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m18xR1 New 105 UNLOCKED bios, with v11.2, 11.6, 12.9.0 OpRom with RAID0 TRIM SUPPORT!!!
Well, I was FINALLY able to MOD a fully UNLOCKED A05 Bios for the m18x R1.
I created several BIOS's that have the following Intel Raid OpRom v10.5, 11.2, 11.6, 12.9, 13.5. I'm told that 12.9.0 is the BEST version to use with our m18xR1. Also, these ROMS are modded to give TRIM on a RAID0 system! I've tested it and can confirm it does work!
I also have an intel ME Firmware upgrade that you can do, as well, but I only sugest people that know what they are doing use it. Only because, for some reason, if you flash the ME firmware, then the Bios, there is a problem and you can brick your ME Firmware. (You'd need a new motherboard). It locks your firmware.
Anyway, if you flash the bios that you want, and not even deal with upgrading the ME, then you're fine. But, if you do the ME firmware upgrade like I did, if you flash and bios's, you will need to downgrade the FW, before any BIOS flashing... (I THINK).
In any case, you may just want to stick with the BIOS upgrade, as this will give you TRIM in RAID0 support (confirmed with trimtool).
If interested, please let me know!
Is your old Celeron cooler ready for the dumpster?
All started when my brother's ASUS H61 motherboard died and I got his Celeron G540 (socket 1155). I also had an mITX case with a dead custom PSU that I don't intend to fix (Hantol HC ITX02).
He now needs another PC in his bookshop, so, I decided to buy a cheap mITX 1155 socket motherboard that would use an External power brick. And I found a great deal on a Lenovo m91p motherboard @ 22$ plus shipping. Or so I thought. This motherboard uses non reference cooler holes making it impossible to fit the stock Intel cooler (or any other cooler that I had laying around and would fit the case).
So I decided to use the old cooler from a Celeron D 330 (2.66GHz) a friend gave me after his motherboard died...
It seems to have a big amount of aluminum in the middle and have aluminum fins... It just needed some trimming on the side cause there are some capacitors.
I kind of hooked it on the motherboard using an 14" fan protector I got from a dead Thermaltake and some M3 screws and nuts.
Add some MX2 the old stock Intel cooler on top of it and the results where ~ 26C @ idle and ~52C @ full load (using stress on Fedora 22). Pretty solid!
I then decided to add an silent 92mm Scythe fan and the results where even better ~20-21C @ idle and ~ 45C @ full load...
I lastly tried to use it passively, after an hour idle temperature was merely @ 66C and It took 30min of full load for the temperature to reach 100C.
This means that I can probably run it with one or two case fans only. This will be tested.
The results show that the old Celeron's D (73W rated TDP) had some pretty solid cooling solutions, that you may want to mod and use for cheap projects like this.
I don't have an 1155 4C to test, but i am pretty sure that this cooler would outperform even the Copper Intel stock cooler shipped with these CPUs.
More pictures with subs...
Anyone able to spare some M18x time to unbrick a 7970m for me?
I've managed to brick my graphics card trying to install an undervolted vbios. I'm running an M15x and so can't slot in an extra card to run the screen in order to flash another vbios.
I'd be happy to pay to cover anyone's time.
Installing Clevo GTX 680M in Alienware M18x
Officially, the upgrade path for the Alienware M18x-R1 ends with the nVidia GTX 580M but is that really going to stop the Tech|Inferno enthusiast from trying the latest and greatest? Absolutely not! So let’s get started.
Parts & Tools Needed
Quantity Part Needed (1) or (2) Clevo GTX 680M Kit from RJTech (1) X-Bracket (also included with 680M kit when purchased from RJTech) (1)Screws Screws (Also included with 680M kit from RJTech) (1)680M SLI cable SLI Cable (optional, can be found on eBay or directly from Dell) (1)IC Diamond ICD7 Diamond(recommended) or MX-4 Thermal Paste (1)Thermal pads Aftermarket Thermal Pads (1) ESD Mat + Strap (1) Precision Screwdriver Set (1) Techni-Tool Spudger Clevo GTX 680M Upgrade Kit
When you purchase the Clevo GTX 680M Upgrade Kit from places like RJTech or MXM-Upgrade, they usually send a full kit that includes the X-bracket, screws, thermal paste, and Clevo heatsink. For the M18x-R1 or R2, the Clevo heatsink will be useless so you can elect to either resell it on eBay or just toss it in the garbage. A point of importance to keep in mind is that whether you opt to purchase the GTX 680M by itself or as a kit, be sure it comes with the x-bracket and Clevo screws (more information on this below). Typical price for an upgrade kit as of September 2012 is around $750-$850.00 USD.
The Alienware M18x-R1 is a fairly sophisticated system that requires the user to have a familiarity with taking apart notebooks. Because some of the parts in the M18x are fragile, it is recommended you only attempt this if you feel you have sufficient experience.
Refer to the Alienware M18x Service Manual to learn how to take apart the system. View Alienware’s Tear Down videos to see how its done. Installation
Installation is pretty straightforward, be sure to use the ESD mat + strap when handling the M18x and GTX 680M so that no damage occurs to the sensitive electronics.
Once the M18x has been opened up, remove the existing video cards. Ensure that you are using GTX 560M/580M video card heatsinks for full compatibility with the GTX 680M. You must use the screws (linked in the above table) designed for the Clevo GTX 680M X-Bracket since the Dell screws do not fit. Remove the retention washers from the 560M/580M heatsink in order to remove the original screws. Clean the previous thermal paste from the GPU using isopropyl alcohol and a cotton pad. Alternatively, coffee filter paper also works well. Place the thermal pads on the video card according to the picture below: One problem you may encounter while fitting new pads is that the heatsink does not make full contact with the inductors on the video card. To alleviate this, a thicker aftermarket thermal pad can be used or copper shims + ICD7 such as the photo below:
Once the thermal pads and/or shim have been placed, do a test placement with the heatsink to ensure all the thermal pads make contact with the heatsink. An example of proper contact is illustrated in the photos below: After proper pad contact has been determined, place a thin line of thermal paste across the GPU, seat the heatsink and fasten it with the screws. Both the right and left heatsinks require different fitting of the pads so always check for proper contact before installation. Driver .inf Modification
The Clevo GTX 680M may require the proper device id to be added to the nvcv.inf file found in the Display.Driver directory.
The latest beta drivers require more extensive modification that go beyond the scope of this article at this time. However, there are modified nVidia beta drivers available at LaptopVideo2Go that have the .inf files already modified for both the desktop and notebook and thus are a simple point and click installation–which is what we recommend.
Update 9/13/12: You can grab the latest 306.23 modded drivers from our forum to use with the M18x-R1 and Clevo GTX 680M.
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