the files to the hard drive but when it says the next step is to reboot, and I do, it freezes on startup (HP Logo, single line of discolored pixels at the top of the screen, press esc for boot options frozen in the bottom corner). At this point I reboot and I'm right back where I started.

I did a memory and full hard drive check, both come back fine. Not sure what else to do.

Pavillion g7, Windows 7 64bit, i3

A:blinking cursor on boot

Make your Recovery disks which are used in such a case where Factory Recovery won't run from its partition. You may need to wipe the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command.

Most tech enthusiasts prefer to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which is a much superior install especially considering the huge amount of bloatware larded into the HP factory recovery disks. Everything you need to get it perfect is in the blue link.

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Hello,

I have a HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook and I want to install Windows XP on it. I have the bootable DVD which works fine when I try to boot any other computer with it, but when I try to do it on my Pavilion, the phrase "Press any key to boot from CD..." DOESN'T appear. Instead, it stays on a blinking cursor on a black screen forever and nothing happens. If I try to boot, say, Ubuntu, tho, it boots and installs normally.

What confuses me is that, by trying to boot the CD on another computer i confirmed that its working, and by booting Linux on my Pavilion i confirmed that it is not my computer.

Would anyone know why this is happening and how can I fix it?

EDIT: I also have just tried Windows 7 and it also gets stuck on the blinking dash. Apparently, the only OS that installs is Linux.

Thanks in advance,
Souza
 

A:Blinking Cursor - HP cannot boot XP from CD

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HI All,
I built my own computer last year. The computer boots up just fine but before it bios screen comes up there is a blinking cursor that runs for almost 20 seconds and then bios kicks in and everything goes on normally form there. Can anyone tell me how to avoid the initial 20 to 30 secs of pointless cursor blinking?

Thanks,
-Viks

A:Blinking cursor before boot

The computer boots up just fine but before it bios screen comes upHi and Welcome -Do you actually mean the POST screen, rather than the BIOS screen ??If it is the POST screen, you can enter BIOS setup, and change settings so the POST screen will be very brief (about 5 seconds)Has this always done this, or is this a new / recent change to starting ??Thank You -

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About a month and a half a go my laptop was infected with 2 trojan viruses and ever since I haven't been able to start it up as it stays on a black screen with a blinking cursor after the toshiba splash screen. I am able to use my computer by booting with Hiren's boot cd and have since cleaned up my computer and gotten rid of any viruses..but have to continue booting via disc and it is getting sickening to do so..any idea what I can do to fix this? Thanks

Fixed it.
 

A:Blinking Cursor Upon Boot

do you have windows disc or do you mean you are using the boot cd ?

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/681-startup-repair.html
 

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Good morning.  I was wondering if I could get some assistance.  I have a Win7 Pro x64 laptop.  This morning it made it past the BIOS screen and just gives me a flashing cursor in the upper left corner of my screen. 
 
I've run the manufacturer's included diagnostics, and they've come up clean.  I ran the Windows Recovery Console and tried Startup Repair.  It said it couldn't find any problems.  Does anyone have any suggestions where to go from here?

A:Win 7 Pro, no boot, blinking cursor

Can you F8 your way into Safe Mode screen?  If so, try boot with last known good configuration.  If nogo or cannot get into F8, wait for the regular BC techs to appear -- they will help you get back your Windows.  ?I'm wild guessing a major software clash, video and something else?

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I'm trying to fix my sister's older dell laptop. Its probably from 2005 or so. The original problem was that it was plagued by so much malware/spyware that it was completely useless. So, I simply tried to reinstall windows, like I've done dozens of times in the past.

Everything went smoothly at first. I booted to the CD, deleted the partitions, formatted a new partition, and the setup files seemingly copied to the hard drive like normal. However, when it restarts (once the installation files are copied), and it tries to boot to the hard disk, all I get is a blinking cursor. I have tried the actual Dell SP3 reinstall disk, and I have tried another copy that I have used before on my computers (which worked just fine)... Different disk, same result.

It appears that the hard drive works normally, since I can look up the directories in the repair console and see the files there. I can also hear it moving its mechanical parts as well. I am stumped and can't for the life of me figure this out. Is there anything I might have missed? Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

edit:
I should have posted this the first time

Dell Latitude D610
CPU: Intel Pentium M 755 / 2.13 GHz
Chipset: Mobile Intel 915PM Express
 

A:Blinking cursor on boot up

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I'm trying to recover from the black screen/blinking cursor of death, and have come to the bcd fixing stage. Looks like this, from a few sources on the net:

Bootrec.exe


bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup

c:

cd boot

attrib bcd -s -h -r

ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old

bootrec /RebuildBcd

bootrec /fixmbr

bootrec /fixboot

However I don't seem to have a c:/boot folder! What gives? Machine is Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed on a 64-bit SSD with a 500gb normal hdd as backup storage (currently unplugged).

Thanks in advance

A:Trying to fix black screen/blinking cursor on boot - no c:/boot folder?

Here are a few forum posts that may help, check them out;

1.http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...or-672399.html

2.
Black screen, blinking cursor

Good Luck!

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I have the same problem.  Running a Precision m6500 with docking station and two Monitors. One connected with the display port and the other digital cable.  
Randomly the monitors will go blank but the computer remains on.

A:Precision m6500, docking station, monitors go blank

Hi BRAD954,
What is the docking station model? What digital cable are you using? And the monitor models? What is the OS installed on the system?
Update the BIOS - http://dell.to/1Mzks6r and reinstall the chipset drivers from the same site.
Download and reinstall the display link drivers for your OS - http://bit.ly/1T8FdoX
If the issue is not resolved, then provide us the event log in your response, for us to review.
If there is a specific docking station, we can provide few other drivers for them.
For faster communication, contact us via Twitter - @dellcarespro
Keep us updated.

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I have a Precision M6500 and have been looking for a bluetooth (WPAN) card. I've looked on eBay and have searched the web but cannot find one, does anyone know where one can be purchased.
Thank you

A:Dell Precision M6500 Bluetooth Card (WPAN)

Thank you for your reply but I've seen those on eBay, the one I'm looking for can be seen on the Dell manual for the Precision M6500 under "removing the WPAN card".

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I cannot disable Dynamic Contrast on this laptop, be I running on DC or AC power:
 
Dell Precision M6500
Intel Dual Core i7 M620 2.67GHz
NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M.
8GB RAM
500GB HD
Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
Dynamic Contrast: the backlight on the monitor changes brightness based on the graphics shown on-screen; lots of dark pixels lead to backlight dimming, lots of bright pixels lead to backlight brightening. This happens continuously, when switching windows or applications, when manipulating CAD models, when scrolling through web pages, etc.
 

(This is not to be confused with Adaptive Brightness, which changes the backlight brightness based on the brightness of the external environment of the laptop, i.e., dark room vs. high noon outside. I have successfully disabled Adaptive Brightness.)
 

Demonstration: I'm displaying a mostly black web page, maximized. I have a large white Notepad window that I can drag around to add lots of white pixels to the screen. To not let my phone's auto brightness/contrast muddy the perceived behavior, I have zoomed into the top left corner & I am dragging the Notepad window up & down to essentially turn the right half of the monitor white. When Notepad is up & the monitor is half white, the backlight brightness increases dramatically, distractingly changing the dark pixels because of pixels on the other side of the screen changing brightness.

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So I managed to get my hands on a Precision M6500. Problem is it does not have any Hard Drives or Hard Drive caddies in it. I want to install 2 Hard drives in this machine.
My problem is I'm unable to locate the Part Number for the Primary HD Caddy, Secondary HD Caddy and its interposer. I can find this information for the M6400, but not for the M6500.
Can anyone confirm the M6400 Caddies and Interposer will or will not work in the M6500? Because I know what to purchase for M6400, but not for M6500 since like I said I can't find the part numbers for the latter. If they are the same between the two laptops then I know what to get.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.

A:Precision M6400 vs M6500 Hard Drive Caddy

griftopia,Below is the part number for the m6500 you are looking for. You will need to call the Dell Spare Parts Dept. at 1-877-717-3355.P/N N361F ASSY,CARR,HD,1,M6400 Hard Drive Accessories Hard Drive Carriers HD Carrier Assembly, 1, M6400 P/N FP2P7 ASSY,CARR,HD,2,M6500 Hard Drive Accessories Hard Drive Carriers HD Carrier assembly, inlcludes Interposer Card and support bracket 

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