For when that rubber coating on your laptop phase shifts to fly paper...
Here is what I did,
Well documented by debaucher:
The palm rest section was the biggest offender for me;
>I used a plastic spoon and nail polish remover to remove the rubber coating:
>Obviously remove as many of the various utility boards as possible.
>I left the touch pad in place because this model used thermally fused plastic rivet like pieces to hold the light pipes in place and I found it easier to mask it off.
>"FrogTape Delicate Surface" worked very well for masking off various surfaces
>I used Krylon Plastic Paint as a base coat and 'Jet Black metal flake Automotive Paint;
>With the paint still setting up I dusted various glow powders over the substrate and dusted some additional black paint to achieve some depth to the effect .
>I after the automotive paint set up I use mate clear coat the overcoat the entire surface. I personally believe glossy clear coat would not look as good.
>Adjust as needed and re-assemble.
>I Used a USB LED clamp light available ebay/amazon $10 to illuminate
Hope you enjoyed the first post...
Help me Tech Inferno, you're my only hope.
Ok so firstly, apologies for yet another 8 beeps thread. I must have read 100 of them over the last week. I feel like I'm missing something obvious, but I'm totally burned out after days of working on this so would appreciate some outside perspective.
I live in the UK, so I've avoided buying a 980m to upgrade my 660 for years to due the price/import tax etc. I finally found a good priced 980m on Ebay a few weeks ago so I thought why not give my trusty 18x r2 a few extra years of life.
I ordered the 100w heatsink, x bracket etc from Eurocom at the same time and everything arrived on the same day.
Here's what I've done so far in the last 7 days:
-Flashed unlocked A11 BIOS (I rolled back to Dell A11 first)
-Removed 660m and installed 980m
-With BIOS in Legacy, Installed Windows 7 on a new SSD with BIOS set to IGFX
-Tried to switch to PEG but got 8 beeps so reset CMOS battery
-Switched to SG and booted to Windows. 980m detected as default hardware. Installed 980m Driver from Eurocom and restarted. Device manager shows 980m working normally along with HD Graphics 4000. Tried PEG again but still got 8 beeps
-Reset battery, booted to Windows and disabled the 980m in Device Manager
-Flashed VBIOS from here (I read that the dell VBIOS doesn't work well so tried Clevo one first, but I've since tried both and a few others)
-Re enabled 980m and restarted Laptop still in Legacy SG.
-Tried to test a game but they only want to use HD Graphics 4000. When I try to open NVIDIA Control Panel and change some settings I get a blue screen and have to restart.
-Tried PEG again, still 8 beeps
I've tried many combinations of drivers, VBIOS and BIOS settings over the last week but the result is mostly the same. I get 8 beeps in PEG. I thought perhaps the seller had sent me a G-sync version as I have read these don't play well with PEG, but I checked the hardware ID (PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_13D7&SUBSYS_05501028&REV_A1) and what I've read seems to indicate this is the Non G-Sync card.
I got the 980m rather than the 1060 after reading the forums as I saw so many success stories I figured it would be the safer option.
I understand this laptop is basically dead to most of you now, but if any techsperts are around and could give me some other things to try I'd greatly appreciate it.
I have a 2nd hand M17XR4 from 2014. (I bought it 2nd hand because I wanted an alienware but had no money for brand new ones, its my first ever personal purchase after saving up when i had a job, my first and only laptop:( )
The issue happened suddenly while playing League, it crashed and wouldnt boot up anymore.
It gives 8 beeps when powering on.
No LCD light and 8 beeps when powered on with gpu.
LCD lights up when gpu is removed but still 8 beeps and stuck at black screen.
I cant bring it to a service center because there is none here in Philippines.
The LCD is 3d capable as I recall.
Im hoping to buy an old gpu from you guys just so I can make it work again.
The old gpu on it is a GTX 675M (see attached).
I brought it to some guys who tried to have a look but they couldnt find any visible issue on the motherboard, lcd, and gpu. (They opened the laptop up.)
They also tried to reheat the solders just in case but it did nothing.
I already spent 200$ in travel and expenses going to those shops because I live far from the capital but still no luck.
Can you guys help me out what should be done?
I'm going to be upgrading my Alienware M18x R1 with a GTX770m I purchased from ebay; 770m has a Dell P/N: HW6C9 for reference. I have a couple questions about performing this upgrade:
-Is the /unlocked/ version A05 bios necessary? I am receiving 8 beeps on startup with the dell factory A05 bios installed w/ the 770m
-Is a vBIOS flash required for basic functionality and driver installs?
-If so, is there a link to a compatible vBIOS for this card, finally, a guide for installing the new vbios?
Any help is vastly appreciated, I've done some homework but I am new to upgrading MXM modules on laptops.