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I am attaching a COUPLE of BIOS's to be flashed on the m18xR1 -
This one is based off of SVL7's unlocked bios. I've updated SEVERAL items on it.
**WARNING: PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR INTEL ME(Intel Management Engine) MUST BE THE ORIGINAL. If' you've updated, please make sure you downgrade back to stock Intel ME!
1) UNLOCKED BIOS
2) Intel RST v13.5.0 (Understand that this MIGHT NOT work with RAID. It should, but some people had trouble - you can downgrade to the v12 that I've poasted it you have any trouble!)
3) CPU Micro Code has been updated
4) NIC Firmware
5) Video Bios (On-Board)
6) M.2 Support (Through an adapter - but adapter will be recognized)
7) there are SEVERAL other updates but I just can't remember them all, lOl! (Sorry)
Version A05-v2.0 is probably better as it is the most stable. I'd SERIOUSLY suggest using that version. IF you want to use this, just understand it MIGHT cause you trouble with RAID... (It worked for some, and didn't work for others)
(On a side note - if ANYONE is willing, I MIGHT know how to get legacy to work on 800m+ video cards. But I need GOOD testers that know how to recovery flash and POTENTIALLY use SPI programmers in case of bad flash)! PM me if interested)
After messing with my Toshiba Qosmio this is where the fun starts for me.
Hopefully someone else can also use some of this info for their own cooling mods.
So i got this M17x R4 with a broken screen.
I7 3610, 8 gigs ram, 7970M etc.
Colors were all 70s psycho (LCD panel was cracked)
Replaced almost the whole laptop with new parts, brand new 120hz screen, brand new 3920xm, almost new Gtx 880M Oem dell from an M18.
New SSD drive among other things.
The question presents itself, how to cool the thing down some more.
I took out the Cpu heatsink, added another Pipe. Turns out the ones i had was too short and fluid filled.
Had to use my biggest iron and solder it shut before using epoxy on it to be sure.
Grinded off some rough edges and smoothed out the transition where the fins are.
This Metal epoxy is doing an alright job transferring heat from the core pad to the fins aswell.
I thought about buying the M17x R5 4 pipe cpu heatsink on ebay and modify it to fit.
I wont dremel off the aluminum bracket (upper left in this image) to make the 4th pipe fit, because then the lower cover will be losing out on a clip.
I hate loose panels so will look into cutting the 4th pipe on the 4 pipe cooler just before it reaches the chassis.
As you can see in the picture i need to grind off a piece of the aluminum just over the inner bend to make the most out of the 4th pipe if i go that route later
And so to the GPU, there is hardly enough room to fit a pipe over these three. I ordered 10 or so packets of heatsinks and coolers from some small gaming notebooks, i will get this next month.
Im thinking a wide pipe that i bring to a friend of mine for flat machine pressing, or a cnc machined flat piece of aluminum over here. I dont think The ebay R5 - 5 pipe will work with the stock bottom as is.
The GPU fan, i will buy a packet of small "P" gaskets and show you what i mean with forced cold air induction tomorrow.
Im not an engineer, but why add the hole under the keyboard. Hot air goes up not down.
On the Qosmio adding the gasket around the Fan and blocking the upper nonsense vent lowered the temps by quite a few degrees C
And finally the gaps around the fins, there will be some of the same gasket here.
No need to waste precious airflow from this (in my mechanical world) puny fan.
In this image you can see the bracket covering the inner Pipe, so a straight flat pipe will do it or the machined piece im thinking about.
Also around the edges of the fins around 5 pct of the airflow is returning back into the case. And what the heck were they thinking when they made the heatsink fins naked at the bottom leaking hot air everywhere.
Even Toshiba knew they hat to cover it to keep air flowing the right way.. outside of the case.
To be continued
Good time, everyone.
Got an AW M18x R1 with 580M SLI, 330W PSU, 100W heatsink and A05 svl7 unlocked BIOS.
Is it possible to upgrade the GPUs to a single 980M with Optimus?
Got a very good deal on 980M, don't know if it will work.
P.S. Searched lots of sites including this, but didn't find the exact answer.
Would appreciate any help, thanks in advance.
I release here today my personal BIOS for the M18x R2. It is based upon svl7's unlocked A11, Swick's mods to A11, and I have changed back the boot images to default Alienware and Intel logos, as well as reverted the atheros LAN oprom back to the default version that does not take up extra boot time. All other modifications done by swick and svl7 remain intact. Copy files from zip to root of usb in a usb-dos environment, run flash.bat. Simple. Tested by me on two of my M18x R2 systems, works without issue. I take no responsibility if you brick your system, flash at your own risk. Only thing left to do is to somehow enable 2133 for sandy bridge CPU in M18x R2 motherboard.
Remember, give thanks to svl7 and swick for their initial work on this. I release this freely to the public, nobody should pay for this.
I am having issues with my gtx 880m. I currently have a m18x r1 unlocked a05 bios and modded drivers (368.69 also tired 372.90)
basically when im playing battlefront the game plays for about 1 min, and then crashes and I got this direct x error message on screen (shown in pic below)
I managed to fix this error by turning on vertical sync in settings in the game and also in the nvidia control panel (it was set to auto, or adaptive and I changed this to on), and this fixed this create texture error.
Now I am getting a completely new error and I was able to play the game for now more than 1 min, usually around 10-12 mins before crashing, i am now seeing a new error,
directx function "DX11 Renderer::tryMap" failed with DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_REMOVED ("The video card has been physically reomved from the system, or a driver upgrade for the video card has occurred. ").
I have tried to change drivers, change clock speeds, turn off overclocking and running everything on low, I have also tried to delete the ndvi64.api file from system32 as suggested in an ea forum, and still no luck.
Anyone else had this error? took me 3 days to finally get the gtx 880m to work in the mx18 r1 and now the only game that plays is battlefield, which works floorlessly on ultra for 4+ hours game play constantly with no issues. but its just when I play battlefront it crashes
ive tried to even do the directx web installer to install latest files and still didnt work..
any help would be appreciated and im sure would help out alot of mx18r1 users or gtx 880m users out there.
then I managed to fix this error