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    For those who don't like the restrictions Lenovo put on their system, here's a BIOS mod that will get you back at least some of the freedom you should have over your own hardware. Features: WLAN card whitelist removed, any (hardware-wise compatible) card should now work hidden BIOS menus unlocked VBIOS tweaked for more performance and better tuning possibilities Keep in mind that not necessarily all of the BIOS options available with this mod will be fully functional, so use the new available settings with care. If you're unsure about something don't change it and ask here, someone might be able to help. Available for v1.07 / v1.09 / v1.10 and v3.05. v2.04 and v2.07 added (only whitelist removal as for now) If you have a different BIOS (or more specific, a BIOS newer than 3.05) I will need a copy of it in order to make it work for your system. Instructions for flashing the modified BIOS v3.05: You need a USB stick prepared to run DOS, here is a guide you can follow in case you don't know how to do this: Guide by @StamatisX - thanks! >>> Before continuing make sure the AC adapter is connected to your laptop and your battery has at least 20% charge remaining. <<< (0) - NOTE: This step is Only necessary if your system isn't already using BIOS v3.05 Update to the official v3.05 BIOS provided by Lenovo . (1) - Create a backup of your own BIOS (now v3.05) by using Fptw64 tool. Extract the files and run the included .bat file from an admin command prompt. . (2) - Download Lenovo_Y510p-Y410p_[v3.05]_modified.zip and put the files of folder [1] to the root of your prepared USB DOS stick. Let the BiosFixer prepare your BIOS for flashing by drag and dropping your backup file on it. Put the created "v305mod.bin" file to the root of your USB DOS drive as well. . (3) - Now you need to downgrade the firmware back to v2.07 (Y510p-Y410p_v207_[stock].zip) in order to flash the mod. . (4) - Boot from your USB DOS drive, when you see the command prompt type BIOS and hit enter. Wait until the BIOS is flashed (you can safely ignore warnings about non-existing regions). . (5) - Once the BIOS flash completed with no errors, type EC and hit enter. Wait until the EC is flashed. Then reboot. . (6) - Go to the BIOS setup menu, load the default settings, apply and reboot. Done. In case you're using an ultra bay GPU follow the instructions in post #2 and flash the vbios.. NOTE: It's crucial that you flash both, BIOS and EC. Having different EC and BIOS versions can in certain situations lead to issues. IMPORTANT: If you want to go back to stock v3.05 you can do that easily by simply using the official update from Lenovo. That's it, nothing additional required in this case. Old instructions for users with v1.07 / v1.09 / v1.10 or v2.04 / v2.07 who for some reasons don't want to update to v3.05: Video walk-through of bios settings (thanks @allstone): My donation link in case you want to buy me a beer Download link for files referenced in this post:
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    Lenovo Y500 - 'unlocked' BIOS / wwan-wlan whitelist removal The Lenovo Y580 / Y480 comes with a pretty locked down BIOS, and in addition to this with a whitelist which prevents the user from getting 3rd-party wwan/wlan cards to work properly. The modified BIOS versions here will take care of this. Keep in mind that not necessarily all options available in the modified bios will work. Some might not do anything at all, others could possibly leave your system in a state which will prevent it from booting. Use care when changing stuff in the modified bios, don't touch things you're not familiar with. Use all the mods and software posted here on your own risk. NOTE: This will only flash the bios region. It won't reset the nvars set in the bios. While it is technically possible to update from v2.0x to v8.01 by using the method described below, I can't really recommend it since the EC of your system won't get updated. While it might work (possibly even without any issues) I can't recommend it. Therefore if you're on v2.0x and want to update, the better option is to wait until Lenovo provides an official 8.xx firmware update with EC and BIOS. You can then still flash the modified version as described below, once you're on a proper v8.xx firmware. Attached you'll find a modified version of the Y580 / Y480 BIOS v8.01 (5DCN90WW). ----------------------------------------- >> For users with a v2.0x BIOS: << Download links Old version: Current 2.0x version: Lenovo Y580 / Y480 BIOS v2.07 (5DCN40WW) -> unlocked, whitelist removed, Nvidia 660m @ 1GHz default 3d clocks Flash with the included InsydeFlash utility. ----------------------------------------- >> Instructions for v8.0x BIOS users: << The attached BIOS ("Lenovo Y580 - Y480 BIOS v8.01 (5DCN90WW) - Mod") is unlocked, whitelist stuff removed and the 660m is tweaked to 1GHz default 3d core clock. The only way I know of which allows you to flash the modified BIOS for v8.01 users does unfortunately also describe certain information which you don't want to loose (serials, Windows licencse etc.). Don't worry, I got it all sorted out, but due to this the flashing procedure is a bit more complicated than usual. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully. Download the flash tool, for flashing you'll need the DOS version, but for creating the backup of your current BIOS the Win64 version will do as well, and it is faster. Get the prr tool as well. Grab the modified BIOS you want to flash and the Y580-Y480_BiosFix tool. Create a backup of your current BIOS using the flash tool you downloaded (first step) by runing the included backup.bat, or by using the Win or Dos version flash tool with this command: -d BackupBiosY500.bin -bios If you get and 'Error 104', grab 'Error 104' fix and replace the original fparts file with it. . Make sure you have the modified bios which you want to flash, the bios backup you just created and the "Y580-Y480_BiosFix" tool in the same folder. Run the Y580-Y480_BiosFix tool, follow the instructions on the screen. Enter the name of the files correctly, else you'll get an error. It will create a new file for you and will be named after the modified bios file you specified, with 'Fix' appended to it. Here's a screenshot of the tool in use (Y580 version looks the same). In the case shown here it will create a file called "modifiedBiosFix.bin" which you can find in the folder where you run the tool. Use that one for flashing. Put the fixed BIOS, the prr.exe tool and the fpt.exe (along with the fparts.txt file) on the root of your prepared DOS bootable USB drive, restart your system and boot from that drive. Execut the prr.exe, if you don't get an error message continue by pressing enter. Then flash the bios by using this command (filename.bin obviously needs to be replaced with the name of the file you want to flash). If you can't remember the name of your file, use the command dir to display all the files on your drive. Flash with this: fpt.exe -f filename.bin -bios NOTE: The name of the BIOS file mustn't exceed eight characters (not counting the extension)! That's a DOS limit, so make sure the name of your file isn't too long. Wait until the process is done. After flashing it will verify the data, in case there's something wrong with the flashed data it will tell you. In that case don't reboot, just flash again. It might look a bit complicated at first, but that's the easiest way I could think of. Let me know if anything is unclear. The attached v8.0x modified versions include: - unlocked menus - whitelist removed (wwan / wlan) - Nvidia 660m 'GHz edition' - 1000MHz default 3d clocks >> Here's the 'buy me a beer' link in case you like this. Modding makes me thirsty << Use at your own risk, you are responsible for your system and the changes you make on it. My programs come with absolutely no warranty to the extend permitted by applicable law. Thanks @X0pas1 for testing, and for some pics - see below: I'd appreciate it if someone could also post some pictures of the more interesting sub-menus, e.g. advanced CPU control, video settings and similar. UPDATE 1/17/16 DOWNLOAD LINK FOR FILES REFERENCED IN THIS POST:
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    Prema Mod™ BIOS & vBIOS Make sure to select the correct version for your model and follow the included "README" text file! Use the reset & recovery instructions in case of any problems. You can now also purchase your Notebook directly with Prema Mod from one of our Partner Shops and receive Mods & updates ahead of the public! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Password for all files: premamod.com or biosmods.wordpress.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All my mods are DONATIONWARE and for your personal use only! THX & ENJOY! P-SERIES (v)BIOS >>> SECOND POST <<< W-SERIES (v)BIOS >>> THIRD POST <<< MXM vBIOS & MORE >>> FORTH POST <<<
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    NVIDIA 'Maxwell' VBIOS mods Here you find modified VBIOS versions for the mobile parts of the Nvidia 'Maxwell' series. The VBIOS versions in this post are tweaked for performance and versatility. You'll get almost complete control over the performance parameters of your GPU. List of available VBIOS mods: Nvidia GTX 970m - 'OC edition' rev0 - >> 6 GB Version << - modified by @johnksss & svl7 -> see attachments Nvidia GTX 980m - 'OC edition' rev0 - >> 8 GB Version << - modified by @johnksss & svl7 -> see attachments Screenshot demonstrating the capabilities of the 970m versions: >> Read the instructions carefully before flashing! << If anything is unclear after reading or if you have additional remarks, please post in the thread. Flashing: - Go to the device manager -> 'Display Adapters' -> chooser your GPU, right click on it and choose disable - Flash the VBIOS with mnvflash, a modified version of nvflash (see attachments). Here are detailed instructions for nvflash in case you aren't familiar with it. - After the flashing is done: Enable the GPU once again in the device manager. - Reboot Do NOT use driver 347.09, it's broken and useless and won't allow you to overclock, even with the stock firmware. Don't distribute the files hosted here outside of Tech|Inferno. Don't modify the files you download here. mnvflash_windows_5.196.zip Nvidia GTX 980m - 'OC edition' rev0.zip Nvidia GTX 970m - 'OC edition' rev0.zip
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    Dell has hidden a lot of options in the BIOS of the Alienware M17x R4, the modified BIOS versions here will show you all the hidden menus and allow you to further tweak your system and optimize its performance. Don't change anything you're not familiar with. There might be functions available which don't work on your system, so use this BIOS with care. It should only be used by advanced users. In case you mess up and your system refuses to boot after applying the changes you make, remove the AC adapter, battery and coin cell battery in order to clear the non-volatile ram of the BIOS. This should fix most issues. *********************** Instructions: If you're on A05 or an earlier version, you can flash the modified bios by simply using the InsydeFlash utility provided with the official bios update on the Dell support site. However, once you're on a version newer than A05, things get a bit more complicated. There are two options then: - Method 1: Revert to stock A05 or earlier by using the Insyde USB bios recovery method, and then flash the modified bios by using the official tools (InsydeFlash). - Method 2 (recommended): Flash the modified Bios from DOS by using the FPT tool: . Grab the DOS version of fpt for flashing, and my 'prr tool' to circumvent write protection.. Download a '[FPT]' labeled version of the unlocked BIOS. Put the DOS version of the flash tool on the root of the prepared USB stick (fpt.exe and fparts.txt), along with the prr.exe and the file you want to flash (plus the included flash.bat). . Restart the system and boot from your USB stick. Run prr.exe, then flash the bios by executing the flash.bat file. Wait until the tool completes the flash. If the verification is okay, reboot, else flash again.. Go to the bios, load the default settings and reboot. Done NOTE: The flashing from DOS as described above will only update the BIOS, not the rest of the firmware. Therefore I strongly advise you to first flash the stock version of the bios you want by using the official update provided by Dell, and once that's done you can go ahead and flash the modified version of your bios by following the instructions above. Download links to the unlocked M17x R4 BIOS versions: M17x R4 - BIOS A05 [unlocked] M17x R4 - BIOS A08 [unlocked] - see attachment M17x R4 - BIOS A09 [unlocked] - see attachment M17x R4 - BIOS A10 [unlocked] - see attachment [FPT] M17x R4 - BIOS A10 [unlocked] - see attachment [FPT] M17x R4 - BIOS A11 [unlocked] - see attachment Donation link, in case you want to buy me a beer Here some pictures of the menus (thanks a lot for the pics @deadbydawn!) I want to thank @widezu69 for testing !! It's hard to find users who are willing to risk their system in order to test a mod, I greatly appreciate this! Thank you!! ********* Flash and use at your own risk. I don't take any responsibility for any possible damages on your system. The software which I provide here ('prr tool') comes with absolutely no warranty to the extent permitted by applicable law. ___ M17x_R4_-_BIOS_A08_[unlocked].zip M17x_R4_-_BIOS_A09_[unlocked].zip M17x_R4_BIOS_A10_-_[unlocked].zip [FPT]-M17x_R4_BIOS_A11_-_[unlocked]V2.zip [FPT] M17x R4 - BIOS A10 [unlocked].zip M17x_R4_-_BIOS_A05_[unlocked].zip
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    Prema Mod™ BIOS FOR CLEVO P-SERIES IMPORTANT ONLY FOR P-EM Systems: HASWELL: DO NOT UPDATE THE ME FIRMWARE BEYOND v9.0 IF YOU WANT TO KEEP USING BCLK OC! P1 BIOS P150EM_17_11_PM P151EM_17_11_PM P15xSM_34_31_PM P15xSMA_311_38_PM P170EM_17_12_PM P170SM_34_31_PM P177SM_34_31_PM P17xSMA_311_39_PM P3 BIOS P370EM_08_09_PM P370SM_33_31_PM P370EM3_08_09_PM P370SM3_33_31_PM P370SM-A_310_39_PM P375SM_33_31_PM P375SM-A_311_39_PM P377SM-A_310_39_PM P5 BIOS P570WM_37_33_PM P570WM_37_33_PM_Legacy P570WM3_37_33_PM P6 (v)BIOS P6xxSE_39_310_PM P6xxSG_37_39_PM P7 BIOS P75xZM_315_39_PM P75xZM-G_315_39_PM P77xZM_315_39_PM P77xZM-G_315_39_PM
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    I've recreated the OSD Icons for the R1/R2/R3/R4 and R5 aka 17 as the standard ones are a bit dated. It should also work with the M15x though as my old M15x had the same setup for the OSD app. Regarding the R3 OSD, it seems its the same install for the M18x as well so it should work for you M18x owners too. I've also added the AW 17 OSD to the list. This exe is also compatible with the 14 and 18 as Dell uses the same OSD for all the new machines. There's also a set for you Area-51 m17 R1 owners. I've tried to give it a simular feel to the Invader Icon pack by Alienware. Hope you guys like it Install Instructions for R1 1. You need to end the OSD process in Task Manager since it may be using some of these icon files. Ctrl+Shift+Esc then find the OSD process and end it. 2. Backup your current icons if you want to revert to the originals (You can also uninstall and re-install the OSD application if you want to go back to the original icons) 3. Extract the attached "M17X R1-R2 & M15X.zip" contents to C:\Program Files (x86)\OSD\picture\. Overwrite if prompted. 4. Restart the OSD application. It is located in C:\Program Files (x86)\OSD\Launch.exe 5. Done! Install Instructions for R2 /M15x 1. You need to end the OSD.exe process in Task Manager since it may be using some of these icon files. Ctrl+Shift+Esc then find "OSD.exe" and end the process. 2. Backup your current icons if you want to revert to the originals (You can also uninstall and re-install the OSD application if you want to go back to the original icons) 3. Extract the attached "M17X R1-R2 & M15X.zip" contents to C:\Program Files (x86)\OSD\ICONs\. Overwrite if prompted. 4. Restart the OSD application. It is located in C:\Program Files (x86)\OSD\Launch_OSD.exe 5. Done! Install instructions for R3 / R4 / M18x 1. You need to end the OSD process in Task Manager since it may be using some of these icon files. Ctrl+Shift+Esc then find the AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe process and end it. 2. Backup the existing AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe by renaming it to "AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe.BAK" for example. Its in C:\Program Files (x86)\Alienware On-Screen Display\ 3. Extract the AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe from the appropriately named file depending on your OS and model to the C:\Program Files (x86)\Alienware On-Screen Display\ folder. 4. Restart the OSD application by double-clicking the file. 5. Done! Install instructions for 14 / 17 / 18 ** 1. You need to end the OSD process in Task Manager since it may be using some of these icon files. Ctrl+Shift+Esc then find the AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe process and end it. 2. Backup the existing AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe by renaming it to "AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe.BAK" for example. Its in C:\Program Files (x86)\Alienware On-Screen Display\ 3. Extract the AlienwareOn-ScreenDisplay.exe from the "AW 14-17-18 (Windows 8).zip" file to the C:\Program Files (x86)\Alienware On-Screen Display\ folder. 4. Restart the OSD application by double-clicking the file. 5. Done! The Area-51 m17-R1 install should be similar to the steps for the other laptop revisions above. They all basically follow the same process anyway, apart from filenames/paths. @robby_hd was kind enough to make a red version of these icons for the M17x R3 / M18x R1 which can be downloaded from his post here. **There seems to be a security issue with Windows 8/8.1 at this point in time since it doesn't allow modified exe's. I will update this post with a solution once it has been found. Also a few Alienware owners are having an issue with the unmodified OSD and Windows 8. Only the default Windows 8 OSD displays and not the Alienware version. Try the solution posted by Dell here and then attempt installing the mod. The below screenprint is a workaround by editing the security policies to allow the unsigned exe to run in Windows 8. If you are not aware of what these settings do and the repercussions of changing them, please do not attempt it. - Open the Group Policy Editor by typing "gpedit.msc" in the search or run text box. - Duplicate the settings below. Area-51 m17-R1.zip M17X R1-R2 & M15X.zip M17X R3-R4 & M18X R1-R2 (Windows 7).zip M17x R4 & M18X R2 (Windows 8).zip AW 14-17-18 (Windows 8).zip M17X R4 & M18X R2 (Windows 8.1).zip
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    So you've got hold of a 4GB version of a GTX 680m, figured out how to flash the vbios and it runs well. However, there are some things missing such as GPU boost and the ability to actually install drivers easily. Perhaps you are reluctant to run a vbios that ups to voltage to 1.037v. This thread aims to have everyone owning a 4GB GTX 680m get the most out of their GPU including enabling a GPU boost hack. This is not an overkill thread, but more about getting things working well with a good performance, quality and stability improvement over stock. There will be no crazy high voltages so everything should be safe short and long term however I take no responsibility for burnt or bricked cards. Please proceed at your own risk, there will be vbios flashing. First of all, the GTX 680m is similar to the desktop GTX 670 but severely downclocked. By OC'ing, one can get the core speed up to speed and beyond but clocking the memory @3Ghz (6GHz effective) in an attempt to reach its 192GBit/s bandwidth is very risky and likely dangerous. However, if the memory is clocked to 2250 (4.5Ghz effective) then the bandwidth is identical to that of the GTX 660 Ti @144GBit/s. Both desktop GPUs have the same base and boost clock at 915Mhz and 980Mhz respectively. This brings me to the vbios. Kindly created by master hex maestro svl7. The vbios (attached below) clocks in @915/1125(2250)Mhz exactly the same as that which I mentioned above. Those specific clocks are also what makes the GPU boost work well (I'll get to that later). The vbios is engineered from the MSI ES(FD) vbios and has a voltage of 1.025v and settles @1.0v during constant load. Not amazingly(potentially dangerously) high but there is still plenty of headroom for overclocking. Flash this, and verify with GPUz. Of course the memory clock can be anything but I chose 1125 as they are nice and neat as well as offering a mild but significant boost in performance. Next, drivers. The recent nvidia drivers are great but digging deep into the source code, we find that there are image quality hacks that trade image quality for performance. Plus some drivers just plain won't install if the GTX 680m is an aftermarket upgrade on unsupported mobos. These drivers are winners though: http://files.laptopvideo2go.com/Dox/geforce306.02.2-modded.exe Modded by the infamous Dox, all hacks are removed, quality is optimsed and support for all nvidia devices is included and should install without a hitch on any system. Drivers are uber stable but not great benchers as image quality is improved at some cost to performance. but I'd happily trade performance for decent quality and stability and use another driver to bench. And finally, enabling GPU boost. This method is not actually GPU boost but it functions in exactly the same way, call it "fake" GPU boost. What we need to do is to download Nvidia Inspector: NVIDIA Inspector 1.9.6.6 download from Guru3D.com Put that in a safe place and run it, allow overclocking and set the base offset to +65 to achieve 980Mhz, the same as the desktop cards. Now some of you may think that this is plain overclocking however, this is not the case. After applying the clocks (keep Inspector open), run a mild to moderately intensive GPU task such as playing HD video or opening the settings dialogue of Furmark (but not starting any test yet) and you will see that the clocks will still show 914.5Mhz. Start a game or Furmark and that will jump to 980Mhz similar to GPU Boost. Now click on "Create clocks shortcut" and a new shortcut should appear on the desktop. Drag that to your "Startup" folder in the Start menu and Fake GPU Boost should be enabled on every restart without any user input needed. I tested other base clock speeds ranging from 900Mhz up to 1000Mhz and and every boost clock speed from +1 to +100 and 915 -> 980 was the only combination that worked. Most other base clock speeds would always change to 928Mhz and without the 915Mhz baseclock, all other fake boost clock offsets would go to 966Mhz unless I went way beyond 1Ghz which I don't recommend anyway. Either it was coincidence that those clock speeds are identical to the desktop ones or that they are the only clocks that work on the GK104 which is why nvidia set them to the desktop ones in the first place. Please report back if you have any issues. I've only tested this myself but it should apply to all 4GB GTX 680m users. EDIT by svl7: Vbios is outdated, grab the latest one here: http://forum.techinferno.com/general-notebook-discussions/1847-nvidia-kepler-vbios-mods-overclocking-editions-modified-clocks-voltage-tweaks.html
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    Version 1.0.0

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    Files contained in this archive: [Y580][Y480]-'unlocked_BIOS'_660mGHzEdition_WhitelistMod.zip 'Error 104' - fix.zip Lenovo Y580 - Y480 BIOS v8.00 (5DCN90WW) - Mod.zip Lenovo Y580 - Y480 BIOS v8.01 (5DCN90WW) - Mod.zip Lenovo_Y480_Y580_-_BIOS_V.206_[unlocked].zip Lenovo_Y480_Y580_-_BIOS_V.206_[unlocked][no whitelist].zip Y580-Y480_BiosFix.zip fpt-dos.zip fptw64.zip prr2.zip For information on how to use the files in this archive, see here: My donation link in case you want to buy me a beer

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    Special thanks to @StamatisX and @imsolidstate for great technical advice! 330W AC adapters were purchased new for $30 USD each on Amazon. Required tools and components: 40A 200V bridge rectifier (Mouser - Part #: 821-GBPC4002) Electronics project box (Radio Shack - Model: 270-1809 | Catalog #: 270-1809) Female Spade Terminals (Radio Shack - Model: 76-FT12L | Catalog #: 55048637) Block Terminal (Radio Shack - Model: 274-680 | Catalog #: 274-680) Wire nuts or push connectors (I used what I already had on hand) Heat sink (an old CPU heat sink is what I used and it was perfect) Thermal paste (brand does not matter - I used what I had on hand) Wire grommets or electrical outlet box clamps (I used this type) Self-adhesive rubber bumpers (used as feet for project box) Miscellaneous screws (see photos - I used what I had on hand) Simple hand tools (screwdriver, wire cutter/stripper, etc.) Soldering iron and rosin core solder Drill and appropriate bits Link: Downloadable PDF Instructions Another 4.7GHz run without toggling CPU clock speeds during 3DMark11 tests...
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    I have been trying to find a way to control fans on my y510p. As everything else failed up to the Embedded Controller (EC), I have made myself a program to call dust removal function. With a help of this forum members, I have perfected calling and stopping timing which works on my computer. Basically, running Furmark, if I do not run this program, I constantly run into 97C and thermal throttling for my GPU (see Mhz of core and memory): And when I do run this program, it manages to keep temperatures at 88-93C and there is no more throttling in a long run. Usage: run the program and it will enable dust function when you reach GPU/CPU temperature of 90C. Or Start/Stop it with keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Q or through menu on tray icon. Download: IdeaFan v1.6 (includes OpenHardwareMonitor 0.7.1.0 beta) So far, this has been tested on 2 computers (y510p Win 8.1/Win 8.1Pro/Win10). Both with Lenovo Energy driver v7.x and v8.x. I have tried it for both 2xSLI and 1x GPU, also for CPU stress tests or simply during high CPU usage, i.e. rendering videos. Feel free to use and leave some comments that it can be further improved if possible. Danger! Do not use Furmark to stress your GPU unless you know what you are doing. I have used it here for testing purposes only. Release Notes v1.6 *change* Migrated to OpenHardwareMonitor 0.7.1.0 beta) *fix* Temperatures are shown and working on Windows 10 (tested on build 1511) v1.5 *fix* Supposedly startup error with OHM should be fixed *new* Added another keyboard shortcut just for diversity v1.4 *fix* When fan is running, nothing should disrupt the cycle (not tray menu nor high cpu/gpu usage or temperatures) *change* Startup option changed from startup folder to windows task *change* Updated default settings *change* Removed sleeps, introduced timers/threads *new* Lower cpu usage v1.3 *change* Reverted default settings (to have several versions with all newest changes available) v1.2 *change* Updated default settings (provided by octiceps) v1.1 *new* Options are saved in ini file *new* Automatic dust function control based on temperature (OpenHardwareMonitor 0.6.0 beta included) *new* Startup option fixed *new* Ability to change timeouts in ini file v1.0 Initial Version to run dust function And here are possible improvement requests for the fututre: 1. Make fans start hitting the 9s/0.5-1s cadence right off the bat. Need to make sure that the last time fans are stopped, its within 0.5-1s gap when they are stopped. This is due to the EC somehow remembering where it left off the last time and resuming from there. If you stopped it in the middle of a spin cycle, the next time you run it the fans will be inconsistent inside the first minute before finding their rhythm again. The length of the gap is also determined by last your stopping point. I've gotten it anywhere from basically none (fans spin down and spin up immediately) up to 1s, but it never goes above that. Edit: tested to stop at 0.5-1s gap, but that seems to have no effect on the initial position. Also tried variable timeouts - seems for EC its no different, with variable its unpredictable, constant value may be required afterall. For now its seems the only way to start off the bat for sure is to know internals of EC - or at least get a fan RPM sensor readings which we do not have. 2. When OHW 0.6 is not started, IdeaFan throws errors (need to check for them), only at COLD first start. See http://forum.techinferno.com/lenovo-ibm/7358-ideafan-y510p-6.html#post102492 (should be fixed in 1.5) 3. Introduce easy HotKey settings in INI file (like Ctrl=yes, Alt=yes, Key=q) and let change the hotkey. Also handle hotkey cannot bind error.
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    Files contained in this archive: ms_gx740.zip MSI 16F1 Unlocked.zip MSI 1762 Unlocked.zip MSI GT60 Unlocked.zip MSI GT70 Unlocked.zip MSI GT683 Unlocked.zip MSI GT783 Unlocked.zip MSI MS-16F2 Unlocked.zip MSI MS-1761 Unlocked.zip SecondGenAMDAPU.zip Should I Flash These BIOS? See thread link below to learn which notebooks these bios files should be used with. Who this does NOT apply to: - If you are afraid to brick your notebook, this is NOT for you. There is always a possibility for errors and accidents to occur. - If you do not understand what any or most of these acronyms mean, this is NOT for you. You will probably find little use for the unlocked features and the potential for risk is much greater than the reward. Who this applies to: - If you have an understanding of most of this thread and are willing to learn, continue reading. - If you are an enthusiast who loves modding and overclocking and have experience with this field, continue reading. Features: So what are these features that MSI had locked out? A short list would include:* - XMP RAM support (Up to 2133Mhz) [Warning: 4 DIMMs at 1866Mhz(+) may not be stable, 2 DIMMs are stable at 2133Mhz]. - BCLK Overclocking (Up to 5%, your mileage may vary, no guarantees). - TPL limits unlocked (With the combination of ThrottleStop, CPU throttling can be overcome). To learn more about how to use the files in this archive, please visit the thread below:

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    *** User with any of the M14x R2 / M17x R4 / M18x R2 notebooks with a current BIOS have reported issues when using the Secure Boot / Fast Boot options in combination with the dedicated Nvidia / AMD GPU.("Can't detect MXM card GOP driver" in case of the R4 / M18x R2) The reason for this is simple - Dell never provided a vbios update which includes the necessary graphic drivers to make those feature work. The only UEFI compliant drivers in the system have been the ones of the Intel HD iGP. A very big failure on Dell's side if you ask me, especially since this has been reported here and in other forums as well on the dell community site and it was said that people would look into this... absolutely nothing happened.Not that this really surprises me... looking at the latest BIOS releases and also at the behavior regarding release notes for such updates. Seems we need to look for the updates ourselves. Anyway, Dell actually ships the very latest systems with updated vbios on the dedicated GPUs. Attached to this post you can find a new vbios for the Nvidia GTX 680m, 660m as well as the AMD 7970m. Both include the required UEFI drivers, and should therefor fix this issue. Thanks @Zyron for the 680m vbios. I don't have a version for the 675m so far, so if anyone has an updated vbios for that card, please let me know or post it. Flashing instructions for Nvidia: http://forum.techinferno.com/general-notebook-discussions/2166-%5Bguide%5D-nvidia-vbios-flashing.html Flashing instructions for AMD: http://forum.techinferno.com/general-notebook-discussions/1738-%5Bguide%5D-amd-vbios-flashing.html As for the M14x R2, a new, yet unreleased BIOS (A10) has made it's way to the web. You can find it here: http://forum.techinferno.com/alienware-m14x/2655-%5Bm14x-r2%5D-a10-bios-fixes-uefi-issues-nvidia-card.html Check the third post. Also I took a quick look at it and wrote down the most important changes (post #4). EDIT: M14x R2 BIOS A10 is now officially available on the Dell drivers site. *** M14x R2-Dell GTX 660m - 80.07.39.00.0F.zip M14x R2-Dell GTX 680m - 80.04.5B.00.02.zip M14x R2-Dell 7970m - 015.022.000.001.000000.C42904A1.119.zip M14x R2-Dell 675m - 70.24.4E.00.10.zip M17x R4-Dell GTX 660m - 80.07.39.00.0F.zip M17x R4-Dell GTX 680m - 80.04.5B.00.02.zip M17x R4-Dell 7970m - 015.022.000.001.000000.C42904A1.119.zip M17x R4-Dell 675m - 70.24.4E.00.10.zip M18x R2-Dell GTX 660m - 80.07.39.00.0F.zip M18x R2-Dell GTX 680m - 80.04.5B.00.02.zip M18x R2-Dell 7970m - 015.022.000.001.000000.C42904A1.119.zip M18x R2-Dell 675m - 70.24.4E.00.10.zip
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    Hi all, I thought it would be helpful to summarize in one post all the useful links I go through before I am purchasing any PC component. Typically I go over more or less "techy" guides, as I want to at least get some rough idea what I should be looking for when I am purchasing components, rather than just blindly following the sexy numbers that manufacturers like to put out and brag with. These are not review links, but links that should help buyers understand what is it they are buying and what to look for. Some of them are opinionated posts and contain recommendations for specific products. I am kind of picky when it comes to components, so I often (time-permitting) do a lot of research. SSD How SSDs work: Solid-state revolution: in-depth on how SSDs really work | Ars Technica This article goes into tech details of how Flash memories in SSD work, what an SSD controller actually does, what is TRIM, garbage collection and all that cool stuff. SSD reviews thread: SSD Reviews Thread - Storage Forums Links to tons of review articles for tons of SSDs. SSD info - http://thessdreview.com/category/ssd...ginners-guide/ Mice The Truthful Mouse Guide: The Truthful Mouse Guide Great guide explaining the technical stuff about mice, why DPI is pretty much irrelevant, talk about different sensors and sensor types and give some opinions on particular mice. Overclocking the USB port to 1000 Hz polling rate: vexed.ca: a whole new way of wasting your day » article » MOUSE optimization – 1000 hz mouse polling on 64 bit systems. These are the generic USB mouse drivers that can be overclocked for high polling rates -- mainly useful for improving the performance for older mice. Network SmallNetBuilder: Router Charts - WAN to LAN Throughput - SmallNetBuilder Here they test do all kinds of funky tests with wireless routers, helpful when choosing a new router. Benchmarks galore! And lot's of it! Monitors LCD Monitor guide: LCD Monitor Buyer I think this is the best LCD guide I found online. They explain how different LCD matrices work, differences between TN, IPS and PVA, monitor response times, and so on. Monitor info - Monitor Specifications More monitor stuff - http://www.flatpanelshd.com/ Sound This is the most helpful thread I found online about gaming headphones and headsets, but it mostly just includes very short reviews on lots of headphones, speakers, sound cards, etc. They are also sorted based on whether they are used for music, gaming, or a bit of both. In-Ear-Monitor (Earphones) reviews of 240 products: Multi-IEM Review - 240 IEMs compared (Spiral Ear SE 3-way Reference added 06/03/12) Head-Fi Shootout reviews of 102 headphones: Shootout: 102 Portable Headphones Reviewed (Panasonic RP-HTF600 added 04/29/12) Frequency responses of headphones: Frequency Response Of Headphones - Head-Fi.org Community Techy stuff. Mhm. I'll keep updating this if/when I find more stuff, hopefully someone else finds it useful. EDIT (Oct 31st 2012): As per suggestion of sgogeta4 I made this thread sticky. If you'd like to add something just post it below and I'll update this original post. Thanks to sgogeta4 for links as well. EDIT (May 05th 2013): Removed links to unfriendly forums.
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    Fan Control: 1. GT70 Fan Control V1.6.3 setup.zip SHA256: c2fcf7a35ffa7e313787b62cf6768626900821f315575b1b0e1d79f551c6843d File name: GT70 Fan Control V1.6.3 setup.zip Detection ratio: 0 / 54 Analysis date: 2015-10-26 11:47:11 UTC ( 1 month, 3 weeks ago ) 2. MSI fan control These are legacy utilities created by third parties and are not tested or warranted by Tech|Inferno. Use at your own risk.
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    NVIDIA 'Maxwell' VBIOS mods Here you find modified VBIOS versions for the mobile parts of the Nvidia 'Maxwell' series. The VBIOS versions in this post are tweaked for performance and versatility. You'll get almost complete control over the performance parameters of your GPU. List of available VBIOS mods: Nvidia GTX 970m - 'OC edition' rev0 - >> 6 GB Version << - modified by @johnksss & svl7 -> see attachments Nvidia GTX 980m - 'OC edition' rev0 - >> 8 GB Version << - modified by @johnksss & svl7 -> see attachments Screenshot demonstrating the capabilities of the 970m versions: >> Read the instructions carefully before flashing! << If anything is unclear after reading or if you have additional remarks, please post in the thread. Flashing: - Go to the device manager -> 'Display Adapters' -> chooser your GPU, right click on it and choose disable - Flash the VBIOS with mnvflash, a modified version of nvflash (see attachments). Here are detailed instructions for nvflash in case you aren't familiar with it. - After the flashing is done: Enable the GPU once again in the device manager. - Reboot Do NOT use driver 347.09, it's broken and useless and won't allow you to overclock, even with the stock firmware. Don't distribute the files hosted here outside of Tech|Inferno. Don't modify the files you download here. Donation link in case you want to buy me a beer Thanks and cheers!

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    GeForce 381.89 WHQL Game Ready •Provides the optimal gaming experience for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, Heroes of the Storm 2.0, Batman: Arkham VR, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, and Wilson's Heart. Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 381.89 •[Sniper Elite 3]: The game crashes. [1880113] •[Notebook][eDP panel]: Blue-screen (code 3B) occurs followed by the Recovery screen during software unbundling process. [1900432] •[GeForce GTX 1060]: Blue-screen crash occurs pointing to driver (Nvlddmkm.sys) after the system reboots from sleep mode. [1814559] •GPU idling voltage has increased. [1904229] *Install drivers at your own risk* Windows 10 + GeForce Drivers are Killing Samsung and LG Notebook LCD Display Panels Uninstall PrecisionX, including screen overclocking tools. Instead, keep MSI Afterburner's RTSS for monitoring purposes. 900M Requirements: Flash latest @Prema's v2 980M & 970M (Please consider donating to Prema) Win10/8.1 'F8' Boot options 'Safe Mode' & 'Disable driver Signing' cmd (Admin) bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy -> reboot -> F8 -> select 'Disable Driver Signature Enforcement' -> Install drivers Run DDU "Clean & Shutdown (Safe Mode) Extract driver using 7-Zip Display.Driver folder, copy/overwrite the proper .inf file(s). Extracted driver package >> delete the folders as shown below (don't skip this step) -> run setup.exe >>> Keep these folders only <<< INF MOD v381.89 Alienware: nv_dispi.inf (including nvdmi.inf) PEG/Dedicated All Models: M15x, M17x, AW17 R1, M18x, AW18 R1 (including Optimus/M17xR4) excluding AW 2015 - GTX 980 , 980M , 970M , 965M , 880M , 870M , 860M , 780M , 770M , 765M , 680M , 675MX , 670MX , 660M. Clevo & MSI non-Optimus models: nv_dispi.inf (including nvcvi.inf & nvmii.inf ) nvcvi.inf: Optimus Alienware 17 / 05AA (only) GTX 980M - 970M - 965M nvcvi.inf: Clevo P170EM Optimus 980M/970M GeForce 381.89 Win7/8.1 GeForce 381.89 Win10 Alienware nv_dispi.inf_v381.89_Win7_8.1_PEG_Dedicated_Alienware.zip nvcvi.inf_v381.89_Win7_8.1_Optimus_Alienware_17.zip nv_dispi.inf_v381.89_Win10_PEG_Dedicated_Alienware.zip nvcvi.inf_v381.89_Win10_Optimus_Alienware_17.zip Clevo & MSI Laptops (non-Optimus) nv_dispi.inf_v381.89_Win7_8.1_PEG_Dedicated_CLEVO_MSI.zip nv_dispi.inf_v381.89_Win10_PEG_Dedicated_CLEVO_MSI.zip AW 900M Throttling workarounds: M18xR2 First, flash @Swick1981 [Bios Mod] M18xR2 - Legacy Support now Available M18xR2 980M workaround Hibernation method HERE and HERE Please use the SEARCH function to see if your question has been answered/posted already. https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/announcement/4-user-account-promotion-rules-read-before-posting/
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    New 306.23 WHQL driver was released, details of the driver as follows: Modded nvdm.inf & nvcv.inf files included with this post for M18x-R1 owners using a Clevo GTX 680M in their systems. If the .inf's don't work for you, then your device id may be different than the one I used. In this case mine is 048F so go to your control panel-->display device-->hardware id and look for the corresponding hardware id for your Clevo GTX 680M and replace 048F with yours in the nvdm.inf and nvcv.inf file. 306.23_Clevo680M_M18xR1.zip
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    Though my pair of 970Ms is still doing fine in FHD or QHD gaming, but some of the games that I like do not support SLI, such as Gears of War 4, Horizon 3, Quantum Break, etc. This annoyed me sometimes, and happened that I had a chance to be in China for 2 weeks. So well, just did some treasure hunt, and found a MSI 1070 in good price. Here begins with some benchmarks: Immediately unlocked the card to 200W TDP, core +215 MHz, mem +655 MHz: Fire Strike, over 21K GPU score: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/11324399 Fire Strike Extreme, over 10K GPU score: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/11324446 Time Spy: 6.8K GPU score: http://www.3dmark.com/spy/1009997 3DMark 11 Extreme, over 9K GPU score: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/11882793 Behind the scene: Programmed the vBIOS chip to 200W TDP using the SP16-B programmer, the chipset model is MXIC 25U8033E: Modded the 980DT heat sink for standard card, required patiently sawing a corner and sanding work. Added 7 heat pipes for extra cooling: Re-modded the CPU heat sink for better looking (got some phobia of small dense heat sinks), added 7 heat pipes also: Loading temperature of 200W TDP in Furmark with 1280x720 (4xMSAA) after one hour: Personally I think setting of 720p + 4xMSAA can very well represent general gaming load, 0xMSAA or 2xMSAA consumes too much heat and non realistic, not recommended. Cost (got everything from taobao.com): new MSI 1070: $660; new 980DT heat sink: $65; Heat pipe: $2 ~ 3 each depends on length; SP16-B programmer: $70; Also got a new B173ZAN01.0 for only $65 (including added $5 for picking a perfect screen); 40 pins EDP cable $35.
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    Klem's_vbios_DELL_GTX880M_80.04.F5.00.07_UNLOCKED.rar For 8Gb card. 1. Unlocked Nvidia core limit +135 MHz. 2. Unlocked core voltage adjustments. 3. Unlocked Power Limit. 4. Unlocked Power adjustment by software (for example with Nvidia Inspector). 5. Increased Power Limit and Power Target. 6. Enabled some additional tweaks. If you liked my mod, you can buy me some beer: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=NHMKKB6RCME46&lc=GB&item_name=Donation%20for%20Klem&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

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    I want to share this experience with all. finally I am using eGPU with my Lenovo Y580. performance is amazing and I also tested 3D Mark fire strike and GPU score is 11280. Notebook 15" Lenovo Y580 HD4000 iGPU + GTX660M dGPU i7-3630QM @ 2.4Ghz CPU 8GB RAM 120GB Evo 850 SSD Windows 8.1 64-bit eGPU hardware EXP GDC Beast mPCIe Gigabyte GTX970 G1 Gaming Corsair CXM500M External LCD Benchmark 3dmark-FS.gpu=11280 Full Setup tutorial Enable using internal LCD for windows 10 Videos: benchmark between old dGPU and new eGPU
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    Tech Inferno Fan>> added the section between the two horizontal lines: IntroductionIn this article we examine how to alter CPU TDP/multuipler limiting UEFI variables with a USB bootdisk. This increased performance of the example Dell Latitude E6530 containing a i7-2920XM (ES) CPU by 42% (3.1Ghz/4-cores -> 4.4Ghz/4-cores), a performance level onpar with high end gaming systems. The being the first exclusive public guide explaining to how to do it. Information that will probably raise candidate Dell Latitude/Precision systems' profile amongst it's other business grade peers for CPU performance. Other users could apply the same process to clock say a i7-3840QM (3.6Ghz/4-cores + 400Mhz) to 4.2Ghz. STEP 1: Generating a IFR file containing UEFI variables - only done once per machineHaswell: E6540-A15_IFR.txt | E6440-A07_IFR.txt | E5540-A12_IFR.txt | E7440_A15-IFR.txt | E7240_A15-IFR.txt | M2800_A06-IFR.txt | M4800_A14-IFR.txt | M6800A01_IFR.txtIVB: E6530-A16_IFR.txt | E6430-A07_IFR.txt | E6430s+E6330_A14-IFR.txt | E6230_A14-IFR.txt | M6700A14_IFR.txt | M4700A13_IFR.txtSB: E6520A15_IFR.txt | E6420-A17_IFR.txt | E6220A13_IFR.TXT | M6600A16_IFR.txt | M4600A16_IFR.txt If this has already resulted in a publicly accessible file for your machine like shown above then you don't need to do this. If one doesn't exist then these are example steps I applied to a Dell E6530 BIOS file to create one: Download the E6530 A.16 bios from Dell's website Apply python script at http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/44785-I-present-you-a-tool-to-decompress-Dell-UEFI-BIOS to generate E6530A16.exe_decompressed.hdr decompressed BIOS file. Open E6530A16.exe_decompressed.hdr in UEFITool 0.18.8l . Select File->Search and type 'SetupPrep'. Clicked the found string in the messages area will point you to the "User interface" section. Highlight the FILE section above it, right clicking and do a 'Extract as is' . Save it as E6530-setup.bin. This is shown in the image below: Apply donovan6000's Blog: Universal IFR Extractor on E6530-setup.bin which will yield in E6530-A16_IFR.txt containing the UEFI variables. STEP 2 : identify IVB CPU limiting UEFI variablesPerusing E6530-A16_IFR.txt the following UEFI variables were shortlisted and modified. Appears they were at the same location for IVB Latitudes, and consistent across Precision machines but with some variation across those two series. STEP 3: modify the NVRAM UEFI variablesNOTE: you want to add to be careful with writing to NVRAM with this tool. In the event you set something that bricks your laptop it may be difficult to trigger a reset since there is no watchdog and reset functionality like there is with XTU. Follow Atonus' instructions to modify the UEFI variables using a bootable USB stick containing grub: Other UEFI variables of interest: PCIe Generation 1/2 toggle for eGPU, TOLUD/Power/CPU/RAM/Battery tweaks Example performance achievedHey the NVRAM writing tool works, and I just found the turbo ratio limits section of the NVRAM with an xm CPU... brbUpdate:Overclocking this ES 2920xm by writing in the NVRAM has the same problems as it did when this CPU was in my P150EM. It will set, but it doesn't do anything. Both XTU and Throttlestop read the CPU as being set to 4.2ghz, but it doesn't do it. To get the CPU to overclock in my clevo I needed to flash the overclock directly into the BIOS.It looks like the overclocking would work if it was a non-ES CPU. I suspect my 3920xm would overclock fine, but I don't want to switch the CPUs to find out due to how huge of a PITA it was to mount a e6520 heatsink onto a e6530 motherboard.Update:Overclocking is working! The problem seems to be that the primary current power plane is set too low for 4 cores to go over ~3.1ghz. Trying to fix that now.Update:OK so I couldn't change the primary plane current because the NVRAM only has 8 bits to store values and it's a 16-bit register, so the highest override I could set in 8 bits was 30W.Here's 4.3ghz running with the override off. I had hwinfo64 on to prove that this was on a latitude. I ran only 2 threads to keep the current draw down.NVRAM locations for turbo multipliers were 0x25 through 0x28. I tried overclocking memory too, but it's still walled at 1600MHz. Underclocking memory did work.Update: The issue wasn't primary current plane, it was just BDPROCHOT!Also disabling the TDP lock did not work, but hard setting it to 80W did.As for the BCLK overclock I modified my ME FW to allow BCLK overclocking. LOL at the cooling. The 84C was only around 10 seconds into the test. I hit 100C in about 30 seconds. It what makes matters even worse is that running the 580 on the system the dGPU is "disabled" which means that it is always powered on and cannot be shut down with optimus. The cooling can only sustain around 50W of power draw. Other than overheating the CPU seems to clock just as well as it did in the p150EM, which is ~4.35GHz at 1.351V VID.I'd do x2 2.0 opt for sure if I had the hardware, but I can't monetarily justify buying the hardware for it with the P150EM as my main laptop. The CPU cooling is literally over twice as effective. Appendix 1: Unlocking other features?Hidden RAID-0/1/5/10 capability exist shown in the spoiler that Dell has locked out of the BIOS interface. These can also be unlocked as successfully demonstrated at http://forum.techinferno.com/dell-latitude-vostro-precision/6980-14-dell-latitude-e6440-owners-lounge-4.html#post111089RAID Options Appendix 2: Acknowledgements@Atonus for finding out how to enable RAID-0 on his E6440 that got the ball rolling here.@Tech Inferno Fan for helping produce this guide.
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    Here is a simple consolidated guide for those who, like me, have limited knowledge in hardware and software tweaking. Be very careful in flashing your bios. A failed/faulty bios flash comes with a risk of potentially bricking your unit! You have been warned. Special thanks to all the experts who have helped me up to this point, especially @Tech Inferno Fan, @Khenglish, and @timohour. NEWBIE GUIDE TO TWEAKING THE DELL E6430 Permanently Unlocking Flash Descriptor Requirements: Paper clip, USB Flash drive with FreeDOS (c/o Rufus) and fpt.exe; FITC.exe or any Hex Editor (ex. HxD) Purpose: Allow Flashing of Modified ME Firmware; Unlocks the ability to set Port 1 or Port 3 @ x2.2 (for use with the PE4C v2.1 eGPU adapter) Steps: Locate the IDT chip on your unit (Use the Disassembly Guide for help) Using a paper clip, bridge Pin 5 to either Pin 9 or the resistor and boot the laptop Boot to FreeDOS on startup using the USB (Press F12 then select Legacy>USB Storage) Create a backup of the original bios by using the command: fpt -d origbios.bin Open origbios.bin in a Hex Editor Locate HEX string: 00 00 0B 0A 00 00 0D 0C 18 01 08 Replace string with: 00 00 FF FF 00 00 FF FF 18 01 08 Save the file (editedbios.bin) and reboot laptop Boot to FreeDOS on startup using the USB (Press F12) Flash your new descriptor with fpt.exe using the command: fpt -desc -f editedbios.bin Notes: If you did not bridge the pins correctly, you will get Error 26. Just shut down the unit and start over. If you bridged the pins correctly, you can restart the computer in FreeDOS (ctrl+alt+del) without losing the unlocked state (good for flashing the modified bios). If you bridged the pins correctly but did not flash the editedimage.bin descriptor yet, cold booting (Shut down, then Power on) will require the pin mod again. Keep the original image.bin in a safe place in case you need to revert back to original settings (for warranty/selling) Flash Modified ME Firmware and BLCK Overclocking Flashing someone else's E6430 overclocked ME firmware may encounter errors, and prevents the XTU Reference Clock slider from working. It is highly advised to follow Kenglish's guide to modifying your own ME Firmware. Requirements: FITC; editedbios.bin; USB Flash drive loaded with FreeDOS (c/o Rufus) and fpt.exe; Unlocked Flash Descriptor; Intel XTU Purpose: Overclocking using BCLK via XTU Steps: Open your Bios Dump (preferrably editedbios.bin) using FITC Navigate to Flash Image>ME Region>Configuration>ICC Data>ICC Profile 0>FCIM/BTM Specific ICC Registers Check if the value of Clock Source Select is set to 0x00011A33 (If yes, then you can proceed) Modify the Following Parameters to the values listed on this table Address Parameter Value ..ICC Profile 0>FCIM/BTM Specific ICC Registers Clock Source Select 0x00011A34 ..ICC Profile 0>FCIM/BTM Specific ICC Registers SRC Source Select 0x00133744 ..ICC Profile 0>FCIM/BTM Specific ICC Registers PLL Reference Clock Select 0x000A8CBE ..ICC Profile 0>FCIM/BTM Specific ICC Registers Divider Enable 0x000005FF ..ICC Profile 0>FCIM/BTM Specific ICC Registers SSC Control 0x00000000 ..ICC Profile 0>ICC Registers Pl12BiasParms 0x00000888 On the menu bar, select Build -> Build Image (or alternatively, press F5) After the build completes, go to the FITC folder where an outimage.bin has been created (same size as your editedbios.bin) Transfer the file to your FreeDOS USB Boot to FreeDOS on startup using the USB (Press F12 then select Legacy>USB Storage) Flash Modified ME Firmware using the command: fpt -me -f Outbin.bin Cold Boot (Shut Down, and Power On) Install and Open Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) - version may depend on your current Bios Version Select Manual Tuning and adjust slider to desired overclock Note/s: When balancing BCLK Overclocking (core clock speed), and UEFI TDP/Multiplier (core multiplier), it is better to set the highest BCLK possible first, then adjust multipliers accordingly. Updating your integrated graphics driver will kill BCLK overclocking. Reinstall XTU to enable it again. When doing BCLK overclocking you can see some stuttering in games. Enable HPET in command line to fix this (Run CMD as admin, bcdedit /set useplatformclock true). You can't overclock in Windows 8/8.1 because there is no way for Windows to track time properly when BCLK is changed after startup. Windows 10 is still untested. XTU Versions Setting Port1 @ x2.2 (Do this only if you own the PE4C 2.1 eGPU adapter!) Requirements: USB Flash drive with FreeDOS (c/o Rufus), fpt.exe, and FITC.exe; Unlocked Flash Descriptor Purpose: Combining two PCIe 2.0 ports to allow eGPU at x2.2 configuration (8GT/s) Steps: Open FITC.exe and load your editedbios.bin dump or descriptor region Navigate to: Flash Image\Descriptor Region\PCH Straps\PCH Strap 9 Double click on PCIe Port Configuration 1 Replace 00: 4x1 Ports 1-4 (x1) with 01: 1x2, 2x1 Port 1 (x2), Port 2 (disabled), Ports 3,4 (x1) On the menu bar, select Build -> Build Image (or alternatively, press F5) After the build completes, go to the FITC folder where an outimage.bin has been created Transfer the file to your FreeDOS USB Boot to FreeDOS on startup using the USB (Press F12) Flash with fpt.exe using the command: fpt -desc -f outimage.bin Note/s: Port 2 will no longer function as long as Port 1 is set at x2.2 (transfer your Wireless card to Port 5) If the outimage.bin file is too big for your USB, you can isolate the descriptor region by reopening outimage.bin with FITC. Inside the FITC folder, you will find a new folder with the name of your bios image. Inside the Decomp folder you will find a 4K Flash Descriptor.bin which you can flash using the command: fpt -desc -f Descriptor.bin ) UEFI Variable Modifications Requirements: FAT32 formatted USB with Grub Bootloader (FILE) Purpose: PCIe Generation 1/2 toggle, TOLUD/Power/CPU/RAM/Battery tweaks, and many more yet to be discovered! Steps: Boot to GRUB on startup using the USB (Press F12) Test out GRUB by looking up RAID0 value (use the command: setup_var 0x12D ) Depending on the desired modification, change the variables using the command: setup_var variable value Cold Boot (Shut Down, and Power On) List of Modifiable Dell E6430 UEFI Variables (based on the IFR File) (Dell E6430) Option Variable Values Notes Port 1 PCIe Speed (Gen1/2) [mPCIe Slot] 0xB2 0x0 (Auto), 0x1 (Gen1), 0x2 (Gen 2) [PCIe] Gen1 works if plugged prior to boot, Reverts back to Gen2 if hot plugged Port 2 PCIe Speed (Gen1/2) [mPCIe Slot] 0xB3 0x0 (Auto), 0x1 (Gen1), 0x2 (Gen 2) [PCIe] Gen1 works if plugged prior to boot, Reverts back to Gen2 if hot plugged Port 3 PCIe Speed (Gen1/2) [Expresscard Slot] 0xB4 0x0 (Auto), 0x1 (Gen1), 0x2 (Gen 2) [PCIe] Gen1 works if plugged prior to boot, Reverts back to Gen2 if hot plugged Port 4 PCIe Speed (Gen1/2) [ODD Slot] 0xB5 0x0 (Auto), 0x1 (Gen1), 0x2 (Gen 2) [PCIe] Gen1 works if plugged prior to boot, Reverts back to Gen2 if hot plugged Set Max TOLUD 0x1E5 0x0 (Dynamic), 0x3 (1GB), 0x4 (1.25Gb), 0x5 ( 1.5GB), 0x6 ( 1.75GB), 0x7 ( 2GB), 0x8 ( 2.25GB), 0x9 ( 2.5GB), 0xA ( 2.75GB), 0xB ( 3GB), 0xC ( 3.25GB) [PCIe] Adjust TOLUD to enable more space for PCIe compaction Long Duration Power Limit 0xB40 0x00-0xFF (8-bit value from 0-255) [Power] To get the Optimal setting (no TDP Throttling), check with Throttlestop, (Example: 0x50 = 80W) Short Duration Power Limit 0xB41 0x00-0xFF (8-bit value from 0-255) [Power] Sets short duration TDP limit of CPU. Default value is +12,5% of the original (0x64 = 100W) 1-Core Ratio Limit 0x25 0x00-0xFF (8-bit value from 0-255) [CPU] Assigned value is CPU Dependent. A good overclock rule is to gauge the stock's max multiplier with Throttlestop then increase that multiplier value by 4-bins. You can also refer to this post for more information on figuring out the Multiplier limit 2-Core Ratio Limit 0x26 0x00-0xFF (8-bit value from 0-255) [CPU] Assign one value less than 1-Core Ratio Limit 3-Core Ratio Limit 0x27 0x00-0xFF (8-bit value from 0-255) [CPU] Assign one value less than 2-Core Ratio Limit 4-Core Ratio Limit 0x28 0x00-0xFF (8-bit value from 0-255) [CPU] Assign the same value as 3-Core Ratio Limit DIMM Profile 0x1EE 0x0 (Default), 0x1 (Custom), 0x2 (XMP Profile 1), 0x3 (XMP Profile 2) [RAM] Not needed if RAM has existing JEDEC OC'd profile, Locked RAM requires pre-flashing of XMP Profile (then select 0x2 or 0x3) ASPM Support 0xC 0x0 (Disabled), 0x37 (Auto), 0x1 (Force L0s) [Battery] Set to Auto Native ASPM 0xB04 0x0 (Disable), 0x1 (Enable) [Battery] Set to Enable GT OverClocking Support 0x16F 0x0 (Disable), 0x1 (Enable) [iGPU] Enable to allow iGPU Overclocking GT OverClocking Frequency 0x170 0x00-0xFF (8-bit value from 0-255) [iGPU] [the decimal value] x 50MHz (Example: 34 x 50mhz = 1700mhz) GT Overclocking Voltage 0x170 0x00-0xFF (8-bit value from 0-255) [iGPU] 0.01 increment for every value from 0x00 to 0xFF (Ex: 0x05 = +0.05V) Primary Display 0x1D4 0x0 (IGFX), 0x1 (PEG), 0x2 (PCI Bus), 0x3 (Auto) [iGPU] Set to 0x0 to force your laptop screen (Primary Display) to use iGPU. Allows eGPU plugged in during cold boot. Internal Graphics 0x1D8 0x0 (Disable), 0x1 (Enable), 0x2 (Auto) [iGPU] Set to 0x1 to enable the laptop screen to run off the iGPU. Allows eGPU to work on an external screen without disabling the iGPU. RAID0 0x12D 0x0 (Disable), 0x1 (Enable) [HDD] Toggle RAID0 array RAID1 0x12E 0x0 (Disable), 0x1 (Enable) [HDD] Toggle RAID1 array RAID10 0x12F 0x0 (Disable), 0x1 (Enable) [HDD] Toggle RAID10 array RAID5 0x130 0x0 (Disable), 0x1 (Enable) [HDD] Toggle RAID5 array Intel Rapid Recovery Technology 0x131 0x0 (Disable), 0x1 (Enable) [HDD] Toggle Intel Rapid Recovery Technology Note/s: Make sure that the bootloader is located in: EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi OTHER Mods Disable Bidirectional PROCHOT (Throttlestop) to prevent CPU throttling. Overclocking the dGPU Use a program like Nvidia Inspector or MSI Afterburner GPU clock would go up to 891 MHz and maximum memory would be 2100 MHz (requires a 130W PSU)
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    This post is reproduced from http://www.cbber.com/thread-50989-1-1.html In the place of the original HDD I placed an traditional fan with radiator and air-exhaust towards the side, an mSATA drive, welded an additional 3 heat-pipes to CPU & GPU plus a custom cooling block and heat-pipe for the PCH. The original fan on the left is now responsible for CPU, GPU & PCH and connected with 5 heat-pipes. The additional one on the right is only connected with two heatpipes and supports the CPU & GPU, so using a mouse on the right side won't feel any hotter. CLEVO let's the system reach 60c before the fans are turned on and let it cool down to about 50c until it is turned off again. This approach reduces dust and increased the lifetime of the fan, but is not inappropriate for high speed quad-core setups. It is impossible for me to control the fan speed via BIOS or EC, so I tapped into the 5v line of the original HDD connector and let temperature diodes control the fan speed. An additional temperature-diode is at the PCH heat-pipe and controls the old fan below 60c (I have tapped into a 3.3v line)and an other diode prevents current back-flow once the original 5v EC controlled fan kicks in. So we now have two 5v sources plus one 3.3v and the original cooling method is also functional. Here the stock version with just a single fan & heat-pipe (a pic from the net) : <ignore_js_op> </ignore_js_op> And here the modded version with dual-fan & heat pipes : <ignore_js_op> </ignore_js_op> <ignore_js_op> </ignore_js_op> <ignore_js_op> </ignore_js_op> Modded bottom plate with 4 depressions to optimize the air intake from the right side (above the CPU): <ignore_js_op> </ignore_js_op> With bottom cover assembled. Before the passive cooling of the PCH used too overheat and release all the heat into the body: <ignore_js_op> </ignore_js_op> Temperature-dependent resistors to regulate the fan speed according to GPU & CPU temps: <ignore_js_op> </ignore_js_op> Tapped into the original 5v fan connector and added a diode to prevent current back-flow. An additional temperature-diode at the PCH heat-pipe automatically controls the fan-speed: <ignore_js_op> </ignore_js_op> Homemade liquid metal. Cheaper than the cheapest stock thermal paste. It has a melting point of 50c. Excess liquid was safely removed towards the sides until it stabilized: <ignore_js_op></ignore_js_op>
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    Hello all here at T|I, I have good news! OK so it's a lon,g story, I'll try to make it short but I want to give as much informations as possible so it can help anyone interested about such project. The story is how to go from this (stock 675m): To this (MSI GTX 1070 MXM): I used to be a gamer when I was younger, then I worked a lot and had no time to play. I came back to gaming last year, and noticed my 2012 M17X R4 was not really up to date for gaming, so it needed to be upgraded. Before you try to do the same, you must be sure you have pretty good knowledge of computer hardware and software, because you may brick your laptop or your GPU in this process, be careful! In order to get a MSI GTX 1070 MXM fully working on a Alienware M17X R4, you need: - unlocked BIOS - the 120 Hz screen - UEFI boot with GPT partition - find a MSI GTX 1070 MXM - dremel the chassis - mod the heatsink so it can fit the GPU - make good BIOS settings so you can boot with the new GPU - install driver with modded .inf - fix GPU throttling issue OK, let's go for the big upgrade, step by step. Unlocked BIOS Eveything you need to know is here: https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/1516-m17x-r4-unlocked-bios-versions/ Thanks to svl7 for this great share! 120 Hz screen You can find it on Ebay, for example here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/162380820165?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT It's required because pascal GPUs need EDP mode to run. The nice thing is there is one LVDS connector in M17X R4 motherboard, even if you have a 60 Hz screen, so you can make the upgrade. It's pretty easy to install, but you may have no boot issue with it, like I had. This is when I had to install unlocked BIOS so I can set graphic settings which let laptop boot with the 120 Hz screen. From what I remember, required setting was "Primary display" to PEG, see here: GPT partition and UEFI BOOT I had MBR partition, and since I'm using my laptop for working I didn't want to reinstall everything. I used a very nice tool to convert my system SSD parition from MBR to GPT called EASEUS Partition Master (they also provide partition and data recovery tools for years, maybe you already know this company): http://www.easeus.com/partition-manager-software/convert-mbr-to-gpt.html They offered a discount so is cost me around 30$ to convert without having to reinstall, which is cheap for the time and all datas it saved me. Then, you just need to make sure your boot options are set to pure UEFI, which means Load Legacy option ROM is disabled, here in the BIOS: I noticed it can't be disabled if you're running a GPU which vbios doesn't have UEFI compliant driver. If this is the case, you'll get the "can't detect MXM card GOP driver" error like this: Once again, thanks to svl7 you can fix this using vbios with UEFI driver for your GPU: https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/2079-m14x-r2-m17x-r4-m18x-r2-uefi-fast-boot-secure-boot-gpu-issues-solved/ This is not what I did, I just enabled integrated graphics again (it's UEFI compliant), so I can disable Load legacy option. Then I could put the 1070 in, and boot successfully. With this option enabled, I had 8 beeps "GPU not recognized" error at boot, stuck with no POST like a loser. GO BUY A GTX 1070 MXM Here too, you can get headaches. It's expensive, and hard to find. I searched a lot, and I can give you a few advices. For me, you have mainly 3 choices: - contact Lee James Wood, who is member of this forum and very serious seller: https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/profile/3501-lee-james-wood/ You can also check his website: https://store.alezka.com/en/ and his Ebay store: http://stores.ebay.com/woodzstack666?_trksid=p2047675.l2563 I must say I contacted him, and at one point I had no answer, so I contacted another seller. But he explained me it was because for some reason he didn't received notification from the forum so he didn't knew my message, and missed the sale. But even he was not the seller, he gave me some advices which were really helpful when I was stuck with 8 beeps no boot problem because of the Legacy mode yesterday. Thanks a lot man, maybe you missed this sale but I'm sure you'll get lot of others since you're so helpful, thanks again! - go buy directly from China, where you can find it much cheaper. You have one chinese marketplace to rule them all: it's called taobao: https://world.taobao.com/ Problem is if you don't speak chinese, you may have trouble just to get their chat software working, it's same kind as alibaba trade manager for those who knows. So buying from taobao is like entring an unknown area, sellers there mostly only speak chinese, some don't want to sell out of China, so it's really weird to buy from there. But prices are really interesting, for example around 3000 Yuans (410$) for a GTX 1060 MXM, and around 4900 yuans (665$) for a GTX 1070 MXM. If you're looking for a cheap pascal MXM GPU, this may feel like heaven: -instead of trying to learn chinese, find a way to make dropship. There are lot of companies for taobao drophip, like Yoybuy for example. I found a russian MSI forum member whose nickname is Onside182, his name is Andrew and I made the deal with him. He knows Taobao sellers, so he dealt with that for me. He was serious and helpful too, and you can chose to contact him on russian forum: https://forum-ru.msi.com/index.php?action=profile;u=1111063 (you must be registered there to see his profile), or just contact me so I give you his email address, he'll deal for your taobao order and you can pay him with paypal. Let's make some room inside Yeah know it's bad, but honestly I don't care about chassis integrity when it's time to get overkill Firestrike score. So yes, you have to dremel the chassis to make some room so the MSI GTX 1070 will fit in. First, you need to disassemble the whole laptop, so you can get the motherboard out: You need to remove little sides on the MXM connector, so the card can fit in. Before After: You must get a modified MXM connector like that: Then you also need to cut part of the chassis, here is the result: Now, you can install the card: MOD the GPU heatsink to improve cooling Here you have 2 ways: keep stock heatsink, and mod it so it can fit as explained here: https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/10982-m17x-r4-gtx-1060-upgrade/#comment-155003 Or build a custom made heatsink. This is what I did, I ordered this heatsink with the GPU: https://world.taobao.com/item/540331819333.htm?spm=a312a.7700714.0.0.ZzDuN1#detail%201%20sortie%20sur%20le%20cot%C3%A9%20ok%20et%204%C3%A8me%20stripe%20pour%20cpu%20ok It was designed for a MSI computer, but it can be modified for the M17X R4 since copper stripes are soldered horizontally. You need to unsolder it, and solder the copper stripes and radiator from stock heatsink instead. You also need to cut off the part which must cover the CPU heatsink, which is not useful. This way, you have a more efficient heatsink, because it was designed for pascal GPU: Soldering heatsinks is crap, when you heat one side, you can easily unsolder the other side by mistake because all heat will be transmitted everywhere very quicly. The trick is to put side you don't want to unsolder in water, and heat the other side where you want to unsolder with a torch. But I warn you: soldering this stuff is a real nightmare. With my modded heatsink (which is so ugly and crappy I can't even make picture of it for now), I reached 72°C max while benchmarking, which seems to be pretty good temp. Right now writing on forum, GPU temp is at 55°c. Spend some time finding the good BIOS settings You'll have to try out some settings, and you may have no boot issues, black screens, and many errors. You'll feel very lonely at this time, I know. But searching forums saved me most of the time! If you're in trouble, just search and ask You can boot? Well you still have to wait a little until it works! Once we're here, we can boot with the GTX 1070 inside the laptop, and it appears as something like Microsoft basic display in Windows device manager. So we need to download official driver from Nvidia, extract it and mod the .inf file. I used this howto: http://null-bin.blogspot.fr/2015/08/how-to-modify-nvidia-notebook-driver.html There are many others, it's well documented on the web. Lines I added are those ones: %NVIDIA_DEV.1BE1.057B.1028% = Section408, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1BE1&SUBSYS_057B1028 and NVIDIA_DEV.1BE1.057B.1028 = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070" Then it just installed fine after disabling Windows driver signature enforcement of course. I could even install whole Nvidia Geforce experience stuff. The GPU POWER LIMIT throttling issue OK so you think it's installed, now it's over, after all those countless hours searching, testing and tweaking our good old M17X R4? Of course you launch a benchmark, and now you notice another problem. GPU core frequency is good, then it goes low, then it goes high again, then low again... GPU is throttling. I went into HWinfo, and noticed GPU power consumption was going higher than 110W, then I had GPU throttle, it went down around 50W, then it went up again, and so on... I searched and found nothing. I thought it was because I only have 240W PSU and I must change for a 330W one. Then and angel appeared and said to me "Hey, man, this must be a BIOS setting related issue, just fix it". So I went in the BIOS again, and I noticed this setting called "adapter warning". I just disabled it, and now it's running fine. When checking, I can see I still have POWER LIMIT message, but it doesn't slow down GPU frequency, no throttling anymore. This is the funny part where the 2012 laptop kicks ass to BGA craps Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!!! We can say we made it, the MSI GTX 1070 is working in the Alienware M17X R4: Now, please have a look at this latest Alienware 17 R3 (BGA crap) Firestrike result: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/8941795 Yeah I know, this is serious expensive hardware we have here: a 6820HK CPU and a GTX 1070, such Alienware laptop must cost around 2500$, no? Of course, my poor old laptop cannot not beat this beast, what do you think? Here is benchmak I just made today, with little OC, it's not optimized at all: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/19201328 Ladies and gentlemen, on the left we have my 2012 M17X R4, and on the right a brand new 17 R3: http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/12289770/fs/8941795 To finish, before I can go at last trying to play GTA 5 at maxxed out settings, here are some links which were very useful, and can help if you want to make such mods. MSI 1070 in Alienware ranger by loafer987: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/msi-1070-in-alienware-17-r1-ranger-success.797893/ German Alienware forum with huge CPU and GPU heatsink mods: http://alienware-forum.de/index.php/Thread/7254-AW-17-R1-CPU-Heatsink-Pipe-Mod/ http://alienware-forum.de/index.php/Thread/7254-AW17-R1-CPU-GPU-Heatsink-Pipe-Mod/?pageNo=2 http://alienware-forum.de/index.php/Thread/8042-AW17-R1-3D-120Hz-GTX-980-N16E-GXX/?postID=69530#post69530 Zotac BOX GTX 1070 MXM in Alienware 17: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/alienware-17-r5-gtx-1070-mxm-3-1b.800137/ I hope sharing all those informations helped M17X R4 owners to keep faith in this old good laptop. I'm pretty sure it can also handle a GTX 1080 by the way, if someone is willing to try (I can't be the guinea pig for the next step) it would be nice This post has been promoted to an article
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    GeForce 382.05 WHQL Game Ready •Provides the optimal gaming experience for Prey, Battlezone, and the Gears of War 4 Multi-GPU Update. Added or updated the following SLI profiles: •Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 •Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III Added or updated the following 3DV profiles: •Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III - Not recommended Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 382.05 •[SLI][No Man’s Sky - with The Foundation Update 1.10 patch]: With SLI enabled, there is texture corruption in the game. [200257478] •[SLI][GeForce GTX 670][World of Tanks]: In SLI mode, blue-screen crash occurs when pressing Alt+Tab during the game. [1895732]] •[GeForce GTX 1080 Ti][Gears of War]: After the bootup movies, blue-screen crash occurs pointing to nvlddmkm.sys. [1914184] •The NVIDIA Control Panel in the Windows desktop context menu, as well as the NVIDIA system tray icon, may be absent. [200298863/1906498] •System may hang at a black screen upon cold boot up. [1913854] •In a multi-display configuration, the extended displays are unable to enter sleep mode. [1902053] *Install drivers at your own risk* Windows 10 + GeForce Drivers are Killing Samsung and LG Notebook LCD Display Panels Uninstall PrecisionX, including screen overclocking tools. Instead, keep MSI Afterburner's RTSS for monitoring purposes. 900M Requirements: Flash latest @Prema's v2 980M & 970M (Please consider donating to Prema) Win10/8.1 'F8' Boot options 'Safe Mode' & 'Disable driver Signing' cmd (Admin) bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy -> reboot -> F8 -> select 'Disable Driver Signature Enforcement' -> Install drivers Run DDU "Clean & Shutdown (Safe Mode) Extract driver using 7-Zip Display.Driver folder, copy/overwrite the proper .inf file(s). Extracted driver package >> delete the folders as shown below (don't skip this step) -> run setup.exe >>> Keep these folders only <<< INF MOD v382.05 Alienware: nv_dispi.inf (including nvdmi.inf) PEG/Dedicated All Models: M15x, M17x, AW17 R1, M18x, AW18 R1 (including Optimus/M17xR4) excluding AW 2015 - GTX 980 , 980M , 970M , 965M , 880M , 870M , 860M , 780M , 770M , 765M , 680M , 675MX , 670MX , 660M. Clevo & MSI non-Optimus models: nv_dispi.inf (including nvcvi.inf & nvmii.inf ) nvcvi.inf: Optimus Alienware 17 / 05AA (only) GTX 980M - 970M - 965M nvcvi.inf: Clevo P170EM Optimus 980M/970M GeForce 382.05 Win7/8.1 GeForce 382.05 Win10 Alienware nv_dispi.inf_v382.05_Win7_8.1_PEG_Dedicated_Alienware.zip nvcvi.inf_v382.05_Win7_8.1_Optimus_Alienware_17.zip nv_dispi.inf_v382.05_Win10_PEG_Dedicated_Alienware.zip nvcvi.inf_v382.05_Win10_Optimus_Alienware_17.zip Clevo & MSI Laptops (non-Optimus) nv_dispi.inf_v382.05_Win7_8.1_PEG_Dedicated_CLEVO_MSI.zip nv_dispi.inf_v382.05_Win10_PEG_Dedicated_CLEVO_MSI.zip AW 900M Throttling workarounds: M18xR2 First, flash @Swick1981 [Bios Mod] M18xR2 - Legacy Support now Available M18xR2 980M workaround Hibernation method HERE and HERE Please use the SEARCH function to see if your question has been answered/posted already. https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/announcement/4-user-account-promotion-rules-read-before-posting/ @jaug1337 for that model try out "PEG" Clevo/MSI nv_dispi.inf, just copy both nv_dispi.inf & nvmii.inf (MSI).
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    NVIDIA 'Maxwell' VBIOS mods Here you find modified VBIOS versions for the mobile parts of the Nvidia 'Maxwell' series. The VBIOS versions in this post are tweaked for performance and versatility. You'll get almost complete control over the performance parameters of your GPU. List of available VBIOS mods: Nvidia GTX 970m - 'OC edition' rev0 - >> 6 GB Version << - modified by @johnksss & svl7 -> see attachments Nvidia GTX 980m - 'OC edition' rev0 - >> 8 GB Version << - modified by @johnksss & svl7 -> see attachments Screenshot demonstrating the capabilities of the 970m versions: >> Read the instructions carefully before flashing! << If anything is unclear after reading or if you have additional remarks, please post in the thread. Flashing: - Go to the device manager -> 'Display Adapters' -> chooser your GPU, right click on it and choose disable - Flash the VBIOS with mnvflash, a modified version of nvflash (see attachments). Here are detailed instructions for nvflash in case you aren't familiar with it. - After the flashing is done: Enable the GPU once again in the device manager. - Reboot Do NOT use driver 347.09, it's broken and useless and won't allow you to overclock, even with the stock firmware. Don't distribute the files hosted here outside of Tech|Inferno. Don't modify the files you download here. Donation link in case you want to buy me a beer Thanks and cheers!

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    Flashing Overview: - Go to the device manager -> 'Display Adapters' -> chooser your GPU, right click on it and choose disable - Flash the VBIOS with mnvflash, a modified version of nvflash (see attachments). Below are detailed instructions for nvflash in case you aren't familiar with it. - After the flashing is done: Enable the GPU once again in the device manager. - Reboot Detailed Instructions: As soon as you see the command line you're ready to go, write dir and hit enter to display all the files on the USB drive. Display all Nvidia adapters in the system: nvflash -a or alternatively the longer version of the command: nvflash --list This command will return you a list with all Nvidia adapters present in your system. Here's an example output of this command run on my M15x with a 680m in it: NVIDIA Firmware Update Utility (Version 5.117) NVIDIA display adapters present in system: <0> N13E-GTX (10DE,11A0,1028,02A2) H:--:NRM B:02,PCI,D:00,F:00 The number in the <> brackets is the index of the corresponding device. SLI users will have more than one entry and flash each card separately. Backup your current VBIOS: Never forget to keep a backup of your original VBIOS before you flash anything non-stock. Use this command to save a copy of the firmware to your USB drive: nvflash -b filename.rom or with nvflash --save filename.rom Flash the VBIOS to your card(s): For a single card it's really straight forward, you don't need to worry about the adapter indices. Just use this command: nvflash -6 vbiosname.rom -6 will allow you to override mismatches of the PCI subsystem ID. In case of a mismatch you'll need to confirm the flash with 'y'. NOTE: Users with a non-US keyboard might need to press 'z' or similar, because the 'y' isn't at the same location for all keyboard layouts. SLI users will need to flash each card separately. The concept stays the same, but you will need to use the corresponding adapter index to flash a card. How to figure out the adapter nr. is described above. Flashing goes like this: nvflash -i[index] -6 vbios.rom [index] represents a number, namely the index you found with the 'nvflash -a' command. So a command example to flash a card which has index 0 is: 'nvflash -i0 -6 vbios.rom' Donation link In case you want to buy me a beer Thanks and cheers!

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    Two new modified BIOS for M14x R1 users. Both based on A08, but with the same SATA performance as in A05.This allows GF106 users which are still on A05 to benefit from the fixes included in A08 while keeping the SATA performance of A05 and it allows GF116 users to get the benefits of A05 SATA behavior.It's actually the result of trying to bring GF116 support to A05 in order to change the SATA behavior (as requested by he_yincheng), since this didn't work as planned I tried it the other way around - bringing the SATA performance of A05 to A08, which succeeded. Thanks @he_yincheng for testing! Check here to see some screenshots he posted to verify that it is working as intended.There are two versions of this mod available, one is the standard A08 with only the SATA tweak and the other is the unlocked version of it.In the M14x R1 voltage mod thread you can also find both versions with an increased GPU voltage, GF106 and GF116 supported.As always with such mods, use at your own risk, I don't take any responsibility for possible issues. You are responsible for the changes you make on your system.Feedback is welcome!Donate link - feel free to buy me a beer if you like this mod M14xR1_A08_[unlocked]_incl_SATA_fix.zip M14xR1_A08_SATA_fix.zip
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    Tech Inferno Fan July-2015>> Anybody interested in the 12.5" 2570P should also consider a 14" Dell E6430. The E6430 is the superior performance platform due to it's 900P LCD option, NVidia dGPU option, unlockable turbo bins (+400Mhz) on i7-37xxQM/i7-38xxQM CPUs and x2 2.0 eGPU capability. All with a minor size/weight penalty. See http://forum.techinferno.com/dell-la...tml#post118135 for details. Welcome to the 2570P Owner's Lounge! A place to liase with other owners and share useful tips/tricks/mods to get the most satisfying user experience from this exceptional ultraportable notebook. Release date: 22 June 2012, Model name: Inventec SIMBA, Nick name: EXtremeBook for i7-quad upgraded units A 2570P can be had for as little as US$250 on ebay-US , still with remaining 3yr global onsite warranty. A bargain when you consider it's upgraded desktop-replacement performance and durable MIL-spec build in a small 12.5" package. A features set unmatched by any other Ivy Bridge or Haswell notebook that remains undisclosed by all online reviews and even by HP. Grab one before word gets out . 2570P highlights being: socketted CPU allows a easy user upgrade up to a 45W i7-quad, doubling i5/i7 dual-core CPU performance. The result of doing so being the smallest, most powerful systems available that can function as a desktop replacement. Ultraportable competitors like a 12-14" Lenovo X230/X1C/T430s, Dell E6230/E6330, Toshiba R930/R940 or 13" Macbook Pro all have soldered dual-core i5/i7 CPUs making CPU upgrades unfeasible. Need to upsize to a larger 14" Lenovo T430/T440 or (preferrably) a Dell E6440 to get a socketted CPU. rare 5Gbps expresscard slot allows implementing a ~$160 GTX560Ti@x1.2Opt DIY eGPU for gaming graphics, CUDA/OpenCL processing or driving more external LCDs. optical drive can be swapped with a second 2.5" 9.5mm SATA-III 6Gbps SSD or HDD in a caddy & in a JBOD, RAID-0 (performance) or RAID-1 (redundancy) configuration. Can have up to 4TB of internal storage (2x2TB 9.5mm). Or RAID-0 2xSSDs for superfast boot-times and > 1GB/s sequential transfers. eSATAp port allows external bootable SSD/HDD to be attached using a single eSATAp cable. Ultra convenient when you consider USB-only systems like Macbooks require complicated software workarounds to get a Win7/8 disk booted off their USB ports. upgradeable wifi : can upgrade to recently-released 802.11AC standard with a Broadcom BCM4352 or Intel 7260 HMW card as explained. internal WWAN/3G capable : install a whitelisted WWAN/3G card, insert a mobile SIM and surf the internet anywhere battery options include a 31Wh 3-cell, 62Wh 6-cell (9hrs) and 100Wh 9-cell battery (15hrs) is listed by laptopmag as a top 5 HP laptop of 2013 (Dec-2013) and top 10 business notebook (Apr-2013) Comparison: http://forum.techinferno.com/what-no...html#post34610 concludes the 2570P is the best one.Comparison: 12.5" HP 820 G1 (Haswell: 4th-gen i-core) versus 2570P (Ivy Bridge: 3rd gen i-core) in spoiler: Comparison: 12.5" HP 2570P (Ivy Bridge: 3rd gen i-core) versus 2560P (Sandy Bridge: 2nd gen i-core) Example user-customized 2570P systems ordered by CPU performance User CPU clock TDP x27-TDP Storage: 9.5mm primary + ODD bay Other mods i7 quad-core equipped 2570Ps Aikimox i7-3840QM@2.93 45W 500GB + 1TB HDDs (1.5TB) OC ME FW, 16GB DDR3, cooling Tech Inferno Fan i7-3740QM@2.83 45W 22.1W 256GB S840P.SSD + ODD + 500GB eSATAp GTX770 eGPU, OC ME FW, BCM4352AC wifi, battery life tweaks, cooling Dewos i7-3840QM 2.8 45W 24.8W 128GB+128GB RAID0 SSDs GTX660 eGPU, 16GB DDR3 badbadbad i7-3840QM 2.8 45W 26.2W 500GB S840 EVO SSD + ODD 16GB DDR3L, BCM4352AC wifi invait53 i7-3840QM 2.8 45W 128GB SSD + 2TB ST HDD 16GB DDR3, WLAN-USB, BCM4352AC wifi+BT4.0 paperclip i7-3820QM 2.7 45W 22.4W 240GB Intel 530 SSD + ODD jacobsson i7-3740QM 2.7 45W 256GB+256GB RAID0 SSDs + 500GB eSATAp GTX670 eGPU, 16GB DDR3L, cooling pandaleo i7-3740QM 2.7 45W 24.5W 256GB Toshiba SSD 16GB DDR3L Uftherr i7-3720QM 2.6 45W GTX570 eGPU, 8GB DDR3, cooling hatoblue i7-3630QM 2.4 45W 23.6W GTX560Ti eGPU krazyazy i7-3632QM 2.2 35W 24.5W 256GB S840P.SSD + 500GB HDD GTX660Ti eGPU, 16GB DDR3L phillofoc i7-3632QM 2.2 35W 25.5W 128GB C400 SSD + 500GB HDD GTX650Ti eGPU, 16GB DDR3L, 7260AC wifi, battery life tweaks bjorm i7-3632QM 2.2 35W 25.7W 500GB S840 SSD + ODD GTX560TI eGPU, cooling+quiet_fan+holey_bottom i5 or i7 dual-core equipped 2570Ps rhx123 i7-3520M 2.9 35W 256GB LiteOn LCT-256M3S SSD + ODD GTX780 eGPU jot23 i5-3210M 2.5 35W 128GB C400 SSD + 640GB HDD GTX660 eGPU xuhexiffi806 i7-3689Y 1.5 13W 180GB Intel 530 SSD + weight saver 100Wh 9-cell battery, expresscard-SD reader PURPLE - highest performance AND lowest power consumption in this table RED - highest performance configuration in this table GREEN - lowest power consumption in this table x27-TDP: TDP when running at x27 reflecting overall CPU temps and efficiency as discussed Operating System, Support, Drivers, Disassembly Guide HP's 2570p Drivers Link, Manuals Link, Maintenance And Service Guide, Disassembly Guide, Media Services Link w/ videoWindows 7 OEM HP Source - For Clean Installs : includes additional HP installation contents needed for a Win7 clean install media.2560P schematic : 2570P is similiar but unfortunately no public schematic found for it as yet. This is the next best thing.HP warranty checker : useful to check a ebay secondhand unit's remaining warranty Performance upgrade: i7-quad CPU resulting in 'IVB ZBook 12' or 'EXtremeBook'Can effectively double the CPU performance going from a factory i5/i7 dual core to a i7-quad CPU. Could also be desirable if you wish to lower fan noise and temps. Running a i7-quad with max 99% CPU utilization results in noticably cooler temps than their dual-core counterparts without loss of performance, eg: cool i7-quads by bjorm's i7-3632QM or Aikimox's i7-3840QM. Note: warranty implications of a CPU upgrade - a factory-specced faster dual core up to i7-3520M 2.9 will not void warranty while a i7-quad will void the warranty if HP know about it as it wasn't offered with one. I'd keep the original CPU back and swap it back in if necessary. Upgraded 2570P i7-quad system examples are shown in the table above.NOTE: A 45W CPU can have highest multiplier limited to a 35W CPU level using Throttlestop software. That means a 45W i7-3630QM/i7-3610M (turbo=3.4/3.3Ghz) runs like a 35W i7-3632QM/i7-3612QM (turbo=3.2/3.1Ghz). Best 45W i7-quads being a i7-3630QM (x32) , i7-3720QM (x34) and i7-3740QM/3820QM (x35). There is at max 9% 4-core peformance difference between these with the higher end ones often not being able to maintain their upper multipliers as shown here. Meaning, suggest grab whichever is available and of lowest cost in your area.The 4-core TDP limit means any faster 45W CPUs do not see any gains. If need more performance and have deeper pockets then consider purchasing a 55W i7-3920XM instead. It has an additional 10W heatroom for turbo. Though it will absolutely need cooling mods to be able to accomodate at that level. <- 55W CPU is being limited to 45W on a 2570P as shown.It's possible to get and install cheaper PGA-to-BGA converted i7-quad CPUs as demonstrated by pandaleo.RECOMMENDED reading: How to choose the most efficient 45W i7-quadPerformance upgrade: external graphics (eGPU)DIY eGPU to attach a desktop videocard via the 2570P's 5Gbps expresscard slot. Provides accelerated gaming graphics, CUDA/OpenCL processing and additional HDMI/DVI outputs to drive multiple monitors. To do this most users only need to set System configuration->Device configuration expresscard slot from Generation 1 to Generation 2 as shown below:A NVidia GTX460/560/660/670 is a straight plug-n-play implementation on a 2570P when using Windows 7, though Win8.x is problematic (src: here). Win8.x users may consider doing a UEFI installation instead which resolved error12 and gave hotplug capabilities as noted here.An AMD card, GTX650, GTX750, GTX9xx or older NVidia cards require a DSDT override and (maybe) DIY eGPU Setup 1.x interposer software to eradicate error 12 that prevents their functionality. See the 2570P DSDT override details if using one of these cards.Implemented on a 2570P at x1.2Opt speed (5Gbps + compression) using a NVidia GTX670 (jacobsson), GTX660Ti (Tech Inferno Fan), GTX560Ti (bjorm), GTX660 (dewos), GTX560Ti (hatoblue), GTX650Ti (phillofoc) Above: simplified HP 2570P eGPU installation process instructions courtesy of T|U user badbadbadPerformance upgrade: storageExtra hotswappable 9.5mm (2.5") HDD/SSD added through Optical-Drive Bay (SimoxTav) or newmodeus. US$18 optical drive faceplate replacement part2570P RAID-0 SSD guide (jacobsson) - get superfast bootup and 1GB/s sequential reads by configuring two SATA-III SSDs as a RAID-0 volUS$4 eSATAp cable - connect to your SATA HDD/SSD to the 2570P's eSATAp (combo SATA+ USB 3.0) port for superfast bootable storage.FAQ about optical drive space saver: can it's faceplate be used on other ODDs/caddies? Answer: no/yes.System mod: LCD upgrade The supplied LCD is a 12.5" single-LVDS TN panel, HP P/N 685504-001 which is a AUO B125XW02 V.0 or Samsung LTN125AT02 with relatively narrow viewing angles and around 45% gamut. X220/X230 IPS LCD retrofit with wide viewing angles: failed attempts by bjorm and pandaleo due to insufficient clearancehigher-resolution panels: not possible as HP has confirmed 2570P has only single-LVDS wired per detailsSystem mods: cooling and fan quieteningRecommended reading - INFO: Tech Inferno Fan findings on improving 2570P cooling systemNotebook FanControl - easier to configure than TPFanControl. Can set 2.5% (2825 rpm)-100% (5120 rpm) manual fan control or temperature-based rules. Nice. Though because there isn't a 2570P configuration item I use a HP 8560P or ZBook 15 instead.troubadix's TPFanControl allows software fan step control though doesn't alter the cut-in RPMs which bjorm says is 3072rpmquiet_fan: 2x1N4004 diode mod (bjorm) & : reduce fan RPMs including cut-in RPMsheatsink mods: by Tech Inferno Fan's (copper-stack), Aikimox, bjorm & jacobsson's 'Anarchist' - improve heat transfer to reduce fan activity or host a 45W i7-quad comfortablybjorm's holey bottom cover mod - improve airflowSystem mod: BIOS inc WLAN/WWAN Unfortunately the 2570P bios is RSA protected. Flashing a modified BIOS that say disables the WWAN whitelist results in system failing to boot. Nobody has successfully created a modified bios. REF: bios-mods.com. WLAN/WWAN/Bluetooth whitelist : IDs of cards that the BIOS will allow boot with.Confirmed Intel 6235 working in 2570P - it's between 0.5W to 1W more efficient than the stock Intel 6205 (M3ph15t)Non-whitelisted Intel/Atheros WLAN works: Intel 1000, 5100, 6235 and Atheros AR5B91 all work as "Test WLAN" cards with BIOS F.41/F.42F.44 bios confirmed by HP to have no WLAN whitelistBIOS dumps at hpfocus.com : extensive Elitebook (inc 2570P) bios dumps. Here's the two files discussed of interest: 68ISB16.F34.rar (F.34 dump - unlock flash descriptor with WIN+[left arrow]+[right arrow] then flash using fptw64.exe utility). NbDmiFit-2.03.zip (DMIFit - initialize the computer information(S/N, P/N, etc.) Emergency recovery: if you have a flash go wronghttp://forum.techinferno.com/general...html#post26529 : Press WIN+[left arrow]+[right arrow] during poweron to unlock the flash descriptor WWANDOS - HP WWAN whitelist writing tool Tweaks: overclocking and extending battery lifeKhenglish's 2570P BCLK overclocking ME FW - allows increasing BCLK by 4.8% using XTU software, eg: i5-3360M 2.8Ghz -> 2.93GhzBattery life tweaks inc 33% longer 2570P battery life by enabling ASPMs and L0s L1 using softwareMISC infoWLAN-USB: Wiring the WLAN USB pins to the docking connector to enable WLAN Bluetooth (BCM94352AC+BT4.0) [invait53]INFO: Retrofitting webcam to non-webcam modelCorrecting Production Information Incorrect bios halt screen (eg: system board, product name, serial, SKU, family)Using a ramdisk for browser cache (phillofoc) : to extend battery lifeWWAN whitelist workaround. As a BIOS mod is not possible, enthusiastic individuals could mask then internally re-route the WWAN USB pins (36,38) to either the expresscard or docking connector USB port. Yes, soldering would be required. REF: 2560P schematic for pinouts.unbridged tracks on 2570P WWAN socket are mSATA but no BIOS support : info on how the mSATA can be enabled on the WWAN socket weight loss : how to lighten the 2570P using a weight saver instead of the optical drive, lighter AC adapter, + more.Hackintosh works on 2570P: Mac OSX Mountain Lion (10.8.5) confirmed working minus wifi on a 2570P.Hackintosh works on 2570P #2 : Newer Mavericks 10.9 working on a 2570P. HP '820 G1' backlit keyboard retrofit : unimplemented experimental howtoObtaining an expresscard blank: how to order a replacement if lost yours, getting a optical bay space saver in the processHP HS2340 WWAN module: using it on a non-HP notebookHS2340 WWAN module: fixes for dropping connections (HP forums)Systemboard photos : closeup photos by pandaleoWin7 fix for brightness hotkeys ceasing to work after sleep-resume cycle (phillofoc)Acknowledgements: a cast of many 2570P and other T|I users contributing to this thread. Thank you. 12.5" HP Elitebook 2570P review from 51nb.comTech Inferno Fan comments: Below is 51nb.com's Chinese-to-English translated 2570P review. notebookcheck have done a extensive review too. There's another English version review of the HP EliteBook 2570p posted that has some great coverage. Almighty business The HP EliteBook 2570p evaluation (source: 51nb.com)Business this traditionally has a the impertinent game video of the mainstream computing power, With the notebook full access IVB era, equipped with the latest the IVB architecture processor of Commerce this performance has been further enhanced. HP recently introduced the ProBook and EliteBook series of new business in this latest IVB platform positioning flagship model EliteBook 2570p continuation of the the HP business of the excellent design, including black TrackPoint, fingerprint reader, 180 degrees opening and closing angle, backplane Free tools demolition, today let us through a detailed evaluation of the article to understand the business of the new features under this all-around. HP EliteBook 2570p hardware configuration: Intel IVB i5 3210M processor, 4GB DDR3 1600 single-channel memory, 500GB 7200 rpm mechanical hard drive, Intel HD 4000 Core graphics, detailed parameter configuration table with reference below. Hewlett-Packard (HP) 2570p (B8Z45PA) Operating system Preloaded with Windows 7 Professional Edition Processor frequency Intel IVB i5 3210M Processor description Dual core four threads, clocked at 2.5GHz, Turbo accelerates to 3.1GHz, TDP 35W Memory descriptor 4GB DDR3 1600 Hard to describe 500GB, 7200 rpm mechanical hard Drive type DVD burner Screen description 12.5 inches, 1366x768, 16:9 dimming wide viewing angle, thin screen Graphics chip Intel GMA HD 4000 (Core Graphics) Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n (300Mbps) Refers to take keyboard Pointing stick, touchpad (multi-touch), full-size chocolate keyboard Data interface 2 USB3.0, 1 a USB2.0/eSATA dual-use interface, VGA, power, keyhole, DisplayPort, docking station port, RJ-45/RJ-11 interface, Smart Card, ExpressCard, SD card reader. Body Material Magnesium alloy Body weight Bare metal 1.96kg, travel 2.415kg Body size 300mm x 209mm x 27mm Appearance and interface: magnesium alloy body business interface● The appearance and use of materialsHigh strength material to the positioning the flagship of Commerce this will build the fuselage, the HP EliteBook 2570p body adopts high-strength magnesium alloy, with silver surface grinding process, with strong metal texture and also can effectively prevent fingerprint residue . 2570p whole shape design very low-key, nor around the rounded handle the current popular to abandon fashion elements only for the professional business. HP 2570p magnesium alloy body with a high degree of robustness Lithium battery using the HP 2570p randomly equipped the kyphosis design, this is tantamount to increase the width of the fuselage, but large-capacity lithium battery can also bring more endurance. ● Body thickness 2570p rear fuselage thickest approximately 34.25mm, and the front of the fuselage of 30.95mm, thickness or normal the Almighty business this machine who can design more expansion interface.● Extended Interface Almighty business this has a very well-equipped business interface design, the HP 2570p fuselage front end does not design any expansion interface, and most of the area of the rear fuselage, while lithium batteries occupy, but the left and right sides of the battery is still VGA, and dual USB3.0 interface. HP 2570p expansion interface design more concentrated in the fuselage left and right ends of the left side of the fuselage interface follows the power, RJ-45, RJ-11, DVD drive and Smart Card, the right side of the fuselage interface from right left turn for notebook lock the docking connector eSATA/USB2.0, DisplayPort, headphone / microphone, SD card reader and ExpressCard. View 2570p expansion interface is very well equipped, even the old RJ-11 interface has also been retained, two USB3.0 plus a USB2.0 also be able to meet the demand for the use of the most of the time, although 2570p DisplayPort interface , but the lack of a more mainstream HDMI interface looks a little regret.● portability The HP 2570p bare metal weight of 1.96kg, travel weight of 2.41kg, this weight is quite normal for a performance mainstream business of the Almighty metal.Chapter Summary: HP EliteBook 2570p on the body design is very introverted, magnesium-alloy high-strength material can effectively protect the safety of the fuselage, the surface layer of matte treatment has a good anti-fingerprint effect. More normal body thickness and portability. Interface, in addition to 2570p with HDMI outside the flagship business of the proper mainstream interface connected to the docking station can further enhance scalability.12.5-inch matte screen spill-resistant keyboard display and manipulation:● Screen HP EliteBook 2570p with a 12.5-inch LED matte screen resolution is 1366x768, 12.5-inch mainstream is also the business of the frequently used screen size, actual use, and 13-inch screen is not much difference. The matte surface is indispensable for high-end business, which can effectively prevent the glare caused by the interference of the human eye while enhancing the notebook display. The actual use of the process, a good piece of screen display, more accurate color reproduction, viewing angle of approximately 150 degrees left and right direction. HP EliteBook 2570p with alloy hinge sunken shaft the screen high fastness, 2570p screen the maximum opening angle of more than 180 degrees, which is also an important high-end business logo.● camera HP EliteBook 2570p HD Webcam settings on the screen just above the right there with a protective cover keyboard lights when not in use can be turned off the protective cover to prevent dust and moisture from entering.● control experience HP 2570p is equipped with a high-touch black chocolate spill-resistant keyboard, the key processes and key spacing design is very reasonable, prolonged beating also be able to maintain a good feeling. Although this keyboard does not have a backlight function, but by means of the camera to the right of the keyboard lights in low light conditions and accurate identification keys. This as the flagship business, let your hands do not leave the area of the keyboard to move the cursor pointing stick natural essential 2570p black the TrackPoint design in the middle of the keyboard position. 2570p touchpad uses the same metal grinding treatment, feel comfortable, precise positioning on the below the the four shortcuts resistance are very small, the key sound is also very light. Up and down two shortcuts used with the TrackPoint, the bottom two and trackpad for use with two combinations, allowing those different habits. 2570p biometric fingerprint reader design in the lower right corner of the C surface 2570p the upper right corner of the keyboard area wireless network switch, three shortcuts for fast Internet access and volume switch, the top left corner of the keyboard area is only one power switch the C surface design is also very simple.● scalability HP 2570p backplane support tool-free, only need to the bottom of the fuselage on the left of the power / the the backplane combo demolition the switch Wang Zuoce poke can free tool to tear down the backplane, this design is very humane, users either upgrade your hardware or clean-up The dust will become very convenient. HP 2570p disassemble tool-free chassis internal body details HP 2570p memory slots and hard drive slot details, including hard disk slot portion with a unique HP 3D DriveGuard protection technology, the fuselage impact on the effective protection of hard disk data. 2570p also provides mSATA interface, users can increase their own SSD to improve the overall performance. Chapter Summary: HP 2570p with a piece of business of the common 12.5-inch LED matte screen resolution mainstream 1366x768, the screen maximum opening angle of 180 degrees or more, fully meet the demand for business use, in addition with black TrackPoint and keyboard lighting, full-size chocolate spill-resistant keyboard can bring very good handling experience. Scalability using unique backplane Free tools demolition design, 2570p hardware upgrade or clean up the dust are very convenient.Hardware and performance: IVB i5 3210M with HD 4000 nuclear● Processor HP 2570p using an Intel architecture IVB i5 3210M processor, using the X86 field is currently the most advanced 22nm process technology, dual-core four threads, 6MB cache, the default clocked at 2.5GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz, TDP 35W.● Memory Terms of memory, 2570p using a single 2GB DDR3 1600 high-speed memory, timing 11-11-11-28, read speed 11794MB / s, write speed to 12462MB / s read and write speed or capacity can good deal with day-to-day use demand, can increase a 4GB memory 8GB dual-channel, the whole performance there will be a certain level of improvement.● wPrime wPrime is a notebook processor performance testing software, 2570p using the i5 3210M 32M and 1024M test results were 16.911 seconds and 584.833 seconds, leading the older generation i5 2430M approximately 10%.● CINEBENCH 11.5 Another common CINEBENCH 11.5 test software, the HP 2570p CPU single core performance 1.15pts, multi-core results 2.71pts previous generation i5 2430M approximately 10% ahead of the same.● Graphic Business notebook graphics capabilities are not very high, HP 2570p CPU integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 Core graphics card, core frequency of 650MHz, memory frequency is 800MHz, and meet the business office is not a big problem.● Hard HP 2570p with a 500GB 7200 rpm Hitachi mechanical hard drive, this hard drive in HD Tune Pro test a minimum transfer speed of about 45.4MB / S, the maximum transmission speed is about 103.0MB / S, the average transfer speed of approximately 79.0 MB / S, HD Tune graph when the read test is also very stable. The 2570p Similarly with HP 3D DriveGuard hard disk protection technology, the fuselage by the impact of the big efforts to advance locked hard disk to protect data security.● PCMARK 7 In the the professional machine performance testing software PCMARK7, 2570p total score of 2819 points. Chapter Summary: HP 2570p using the latest IVB i5 3210M processor, the default 2.5GHz, 3.1GHz high frequency has a very mainstream performance Turbo 4GB DDR3 1600 memory also able to meet the complex business-use environment. 500GB 7200 RPM high-capacity mechanical hard drive with HP 3D DriveGuard hard disk protection technology, the data is very safe.Cooling capacity, endurance test, evaluation Full Summary● Heat HP 2570p using the bottom into the wind, the wind out of the right side of the fuselage cooling mode, use should pay attention to the right hand mouse and the distance of the fuselage, so as not to vent hot air right impact. 2570p Here's the specific thermal performance test. The temperature of the surface of the conventional standby fuselage C (left) and D surface (right) To use AIDA64 Let 2570p processor and graphics card to run at full capacity 30 minutes Full load for 30 minutes after the fuselage C surface temperature Surface temperature of the full load for 30 minutes after the body D We can see through the professional thermal imager: conventional standby mode (room temperature about 26 degrees) 2570p body C face maximum temperature was 34.4 degrees, the position appears in the upper left corner of the touchpad, the maximum temperature of the D surface outlet was 38.5 degrees, the position appears on the right side of the fuselage, the whole, fairly good 2570p cooling capacity in standby mode; conventional 2570p fuselage C surface temperature of 36.8 degrees after 30 minutes of full load, D surface The maximum temperature of 59.2 degrees C, the highest temperature of the surface D are located near the main outlet the HP 2570p full load cooling capacity is the same impressive.● Endurance Test HP EliteBook 2570p standard lithium battery capacity 11.1V 62Wh Screen brightness to 50% and turn on WiFi, then turn on the power-saving mode the last HP 2570p estimated 7 hours battery life under Windows 7. Evaluation Summary: HP 2570p has a very high degree of sturdy magnesium alloy body, coupled with a biometric fingerprint reader, spill-resistant keyboard 3D DriveGuard hard disk protection technology, the internal body as well as the hard drive information can be effectively protected . The opening angle of over 180 degrees screen, mainstream and complete business interface design, IVB platform performance, excellent hardware configurations make this machine demonstrated a deep skill, backplane tool-free is a big bright spot, users can easily upgrade hardware or screwdriver to clean the dust. This model priced at about 10,500 yuan, the positioning and the ThinkPad T430 is similar, if you do not intend to into the black, then this HP EliteBook 2570p is also a very good choice.
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    As per @coolane's request, I figured I'd make a separate thread for this modification. In the original thread (https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/265-benchmarks-the-official-thread/&page=34) coolane shows their heatsink modifications and results which I think were ingenious. Initially I didn't think it was possible to use the 980DT heatsink with the MSI 1070 without modification, though with coolane's post showed potential and I figured I may as well give it a try since there's no chance in hell or any other place that I would be able to do a 1070 SLI configuration. Thanks to coolane, they provided further detail into their mod and it was very straightforward enough for me to warrant an attempt. So, I ordered: 10pcs of 8.8mm x 8.8mm heatsinks 1 sheet of thermal transfer tape 400 - 3000 grit sandpaper and I am waiting for those parts to arrive to my location before I begin and I post when they do. EDIT: I may do some minor changes to their attempt like not adding additional heatsink pipes since i have no idea on how to even attach them so this will be a basic modification. EDIT2: Original content EDIT 3: I learned from @J95 and @Prema that the vbios mod used by coolane was stolen from Prema by some crappy Chinese hacker so this thread is specifically for the modding of the heatsink itself. EDIT 4: I ended up getting the following to complete the mod so far. 1. Stanley hacksaw - $10AUD 2. Sandpaper 80 grit and 180 grit emery (for soft metals like copper), 400 grit W&D, 800 grit W&D, and 1200 grit W&D - $10AUD approx (though i spent more ordering more from Amazon which won't be used now but good to have :p) 3. Protective gloves - $12AUD EDIT 5: Ordered some thermal adhesive to glue a bit of copper plate to cover the power phase chip. Sure, a mini-heatsink might do the job though it might be better if it was going through the heatpipes.
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    Here is my Super simple setupConsisting of a HP 8470p, EVGA 770SC, PE4l, cheapo junk psu, fan and fan controller.The case is a Shuttle XPC variant which I stripped down to fit the ATX psu and PE4l in, the 770 was a perfect fit (after removing some rivets )Display is a Dell U2713HM 2560x1440 which I picked up for $310 NZDTemps are great, hovering around 70deg overclocked (+50 core, +300 mem, +.12 vCore) while playing BF4I recently added the fan due to fears that I was suffocating the cheap PSU since it draws air from the back of the card.Setup on the 8470p is great, apart from the fact that you have to wait till after POST to plug the Egpu in( or set the delay). I believe this effects 8470p and 2570pIn Win 7 I was able to plug and play W/O setup 1.x but I purchased it anyway,I moved to windows 8.1 and had to use 1.x to overcome memory allocation errors.I am currently gaming at 2560x1440, getting around 60fps +- good/bad situations online with all medium settings but AA off (don't need so much at higher res)I made up some benchmarks if people are interested.These results don't reflect gameplay performance. Games are very playable at 1440I will take requests for more benchmarks 1280x800 1920x1080 2560x1440 4k anyone? Heaven 4.0 (all ultra & extreme) FPS 49.6 33.1 20 SCORE 1249 834 504 MinFPS 8.3 14.9 6.2 Max FPS 114.8 69.2 45.1 3Dmark 06 1.2.0 Default 3DMarks 22365 21744 21790 SM2.0 8158 7990 8347
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    8460p from signature + GTX760 Gigabyte WindForce OC. Order: start - f8 - plug turned on eGPU - later states of installation: Notice that before installation nVidia drivers, GPU-Z sees eGPU on PCI-E 3.0 results 3dm06 and 3dm11. External, power: balanced, Gen2. Temperatures during test in room (not on the sun) where was ... 30-31C.
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    Klem's_vbios_MSI_GTX880M_80.04.F7.00.07_UNLOCKED.rar For both, 4Gb and 8Gb card. 1. Unlocked Nvidia core limit +135 MHz. 2. Unlocked Power Limit. 3. Unlocked Power adjustment by software (for example with Nvidia Inspector). 4. Increased Power Limit and Power Target. 5. Enabled some additional tweaks. If you liked my mod, you can buy me some beer: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=NHMKKB6RCME46&lc=GB&item_name=Donation%20for%20Klem&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

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    OCing Intel HD4000 on a Dell Latitude E6430 After Khenglish posted a while back I promised that I would try that.But is it worth it? Let's find out. I followed Atonus' instructions to modify the UEFI variables below using a bootable USB stick containing grub.Setting: GT OverClocking Support, Variable: 0x16FOption: Disabled, Value: 0x0 Option: Enabled, Value: 0x1 End of Options Numeric: GT OverClocking Frequency, Variable: 0x170Default: 8 Bit, Value: 0x16End Numeric: GT OverClocking Voltage , Variable: 0x171 Default: 8 Bit, Value: 0x0 EndVariable 0x16f should be enabled in order for the other two to be valid. So you set this to Enabled.The other two are 8-bit numeric meaning that you can enter any value from 0-255 in hexadecimal so respectively from 0x00-0xFF.On the GT Overclocking Frequency I realised that the resulting frequency was the result of [the decimal value] x 50MHz. e.g if I set value to 0x22 it would be 34 x 50MHz = 1700MHz . Anything under the maximum multiplier of your iGPU is not changing anything.On the GT Overclocking Voltage I am guessing that there is a 0.01 increment for every value from 0x00 to 0xFF. E.g. I think that if I set the value to 0x05 I would have a 0,05V increment etc.Since I didn't want any load from the CPU because a huge load on the CPU would trigger TDP throttling I used the Furmark 720p benchmark to test the performance gain from one frequency to the other. All tests where done using my i7-3720QM @ stock with 2x4GB Kingston RAM @ 2133MHz (except for the first which was done with i3-3120M and 2x4GB @1600MHz just for reference)I didn't use BCLK OC but I hope I will have time to test further. I started from 1,25 GHz and went all the way up to 1,65GHz with a total performance gain (according to Furmark Benchmark) ~40%. UPDATE: Using an adapter with an invalid ID I managed to set a higher TDP value (80W).The maximum GPU multiplier that would work is x33 (1650MHz). It won't go higher than 1650MHz even if I set x34 and supply more Voltage and I don't think it is TDP or temperature throttled.The following table shows the results:Furmark Benchmark GT Overclocking Frequency Value Resulting Frequency (from GPU-z log) GT Overclocking Voltage Value Voltage Increment (speculation) Memory Frequency (Dual Channel) Highest GPU Temperature (from GPU-z log) Highest GPU Power (from GPU-z log) Furmark 720p Bencmark unchanged 1100 MHz unchanged +0.00 V 1600 MHz 18.1 W 371 unchanged 1250 MHz unchanged +0.00 V 2133 MHz 17.9 W 515 0x1a 1300 MHz unchanged +0.00 V 2133 MHz 19.5 W 517 0x1b 1350 MHz unchanged +0.00 V 2133 MHz 21.1 W 532 0x1c 1400 MHz unchanged +0.00 V 2133 MHz 81 C 22.2 W 549 0x1d 1450 MHz 0x05 +0.05 V 2133 MHz 83 C 23.5 W 553 0x1e 1500 MHz 0x15 +0.21 V 2133 MHz 84 C 27.5 W 563 0x1f 1550 MHz 0x25 +0.37 V 2133 MHz 87 C 31.6 W 589 0x20 1600 MHz 0x40 +0.65 V 2133 MHz 93 C 37.4 W 639 0x21 1650 MHz 0x50 +0.80 V 2133 MHz 102 C 717 3DMark06 Benchmark GPU Core Clock GPU Memory Clock 3DMark06 Score SM 2.0 Score HDR/SM 3.0 Score CPU Score Performance Gain 1250 MHz 2133 MHz 7850 2436 3250 7698 1600 MHz 2133 MHz 9250 2942 3850 7516 up to 21% Referencing Khenglish's results with i7-3920XM@4.48GHz and iGPU 1.8GHz core 2250MHz memory on a Clevo P150EM 1800 MHz 2250 MHz 9647 3082 3952 8597 up to 25% Intel HD4000, i7-3720QM @ 3.8GHz 4C, 2x4GB @2133MHzPerforance Gain from stock clocks is almost 20% on 3DMark06 and possibly on most games.Posted also Khenglish's results on a much more powerful Clevo to show that there is minor performance difference from 1,6GHz to 1,8GHz (most probably caused by higher RAM frequency as shown here) most probably because memory bandwidth starts to become an issue there.On the initial 3DMark06 scene I noticed that fps went from 35 to ~43-45 which means that with this mod could probably change the state of a game from unplayable to playable, for gaming on the go with iGPU models.Maybe I should consider a head to head comparison with the NVS5200M on the dGPU model too...
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    For those of you who do try timohour's ME FW, make sure you back yours up first in case it does not work properly. For HP systems there is something laptop specific in the MW FW that prevents flashing someone else's ME FW. Dell likely doesn't have this stupidity, but you should back up just in case. Also beware that updating your integrated graphic driver will kill BCLK overclocking. After updating your driver you must then reinstall XTU to get it back. When doing BCLK overclocking you should enable HPET in command line, or else you will see stuttering in games. If you have Win8 or 8.1 then you can't overclock because there is no way for Win8 to track time properly if BCLK is changed after startup. I don't know about Win10. In an administrative command line enter: bcdedit /set useplatformclock true Then reboot.
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    Yes the dGPU is always sucking power and making heat. I'll try what you listed soon to see if it helps.IVB does use considerably less power than SB at the same clocks and voltage and is slightly cooler overall even with IVB's smaller die size. From my testing it's 100W vs 85W at 4.3ghz and 1.351V in prime95. I think your testing looked even more favorable due to a lower voltage on the IVB.here's 4.4ghz with the 580. Low cpu score due to overheating and the 80W tdp is too low for that speed.[url=http://www.3dmark.com/3dm06/17679293]NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 video card benchmark result - Genuine Intel(R) CPU 0 @ 2.40GHz,Dell Inc. 07Y85M[/url] Yeah I'll write something that describes it nicely. How did you find my BIOS's setup info? What was it labeled as so other users can find it for other laptops? I searched with GREP and never found SetupPrep.
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    Hi all, This is just to report the success of installing a gtx 1060 on my M17X R4. Mine is the 3D version and as far as I'm aware, you need a screen in eDP mode (120Hz 3D model) for it to work (confirmed) on top of UEFI support to boot up. See here for the gtx 980m install which is the same for this card, but the 980m works on 2D models too: https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/8103-installed-980m-in-m17x-r4120hz-3d/ HDMI in and out works but it does raise the question if the gtx 1060 will work on the 2D model via HDMI out. It should do as it's the eDP connector for the laptop screen is the issue here. Also 3D mode will no longer work (like anyone cares about 3D anymore ). The cards above the 8xxm series have no 3D support. Prerequisites A 120Hz screen is needed to pascal GPUS as only the 120hz connector in the laptop supports eDP mode. Keep your current card, in case you try modding your Bios or something like that, if settings become reset, UEFI is usually off by default. That means in this situation the GTX 1060 won't work without changing the Bios settings. Install your old card as it supports non-UEFI and UEFI modes. UEFI mode: This is must for the reason above. Windows needs to be installed on a GPT partition to use this feature. As this laptop origianlly came with windows 7, GPT and UEFI originally was not used. However Bios updates and windows 8+ could use it so UEFI was enabled. Install a fresh copy of windows on a GPT partition. The windows installation menu can help you with that. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/dn336946.aspx Bios settings: In the boot options, set to UEFI mode, disable fastboot and legacy options. This ensures that your old card and the Pascal card both work when you swap them out. Installation It seems the laptop just about supports it. One Major thing to be aware of is the installation. For at least the MSI model of the GTX 1060, you need to use very thin heat pads as the core only just makes contact with the heat sink otherwise. I have found that on the core side are some new resistor blocks (Labelled R.22) that weren't in my old GTX 680m and thankfully they are the exact height of the core, so it isn't impossible to mount the heat sink. It's a very fine mark but provided you use thin pads (stock GTX 6xxm cards have nice thin ones) and a tightly screwed X bracket, you can get good cooling performance. The top R.22 blocks also do not need thermal pads (may benefit from thermal paste though) as you need as little height as possible. I'm aware of two types of heatsink used in the m17x r4. Both will work but there is a protrusion (in red) that can prevent proper contact with the core. If on a copper cornered heatsink (second image), you may not have to file this bit down. If you seriously have no tools to do this, you can very carefully bend this section VERY slightly to provide a little more clearance. To ensure good contact with other components in this case, use thicker pads or more paste on this section. (Top) Taken by Zoldago (Bottom) Taken by Decool Drivers Drivers are fine, just go to laptopvideo2go and get the latest drivers with the modded .inf files. Remember to use DDU before installing . Simple guide for drivers:) - uninstall any graphics drivers, including ones automatically downloaded by windows (disable windows update if need be). Using DDU ensure every trace is wiped clean to avoid any problems - Disable driver signature enforcement (Shift + restart button in the start menu -> troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Startup settings) OR f8 at boot screen (windows 7) - Run official installer, quit once the driver files are extracted. - Place the modded .inf file into "display.driver" of the extracted files - run "setup.exe" from extracted folder. Done! Bios + screen Generally, a modded bios is not needed as all necessary options are already available. Some scenarios may need a display type change or the iGPU cannot be disabled the usual way. To convert from a 60hz to a 120hz screen, you need to ensure that when booting up on the 60hz screen to disable the iGPU (FN+ F7) (Check BIOS settings to ensure it stays off). Once in dGpu only mode, you can go ahead and install the 120hz screen. 120hz screens do not support optimus as the iGPU is incompatible. Performance wise it's pretty close to a desktop 1060, hitting a score of ~3600 in time spy and ~12,000 graphics score in Firestrike (desktop scored ~14,000). Temps settle at 75C as the card is limited to ~80W (so very limited OC for now ). First Screenshot below used the stock paste that came with the card. Highly recommend a different paste such as mx-4 paste which I used (second screenshot). I doubt it will work on a M17X r3 due to the lack of UEFI support. Fan control and monitoring I use MSI afterburner for monitoring temps. You can also use HWinfo to control the fans, seeing as the 1060 is an 80W GPU compared to the 100W that the laptop is capable of cooling. If you're interested in lowering the fan speed for the sake of noise, use HWinfo. I'm aware that a system lock up can occur when using the fan control feature. However, so far I may have a solution. - Remove the main battery. A fix for many users and easy to implement - Alternatively use the settings provided in my screenshot. I know that the ACPI features are likely to be the main cause of lockups, but to be sure copy my settings and only monitor the sensors needed for fan control (e.g. CPU package temp and GPU temp). the author of this program is aware that the battery monitoring is the cause for lock ups (which uses the ACPI in windows) Remember that you can only control both fans at the same time! Be sure to stress your CPU with a program prime95 to ensure your CPU does not overheat with your new fan settings. Also use both fan tables, one for the CPU and the other for the GPU so the fans spin up under loads from either. A final note. I would set a re-spin period on the fan control menu to reduce fan pulse. I found 2-3 seconds ideal. In my machine at least, the BIOS sets the fan speeds higher than needed before settling down to their target speed. E.g. at 4000 rpm, the fans spin up to 4600 rpm and in around 10 seconds slow down to 4000. Below is my preferences, although you may not want to run components quite as hot. Under max load, the CPU hits 90c and GPU 78c. Good luck and enjoy!
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    Come join us in discussing the future of MXM in gaming notebooks, especially if you are a recent Clevo owner. With the release of NVIDIA's new 10 series graphics cards, they have ushered in a new era where full desktop cores are ported to gaming notebooks. One would think we are living in a golden era of notebook gaming but that couldn't be further from the truth as these new Pascal graphics cards are no longer offered in MXM format by NVIDIA and instead it is left up to Clevo and other OEMs to design their own modules. Unfortunately, as of right now, these modules are proprietary and offer no backward compatibility with recent notebooks that used MXM modules like the 980. -Brian Blaise Pascal N17E-Gx 'MXM III' VERSIONS CLEVO REFRESH MODELS P870DM2/3(-G) aka 'PHOENIX 2.0' P775DM2/3(-G) aka 'WINGMAN 2.0' P75xDM2(-G) aka 'BATMAN 3.0' P6xxRS/RP6(-G) aka 'WINGLING' Join us in the ongoing discussion here and let us know what you think:
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    83rd Motor Show Geneva 2013 I visited the Geneva Motor Show a few days ago. Below are some pictures that I shot. The exhibition had to offer everything from everyday cars to super sports cars. More cars: Click here
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    Yes, the vars in the link. I set them as you suggested, var 0x1D4 set to 0x0 and var 0x1D8 set to 0x1. Oh, I noticed I can also boot to the efi setting utility by copying the EFI folder to my recovery partition. No more USB stick required. When setting Internal Graphics to Enabled without setting them as default, the system boots but gives Code43 on the Intel HD Graphics driver. Once set to IGFX default, everything is peaches. Wow, 3.9GHz across 4 cores appears to be stable but gets hot FAST. After 5 seconds of TSBench 8thread 1024 i get immediate throttle down to 3.5GHz... which is still pretty nice, considering the limitations. EDIT: With CPU OC'd to around 3.9-4GHz average and GPU OC to 1200 from 1050MHz core, these are the new scores: P6813 3dmark11 4684 3dmark FS The overclocked r9-270x scores 2512 points in Furmark FHD benchmark, about 70 points below a stock 7970. Considering it's based on a 7870 Pitcairn, that's quite a bit better than expected. This is on a Gen1 link. I'm drooling thinking of a GTX-970 + PE4C v3.0 combo, but considering how broke I am, and that this whole entire setup including the monitor cost me around 600$... I don't think I'm allowed to complain. I think it'll be a LONG time till a TB solution can be had at similar performance / specs for similar cash.
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    I'm always happy to contribute My cpu is a 3630QM and I can confirm that once I add JEDEC timmings @ 1866, all I have to do is shutdown and start again and the memory automatically runs at 1866. A simple Windows 8.1 restart doesn't change the Ram settings. I was unable to get the laptop to boot with any of the Ram modules at 2133 (tested 4 different modules). All of them were 1,50v and manufactured before 2014. The 8GB modules are from 2012. Maybe that's why I can't get more than 1866 @ dual or single channel? Or its my 3630QMs memory controller? This was tested using bios A16. Here is a picture of the weak Ram module. @sagemaru The UEFI variables stick until you remove both the laptops battery and CMOS battery. Please check my post at the top of the previous page for more details about that.
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    Unlocking i7-37x0QM/38x0QM extra 4 multipliers on a Dell Latitude E6430For a full guide on how to do this check the first post.It works!!Just used the NVRAM tool to set my core limits x40 (1C), x39(2C), x38(3-4C) and my 3720QM and it works!!!Only problem is that I have to set my long time TDP a little higher cause after around 40 sec anything above x35 (x36,x37,x38) would throttle down to x34,x35.(Not because of thermal limitatiofns. I could see that my 3630QM would throttle due to thermal reasons when it reached 105C.)UPDATE: Regarding my long power limit I set [ Long duration power limit 0xB40], [Short duration power limit 0xB41] at 100W (0x64) and my [ Long duration maintained Variable 0xB42] at 128sec (0xff) (not sure if the last is necessary). But I can tell that there is no more TDP throttling now. TDP throttling kicks in after ~ 6 minutes OF 100% CPU Utilisation! Only solution as mentioned by Khenglish here is to use an invalid adapter and use Throttle stop to overcome the invalid adapter throttle. Also seems like max VID for this is CPU is limited to 1,2109V starting @ x37.(check the table on the previous post). This means that there is plenty of room for undervolting here. Any ideas?Setting single core @ x40 did significally lower my headroom for BCLK OC. It would BSOD if I set anything over 102.4 in XTU. Highest single core OC 4.09GHz!!!So I decided to limit the CPU up to x39 using XTU for both 1C & 2C, and set my BCLK @ 104.7.This way I can have a 1C/2C Turbo @ 4.08GHz vs 3.98GHz and a 4C Turbo @ 3.98GHz vs 3.88GHz + I can take advantage of raised BCLK and OC my RAM @2234MHz + I would run similar clocks with lower voltage (BCLK OC does not cause an automatic voltage increase)3DMark06 CPU score had a great improvement of almost 1100 points compared to the stock chip or an OCed 3630QM and almost 1500 points compared to my 3630QM @ stock. i7-3720QM stock i7-3720QM OCed I would definetely love an XM CPU but its pricetag for an OEM product is very high and I am sure that it won't provide much better performance until it reaches its thermal limits (especially in my E6430 which is a small 14" laptop).A high binned 3740QM or a 38x0QM that i hope it would have a little more headroom in the highest multipliers' voltages meaning that it could do 4C @ 4,07GHz for i7-3740QM/3820QM and 4C @ 4,18GHz for the i7-3840QM + lower temps provided that it could go over 1.21V, would be much appreciated but won't bring huge improvement.UPDATE: Seems like the highest voltage for all i7-3XX0QMs is limited to 1.2109V. So Practically no actual gain if you go to a 3740QM or an 38x0QM unless it is a superior chip regarding thermal performance. It is possible that every 4C i7 won't be able to do more than 4,1GHz due to insufficient voltage but this needs more testing...I am very happy with the upgrade. These Latitudes are rare laptops and they provide gaming machine rate capabilities for their pricetag.I don't think that I have to envy my brothers Haswell Y50-70 and his 4720HQ that he got for 1000€...I didn't spend more than 400€ (including 3720QM, 8GB 2133MHz, and used laptop) and I got better performance and portability...There is a guide here on how to overclock your BCLK using XTU.
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    Kingston PnP memories running with no tweaks @2133 on a Dell Latitude E6430 UPDATE: I would recommend to purchase 2133MHz CL12 memories. Both sangemaru (3740QM) and me (3720QM) had problems booting with 2133MHz CL11. If you already have CL11 memories and you face instabilities or you are unable to boot, use the UEFI variables as described here to set timings @ 12-12-12-36. I grabbed a pair of Kingston KHX21S12P1K2/8 @ 2133Mhz. This kit is a 2x4GB @ 2133MHz that I hoped it would have Samsung chips on it but it seems that it doesn't. The good new are that I didn't have to make any tweak. My laptop would clock @ 2133MHz without changing anything (no XMP settings etc). Seems like on an E6430 Kingston pnp kits would automatically overclock @ desired clocks (in my situation 2133MHz) The bad news are that I have to reduce my BCLK OC from 104,9MHz to at least 104MHz. 2216MHz was the highest value I could benchmark this RAM at. Seems like this SKHynix chips that my kit comes with are bad overclockers. EDIT: This was an issue of my i7-3630QM's memory controller. With my new 3720QM BCLK goes up to 104,9 breaking the 30K barrier. I am considering trading them with a kit that would have dual rank Samsung chips on it to improve performance over 30K. dump for anyone interested
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    Lets enable overclocking on all 6 and 7 series laptops is a thread started by Khenglish where you can learn the basics on how to do ~5% BCLK overclock using XTU. This will work on any i5/i7 CPU dual core or quad. To do this BCLK OC you have to unlock your flash descriptor, use Flash Programming Tool (fpt.exe) to take a dump of your ME Firmware, use Flash Image Tool to modify your ME Firmware and then use again fpt.exe to flash your updated ME Firmware dump. After this you would be able to OC using XTU. We have discussed here how to unlock your flash descriptor. Flashing modified ME FW DISCLAIMER: There are reports that people had problem upgrading/downgrading their BIOS after applying the ME FW OC mod. Make sure that you keep a backup of your original bios dump in order to revert your ME FW to the original. It is also recomended that you mod your own ME FW instead of using the supplied one here. If you don't know how to do it ask for help. E6430UCME 1. Download Series 7 fpt.exe from here. Although there is a Windows version flashing with it can be harmful so you should better run it from DOS. 2. Backup the original BIOS dump fpt.exe -d filename.bin 3.Flash the modified me fw with fpt fpt -me -f E6430UCME.bin 4.Shutdown (not restart) and then install XTU or reinstall if you have already installed. EDIT: Updated results with my i7-3720QM running @ 3.77GHz
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    I don't have a 2nd dimm right now. I am going to test dual channel as soon as I get one.EDIT: Performance Gain using faster RAM on a Dell Latitude E6430 AIDA64 SINGLE CHANNEL DUAL CHANNEL SPD 1600 CL11 STOCK 1866 CL10 XMP 2133 CL11 XMP 1333 CL9 STOCK 1600 CL9 XMP 1866 CL10 XMP 2133 CL12 PnP 2230 CL12 OC PnP AIDA READ MB/s 11915 13905 15672 19137 23111 26513 28310 30721 AIDA WRITE MB/s 11928 13388 15715 19075 22702 26513 28275 30699 AIDA COPY MB/s 11160 12322 14713 17479 21103 24158 25535 28106 GAIN up to 13% from 1600 up to 30% from 1600 up to 20% from 1333 up to 15% from 1600 up to 25% from 1600 up to 35% from 1600 Total gain goes up to 158% from DDR3-1600 Single channel to DDR3-2230 Dual Channel!!!3DMark06 SINGLE CHANNEL DUAL CHANNEL SPD 1600 CL11 STOCK 1866 CL10 XMP 1333 CL9 STOCK 1600 CL9 XMP 1866 CL10 XMP 2133 CL12 PnP 2230 CL12 OC PnP SM2.0 score 1596 1765 1963 2203 2231 2444 2595 HDR/SM3.0 score 2068 2404 2819 2954 3014 3281 3445 3DMark06 score 4941 5707 6595 7078 7191 7815 8232 GAIN up to 16% from 1600 up to 8% from 1333 up to 4% from 1600 up to 11% from 1600 up to 17% from 1600 NOTE: For 2133MHz and 2230MHz I used my i7-3720QM CPU because my i7-3630QM's memory controler couldn't handle the stress. In order to give similar CPU performance I used Throttlestop to set the maximum multiplier to x32 for all cores oposed to the i7-3630QM which runs (x34-1C, x33-2C, x32-4C). What's really amazing is the nearly 65% gain from DDR3-1600 single channel to DDR3-2230 in graphics performance for the HD4000.
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    It turns out that Dell did indeed turn of any RAID settings and hid it from the common user. Or rather didn't make it visible. What you have to do to enable RAID on the Dell Latitude E6440 is: - Download https://www.sendspace.com/<wbr>file/bouk3i It's a flash toolkit by Intel with additional batch scripts mostly for Asus boards. You can use fptw to dump your current or flash a new BIOS. - Extract it to C:\. The new path should be "C:\FTK8_0.11\Windows" You can extract it, where you want. However, it will be easier to handle the next steps, if it is C:\. - Start > type "cmd" > right click > Open as Administrator. You need full rights to run fptw.exe - Type "cd C:\FTK8_0.11\Windows" to change your current directory to the toolkit folder - Type "fptw.exe -D backup.rom -BIOS" This command will create a dump (-D) of the BIOS section (-BIOS) to the file backup.rom. The Management Engine section for example is read/write protected, so it won't be possible to do a full dump. Then you can open the dump with "UEFITool" (just search for it on Google), then search for and extract the module SetupPrep, when you find it, run it trough the "Universal IFR extractor" which will generate a text document of the input. I attached my text document down below so that you can compare. SetupPrep IFR.txt The interesting part is in my case in line 2030. It tells us the name of the setting ("RAID0"), the hexadecimal address in the NVRAM (0x19D) and its possible values (0 - Disabled/ 1 - Enabled). In my 6440 the NVRAM 0x19D was 0, so disabled. To change the NVRAM download the following programm: http://brains.by/posts/<wbr>bootx64.7z An easy way to run the app, would be to place it on a FAT32 formatted thumb drive in a folder named EFI, so the path looks like this: "EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi". On each boot your notebook looks for this file and if it is found, it is started. If not, go to the boot menu (F12 if I remember correctly) and select your thumb drive at the UEFI boot section. You should then see a GRUB boot loader and possibly you will need to confirm that you want to continue. The command prompt, which you will reach, will be the place, where you can flip the RAID0 setting - amongst others. To make sure this tool finds the correct values, read out some settings first. To read out a value you need to write "setup_var <address>", to store values "setup_var <address><value>". - "setup_var 0x19D" should show you 0x0, which would mean the RAID0 option at address 0x19D is disabled. For most addresses you will see 0x0, so let's check for a more unique value .. - "setup_var 0x1AF" should display a value ranging from 0x69 to 0x7F, which is the value for the "Critical Trip Point" at line 1659 If not, you should abort and not use it. Otherwise you can enter "setup_var 0x19D 0x1" to store 0x1 at address 0x19D and activate RAID0. Then you can reboot and see what happens. If something went wrong, or you simple want to change the setting back to its default state, boot again from your thumb drive and enter: "setup_var 0x19D 0x0". I actually did this procedure on a A.07 BIOS by accident, however it turns out that I was able to downgrade to A.02 afterwards and my RAID config was still working. I don't know about any other BIOS versions though. Also, I want to remind you, that it was only for "Xsmile" over at the www.bios-mods.com forum, that I was able to enable RAID, so the credit goes to him. We got most of the information from this website: http://habrahabr.ru/post/<wbr>190354/ (Google translate works wonders on foreign languages) Lastly a more personal question. So I set up the Laptop, final specs: i-7 4810MQ 2,8 Ghz (no overcl), 16Gb 1866Mhz, AMD 8690M, 2x250Gb Samsung EVO RAID 0, Win 8.1 Pro 64bit, BIOS A.02 Mods: EC Retrofit, ODD SSD, eGPU: EVGA GTX770 SC, Corsair ATX, PE4L-EC060A, DIY BOX V1.1, dual monitor 1080p Nando, I read your eGPU post for the 6440 and you said its simply a matter of plug and boot in order for the TOLUD to lower, which I did. And the Laptop recognized the 770, but when I rebootet the laptop screen just went black (but still bg</value>-illuminated) I was able to see the mouse cursor, but nothing else. Even if I unplug the eGPU there's only a black screen. Please help me if you can. I'm not sure what I've done wrong.</address><address><value> Regards!</value></address></address>
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    Hey guys, Thanks for all the help getting my egpu going with the new laptop. I also solved the buzzing sound when connecting to the receiver, it was a grounding issue from cheapo surge protector my computer was attached to. I have my vostro 3560 attached to a very well overclocking MSI GTX 680 lightning @ 1398/6600mem cooled by an H100 cooler via ziptie mod. I'm in process of running the benchmarks at my 24/7 speeds. Might crank the voltage up later for some suicide runs since the lightning can be cranked without hardware mods. Pictured below is the enclosure, large, but I don't really need it to be mobile besides the occasional friend gathering. This is a desktop replacement setup for me, since I literally sold off my desktop when discovering the egpu. 3DMark 11: Overall P8801 Graphics: 9554 Vantage: Overall P26760 Graphics 30176 Heaven 3.0: 100.5 avg fps, 2531 score 3Dmark 06 (crappy): Overall: 21557 [ATTACH=CONFIG]6268[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]6269[/ATTACH] Nando4 edit>>