Alienware, worst computer ever.

NikkorTheMonk

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Apr 26, 2005
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Alienware Area M-51 mobil.

Just under three years old. 5 heat sinks, 1 mother board, and dead pixels are the big problems Ive had. Out of that three years this computer has only been at full operation maybe 1.5 years. Even right now I have the back cover off, raised off the cooling tray about an inch and two more fans underneath attempting to pull the heat away. It'll shut down here eventually.

I'm going to have to get a new one eventually, and i have no idea what to look for anymore. I thought this was supposed to be the mother of all computers. So obivously my computer knowledge lacks. I'm a photographer by trade and a big gamer. There is a possiblilty that were going to be having a bunch of Mac G4's for sale at work soon since they have just replaced the whole network with Dell. They have OS9. I might be able to pick one up for really cheap. The photo dept has two G5's but im guessing once those are pulled out theyre going to magically disappear. Is Mac worth it to fix up and slam in a good vid card and more memory? I would love some help on what is a good computer that would last for longer then the warrenty and why. Or something that is known to cause problems that throws up a red flag on potnetial trouble down the line. I have to have a laptop, it's part of my photography gear. i need to be able to transmit from the the field and remote locations ect... Im asking here cause some of you guys are really talented and computer savy and might be able to help me and a few others.

Specs on what im using now. Dont get me wrong, when this POS works it's a beast. But it like a Harley, ride for an hour and work on it for two more.



Processor(s)


Processor 1
Name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz

Manufacturer: GenuineIntel

Caption: x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9

Version: Model 2, Stepping 9

Processor Id: BFEBFBFF00000F29

Current Clock Speed: 3400MHz

Address Width: 32Bits

Data Width: 32Bits

Socket Designation: CPU 1

Processor 2
Name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz

Manufacturer: GenuineIntel

Caption: x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9

Version: Model 2, Stepping 9

Processor Id: 0000000000000000

Current Clock Speed: 3400MHz

Address Width: 32Bits

Data Width: 32Bits

Socket Designation: CPU 2

Verified Hardware Device against Order: CPU-3.4P4800TRAY


Case Color: New Background


System Memory


Memory Module 1
Capacity: 512MB

Bank Label: BANK0

Data Width: 64Bits

Socket Designation: DIMM0

Verified Hardware Device against Order: MEM-MOBL512DDR400A

Verify Correct Memory Type

Verify Correct Memory Size

Memory Module 2
Capacity: 512MB

Bank Label: BANK1

Data Width: 64Bits

Socket Designation: DIMM1

Verified Hardware Device against Order: MEM-MOBL512DDR400A

Verify Correct Memory Type

Verify Correct Memory Size


BIOS Information


Manufacturer: American Megatrends Inc.
Name: Default System BIOS
Version: 080009
Version: A M I - 9000429

Motherboard Information


Manufacturer: ALIENWARE
Product: Area-51
Serial Number:
Version:
Verified Hardware Device against Order: MB-766CONBLUE15.40A8
Verify correct motherboard
Audio settings for DVD playback set to 4 Speakers
Power settings optimized

Video Adapter


Caption: NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5700
Adapter RAM: 128MB
DriverVersion: 6.14.10.6220
Verified Hardware Device against Order: MOBL-VID766NV36M128
Test Video Card

Hard Drive(s)


SAMSUNG MP0402H
Model: SAMSUNG MP0402H

Size: 40GB

Total Heads: 255

Total Cylinders: 4870

Total Tracks: 1241850

Tracks Per Cylinder: 255

Verified Hardware Device against Order: MOBL-HD40GB5400RPMS


Optical Drives / Other Storage


Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-852S


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional



DirectX Version: 9c



Assembler Initials: RR



Tester Initials: AI



Test Date: 11/04/2004 11:47 AM


III. Burn-In/Benchmarks

Test with SiSoft Sandra


CPU Benchmark
Dhrystone ALU: 8240 MIPS

Whetstone FPU: 2415 MFLOPS

CPU Multi-Media Benchmark
Integer: 13991 it/s

Floating-Point: 20834 it/s

Drives Benchmark
HD 1 - Buffered Read: 83 MB/s

HD 1 - Avg. Access Time: 13 ms

Memory Benchmark
Int ALU/RAM Bandwidth: 2942 MB/s

Float FPU/RAM Bandwidth: 2945 MB/s


Doom 3


Doom 3: 17.4 fps

Unreal Tournament 2003


FlyByCitadel: 136.80 fps
BotmatchCitadel: 60.71 fps

3DMark 2003


Game Tests
3DMark Score: 2,868.00 3DMarks

GT1 - Wings of Fury: 117.76 FPS

GT2 - Battle of Proxycon: 18.60 FPS

GT3 - Troll's Lair: 15.08 FPS

GT4 - Mother Nature: 15.80 FPS

CPU Tests
CPU Score: 522.00 CPUMarks

CPU Test 1: 60.88 FPS

CPU Test 2: 8.83 FPS

Feature Tests
Fill Rate (Single-Texturing): 825.33 millions Texels/s

Fill Rate (Multi-Texturing): 1,055.57 millions Texels/s

Vertex Shader: 12.82 FPS

Pixel Shader 2.0: 18.28 FPS

Ragtroll: 10.93 FPS

Sound Tests
No sounds: -1.00 FPS

24 sounds: -1.00 FPS

60 sounds: -1.00 FPS


IV. IRQ Configuration
0 System timer
1 PC/AT Enhanced PS/2 Keyboard (101/102-Key)
2 -available-
3 -available-
4 IrDA Fast Infrared Port
5 -available-
6 -available-
7 -available-
8 System CMOS/real time clock
9 -available-
10 Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System
11 -available-
12 Synaptics PS/2 Port Pointing Device
13 Numeric data processor
14 Primary IDE Channel
15 Secondary IDE Channel
16 NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5700
17 O2Micro OZ711M1 MemoryCardBus Controller
17 O2Micro OZ711Mx MemoryCardBus Accelerator
17 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
18 C-Media AC97 Audio Device
18 Smart Link 56K Voice Modem
19 Realtek RTL8169/8110 Family Gigabit Ethernet NIC
20 SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller
21 SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller
22 SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller
23 SiS PCI to USB Enhanced Host Controller

V. Miscellaneous

Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-852S


Device Name: Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-852S
Description: CD-ROM Drive
Class: CDROM
Service: cdrom
Driver Version: 5.1.2535.0
Driver Date: 7-1-2001
Verified Hardware Device against Order: MOBL-DVD8XDUALCOMBO


Thanks for any help..

p.s. my first post btw.
 

Sinn Fein

Infidel and White Interloper
Wackbag Staff
Aug 29, 2002
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#2
Is it still under warranty? If so, you need to take of the gloves. Refuse to take no for an answer. Keep on them. I see a replacement machine in your future.
 

SOS

ONA
Wackbag Staff
Aug 14, 2000
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#3
My friends gfx card in his Alienware overheated. I would check to see if the fans are working, monitor the computer's temperature, and possibly invest in a cooling system if it is no longer under warranty.
 

Weldhelmet

A.K.A. NiceNameDeek
Mar 6, 2003
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#5
I bought one about 3 years ago. It's been the most scalable, rock solid machine I've ever owned. There's 5 warming my basement as we speak.

Then again that was 3 years ago, before the Evil Empire takeover.
 

hypes

Flying over your heads
Sep 23, 2004
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#8
Dare I ask why? Theres not enough pr0n on teh interwebz for 5 computers. Oh wait, yes there is.
What's wrong with having more then one computer running in your house?

Personally, I have about 8 computers running at all times in my house (my desktop, my laptop, wifey's desktop, wifey's laptop, two rackmount servers, my MAME cabinet computer, and a quickly put-together-from-spare-parts computer for Network Accessible Storage and Shoutcast Server purposes.

And that's down from 12 (we recently moved). I still haven't unpacked 4 other rack-mount servers, although I don't really need them now that I have my NAS.

-h
 

MetalSign

O&A Curmudgeon
Dec 22, 2002
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#9
What's wrong with having more then one computer running in your house?

Personally, I have about 8 computers running at all times in my house (my desktop, my laptop, wifey's desktop, wifey's laptop, two rackmount servers, my MAME cabinet computer, and a quickly put-together-from-spare-parts computer for Network Accessible Storage and Shoutcast Server purposes.

And that's down from 12 (we recently moved). I still haven't unpacked 4 other rack-mount servers, although I don't really need them now that I have my NAS.

-h
Jeebus. Seriously, WTF do you do with 12 computers in the house, unless you've got kids. I'm not trying to be an ass, i just can't wrap my mind around it.

I can see the his/her desktop/laptop combos and the MAME cpu, but what would you need with 6+ servers? I'm internet savvy, but I'm a dope when it comes to hardware.

Enlighten me :D