Sign up ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm currently in the process of rebuilding a computer from Alienware computer pieces. The motherboard itself is 046 MHW, and on boot it gives 5 beeps without any actual booting. This indicates a Real Time Clock failure. I have tried replacing the battery AND resetting with jumpers... nothing. Google doesn't seem to be able to suggest anything additional, either.

Backstory: Computer was disassembled and brought overseas in a suitcase and is currently attempted to be reassembled.

share|improve this question
The clock circuitry might actually be damaged. In that case you're probably out of luck. – VBwhatnow Jul 13 '12 at 12:46
How do I check for that? – NeroS Jul 13 '12 at 12:55
You can try this guide to see if any of these trouble shooting steps help you. . I'm inclined to think that the boards is a write off though. – VBwhatnow Jul 13 '12 at 13:01
I saw that guide earlier on but it didn't help me any further. – NeroS Jul 13 '12 at 13:24

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.