Alienware 17 R1 w/ 8 bit color 120Hz/5ms panel N173HHE-G32 Success!

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Nomad, Jan 24, 2018.

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Would upgrade to Innolux-Chimei 120Hz/5ms 8bit color 40pin Matte panel?

  1. Yes!!! I want the N173HHE-G32 120Hz panel! Finally I don't need anything else from a laptop!

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  2. I'm just alright with my 5 year old 6bit TrueLife Glossy display.

    5.6%
  3. Nahh I don't even need 120Hz, I'm just fine with factory stock 60Hz matte panel.

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  1. IVHOTEP

    IVHOTEP Notebook Guru

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    #246
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    says it works!

    I also remember bur Icant find it now, 120 hz upgrade thread
     
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    Thats an 8970m, not R9.
     
  3. IVHOTEP

    IVHOTEP Notebook Guru

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    hw info reads it as 8970m - the same thing.
    r9 is even newer
    Its performance and feature set are identical to the HD 8970M, as the M290X shares the same core and features the same clock rate

    Not that it matters since its going away anyhow...

    But I wonder would some gtx survive beeing fried few times at 104c (what hw info said) like my r9 since there were few times that the gpu fan didnt kick in!?

    btw, what needs to be done to keep lid lights functional with N173HHE-G32 if its possible?
     
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    none of that matters, Its if the vBIOS has been coded to enable eDP function. Everything else is irrelevant.
     
  5. IVHOTEP

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    I myself am no fan of glossy screens either so when I do screen upgrade it will be this one, fitting it is no big deal.

    My concern now is, my mind is in a bit of a loop now, I need a new gpu-edp capable if r9 is not the one.
    What would happen if I try connecting r9 to 120hz with edp cable?
    Then again, how do I install new gpu, lets say 1060 or 1070 which requires 120 screen?
    I cant install the screen and the gpu at the same time and just turn it on. Or can I?
    Is it the chicken or the egg?
     
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    Unlocked BIOS, purchase Nvidia 120hz compatible GPU, Purchase pascal.

    With r9 you will get 8 beeps.
     
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    answerz0r Notebook Enthusiast

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    May i ask here about few things?
    I have bought a LCD (N173HHE-G32 rev.c1) inspired by that topic, made some modds and fits the LCD in my alienware 17 r1. Then i bought a eDP cable (seller said its a: DC02001O100 ).

    Before i started upgrade from 60Hz (LVDS) i didnt set-up a BIOS. So after that upgrade i have 8 beeps code.

    Could anyone tell me what i should do know? Tried CMOS reset -after doing it there are 5 beeps. After next restart 8 beeps.

    My gpu is gtx 980m. Please tell me like to a newbie what i need to do now.
    I think i can use old screen to change bios settings(with lvds). Am i right? But which one and where i can find em?
    Thanks in advance to all who reply
     
  9. IVHOTEP

    IVHOTEP Notebook Guru

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    Hi there!
    Sorry to hear what happened.
    I'm eyeing this upgrade too but it will have to wait.
    What is your BIOS ver?
    Wise man once said:
    "One thing to be aware of is that if you go through with this you will lose the Intel integrated GPU as it will be disabled in the bios by Alienware and if you re-enable it via an unlocked bios you can and probably will brick your machine."
    Hope thats not the case.
     
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    if remember good itd A16 -i was upgrading bios before gpu upgrade about six months ago. No idea about unlocking bios. It was from dell official website

    [A16 Confirmed-i just found a photo from main tab at BIOS]
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2019
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