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    Alienware M17x R2/M14x R2

    For the sake of closure, the PSU did seem to be the problem. Once I had the Dell 220w power brick inserted, and the right cables to go from the female 6 pin on the EXP GDC adapter to the two female 6 pins of the Zotac GTX 970, it was immediately recognized in Windows once the laptop booted up. I then just had to restart, install the drivers, restart once more, and I was then able to use the GTX 970 for gaming and whatnot. I have yet to test this with the mPCIe, only the ExpressCard. I may have to tinker with the mPCIe setup, but I'll find out soon enough... As a side note, I have been able to overclock to 1476Mhz on core without any changes to power or temp thresholds!
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    Alienware M17x R2/M14x R2

    Hey Guys! I bought the EXP GDC v8.0 to use with my laptops: Alienware M17x R2 (no iGPU) i7 920xm GTX 680M 16GB DDR3 RAM ExpressCard x1 Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Alienware M14x R2 (iGPU) i7 3840qm GT 650M 16GB DDR3 RAM mPCIe x2(?) Windows 7 x64 Ultimate I am using: ZOTAC GTX 970 300w PSU DIY eGPU Setup 1.30 My problem is that Windows does not detect anything on either setup. No drivers are ever installed for a "Standard VGA Adapter", and I always check Device Manager. I have tried everything on the TechInferno webpage here, but nothing happens once in Windows. I have entered into the DIY eGPU Setup (menu option) several times trying what it recommends to get the graphics card to be seen, and messed around a bit with the settings, but none of that works either. Sometimes certain options will cause the laptop to hang and force me to reboot. The ExpressCard slot and mPCIe slots of my laptops do work, I regularly use the ExpressCard with a USB 3.0 card, and I normally have a WLAN and a M.SATA SSD drive in the mCPIe slots (both I have extensively tried with the EXP GDC adapter). The graphics card only boots up (with fans on full blast) once the PSU is plugged in after the BIOS has loaded. If I have it connected from a cold boot, the card will attempt to turn on with slow fans and then turn off on either laptop. The graphics card is lightweight and fully inserted into the EXP GDC adapter. There is no switch on the PSU, so once everything is plugged in (and the laptop is on), it just goes. I thought it would at least work on the M17x R2 since there is an Amazon review comment stating that it does. The only other thing I can mention is that the GTX 680M was never officially meant for the M17x R2, so I have to hack the NVIDIA display drivers to get NVIDIA driver support. I don't think this has anything to do with the eGPU detection though (especially since the DIY eGPU Setup dose see the GTX 680M)... And, if it helps, I do have a Dell 220w power brick I can use instead. If anyone has any suggestions I can try, I will, as I really want this old laptop to run at its best before I move on. Thanks in advance!
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    eGPU experiences [version 2.0]

    Hey Guys! I bought the EXP GDC v8.0 to use with my laptop: Alienware M17x R2 (no iGPU) i7 920xm GTX 680M 16GB DDR3 RAM ExpressCard x1 Windows 7 x64 Ultimate I am using: ZOTAC GTX 970 300w PSU DIY eGPU Setup 1.30 My problem is that Windows does not detect anything. I have checked Device Manager and I never see anything... I have tried everything on the TechInferno webpage here to try to get it to be seen, but nothing happens once in Windows. I have entered into the DIY eGPU Setup (menu option) several times trying what it recommends to get the graphics card to be seen, and messed around a bit with the settings, but none of that works either. I am not well-versed in how the DIY eGPU Setup choices can and should do... It can see my dGPU though, but will hang if attempting certain things like PCI compaction. The only other info I can share is that ExpressCard slot of my laptop does work, I regularly use it with a USB 3.0 card. The graphics card only boots up (with fans on full blast) once the mHDMI cable is inserted into the laptop. If I have it connected from a cold boot, the card will attempt to turn on with slow fans and then turn off--which is likely due to how the ExpressCard slot reacts when booting... The graphics card is light and fully inserted into the EXP GDC adapter. There is no switch on the PSU, so once everything is plugged in, it just goes. I do have a mPCIe cable and can try this on a newer laptop, but I want to get this working first (if possible). I thought it would since there is an Amazon review comment stating that it works on a M17x R2. The only other thing I can mention is that the GTX 680M was never officially meant for this laptop, so I have to hack the NVIDIA display drivers to get it running properly. I don't think this has anything to do with the eGPU detection though... And, if it helps, I do have a Dell 220w power brick I can use instead, since it should be able to sufficiently power the GTX 970. If anyone has any suggestions I can try, I will, as I really want this old laptop to run at its best before I move on. Thanks in advance!
  4. I tried to flash a different vBIOS to my GTX 680M ES and now have no display. When I try to boot up I get one long beep and two short beeps. I've tried to blind flash but keep getting to those beeps. I tried putting the USB in the eSATA and holding FN+B, but after I see some flashing form the USB stick, I wait 10 minutes, restart, and get the same beeps. I know it's not the mobo as I can put in my 5870M and the display works fine. PLEASE HELP!
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    M17x R2 no power

    @Izenhour - I'm having this issue as well. When I take off the power strip panel I see a small black board with two screws covering the backside of the alien heard (power button). Do I need to unscrew that first and then look for the rectangular hole? Thanks!
  6. So I bought my M17x R2 a few months back. I upgraded the RAM to 16GB and the CPU to a 920XM. It had a CF setup with 5870M, but I ended up killing one of them... Since then these are the problems I have dealt with: 1) I lost the retention clip for the power cable on the power strip panel (thing seemed to barely hang on when I got it). From then on I would have to physically hold the wire in and push the power button to get it to boot. 2) It often would not boot on the first try. I would have to press the power button for 20 seconds without the charger plugged in before getting it to finally boot. I figured this was because of the lost retention clip... 3) About a month ago it wouldn't turn on anymore. I tried with and without the battery to no avail. What I have tried: 1) I went ahead and ordered a new power strip panel which is far better than the last since the last had missing plastic clips... I tried that out today, but still nothing. 2) I tried with and without the battery (does show it is charging with the glowing alien head when in). 3) I tried pressing the button for 20 seconds without success. 4) I unscrewed the keyboard and reinserted the two cables underneath as I know the big one will also prohibit from booting if not inserted correctly. My big question is what else could it be that would not even allow the system to show any signs of life? Could it be the graphics card? I have another at my disposal and can try that. What about the CPU? Maybe not enough TIM? I was thinking the power cable may be faulty and could try to swap out the one from the mouse pad to check... Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    240W PSU ID Chip in 330W PSU

    If you had a 920XM and 7970M CF setup, but didn't OC any of them, would the 330W mod still work?
  8. I'm trying to find a 7970M or 680M X-Bracket for a M17x R2. From what I understand the 5870M bracket does not fit the 7970M, so that's a no go. Does anyone know where I can buy one of these for either model, or someone that might be willing to sell one?
  9. I bought and installed a 920XM into my M17x R2, and it seems to be working fairly well. A bit of throttling (as already known by many), but I turned off Turbo and that stopped it. My issue is that whenever I try to boot up my laptop now, it won't. I have to unplug the power (don't have the battery in), and then hold the power button for 10-20 seconds. I then plug the power back in, press the power button, and it will usually boot up. I sometimes have to perform the procedure twice in order to get it to work... For now, I'm not too bothered by it. I try to imagine it as a security measure so that some rando can't just turn it on. However, I would like to fix this. Anyone know what's causing this? Fixes? Suggestions? Thanks for the help!
  10. I had two 5870m in CF on my m17x r2. I wanted to try the MSI vBIOS and it looks like it didn't work. I was able to get the slave back to working order, but the master won't budge. What happens when the original Master card is in the slave slot: 1) No display. 2) System won't get pass Alienware logo (with option to boot into BIOS or Boot Settings). I know this as I can use an external display with the current Master card. 3) Can't go into BIOS or Boot Settings. What I've tried: 1) I have tried a blind flash without success (it gets stuck at Alienware logo). 1) I have tried a blind flash with the card in the slave slot without success (it gets stuck at Alienware logo). 2) I have tried to first boot into DOS and then insert the card (system always freezes once card is inserted). Possible options: I have two other 5870 cards, but neither of them have the CF slot. Is there a way to get one of these cards to CF? Maybe some ghetto-taping solution? Or maybe somehow taking the CF slot from the defunct card and putting it on one of the new ones (not sure how I would go about doing this so any help is much appreciated)? I don't think it's the heatsink as I used it to get the slave card working again (while the master used one of the non-CF cards)... Thanks for any helps or suggestions!
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