Hello everyone! My name is Devon, you can call me what you like though!
A very tiny bit about me lol:
I started my tech journey around 13-14 years old, when I got my first Android phone. A Droid X2. Oh boy I soft bricked that thing so many times, until the inevitable hard brick. And many more lol. Anyway, here's a little about what I've got going on currently:
I like to impulsively buy computers I either cannot afford, or that are dirt cheap. I'm currently working on two projects, an Alienware M14xR1, and a Lenovo SFF. This will likely change here soon, as I get bored with projects quite easily.
The Lenovo SFF desktop is going to be a media computer that I put in the bedroom. Likely, my fiance will use it more than me, seeing as I like some power in my computers lol. Currently my M14x is on its way to being the best it can be. I paid 25$ for it, off of some guy on Facebook marketplace. He said it needed an OS and a charger. Seeing as I had a looooot of parts and extra things from my last project, (Dell Precision M4600) I decided 25$ was a steal and I couldn't pass it up. So, I brought it home, and man did it need work. Hardware/software side was good to go. I loaded up Windows 10, no problems. But boy was this thing gunked up. And it still is, I'm working on fixing things here and there where budget allows. I'll attach some pics if I remember to.
So, the M14x came with an i5 in it, not sure of the exact model. I know its a quad core, that's about it lol. I immediately ripped that out, seeing as I already had the best cpu I could possibly put in it from the other project. (Which by the way that M4600 project failed because it bsod'd me and I smashed it over my knee. Oh well, need to control my anger better lol.) Anyway, I had harvested all of the parts from the M4600, which consisted of: 1. (an i7 2920XM extreme edition cpu 2.5ghz base clock 3.5ghz turbo) 2. (24 gigs of ddr3 1333mhz ram) 3. (an intel centrino ultimate-n 6300 wireless card) 4. ( a Samsung 840 evo ssd).
Obviously I can't fit all 24g of ram in here seeing as it was in 4 sticks, so I took the best pair, and chucked it in. It replaced a good set of Crucial 1333mhz 4gig sticks. Then, I tore into the entire computer, every last screw and clip, tore it all down and gave it a much needed clean, seeing as the heatsink fins were hooooorrible. As I was in there, I swapped out the cpu, which I really didn't know if it was going to work, and by the grace of the laptop modding gods, it was the same socket. (I kinda thought cause the M4600 and m14x were built in the same year.) Anyway, I slapped some new thermal paste on the cpu and gpu dies, replace the thermal pads, and screwed that weak looking cooling apparatus back onto the mobo. Then I slapped the Samsung ssd in, and put it all back together. I didn't put the other wifi card in as I felt like any difference would be negligible. I loaded up a fresh copy of Windows 10, and there we have it. A laptop that can't do a single thing but look cool BECAUSE NOW I HAVE TO MANUALLY LOAD DRIVERS! GRREEEEAAAAT.
Anyway, after a painstaking hour for scrambling to find the right wifi card drivers, I finally got everything loaded and working properly.
A couple of days pass, and I start watching Youtube videos and looking on fourms. I start to learn about the modded bios's and overclocking the dgpu. I installed Msi Afterburner and I have reached a stable clock of 730mhz core and 1050mhz memory on stock voltages. Although MsiA isn't allowing me to modify my shader clock. Weird. Anyway, I start looking into the modded bios more, I ended up flashing an unlocked A05 because that's all I can find. And that is what has lead me here. I need the Voltage Mod A08 bios that sl|7 has created, but I had to make and account, and now have to jump through the hoops to get the download lol. I tried buying the pass but it won't accept my card? Anyway, this has been a little about me and a lot about my current project. I hope whoever reads this has a good time reading it, I honestly don't know why I spent this much time on this but oh well. I'm glad to be a part of the T|I community!
If anyone ever needs anything that I have, just ask. I'm here for anyone!
Oh, I decided to add this after proof reading, I thought it may be worth mentioning:
I'm also going to be trying to figure out the egpu setup for the M14xR1. There is VERY limited info on the Googles that I can find. I have the Beast 8.5 and an EVGA Gt 740 SC 4g. That failed on my M4600. I even did the bsbd or whatever it was, it just literally didn't work. Nights of frustration, I just gave up. But now that I have the M14x, it looks a little more promising with the unlocked bios and all of that. Anyway, thanks for reading if you made it this far!