It's most certainly 10. I can't prove this but after buying two units and replacing the bios chips they work fine. I even went as far as installing the old bios chip just to make sure it was indeed the issue. Both of these machines went belly up after being forced through windows update to windows 10. I can't go as far as saying this will remedy every single dead 2710 but its worth the $22 risk and soldering the replacement chip onto the board isn't very difficult. Only downfall to this fix is you will lose the product key embedded into the bios and you won't have a service tag. Give it a try and see for yourself, this just may fix that expensive paperweight.
The very first thing you want to do after the machine is back up and running and this is critical in my own opinion is go directly to into bios by hitting f2 and change the boot order to odd first so that you can boot from the system restore DVD and install Win 8.1 back on the machine. I'm going to extract the BIOS beforehand and flash it back onto the original SPI with my SPI programmer so that I have a backup and then install the latest build of 10. I'm curious to see if maybe it was a bug in that specific build or if it was an issue with rev. A09 BIOS. I'm all but certain for some odd reason Win 10 somehow gets into to UEFI and either changes something or scrambles the data rendering the machine non-functional.
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Just picked up my 4th xps2710 last evening. Spent the entire day trying everything to reset or clear the cmos to get to a post screen to no avail. This model has the Nvidia and Intel graphics cores. After pulling the motherboard BIOS chip and flashing my backed up A12 firmware it sucessfully posts. It boils down to either a poor design on Dells part with the BIOS or a Win 10 issue. I'm sure there is a defect with the the Nvidia chips on some boards especially after having replaced many of the 6150 chips a few years back due to either heat damage or needing reballed but i haven't ran into that issue with the xps 2710 as of yet, knock on wood. Picking up another Nvidia based 2710 machine tonight to revive. I'll post my findings.
If you check the Dell community site and ask about the 2710 you will see recommendations not to go to Win 10 since it does not work well with those systems. I have a 2720 and it works fine.
Sorry to revive the old thread, but I've just run into the same problem. My parents have the XPS 2710, which was updated automatically to W10 at some point. Until yesterday the machine ran OK, occasionally showing the black screen for some time before booting up.
Yesterday it's stopped booting, just showing the black screen. I tried the suggestion from the Microsoft community thread mentioned here (reset CMOS, reboot while tapping the soft keys and enter), once I managed to get into BIOS, but then it didn't get to W10 and is showing black ever since.
I gather that somehow I need to update the BIOS, but I don't want to solder the chip. Has anyone heard of a way to do that without booting? My Acer board on my desktop allows direct BIOS updating, but I am at a loss with this Dell.
Doesn't look like updating the bios will help as Dell aren't supporting Win 10 on the 2710. Sounds like the graphics driver might be causing the black screen but to be honest it could be any driver.
Dell all in one xps 2710 black screen unresponsive - General Hardware - Desktop - Dell Community
reports of the motherboard going belly up.
I take it there is no way of booting into safemode and reverting back to previous os via the recovery mode?
I did read a lot of such threads. I'm aware of Dell changing motherboards. However, it was also mentioned, as above in this thread, that it's not really the motherboard. With a new BIOS I could boot to a flash drive and install W8 (was there originally).