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.

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

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  1. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    You might have SG mode enabled at present, did you still have the Intel HD 4600 enabled in the Device manager? If so that means the HD 4600 is driving the panel and not the 980m and the HD 4600 doesnt support eDP (120hz panel)

    You will need to have the machine in PEG mode, you dont need the unlocked sBIOS to do this. You can use the IIRC fn + F7 to switch the graphics to dedicated (PEG).

    After that you should be god to go, but naturally, you will need to have the LVDS panel plugged in first in order to boot and make these changes.
     
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    answerz0r Notebook Enthusiast

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    So can i just disable in Windows device manager a hd 4600? It will help? Or just go to BIOS settings and find the peg? PEG sił I be in advanced tab? Im going now to use my old screen to get BIOS. Then I will write here effects. Thanks!

    Btw what is SG mode?
     
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    SG mode can be understood as Optimus.

    No, you would actually need to use the keyboard commands to tell the system to switch what drives the display. Simply disabling the HD 4600 will not do that for you.

    There is no explicit need to go into the BIOS for any of this, not sure if it can be done anyways without the unlocked BIOS.
     
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    uugui shi Notebook Consultant

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    Actually when I upgraded to the N173HHE-G32 I was still in Optimus, and when I booted the system with the new display it automatically switched to PEG
     
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    Just ordered another N173HHE-G32 panel for my Ranger, its high time I get my mods wrapped up, and the holiday seems like a good time to do that.
     
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    answerz0r Notebook Enthusiast

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    Never mind the BIOS, your integrated is still enabled. Disable by booting to OS and use the Fn+F7 or w/e key it is to switch to dedicated graphics, confirm by looking at device manager and HD 4600 should not be present, only your 980m.

    Then switch to the N173HHE-G32 panel.
     
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    Thank you. I will find a way to switch it and then check in device manager. I really appreciate your help
     
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    IVHOTEP Notebook Guru

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    I've got mine from a different ebay vendor but yeah that looks appropriate. Just make sure it says it's the real deal and not "similar spec" like some of them do
     
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