I own gx740 with i5-430m, 4GB RAM, and I planned to do some upgrades.
Currently I did:
- upgrade SSD, move HDD to dvd drive space
- have some unlocked bios (but didn't found usage for it currently)
- have modified vbios but not sure if the values I've used are good
I was thinking about:
- upgrading CPU to i7-640M
- upgrading RAM (not sure which will fit)
I would like to also:
- fix broken/cracked frame around screen, but it wont be easy and cheap I guess?
- replace screen to something brighter (?) but this will probably not be worth the cost
1) What do you guys think about it? Is it even worth?
2) I've also see something like 'grain effect' moving grey stripes on same page elements (long time I remember it could be related to faulty bios/vbios)?
I sent my laptop (MSI GT60-0ND) to check up and the video card was confirmed dead, I learned that I can upgrade my GPU, but I can't take a step without any help. Many told me its risky and the market is tight.
^I found this card, GTX 680M, and it looks absolutely the same one as (GTX 675M) and the slot is compatible, however due to reviews, the 680M is way faster than my previous one, if that poses any threat. If someone can check it for me and tell me whether its good or not, I'd appreciate it.
I am receiving a Dell 680m 2048Mb, to replace my failing 675m, and am told I may need to flash the VBIOSBy RickIsCool
I'm aware that this problem has come up before and is likely solved, but I am new to the forums so i need to post to have full access to these resources, so i figured i may as well start a new thread.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/222124374139?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT - Item I purchased
https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/6308-msi-gt70-no-post-black-screen-after-video-card-upgrade-from-675m-to-680m/ - People already discussing this very same issue
https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/1425-nvidia-kepler-vbios-mods-overclocking-editions-modified-clocks-voltage-tweaks/ - all available Keplar VBIOS
I'd still like to start fresh though.
The computer I plan on putting this into is a MS-1762
Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
i7-3630QM Quad-Core 2.4ghz
8GB DDR3 @ 1600mhz
Chipset: HM77 / Intel Ivy Bridge
My goal in this thread is to be prepared for when the card arrives. I have never flashed a VBIOS before so I will take all the help and advise I can get.
G46VW Modded Bios
Modded - Unlocked - Overclocked - Updated
After a year of research and testing, I modded a bios for the G46VW. This enables many features that allows tweaking and capabilities unavailable before. Thank you to those who helped with the mods! Doink, Dreamonic, Klem, Fernando & SonicX
Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for damage to your laptop. Speed/heat/and power can reach levels beyond specification which could cause long and short term damage.
---> Download: G46VW Mod BIOS v4 Beta <---
G46VW Bios210 Base:
UNLOCKED Chipset menu and hidden options. Overclock CPU Boost Multipliers 37xxQM series and higher - Upto 4 multipliers K series - Unlimited Memory Frequency & Timings adjustable GTX660m VBIOS: Disable SECURE BOOT & FAST BOOT, then enable CSM. Overclock Limit - raised +405 Overvolt- Adjustable upto 1.20V (PrecisionX, Nvidia Inspector or MSI Afterburner (Must edit .cfg file to show) Updated: Atheros Ethernet: 18.104.22.168/22.214.171.124 ---> 126.96.36.199/188.8.131.52 Intel Raid/SATA: 184.108.40.2062 ---> 220.127.116.117 Intel VBIOS: 2137 ---> 2171 Intel GOP IvyBridge: 3.0.1023 ---> 3.0.1030 Intel CPU Microcode IvyBridge: 15 ---> 1C SandyBridge: 28 ---> 29 Intel ME: 18.104.22.1686 ---> 22.214.171.1246 (Run METool.exe to update) Miscellaneous New Static Boot Splash Images BIOS defaults changed for performance and compatibility Win8/8.1/10 (Choose 'Restore Defaults' in BIOS) Fix for keyboard backlights not working. (Read 'Read Me' in fixmykb folder)
Possible Future Updates:
GTX660m VBIOS bug fix - battery profile voltage stuck at 3D profile. Change Animated Boot Logo
Turn off antivirus, windows update, running software. If system crashes during flash, it will be bricked. If flash is interrupted and you're still in windows, re-run flash. Download and extract to an empty folder BIOS Mod files. Run flash.bat (flash will start immediately and Mouse and keyboard will be disabled until done.) Shutdown, wait several seconds, then power on while holding F2 to enter the new BIOS. WARNING: The BIOS reset jumper does not work nor does the flashback feature. Only change settings you know its affect. If new setting prevents system start you will need an external programmer or solder a new programmed BIOS chip.
Hello fellow Aliens,
Alienware M17xR4 got it back in Dec 2011 (Dell decided to upgrade my M17xR3 that crapped out on me)
Intel Core i7 3940XM
Upgraded from 660m to 780m
16GB Samsung 1600 RAM
2 500GB Samsung SSD in Raid 0 ( i know sue me)
This will be a little guide with my journey of upgrading my dedicated GTX and CPU.
Eagle vision activated and started the hunt on eBay for something that would not leave my bank with a massive dent. All i wanted to do is breathe more life into this monster that i have grown way too attached to. A quick search revealed people want way too much for their hard ware . How ever i started making offers and messaging people to negotiate a better price. I think it took me two days before i found a nice 3940XM listed for 350$. Messaged the dude and surely he replied with 200$ is a no go . But i can do 300$ . I had to come back with 280$ and to make the story short he accepted . Put my 3610QM after looking up on eBay they were going for 80$ give or take. So i listed it for 60$ with 4$ shipping . I got an E-mail from eBay; congrats on your listing...and your item sold . I did not want any negative feedback, so i removed the CPU wiped the thermal paste and decided to be with out my baby () until the 3940XM () arrived ( which took 3 days). That package was like a in my arms being delivered to its rightful owner. Reading all the replies on the offers i had made on 680m and 780m listings. From hell no to sorry you are crazy, there was a fellow that shared with me that the money is not a priority and his new 980m made him so happy he would sell his 780m for 300$ . Naturally i offered 280$ with paypal invoice = no eBay seller fees. What you know he accepted!!!!
Listed my 660m for sale and till this day it is still there . I dont want to share my agony with you, waiting for a seven business day delivery by UPS ground , so lets fast forward to when i got the 780m and installing it. Seller advised i would need a 100W heat sink, which my poor 660m oddly had. So 780m is installed and a dual boot of Win10 and Win7 in order to see which Win the 780 preferred. Windows recognized the new hardware, so did the Bios, so i went to www.Nvidia.com and downloaded the latest drivers . The installer kept on saying no compatible hardware was found so that drove me . It was not until i googled " M17xR4 780m upgrade that i found out the 780m is not compatible the "Legal way" and a INF file modification was in place to get the drivers installed. Again googled M17xR4 780m upgrade drivers, and i found numerous of people crying for help as well. I thought to my self ( i will never see this work today, better try this in the morning, but before i went to sleep i needed some wisdom of a fellow Alien to come to my aid. A guy that goes by tanzmeister replied and guided me. Here is a copy paste for yas.
These are the links you should check in order to install drivers properly:
2 - vBios for the 780m
I am not actually sure these drivers are modded... They might just be "Enhanced".
So check out this link as well to learn how to mod drivers yourself (really not that hard)
To install a modded driver you need to restart Windows with DSE disabled (driver signature). Please google this to find how to do it.
I personally haven't tried MrFox's drivers but I read they yield fantastic results on Kepler GPU's (780m included) so you can give these a try.
Everything worked!!!! Red Alert 2 and Age of Empires 2 were running!!!! Joking aside i launched Gta v and The witcher 3 which ran at a decent 30+ FPS. Castlevania Lords of Shadow 1 and 2 i could play at Ultra. I was genuinely happy with my rig.
Until today, for some reason i wanted to try an unlocked Bios. I was on A13, looked up Drivers on Dell's website and downloaded A12, A11, A10 and A05.
Did you guess what i did next? I flashed them all one by one, A12 first which was a sucess, A11 which also yielded good results. A10 finished flashing and instead of restarting my Alienware decided to take a nap.
Turn it on, and what i feared has happened. I HAD BRICKED MY BIOS!!!! Pulled my crappy Pentium laptop and googled M17xR4 bricked Bios.
Thank the merciful lord of forgiveness, of light, of hope, of all that is great. I had stumbles on T|I:
Following that i Blindly flashed A05 through recovery (which you really do not know what the hell is going on, Put the file on a flash drive, insert it in eSata. Shut down and remove both battery and AC adapter. Hold the END button on your keyboard and plug in your AC-adapter. Fans turn on 100% All the lights where showing, but then it started beeping and i had to go to work in 30 mins so i left it and proceeded to a warm shower. Finishing up and coming back to the room it was still beeping so i unplugged the AC-adapter reinserted the battery and AC-adapter. Pressed the and voila my tears were sucked back in.
Thank you for reading, i know i am not much of a writer, but i just wanted to share my journey if someone was thinking of doing the 780m upgrade.