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  1. MattyB

    M18x R2 - 880M install issues

    I bridged the CMOS pins and reset the BIOS so I'm all good now. The 880M looks to be dead unfortunately, unless there's another reason I'm only getting beep codes when switching to PEG.
  2. Hey guys. I know there aren't many of us around still using the M18x but I'll give it a try here anyway. I've had my old girl for a long time and 5-6 years ago I put dual 780M's in it without an issue. Earlier this year I got a cheapish 880M off eBay and I was going to put it in my old M17x R3 but couldn't get it to work so tonight I decided to try it in the M18x. I flashed the unlocked BIOS, removed my 780s and shoved the single 880 in there. I set it to PEG and restarted but now I'm just getting 5 beeps. I've tried to do a few power drains with and without the CMOS battery and holding down the FN key but no dice. I have also tried booting with no card and also with one of the 780s. I'm just wondering what to do now so I can get back into the BIOS and if I ever do, what can I do to get this 880M working. Cheers. EDIT: It's still running Windows 7
  3. It may be a motherboard issue then. It's hard to say. Are you running the latest BIOS?
  4. Decided to dust off the old R3 and give it a new paint job for the wife.
  5. A 7 beep code points to a CPU error. If it is booting slowly as well then it sounds like the CPU is failing. You can try to run a Pre-boot assessment which runs through and tests all your hardware. I think you press F12 while booting and it should take you to the boot menu where you can select the assessment. Other than that you can try to grab a cheap compatible CPU and see how you go. Even though 7 beeps is a CPU error, it could be another part.
  6. MattyB

    Alienware M18XR2 & 980m

    Thanks for that. Once I pull the trigger I will definitely be looking for some help. I have upgraded a few machines but this one looks to be the most complicated and I have never done a vBios before and I hear it needs to be done with the SLI 980M's.
  7. MattyB

    Alienware M18XR2 & 980m

    Hey G.R.A.M.P.S, probably a silly question but does the original SLI cable fit fine with the 980M's? I'm assuming the sockets are in the same place on the cards. Thinking of upgrading my 780M's to 980M's. Also, how easy (or hard) was it to get the 2133mhz memory to run properly? I was under the impression that 1866 was the most they could squeeze out. Cheers.
  8. I was just pulling my M17x R3 apart today actually and it's still in pieces next to me. My heatsink also seems to have the extra copper for the memory. Maybe it has something to do with yours being AMD but I don't see why tbh. I would have thought you'd need the Nvidia heatsink for the 980M as they are set up differently on the card.
  9. MattyB

    M17X R3 upgrade to 880M issues

    Well I flashed the unlocked BIOS, DDU’d my drivers in safe mode, made all the required changes in the BIOS, slipped the 880M in there and got 6 beeps. I’m hoping it just wasn’t seated properly but I’m expecting a dead card. I’ll try again tomorrow.
  10. MattyB

    M17X R3 upgrade to 880M issues

    I'm just about to give this upgrade a go. I know the 880M wasn't a great card but I got one for about $200AU and my mate is going to give me his old M17x R3 for a carton of beer so it's worth a crack. This exact machine was my first ever AW but I had sold it to him about 5 years ago so it's coming home. Hopefully I can get this upgrade to work with all the great information on here.
  11. Hey. How did you go with this? I have a beautiful Nebula Red R2 sitting in a box in the garage and I'd love to do this same upgrade. It's got dual 675M's in it. I have another R2 with dual 780M's but they were pretty easy to install. The 980's seem a little daunting with all these steps but I want to get this girl rolling again. Also, where did you get the unlocked BIOS? From here?
  12. It's great to see people still rocking these machines. I wish I could get them to work in my M18x R2. My 780M's are getting a little long in the tooth and I hate to let the old girl go. Awesome job!
  13. MattyB

    [M11x R3] - BIOS A05 *unlocked*

    Can't wait to give this a try. Since both my M11x's are out of warranty I may as well play around with one of them to see what I can do. Cheers!
  14. Thanks svlV and others for sharing your wealth of information. It was a little overwhelming and frightening reading through these 36 pages. I currently have A10 on my R2 with a 3920XM. I would like to get the A10 Unlocked. Just need to get the posts and more importantly the balls to give it a go. I will definitely help you in your quest to get a new laptop once I've got it sorted.
  15. Hi guys and girls! Just upgraded my M18x R2 from a 3820QM to the 3920XM so I could try my hand at some notebook overclocking. I know Mr Fox from another forum and told me that I could get some great info and an unlocked A10 BIOS from you guys. I also have 2 new 780M's waiting for me at home which I will install next week when I get back. Upgrading them from my severely outdated 675M's. Anyway, looking forward to learning plenty from you guys and getting the most out of this beast.

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