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    • By 71hourahmed
      I'm looking at finally upgrading my m17x from its old 7970m to a 980m, but the person I contacted to buy the card from warned me that the 980m requires a 200W power supply, and win10 (I'm still on 7, but I can upgrade easily enough, so that shouldn't be too much of a problem).
       
      I have read that the 7970m only required 100W, so I have no idea if my laptop would even be able to power the 980m or whether this would just be a waste of several hundred pounds. Can anyone clarify?
       
      Also, I have read on here that installing a new card in an m17x require you to manually update the video drivers, but I'm afraid that I'm not quite sure what that means, exactly - would I need to rely on kindly users on here to keep uploading new modded versions of the video drivers in perpetuity, or is it just that I need to somehow tweak the installation on new drivers in future?
    • By SenikTheFasthog
       
      Good day,

      I am the owner of a used m18x r2 struggling to build it back up into a functional machine. The previous user had his system installed in RAID mode which won't suffice for my desired SSD boot speeds. I've ensured that both AHCI and UEFI are active in the A11 BIOS. I have also ensured to clean the main drive via diskpart CMD upon custom installing my copy of Win 7 Ultimate. Oddly enough, when the setup completes, I'll get an error message stating windows can't finish configuring and needs to restart. Heeding this message will only cause it to happen again on the next reboot, so CMD to the rescue and creating and off to making user account I go. Unfortunately, boot speeds are as slow as ever and I've verified that no RAID controllers have been left installed in the device manager. So far, my only potential lead is that I've noticed during each boot, Windows mentions that "Setup Is Updating Registry Settings" after about of minute of Starting Windows. I've been researching this exact string but I can't say I've found a concrete solution to attempt just yet.

      So here I am, requesting for advice as to what I should check next.

      Thanks in advance!

      EDIT: I've tried out a new install accessing the CD through legacy but still keeping the SDD Boot drive on UEFI mode. So far haven't had to mess with CMD anymore to proceed nor has the Setup needed to Update Registry Settings. I also remembered to install the intel rapid storage driver.  Alas, I'm still left with 2 minute boot times(particularly on the Starting Windows screen), so the problem still remains.

      EDIT2: Diagnosing with a Boot Manager, I discovered it takes about a minute before svchost even starts running. So with that, I ruled out it wasn't a software problem. I then decided on the possibility that maybe the other drives could be interfering with booting. Pulling out the other HDDs had no effect, but the actual culprit was the mSATA SSD that was left in from the last user. Now I can enter windows in 3 seconds!

      Even fishier, this mSATA drive says its 32 GB but Speccy says its a 1GB drive. But that's a problem for another time, at last my 850 EVO is showing off its expecting speeds.
    • By Bbqflyer
      Hello all, bare with me I'm new to this forum.  I recently was given an old (2011) AW m18x r1.  It has 2 amd Radeon m6990's, which one has died and the other I am afraid is on its last legs.  I would like to upgrade these but I'm having a hard time finding what would really be good cards to upgrade to.  I've been reading several different forums and watched a few YouTube videos but I think I'm just confusing myself now.  I really would like to know just which card would be best to upgrade to, and the simplist way to do it.  
    • By newbinkin77
      Hi guys. 
       
      As with the title, is there any way to get a m17x r3 to use UEFI or is this just a pipe dream? I read over the internet that this requires Dell company itself to refactor the BIOS and release it to the public. Well if that's the case many believe it would be easier to land a man on Mars then to get Dell's help on this issue. Does the hardware itself plays a roll in updating to UEFI ? Well if the motherboard itself doesn't support UEFI and its more of a hardware limitation rather than a software, please let me know and I'll let this dream go, once and for all. Well if not, does anyone else knows of any other way to get a m17x r3 to UEFI-capable ? Imagine fast-booting into win10 and more importantly, a chance to get a 980M working in a m17x r3. (from my understanding 880M is as far as the m17x r3 can go as the 980M requires UEFI-capabilities)
       
      I know my laptop is approaching 7 years old and by now most m17xr3 are phrased out but i still believe there are some owners out there still kicking about with their madly modded-out r3s (like me).
       
      Thanks for the read
    • By damobm
      Hi all. Total noob here. I just traded for a M18xR2 alienware laptop and I tried to boot a bios following
      a guide from http://techinferno.com/haven/threads/4/
       
      I beleive i used the G74VW GTX660M bios Version 1 not knowing if it was the exact match I needed and said
      yes like a jackwagon through all of the warnings. My system rebooted to what I believe was a secondary
      GPU intel something or another which was not half as fast as the GeForce GTX 660M.
       
      So a bit frusterated I did a little digging and found a guide to do a blind flash at
      htt://www.techinferno.com/  under the thread how to recover from a bad flash Alienware M18XR2. 
      I went to Dells website and downloaded the original A03 bios M18R2A03WIN.exe and added the file to 7zip
      and found the file called QBR10EC.fd and renamed it o M18R2.hdr then placed the file on a 2.0 usb stick
      formatted fat32 (did not check the DOS box while formatting). I took out the battery put usb into esata
      port pressed end then plugged in power released end then she started to beep like the guide said it
      would. I counted around 140 beeps then just a black screen and ever onece in a while the fans would rev
      up a bit. I let it go all night like that and was still like that in the morning. Now I try to press the
      power button and nothing happens... So I am stumped and would love 
      some advice please before adding another brick in the wall !

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