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I just did a repaste and I stripped one of the standoffs holding the heatsink to the base. So now I can't remove the heatsink anymore :P

How did you manage to strip it? You must have over tightened like crazy.

Sent from my GT-N7000

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I don't believed I tightened it excessively. When I tried to remove the final screw from the CPU heatsink I noticed that it would not come off. I then flipped the board and it appeared that the standoff was spinning freely in the base, and that the edges of the base holding the standoff in place were stripped.

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I just found this site unexpected via mention of the modded bios on another forum. So much cool stuff her for the M14x! Love it!

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Looking to try the bios and the drive bay mods. Hopefully I'm through the 'noob block' by now. I'm itching to get going! Again kudos on the great info hear guys!

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Hi guys, may i know whats your idle temperature of cpu for r2? mine in hwmonitor reads 58-64 on idle, but in speedfan, it reads only 40-43C, dont know which is accurate.

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my 3720 idles around 45 - 50 degrees c if i use the auto system fancontrol (temps read with hwinfo). but since i have hwinfo fancontroll set up, temps idle at 37 - 40 ^^ =D

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Well I am back(I am always here, I just lurk to much in the background) and it seems 3 times a charm. As some of you know recently my dell xps m1530 decided it wanted to be a desktop and the lcd stopped working. After some research it seemed that the inverted or CFL lamp need it replacement. After a botched repair( Bad instructions for replacement) It was time to pull the plug and get a new secondary laptop that actually is portable (need it for college)

My first choice was to get of those cool ultra books that they been hyping for months with the promise of windows metro.. err windows 8 but it seems that those machines are really a entry level laptops with over-hyped "aluminum bodies" "long battery times" and integrated graphics(intel HD 3000 seems to be the choice) So it was a no brainier and ordered a m14 x-R2 since to order a ultra book with some decent video power you need to drop 1500 and up for a basic configuration.

So this is my config, let me know what you guys think, in a way I pretty happy with it, since this would be my 3rd Alienware (M17x-r1, M18x R1) oh and it comes with a free xbox 360!!:Banane25: (This offer is valid if you in college or going to)

1 Alienware M14X R2 319-0072

1 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3610QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.3GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0) 319-0076

1 6GB DDR3 at 1600MHz 331-7324

1 English Keyboard, M14X R2 320-3613

1 14.0" High Def (720p/1366x768) with WLED backlight 320-3620

1 1 GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForceGT 650M using NVIDIA Optimus technology 342-4490

1 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 330-6106

1 Personalized Nameplate Trigger 331-2070

1 Custom Nameplate 313-8792

1 AlienFX Color, Quasar Blue 421-7652

1 Alienware Command Center Software, M14X 421-5789

1 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1, English, w/Media 318-2320

1 Stealth Black with Soft Touch Finish 410-0548

1 Adobe Acrobat Reader 319-0080

1 Slot-Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner, DVD+-RW 421-4818

1 Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di with THX TruStudio Pro Software 430-4724

1 Intel 2230 Wireless-N 421-7651

1 Wireless Display Application and Driver 331-7218

1 Alienware M14X 150W A/C Adapter 331-7219

1 Placement, M14X R2 331-6865

1 Alienware Documentation 342-4500

1 Shipping Material, M14X R2 410-0572

1 McAfee Security Center, 30 Day, CNB 331-7223

1 Resource DVD, M14X R2 331-8045

1 Windows 7 OS Label, Alienware Notebooks 420-9691

1 DataSafe Local BackUp 420-9956

1 PC Restore 421-0092

1 DELL-DOWNLOAD-FLAG 421-3874

1 Camera Software 2.X, Factory Install 421-4289

1 Dell Support Center Software 3.0 421-7648

1 Quickset, M14X R2 312-1341

1 63WHr 8-Cell Primary Battery 995-5423

1 Dell Hardware Warranty Plus On-Site Service, Initial Year 995-5443

1 In-Home Service after Remote Diagnosis, Parts and Labor On-Site Response, Initial Year 951-6400

1 Accidental Damage Service, 1 Year 950-9797

1 No Warranty, Year 2 and 3 421-1719

1 Soft Contracts Consumer Accidental Damage Agreement for Alienware 421-1723

1 Soft Contracts Dell In-Home Hardware Agreement for Alienware 994-3730

1 Warranty Support, Initial Year A6112868

1 Promotional Xbox 360 - $199.99 discount applied to your PC + Xbox bundle 469-0500

Because of budget issues I was unable to add Windows 7 pro, but If everything goes the way its going it will be replace with windows metro..err windows 8 as soon as they have an stable release(probably a year after it's officially released).

Hope to hear from you guys, Back to lurking in the dark.

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Congrats! It's a nice laptop, and with that screen resolution I'm sure 650M will run anything maxxed out even in following years.

P.S. You should get an SSD. The prices are quite good these days. (Also, I think its possible to ditch the optical drive and have a secondary drive installed.)

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Nice rig! The 650m is a beast, and this machine definitely beats any ultrabook when it comes to raw performance :P

How much more does the 900p screen cost compared to the 720p? Imo 720p is just too low... but everybody has different priorities when it comes to hardware.

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nice to find another thread of fellow m14x owners and some of the issues (and fixes)!

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Sweet forum! Has anybody here devised some sort of port replicator/dock mechanism or can point me to anything like that? Got an M14x last week! ;)

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I can suggest if your still having issues on battery installing and utilizing Throttle Stop if you are not already and on battery limit the cpu by one bin, if still shutdown keep going. Too much power might be drawing from battery. Theres never been a good fix to this type of issue and is usually only way to curb the problem.

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Sweet forum! Has anybody here devised some sort of port replicator/dock mechanism or can point me to anything like that? Got an M14x last week! ;)

Hi every one, I have the same question. I would appreciate if some one have experience using one of this mechanism.

Thanks in advance.

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Greetings from the n00b :).

Is there any information available for the version A08 BIOS for the M14xR2? It seems that recent (shipping September 2012) M14xR2's like mine are shipping with this BIOS version being reported. Is this actually an A08 version? Is it a typo for A03?

Thx.

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Greetings from the n00b :).

Is there any information available for the version A08 BIOS for the M14xR2? It seems that recent (shipping September 2012) M14xR2's like mine are shipping with this BIOS version being reported. Is this actually an A08 version? Is it a typo for A03?

Thx.

Most likely true but will take a bit before they are available for download on Dell's website.

Sent from my GT-N7000

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New guy on the forms here.... I have the M14xR1, running Fedora 17 64 bit. Wasn't sure where to post, but I'm a linux user/dev, so if anyone needs help/assistance with anything linux related, let me know!

Over and out,

Josh

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New guy on the forms here.... I have the M14xR1, running Fedora 17 64 bit. Wasn't sure where to post, but I'm a linux user/dev, so if anyone needs help/assistance with anything linux related, let me know!

Over and out,

Josh

Good to know. I struggled quite a bit with LMDE and the m18x at the time, but ended up fixing all the issues (sound, ati drivers, sleep issues)

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On linux? How is LMDE?

Sent from my Paranoid Samsung Galaxy S3 on Sprint using Tapatalk 2 Jelly Bean flavor included

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Did anyone experience really bad wear and tear on the M14X R2's palm rest after a few weeks of usage(considering you game on it everyday for 7 hours)? Knowing that it is rubber coated, the plastic will be revealed really quick won't it?

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The finish seems to be pretty durable on mine. If you're concerned about wear then there's always Contact Paper. It's cheap, durable, easy to clean, and should be thin enough so as not to mar the display panel if you don't use a keyboard cover.

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Anyone know if 8gb of ram from 6 will improve performance in photoshoping?

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