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May 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm

How I Fixed The Dell Inspiron M5030 (Seven Beeps At Startup)

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Hello everyone,

I’m not one for crazy fixes, but this is what just happened to me:

I picked up a Dell Inspiron M5030 laptop from a client a couple of days ago. I pushed the power button and I saw that the motherboard was getting power, the fans were spinning, but no screen. Then I heard the seven beeps over and over again – continuous seven beeps. I immediately thought video chip because it reminded me of the HP Pavilion dv9000 models of a few years back.

I took the laptop into my bedroom and wrapped it (laptop was on, still beeping, and open) in a towel first and then a blanket (covering up the entire non screen part of the computer). Keys covered, fan outlet covered, everything wrapped in the towel and blanket. No possibility for any type of cooling.

I left the room for twenty minutes while the computer was on and beeping away like crazy. After twenty minutes I unwrapped the laptop and turned it off by pushing the power button. The computer was really hot, and the towel and blanket were quite hot to the touch.

After about ten seconds I powered on the computer and no beeps! The screen came up no problem, and everything worked perfectly. I’ve restarted the machine several times and no more beeps. I’ve cold started the machine several times and no more beeps. Boots up just fine. The build up of heat from the twenty minutes must have produced like a mini-reflow!!

I left it off overnight and in the morning it booted up like a dream! I also turned off all sleep and hibernate modes in the control panel (power options). These modes create heating issues in laptops and will produce problems.

The Inspiron M5030 model has known issues with the cpu and video chip. This fix is most likely temporary but it has given me enough time to backup all of my clients data.

Professor Randy says: Don’t be afraid to try a well-researched “fix” even if a bit unorthodox. If nothing else you’ll learn alot and you’ll feel better for having done all that you can do to repair the machine!!

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  • Randy Knowles
    6:51 pm on September 2nd, 2015 1

    Thanks for your comment Cathleena. Glad that the ‘fix” worked for you!
    Randy Knowles

  • Garrie
    8:01 am on September 13th, 2015 2

    Do you have to strip the laptop down or just wrap it ? Also do you need the power cable connected cheers Gaz

  • Randy Knowles
    6:14 pm on September 13th, 2015 3

    Hello Garrie,

    Just wrap the laptop and connect the power cable. Best wishes.

    Randy Knowles

  • Renegade9X
    4:10 pm on September 17th, 2015 4

    Hello Randy,
    I had this issue killing me for about 2 months now, googled and came across your fix. It’s incredible how this worked out. the beeps stopped and my laptop came back to life. The only issue i have left is after some time, the screen goes blank, but with a torch light, i can see the display is still working. Don’t know what to do about this. The display light come on periodically, but after like 3 minutes from logging in, it goes off again. Any help would be welcomed. When connected to an external monitor, everything works fine, so i am kind of confused if it’s the display connector or something else. Thanks once more for your help. Peace…

  • Luis
    3:11 pm on October 17th, 2015 5

    My computer started with that problem about 4 days ago and I went nuts trying to figure out what was the problem. Then I saw this post and I was very excited thinking that I finally had found the solution (I saw that many people here solved the problem). But I tried several times already and it simply doesn’t stop beeping :( I don’t know if I’m warming it enough but it gets quite hot. Is it supposed to be so hot that it is hard to touch? Anyway, should I just accept that my motherboard is gone? Thanks.

  • Randy Knowles
    7:58 pm on October 17th, 2015 6

    Hi Luis,

    The laptop should be very hot to the touch after twenty minutes or so with no ventilation whatsoever (wrap it up completely with blankets with only the screen showing). Try it one more time. If this fix doesn’t work then the mobo is beyond repair.

    Best wishes,
    Randy Knowles

  • Robert Ward
    5:09 pm on October 20th, 2015 7

    I tried the blanket wrap for 30 minutes,
    Then let it cool.
    And it worked, but when I turned it off the 7 beeps returned,
    So I am trying the wrap again.
    I hope it works this time
    Thanks

  • Seran
    10:29 am on October 29th, 2015 8

    It worked, thanks so much. My partner was laughing so hard when I wrapped the laptop…….now I am laughing of happiness. Thanks so much. The closest repair place is 100 miles from where I am, the Amazon jungle.

    Seran

  • Ethel
    9:25 am on November 3rd, 2015 9

    OMGosh..It worked!
    I am backing up all files now!!THANK YOU SO MUCH.
    I am no techy person whatsoever..so when I came across this solution, I thought just go for it. Did not even know about the number of beeps to count. All I know is that this morning, I pushed the power button and heard the beeping and blank screen. I googled a solution, via my cell phone, and came across this and thought this is the oddest of them all, it has to work :)
    And work it did!! Thank you, thank you
    Peace and everything good and thank you for sharing this solution for all to try.

  • Gail K
    7:53 pm on November 9th, 2015 10

    This really works! First two times at 25 minutes each no good, so I buried the machine with more towels and pillows, and let it sit for 45 minutes. Turned it off for 15 seconds, The thing got really hot, turn it back on and it’s running like a champ. At first I thought this site was some sort of Internet joke, but it really works!

  • Laurie
    12:13 am on November 25th, 2015 11

    Your awesome. It worked. I turned off sleep and hindrance. Hopefully tomorrow it will work. Thank you. Ill let u know.

  • KaaMi
    9:24 am on November 28th, 2015 12

    How many days this blanket trick will be work. whats the permanent work we do for it?

  • Ana
    7:48 pm on January 7th, 2016 13

    It worked!!!!! thank you!!!! The first time that I tried, it didn’t work I guess the laptop wasn’t getting hot enough since I only used one blanket. The second time I tried it I wrapped two blankets and I put another one just on top and the laptop got really hot. I unwrapped it and waited 10 seconds. After that, it started!

  • Anonymous
    6:43 am on March 11th, 2016 14

    it worked!!!! thank alot

  • Mangled Blue
    10:15 pm on March 23rd, 2016 15

    I’m trying it now….. will report back.

    I do remember reading something about somebody doing this to some kinda laptop top many years ago – but of course I thought they were crazy – lol

    Not my lappy but we’ll see :-P

  • Mangled Blue
    10:56 pm on March 23rd, 2016 16

    Yeppers…….

    IT WORKS !!!!!

  • Man In Babylon
    2:14 pm on April 10th, 2016 17

    Another fix without exposing the entire computer to heat is to take the motherboard out and bake it at 385 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEV9FFqknsc

  • Wilmer
    4:45 pm on April 21st, 2016 18

    I also have a dell inspiron5030 laptop which is about five years old have recently start having the seven beeps and the laptop not turning on. I tried wrapping the lower part of my
    laptop in a dry bathtowel with the beeping going on. After at
    least a half hour the beeping hadn’t stopped, and I unwrapped the laptop, turn it off an d back on and this really does work.
    I’ve found that this is not a permanent solution and after a
    couple of days I have to do this again and it works everytime!
    I did not need both blanket and bath towel. Just the bathtowel.
    Don’t give up. Sometimes you may have to hit the power button three or five times.

  • Sidney
    8:37 am on May 2nd, 2016 19

    Totally works thanks a lot man

  • w
    9:08 am on June 3rd, 2016 20

    i dont think zis will work but am trying it now on my dell M5300

  • New England
    9:53 pm on June 17th, 2016 21

    Worked for me! I read about this fix 2 years ago when my Dell laptop developed this problem but i went ahead and paid $130 to have a pro repair it. Also second time it beeped 7 times a year later. This time I read about the blanket fix again and the favorable comments and decided to try. It worked on second attempt and more towels wrapped around.

  • kabusera hazari
    5:42 am on July 6th, 2016 22

    Yeah it works. ..but know have done it for
    Over many times but now it doesn’t work any more. ..

  • Mitch
    5:21 am on September 10th, 2016 23

    Believe it or not……it has now been almost 4 YEARS since the “7 beeps of death” affected my M5030. AND…..it STILL WORKS GREAT. I.ve done the blanket trick 5 times on this computer and it works great. Glad I didn’t spend more money on another laptop. I just bought another(used) M5030 that had the 7 beeps for $40……wrapped it up and it works greta, so now I have a back-up laptop. Randy, I’m so glad I found your page. THANK YOU

  • Randy Knowles
    5:05 pm on September 11th, 2016 24

    Good for you Mitch! I’ve fixed several M5030 laptops with this technique but they usually don’t remain fixed for four years. Dell knows about the motherboard problem but most of the time won’t do anything about it. Best wishes,
    Randy Knowles

  • Mike
    11:14 pm on September 13th, 2016 25

    Disassemble down to the motherboard only. Place the motherboard on non-conductive dish or tray and place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool, reassemble. I’ve done it several times on several units. the process reflows the solder connections on the video circuitry. Yeah, I know, sounds crazy but IT WORKS!

  • Randy Knowles
    9:46 pm on September 14th, 2016 26

    Thanks for the comment Mike. I do agree that your method will work, but I don’t think it is a practical fix for a “normal” user. How many “normal” users know how to disassemble and the reassemble a laptop? Very few. Best wishes,
    Randy Knowles

  • Malcolm Spinks
    6:15 am on December 13th, 2016 27

    I tried this several times, First leaving it to beep for twenty minutes or so, the problem wasn’t fixed. After about the fourth attempt I left it to beep for about 45 minutes.

    I was in the next room listening to it beeping away, then suddenly I heard two beeps then silence, It had shutdown.

    I have tried to restart it, It powers up for about a second and then switches off.

    It didn’t work, probably needs a new systemboard now and/or cpu.

  • Mark
    10:28 am on January 11th, 2017 28

    My m5030 fades to black over a period of about 5 minutes (Like renegades question above) I bought a new LCD for it because it did not have an invertor to replace. Same thing with the new screen. Any fixes for it or is the MB toast?

  • Mark
    3:55 pm on January 26th, 2017 29

    It worked. Wow. I’m impressed.

  • Nicolas
    9:01 pm on March 1st, 2017 30

    thank you man, now it works like a charm.

    PD: if some of you are wondering why it doesnt work after doing what is recomended in this tutorial, just try one more time, or try leaving the notebook under the towels for a longer period of time.

  • Joe
    3:16 pm on March 5th, 2017 31

    My laptop only beeps once continually will this fix work for mine as well

 

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