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  1. Hope this is the right thread, but I am seeking for help. I have a Dell M6700 with a GTX970m - when modding INF files I always go for the "nvdmi.inf" one and learned that I need to trick the driver to think my laptop is an Alienware. Got some driver issues now and I'm looking for someone to help mi specify which sections of the INF need to be modded and how - how do you know which sections apply to your machines (it might be easier with Alienwares than it is with a Dell Presicion)? Now that I've browsed through the latest posts here I am somehow confused - was I supposed to mod DESKTOP drivers all that time? Cause I've been doing that with mobile ones for the past couple of months...
  2. Hello! I have joined the forums some time ago to learn about modding drivers for laptops and thanks to the community here I was able to upgrade my Dell M6700 with a GTX880m. This time I am stuck on a couple of GPU issues that seem to be corresponding to each other. Let me go through these things below. I have upgraded the M6700 with a GTX970m - OS is working fine, all everyday tasks going great and by replacing the 880m with a newer card I gained some power and lowered the temperature of the system. In order to install drivers for this 970m (the other card too) I had to modify "nvdmi.inf" file and trick the driver installator to think, that my laptop was an Alienware. I have figured that out by trial and error. However, strange issues happen since the new card arrived: - first of all, no matter which new driver is getting installed, after OS restart and some time, the screen flashes and comes back on - when going to NVIDIA Control Panel it shows that the driver installed is v.353.54 - it just changes the driver version as if it was stored somewhere in the OS. Of course each time I am performing a clean install with DDU - secondly, from time to time when powered on, all I can see is a blurred image of the Windows' welcome screen, as if the resolution was changed to a super-low setting - a reset helps with that - finally, the outcome of all this is that I can't run any game on the laptop for longer than 10-15 minutes. I have recently purchased Divinity 2 and it runs on its "ultra" settings, but the laptop just dies after a quarter and powers itself off, followed by a screen flash Now I know that these might be various things in my system, but I have a feeling that it is GPU related and there might be something wrong with the drivers as previously (on the 880m) I was able to run games for as long as desired. And yes, I have already tried monitoring the temperatures, lowering in-game settings and even underclocking my CPU (i7 3940XM) - the CPU gets a bit hot if you ask me - up to around 90 degrees, but other than that, all seems fine. Help!
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    MSATA SSD not detected in BIOS

    I did as suggested and it didn't work. There is a new thing going on with my laptop at the moment. When disconnected from the PSU it boots up with a message "no bootable devices found" and gives me an option to retry boot or go to BIOS settings. Restarting it doesn't work, but if I enter BIOS setup and then restart the machine, it boots the system fine. I wonder if that might be related to the mSATA problem or maybe it's something about the little battery on my mobo? edit --> The "no bootable devices" problem is solved - that was indeed the BIOS battery. Dell rolled out a new BIOS revision (A18) just yesterday and after flashing it the mSATA drive is still not detected... I am starting to think it might be the MOBO that went wrong.
  4. Hi! I have recently a power shortage problem - the battery in my laptop ran out of juice and it suddenly shut down. This resulted in a broken SSD drive, which actually died a week later (not detected by any system or adapter). The laptop also had another SSD msata drive installed which was ok and I could see the data on it when booting into linux from pendrive. I then got a new drive and went for a completely new system in RAID 1 config for backup - changed legacy to UEFI mode in BIOS, removed the mSATA before in case I got something wrong and the data was erased. After installing Windows to the RAID volume I plugged the mSATA SSD into the mobo again and it is no longer visible for both BIOS and Windows. What could have gone wrong? I assume these possibilities: the motherboard went wrong or the drive got broken - question is "HOW"? I resorted to google straightaway and I've found several tips: - update the BIOS (did that, and nothing changed) - change RAID/AHCI/ATA modes (still nothing) - reset the RAID, install new OS and drivers (still not showing the drive) - complete a "power cycle" for SSDs, found on Crucial's forums (is that even a thing?) I need to recover the data from this mSATA drive - how do I do that? The system I'm using: Dell M6700 with i7 3940XM 16GBs of RAM 2x ADATA SSD in a RAID array 1x Samsung PM851a mSATA - the one I am trying to revive
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    MSATA SSD not detected in BIOS

    All I know is that the drive itself is OK - as stated somewhere above I've tried using it via an adapter (mSATA --> regular SATA) and it runs fine. I was able to recover the data, but still, I'd like to use it as secondary storage in my laptop. I'll try to find someone with mSATA laptop in my vicinity (hovewer all seem to have the m2 slots in their laptops...).
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    MSATA SSD not detected in BIOS

    I see. I'd like to put another msata drive into the given slot, but unfortunately I don't have a spare one, neither do my friends. edit --> Today I've noticed that the mSATA drive is very hot when plugged in the laptop, even though it is not recognized. By hot I mean, touching it for a 5 seconds hurts a bit, I suppose it might be ~45 degrees. Is that normal?
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    MSATA SSD not detected in BIOS

    Well I am not sure when this issue occurred exactly, but I'm thinking that when I was performing a new installation using raid, I reflashed the bios. Would it be possible that a newer version is not compatible with an msata anymore? Wysłane z mojego GRACE przy użyciu Tapatalka
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    MSATA SSD not detected in BIOS

    My m6700 has two slots with the same dimensions - one is labeled msata and the other one is wwan. I've read that some dell machines detect msata ssds when plugged into the wwan slot, but in my case it didn't work. As for the bios update, I did that quite recently, got the latest one right now, but if you suggest reflashing I might want to try that. I'll post some more after holidays. Wysłane z mojego GRACE przy użyciu Tapatalka
  9. Try messaging the administrator of the forums to give you permission to download files. Worked for me and I decided to stay here for longer. @DellThinkpad if you had an option to swap the 880m for 970m, would you do it? edit --> I was thinking of the whole GPU upgrade thing and came across a forum where the guys discussed modding the m6700 with some more efficient Quadro cards. They stated that having the XM version of an i7 CPU is not going well with a more powerful GPU as it produces too much heat combined and may exceed power supply capabilties. My research gave me some new thoughts about this: - I'd try a regular i7 CPU (such as an i7 3840QM) with 45W TDP (instead of 55W) - if possible, I'd switch to a Maxwell based GPU, such as the above mentioneg GTX970m, which has better performance with lower power consumption (81W vs 103W) - try to unlock the m6700's BIOS to whitelist GTX cards for more stability Any hints on where to start with all this? edit2 --> For anyone considering this - the GTX970m is working with Dell m6700 and the results are far better than those of an 880m
  10. Hello! I am a new to techinferno - what brought me here is an issue with a Precision M6700 I bought myself lately. The laptop came with no GPU in it, however I have a GTX 880m that fits it's MXM slot. When I plugged the card in I though it was all I needed to do - I'm used to desktop upgrades, so I thought - it fits - why not? Turns out the PC's BIOS can't figure out what card is in it - with Optimus "off" I can see "unknown video card" with 8GBs of RAM. Windows 10 x64 Anniversary Edition works and recognizes the GPU as "Microsoft Universal Video Adapter", but the HWid suggests it's a GTX880 - in fact I can even see it properly detected by GPU-Z. So I browsed through lots of topics on upgrading, modding and customizing drivers but none of the methods worked for me, apart from one - Mr Fox's modded desktop drivers. I managed to install all the nVidia components, yet can't get the card working properly - launched Bioshock Infinite to see if it is on and it wasn't. Apparently my M6700 wants to perform only on Intel HD graphics from the CPU (3940XM). I tried flashing different vbios, updated the Dell bios to the latest one (A15), and tried modding NV drivers - no luck so far. Installing drivers (DSE turned off obviously) sometimes gives a post "no compatible hardware was found" and at other times with different mods and versions I get a message that it was all recognized, yet the driver "migh have been corrupted or smth"... I still believe that it is possible to make it work if it's only a software issue. Question is - how deep do you have to get into modding to make it work? Is the GTX 880m even worth the effort? Maybe I should search for a way to mess with M6700 BIOS? You might wonder why I want it - the answer is simple - I don't want a Quadro card here as I see a potential for some gaming on the workstation which has excellent build quality and great computing power. That's when I come to you asking for help - I've seen people upgrading their laptops with the impossible, so I believe there's still hope. Other useful info: I have a spare Quadro K5100 to try out, but from what I've read, there might be issues with that one as well... edit If anyone reads the thread - I was succesful with the upgrade - everything installed and working. I wish it was more stable, but still it runs great. If you need any tips, just PM me
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    MSATA SSD not detected in BIOS

    I am using it in UEFI mode now with the latest OS installation, but the drive doesn't show up ever since I first went to UEFI. I would even say that it disappeared right after switching to UEFI.
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    MSATA SSD not detected in BIOS

    I have just tried contact spray and cleaned the slot but it didn't revive it. The drive is still not recognized. As for the options in bios - there are three listed in m6700: ata, ahci and raid on. The drive is not detected under system information tab in either of these. It seems strange that is stopped being recognized just like that, though I believe it might really be related to raid settings.
  13. Right! So you've added something more to the heatsink. Where does this new line go? I'm impressed it fits the laptop The picture is not actually mine (I was too lazy to open the palmrest) so I am not sure what the purpose of that white cable is, but I have it in mine m6700 and it is also not connected, but seems protected with a seal from the bottom side. I'll check it out when I get home from work (yes, I am planning to open the laptop again today - there's something wrong with my mSATA slot at the moment) and let you know what I've found out. Not that I don't fancy having a thiner laptop, but being able to modify parts and customize it's performance is something that appeals to me more. These gaming laptops are good enough, though I wish they didn't make them look as supercars... As for the drivers, BIOS and vBIOS: - Have you checked whether your GPU comes from an Alienware or Clevo laptop? I believe there might be some compatibility issues between vendors, so flashing a different vBIOS might be a way to go... And it's easy too. - You can download the latest nVidia drivers for GTX880m from their website and try what I did: add 880m to the INF file and replace all Alienware 880m codes with m6700 ones (for example 05AA --> 153F, 05AB --> 153F). I don't really know why, but in my case I had to replace all Alienware codes and only then the drivers installed properly... Let me know if you managed to sort this out
  14. I am using the platform for different tasks and some are CPU heavy - that's where it comes in handy, but honestly, if I was missing that 10 Watts of power I'd go for a lower i7 model. I am also using multiple thermal pads to cool down the northern bridge and some other components both in the vicinity of the CPU and the GPU. However, mine heatsinks look slightly different from what you've posted. They are these ones: As for the crashes in games and FurMark - I was having a nightmare with these too, but since I finally modded the drivers properly (I don't want to go into full detail, but I pretty much cheated the driver to think my m6700 is an Alienware m17) and disabled Optimus, plus the "thermal care" all is running good except for some minor issues (compared to what it used to be!). I did however update the PC with latest BIOS and also flashed the 880m with some vBIOS, though I believe it was not necessary and I probably just reflashed the same thing that was already there. If I were you I wouldn't buy another GPU (unless you do have the spare money and just want to play with different gear for curiosity) and try ALL possibilities with the one you have in the first place. I'd suggest starting with another driver installation following a specific procedure: 1. Go to BIOS settings and disable Optimus 2. Launch Windows (BTW - which edition do you run?) and perform driver deinstallation using DDU 3. Grab a driver from nVidia and use your own modded inf (I can give you mine that works fine if you'd like to test it) 4. Go to advanced reboot options in Windows and disable DSE on next startup 5. Install the new driver and test stability of the system I believe you are aware of the procedure since you have launched the GPU somehow, but a reminder is always a good thing As for the games I play - my laptop's main use is music production and some simple video editing, but mostly music and live performance. Gaming is just an addition here and I am using the platform to learn how to make an even more powerful machine. Sad to hear that the newer generations come with everything soldered on to the motherboard - the m6800 might be the last one to play with as we do now...
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    MSATA SSD not detected in BIOS

    That's a good hint - I am going to try this at home just this evening and see if it works out well BIOS reset did nothing as I said before, so it might be my only chance.
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    MSATA SSD not detected in BIOS

    Hi! Thank you for your answer! I was able to launch the msata ssd via an adapter (msata -> sata -> regular HDD bay) and it works fine. When I try to launch it in the msata slot it is not detected. This happened after I changed my bios settings to secure boot raid config uefi, while the previous settings were legacy ahci mode. Unfortunately changing the settings does not allow the laptop to detect the msata. Is it possible that the slot is dead? Wysłane z mojego GRACE przy użyciu Tapatalka
  17. It was my first clue when things started going wrong, but then I related that to the temperature since I got crashes every time it rose above82 dergrees on the GPU. You might be right though - if you have such gear I'd love to see the results of a power-usage test. If all it took to make it more stable was a new PSU I'd go for it. I just had a look at GPU power ratings on notebookcheck and found out that my original Quadro K5000m uses ~100W while the GTX 880m is rated at ~103W - doesn't seem like much of a difference, yet the cards are clocked different, with Quadro being less powerful from the bunch. Since the laptop was designed to work with these Quadro cards then I assume it should run 880m fine. However, the gaming workload might be the problem when all of the components go full-power it needs more juice and generates more heat. As I said before, for now a new thermal compound works in my system, which is still far from perfect. Other things to consider are: - do we need i7 3940XM? I was thinking of replacing it with something rated at 45W - shouldn't be that much of a drop in power - I am using SSD drives - might be that they need less power than HDDs - what type of display do you have? - BIOS versions? Can anyone unlock it? - use undervolting/underclocking to see if it solves the problem As for your heatsink question - I have found that these double ones come from AMD cards and for Nvidia they provided smaller solutions edit --> Just been playing Andromeda for about 1,5 h and it crashed with en error stating "directx error, GPU disconnected from PC, need more memory" (not the full message ofc). I am switching Optimus off again.
  18. Can anyone relate whether the M6600's bottom access panel door (NND2C) fits M6700 (F2YMX)? I am looking for a replacement and found the older ones way cheaper, looking pretty much the same on photos. Cheers!
  19. Hi! I will post a full answer tomorrow, but yes, my system is quite stable, apart from gpu problems with several titles (the new Mass Effect Andromeda works fine though). Will explain all I did tomorrow. edit --> Dear @DellThinkpad! I'll brieflely explain my experience here. My specs on the system are: an m6700 with i7 3940XM, 16GBs of RAM memory and an 880m as GPU right now (it replaced the Quadro K5000m). I also have a double heatsink in the laptop (it came with it), though I've heard of single ones in some m6700 configurations. That said, I also experienced several problems. First there was modding the drivers, yet with the forums help I've learnt how to do that properly, so I am running the most recent ones now. Another thing were the temperatures - this laptop wasn't designed for heavy gaming loads and thus I experienced some problems with next-gen games such as The Witcher 3 - a combination od 3940XM and 880m was too much for it to remain stable and I was getting lags and freezes. Right now I solved these by: using the best thermal paste I've found and making sure to lay a thin and consistent layer AND in some cases I also go for the Intel XTU app (you can download it from the net) to reduce the thermal impact of the CPU on the system. In the above mentioned The Witcher 3 I am able to play with much more than 30FPS on "high" settings in FHD resoultion and the temperatures do not rise above stable 77-78 centigrade. I was able to launch ME: Andromeda on medium settings with no problems. There was however, a driver issue with the latest Tomb Rider game - it crashes with a message that the GPU was disconnected - I suppose it is because I am now using Optimus. You can disable it in your BIOS settings for more stability, but it will result in worse battery life (that's why I am using it on a daily basis now). If you want some more info please do not hesitate to send my a private message. Cheers!
  20. Hi there @pseudodeed! If you have both the m6700 (or the m6800) and the GTX970m then I suggest trial and error method. Installing the card into the MXM slot is relatively easy. All you need to do is take care of the drivers. In my case it turned out that all the issues were driver-related. After doing some modding for different driver versions I have figured out how to do that properly and right now I've got a Dell m6700 with GTX880m working - both with Optimus on and off. What laptop does the 970m come from? Do you have all you need or are you just looking for clues? As stated above, if you alreado have the parts then go for it and I'll be glad to help. Cheers!
  21. I'll go for the software means first and only resort to hardware (which would obviously be better) if doubts come Thanks! edit Just had a chance to play a bit of Witcher 3 and got the same problem again - game is crashing within 10-15 of gameplay. Temperature sensor from GPU-Z read 84 degrees top. Is the temperature the reason for crashes then?
  22. Thanks @mariussx! From your signature I can see that you are running an AW laptop with a 330 Watt PSU - I have a 240 Watt one and similar config (i7-3940XM and GTX880m). Can you tell me if there is a way of checking if my PSU is enough for the PC?
  23. @J95 to be honest, your way of deleting files from the Nvidia folder works for me, yet in order to make Optimus work on M6700 I have to modify the INF files in yet another manner. When I used the ones you've listed here for me to download, all I could get was the GTX880m working via external output, such as HDMI / displayport and what I wanted was to make gaming possible here on both ext out and the LCD screen. Therefore I figured it out another way round: 1. I downloaded the Nvidia 372.90 driver pack and deleted folders as you proposed, yet left DisplayUpdate and Optimus 2. Modified nvdispi.inf adding GTX880m lines to the strings and somewhere above (but I'm not sure if it means anything) Now here comes the tricky part - don't ask me why I did that - it was an experiment. 3. Modified the Dell specific INF which is nvdmi.inf. Here's the trick - I've searched for GTX880m HWID which is "1198" and found out it was connected to Alienware HWIDs, such as 05AA, 05AB, etc. I grabbed the first one in the file, being the '05AA', and replaced it under "ntamd..." and in the strings sections so that it had M6700 ID --> 1198.153F. At first I did that only for one of these lines, so I left other "05AA" in their place. The GPU did not install as I wanted. Being extremely tired of trying my luck I came up with this idea to change EVERY "05AA" in the INF to mine "153F" and guess what? It worked! Actually, it still does. The issues I've got are: the first time I managed to install the driver it was stable only for some time and then after say a week or so, it started crashing games every 10-15 minutes. Hovewer the temperatures were never above 73 degrees and the framerates were very satisfying. Unfortunately the driver started crashing, sometimes leaving me with BSOD and a "DRIVER IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL" message - that's why I tried different drivers - with no luck. So I came back to 372.90 and right now the laptop runs on it pretty good, however, this time the FPS are worse and I still get a weird crash from time to time, for instance when launching youtube at fullscreen via HDMI on the GTX880m. Funny thing - the only way it works is when I replace Alienware "05AA" with "153F". I've tried that with different HWIDs, such as "05AB" and it didn't work as desired. Since this is an experiment I am not fully aware of what I did - in fact I started modding INFs like a month ago so I'm quite new to the topic. I don't know exactly what I did, but I believe I managed to trick the driver to install as if I had an Alienware/880m machine. Can anyone relate to that? @J95 what do you mean by sBIOS? From what I know, there is no unlocked version for M6700. And what is "RS1"? @Glamdril, how did it go? Were you able to install the drivers properly mate? edit I should probably also mention that the M6700's BIOS doesn't list GTX880m under the GPU section - I can only see it in Windows.
  24. Hi @Glamdril! Even I managed to follow up when reading these posts so you too will get on with it Just try replacing the INF in Display Driver folder and delete what J95 shown on one of the pictures above. I can try to help you with that if you still can't do it. Just a quick question to you - how strong is your PSU for that Alienware?
  25. I installed the drivers just as it is described here, but what happens is the gpu is not working when I launch any specific application. I believe there is something wrong with optimus here. edit I had some time to check it out and the dedicated GPU only works on external screen, such as my HDMI monitor. Despite that, it still freezes games
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