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  1. Are you asking where to insert your line of ID? Once in the nvdmi file you scroll down to the list of Windows 10 hardware/machine ID's. There will be a long list in numerical order. I don't think it really matters where you put your line but I always find the last line with the same GPU ID and I make a space underneath it and paste my code in there. I believe for my GTX 1070 it is 1BA1. For drivers that also work on Windows 7 and 8 there will be 3 possible OS sections to paste your code. You can put them into each section or you can find the right one for your OS. Then you have to scroll right down the bottom of the file and enter the String for your card/machine ID.
  2. You have the 980M? I can make a driver for you. I just need your hardware ID. Have you got the card installed in the machine? Go to Device Manger - Display Adapter - Right click on Microsoft Basic Display Adapter or the 980M (if you have an earlier driver installed) - Properties - Details - Select Hardware ID from the dropdown list. It will give you 4 lines of ID code. I need to know what the first or second line says and then I can mod the file for you.
  3. MattyB

    M18x R2 - 880M install issues

    You'll need the unlocked BIOS (downloadable on here when you've done enough posts) and a modded driver. The driver is easy and I can make you one in about 5 mins. I was going to grab a 1060 but then this deal popped up and it was less than what a 1060 was selling for on eBay. I thought I bought a faulty 1070 but I soon realized that the wrong vBIOS was installed on the card. I worked out how to flash a different one and she started working. I'm not sure about the 1060 but there are are a few different versions of the 1070. The MSI card has a small extra piece coming off the PCB. You can still install it but you have to modify the chassis and the heatsink. The standard MXM card is the easier way to go. I have a second M18x R2 that I'm currently respraying and I've been thinking of doing a 1060 upgrade but I may just sell it as is.
  4. MattyB

    M18x R2 - 880M install issues

    Old cards still fetch a pretty penny, not like desktop cards. I got my 1070 for $400USD from NotebookReview so you may not have any extra cost to upgrade....
  5. MattyB

    M18x R2 - 880M install issues

    Yeah it's a shame that SLI and Crossfire are pretty much dead. That's why I decided to go for a decent single card to keep the old girl running. If you want to keep it relatively cheap then I'd suggest a single 980M or a 1060 if you can pick one up cheap. If you sell the 7970M's then it shouldn't be an expensive upgrade.
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    M18x R2 - 880M install issues

    The guy sold me a dead 880M. I have since realized that the 880M was a pretty crappy card. I rebuild and fix Alienware machines as a hobby and since this post, I now have 3 dead 880M's from different machines. The 780M has just about the same performance as the 880M but runs cooler and has less failures. The 980M is a great card but a lot of people had issues with SLI as they are pretty power hungry. I now have a GTX 1070 in my M18x R2. The only issue is that it likes to power throttle so each time I boot I go into the BIOS and set the video to iGFX and then reboot and set it back to SG. Then it works really well.
  7. There are fewer and fewer of us M18x guys round these days. Have you been over to NotebookReview? There are still a few of us over there keeping the dream alive
  8. The 120Hz display requires a dedicated Nvidia GPU. It will not work on the integrated graphics. You will most likely get a beep code error
  9. MattyB

    m17x r4 980m Low performance

    I don't know about the system shut-off issue but the M15x/M17x/M18x can power throttle with the 900 and 1000 series cards. The trick I was taught was to go into your unlocked BIOS and set the machine to iGFX and reboot, then go back into the BIOS and set it to SG/PEG again and reboot. This works for my M18x R2 with a 1070.
  10. Holy Moley! I've never seen that thing before. Jeezus
  11. Awesome. My first Alienware was back in 2011 with an M17x R3 and shortly after I got my first M11x R3. I still have a picture of them side by side the day I got the M11x. The size difference was pretty funny. Then I got my first M18x R2 and it was David VS Goliath but poor David never had a chance. At one stage I had an M11x, M14x, M15x, M17x and M18x. I think I have a picture of them all lined up side by side somewhere.
  12. Wow $100 is a great deal! I got mine for $220AUD which is about $150USD but they are very rare down here so they are usually worth around the $400AUD mark. I used to have the small briefcase for it. I remember it being a really tight fit. I will try to keep mine but if I get a good offer I will let it go. You have 6 posts so you should be able to download the file once they see it and upgrade your account. Hit them up.
  13. MattyB

    Is my Alienware 17 strange?

    You need to mod the inf before you can install the driver. You will keep getting an error if you try to install directly from Nvidia. Modding the inf is a little tricky the first time but it isn't too hard if you find a good guide. Also, your machine is the 17 R1 (or sometimes called the M17x R5 in some countries). The 17 R4 was released with the 1000 series cards and they are soldered to the motherboard and cannot be swapped out. You don't really have a 'strange set-up' as many people have upgraded these machines but the 970M is only slightly stronger than the 780M so most go for the 980M or 1060/1070 these days.
  14. I used to have a few M11x's but sold them all a few years ago. I only just managed to get my hands on one again but a few bills have come up so I'm probably going to have to sell it. The wife wasn't happy when she found it in the cupboard last week. Apparently I'm not good at hiding things. I never got a chance to swap the HDD out for an SSD or install the unlocked BIOS. I may run out and put a cheap 240gb SSD in her before selling. It's still running A04 I believe. It's in perfect condition. It's the Nebula Red with i7 2617M and 2GB 540M. I did install the unlocked A05 on one of my old machines years ago but I never messed around with it. They are great machines but limited to how much power you can unleash from them. The bigger machines with extreme CPU's are better with the unlocked BIOS'.
  15. I have an i7 R3 with Windows 10 installed. It doesn't seem to have an issue so far. Unfortunately I'll have to sell it soon though. Also, yes, you will need a new motherboard to upgrade to the i7. The good thing is you should also get the 2GB 540M. I can't remember exactly but I think the i5 usually came with the 1GB card.

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