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I installed Windows 8.1 on my R1 and the only compatibility issue I ran into is that the Alienware Command Center won't install. My sweet keyboard lights are stuck at blue and I can't change them or go dark.

Bad luck, for me the only issue was the webcam that doesn't work since i have updated from Windows 7 to 8. I have also later installed 8.1 and my Alienware Command Center still work.

I think you should try to unstalled it and then reinstalled it, if you have made an update, this may help. But if you have done a new install, then less chance that it helps

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I think its a great move with the graphics amplifier. You sort of get everything with alienware 13 + GA without clear sacrifices imo. Obviusly you would get better performance from a desktop or a protable desktop, but most of us want a really portable laptop and not all of us can afford multiple systems. So I think its a great setup. Makes the whole system so much more future proof with the GA.

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Mine work fine, I think I might have downloaded the command center for the m14xr2 which has windows 8 avalible, even tho I got the R1 is still worked for me

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I have an M14x R2, i73630, 16GB RAM, GT650 M. Any game I play ends up lagging after a while. I think my cpu start throttling. I have also noticed that my CPU is at about 60C when idle. Is this normal?

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m14xr2 starts throttling at 67C so that could be you issue; your cpu is running a little hot under idle; should check to see if fan ports need cleaning. You can change the throttling by turning of speed-step in the bios.

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I bought an m14x r2 and i love the machine! but i hear it throttles the 650m at around 650m, it turns out this is true :/ but it seems to be related to cpu temps of the hd 4000, i disabled turbo mode and it lasted up to 69c before the 650m throttled :/ not good for gamers considering 70c is fine to me, i have a cooling pad.

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When I play a graphically intense game on the m14x r2 via hdmi or the laptop monitor will the laptop automatically switch over to the gt 650m even though nvidia control panel says the hdmi port and laptop monitor are connected to the intel graphics card?

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Any way to blind flash the Alienware 14 like earlier versions ? Bricked mine updating the BIOS :(

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When I play a graphically intense game on the m14x r2 via hdmi or the laptop monitor will the laptop automatically switch over to the gt 650m even though nvidia control panel says the hdmi port and laptop monitor are connected to the intel graphics card?

No, you need to assign the applications to a specific graphics card. It does not depend on how much intensity is being used, but which application is being used. You can manually configure such things in the Nvidia control panel if you prefer :)

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Anybody still using alienware m14x r1? if yes, which 2015-16 new games that are still playable @900p at avg 30 FPS? I might not be able to buy new laptop or build a PC in a year or so, but i am considering to buy and play some recently new games, i have been playing only fallout:NV, skyrim, and overwatch these days :geek:

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Got my trusty m14x r1, I want to flash the Sata fix A09 bios, so my SSD can hopefully run at Sata III speeds

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6 years old and my M14xR2 still running amazing. gotta love alienware <3

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I just received a Kingston SSD and 2x8gb RAM sticks as well as thermal paste, I'll let you know how the upgrade goes! My rig has served me well but operating in the field of bioanalytical chemistry requires more intensive computational power and my graduate stipend isn't quite enough to order an Origin powerhouse laptop. I looked into replacing the fan to the heatsink, hopefully the upgrade is enough to attenuate the high, but not critical, core temps. 

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