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M17X R4 GPU upgrade to 970m

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Hello everyone,

 

I am an M17X R4 owner running WIN10 AND currently upgrading my laptop from an 7970m to a 970m.

I have already successfully transferred my 970m to the motherboard and windows has detected the the gpu in device manager, optimus mode is enabled and the intel graphics are also detected.

The laptop is currenlty booting in full UEFI mode and running bios A11 stock.

 

Currently I am experiencing issues with getting the 970m to run, my Intel graphics keep running only but i can see the 970m is installed and the settings can be changed from the nvidia control panel and can be benchmarked using FurMark.

I managed to modify an nvidia driver using the device hardware ID's (not sure if that is the issue) but i think the main reason why the 970m is being used is because i require an unlocked Bios to change which GPU it runs on?

 

Everything up until this point has been an interesting learning curve and i feel i have almost cracked it. 

what do you all think, any advice would be much appreciated by myself and my laptop :D

Im no expert on the matter but if anyone wants any advice from my experiences above i would be happy to help the best i can. Thx

 

 

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Hi,

Did you try running it with Optimus disabled?

If that doesn't work you might need to flash your bios to unlocked one, and then change your graphics / display option to PEG enabled, that should be it.

Good luck!

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I am hoping to do the 970M upgrade too - the 680M just isn't quite enough for Oculus Rift.

 

I guess because you had the 7970M you had no Optimus but AMD power switching instead.

 

Good luck indeed, I'm especially interested in 680M in M17x R4.

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Hello CmdrEvil

 

I am running in optimus atm but i am unable to activate switchable graphics to disable optimus. I have been informed that you can end up locking the harware it can run on if you dont do the upgrades in optimus mode.

Also im worried about the LED death (8beeps) when i try this. Last time i had that issue i had to reset the Bios by removing the CMOS battery.

 

Correct Pentoman, you had to switch graphics by rebooting the laptop using the F7 key, this was diabled somewhere along the update process and the laptop is in Optimus.

 

I beleive all i need now is to enable PEG graphics switch from the BIOS, unfortunately this is locked.

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If you've correctly installed the alienware drivers you can switch from optimus to dedicated only by using FN+F7. If that doesn't work then you could resort to installing the unlocked bios, it's quite simple if you follow the correct steps.

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u just need to install the alienware drivers for shortcuts to work properly then as mentioned above FN+F7 for dedicated gpu only

Before U should ofc ddu all old drivers and update to the newest one with moded ini to support Your gpu

remember to deactivate windows driver signature and clean install the drivers.

then U should be good to go, thers only one slight chance of failure and thats when your screen goes blank an startup

and as mentionet above then U need to flash your bios to unlocked one, and then change your graphics / display option to PEG enabled, that it

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