HELP! Alienware FX/Command Center failure after fresh Windows 7 install! Aurora

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HELP! Alienware FX/Command Center failure after fresh Windows 7 install! Aurora

  • Greetings everyone,

    To my despair, I just saw a post from a Dell employee stating that if settings are changed on the system board through a bad command center installation, I might need a board replacement. I hope this isn't the case...

    Let me explain what I've done so far...

    After having a super nasty bot, I did a fresh install of 7. In the process, I believe I deleted the restoration partition as well.

    After getting 7 back on the computer, I've reinstalled the drivers and command center. For whatever reason, the Alienware FX/Command Center is not working. I have no lights on the computer. I get no data for temps. I can't handle temp. settings dealing with fans and the like.

    I followed the advice of another user and used the diagnostic utility disc and have run all the tests. This didn't reset the MIO board as he suggested it would. All tests are coming back as pass. At this point, after several clean 7 installs, driver installs and the latest command center, I'm not sure what else to do.

    Where do I go from here? Is it time to call technical support?

    Thanks in advance!

     

  • First off, what was the delivery date of your PC?  This matters if you got your PC in Aug/Sept 2009 or earlier, you have differant drivers to install.  If after, you need to install the Dell drivers.  The drivers also need to be installed in a certain order to work.  You might have corrupted your daughter board.  I went through 2, before getting one that flashed correctly.  This was with AW doing the reinstall of my drivers too.

    Mark
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Alienware -R4

    Alienware - ALX Area-51 Wartime edition X58 (one of the last ones ever made)
    Core i7-975 @ 4.0ghz, 12gb RAM, nVidia GTX560TI, 256 SSD HDD
    Asus P6T Deluxe V2 M/B
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

  • The purchase date was october 2009 and I have the aurora that was launched in its major revision.

     

     

  • UPDATE: After a run of the Fxtester, the software is stating the board is not detected and that something appears to be wrong with it. 

     

     

  • Aka, I think I need a new board. 

  • Since it was working before the virus infection, I doubt it's broken. It's likely just locked up or in a loop.

    The Alienware Diagnostics will often reset this condition of the MIO-Board. There is also a green "Default Jumper" that can be operated on the MIO-Board to reset it's micro-controller.


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  • Hey thanks again for the help Tesla1856.

    So I ran the fxtester and it was coming back as "There appears to be a problem with the board."

    The Alienware Diagnostics didn't have a test for anything called the MIO-Board.

    If I were to use the Default Jumper, what would I do?

  • jayguy95

    The Alienware Diagnostics didn't have a test for anything called the MIO-Board.

    Are you doing this exactly? I don't understand how the MIO-Board Test can not be listed.

    Insert Diagnostics CD (you burnt)
    Press F12 a few times
    Select CD/DVD-ROM drive

    ... then

    Test System
    Custom Test
    - Master I/O USB Device (MIO Board)
    Run Test

    (it should say Passed)

    To see if MIO Board is connected and communicating with MotherBoard, run this test:
    USB, USB AW G2 Desktop, USB Device Ping Test

    If the above tests Pass, you can also test:
    Fans, Sensors, LEDs, MIO Cable Detections

    If the above fail, you should open the Aurora and make sure the MIO Board
    is connected to the MB properly:
    MIO Board connects to MB with 26pin cable, that splits to 3 cables. Those 3 cable plugs connect to the
    motherboard at USB1, USB2, and Front_Panel sockets.

    Also, make sure the large 4-pin Molex power connector is connected to the MIO-Board.

    Obviously, when touching or checking anything inside the Aurora, it must be completely shut-down, turned off, and UN-PLUGGED! When finished messing around inside, it's ok to run it temporarily with the side cover removed.


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  • jayguy95

    So I ran the fxtester and it was coming back as "There appears to be a problem with the board."

    Are you referring to AlienwareAlienFXTester.exe ? If so, it doesn't hurt to try it.

    However, you should know it is not a very good test to use when the board is completely offline. For this program to work, there is a whole list of things that have to be just right. Usually, by the time those conditions are all met, the normal Command Center sub-apps are already working.


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  • Hey again everyone,

    So I completed the driver reinstallation in the order recommended. Still nothing. No data on temps and no ability to change any colors on the FX settings sub-app.

    I completed a full check of all connections between the MIO board and the Mo-Bo. All wires are in correct spots and everything is fastened securely. 

    Not sure what this means but (and I saw another user Tesla was helping having this issue), I have my Serial ATA under device manager showing up as installed improperly/missing drivers.

     

     

     

  • Also Tesla,

    There is no MIO test under any section of the custom tests. 

    I've checked under USB. Nothing. I've run every test possible and nothing relates to MIO.

    Interesting to me though is that under System Board Cable Check, Front Panel USB Cable 2 is "not installed". 

  • jayguy95

    I have my Serial ATA under device manager showing up as installed improperly/missing drivers.

     

     

    Since you have the Aurora, only the Silicon Image (SIL) driver is required. You didn't try installing the Area-51's JMicron did you?

    Just delete it in DM and reinstall the Dell SIL driver


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  • jayguy95

    There is no MIO test under any section of the custom tests. 

    I've checked under USB. Nothing. I've run every test possible and nothing relates to MIO.

    Well, that is strange. Until you can get the MIO Board tests to show up and be tested in Dell Diagnostics you really don't need to go any further.

    Have you tried using the green Default Jumper? Chris wasn't sure exactly how it works, so try both of these procedures:

    Shut down. Move the green jumper on the MIO board to the other 2 pins. Boot into Windows. Shut down. Put jumper back on original pins and startup again.

    Shut down. Remove the green jumper off the MIO board. Boot into Windows. Shut down. Put jumper back on original pins and startup again.

    After doing it both ways, then:

    Shut down and boot Diagnostics CD and see if the MIO Board test show up now.


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  • jayguy95

    I completed a full check of all connections between the MIO board and the Mo-Bo. All wires are in correct spots and everything is fastened securely. 

    Just to verify ... You did make sure the 4 pin Molex power cable is connected to the MIO-Board? It looks like an old-school drive power cable plug.


    Alienware Aurora ~ Intel i7-930 ~ 12gb ram ~ AMD HD-5870
    256gb Samsung 830 SSD / 1tb HDD ~ LG Blu-Ray ~ USB 3.0 PCIe
    Dell 24" UltraSharp u2410 LCD ~ Dell 22" LCD

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  • Ok...

    So after testing the jumper both ways and ensuring everything is plugged in (the amber power light is ON on the MIO board.), I've got nothing. The diagnostics software isn't showing the MIO Board.

    What else can I do besides ordering another MIO board to confirm the board is bad?

     

    Thanks!