Alienware 18 - 780M SLI -> 980M SLI

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by TheCodeBreaker, Oct 15, 2020.

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  1. Leomn

    Leomn Notebook Enthusiast

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    And about the Hdmi In. I'll lose it if I upgrade for the 1060m?
     
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    so, u must to have A12 unlocked bios, I guess that you must to have an A12 or previous bios not the last one that should be the A13 or A14. So first figure out what you have already installed. You need te unlocked one because you must to set switch graphic mode, so Intel hd as internal display, and it would switch to nvidia for games , talking about gtx models the ones that are on eBay are okay just plug and play. Drivers are pretty easy to get modified just must to put few strings on nvdmi.ini file. 100w heatsink it’s oke
     
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    It works perfectly
     
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    I have mine AW18 with gtx 1060 currently works flawless. I get like same desktop performance in game
     
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    @Leomn you mentioned 18 r1, do you mean m18x r1? if so then the max upgrade it can handle is 880m, altho most people advise using 780m since 880m can have issues
     
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    Mine is the Alienware 18 R1. Not the m18x.

    Have updated the bios for original A15 and since de A12, it gives upgrade for Gtx 9xx series.
    I'm going for the 980m, since the 1060.is way to expensive for me to buy.. the 980m is already expensive too rs.
     
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    ah ok was just making sure, would hate to see a bricked alienware otherwise lol
     
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    Hello guys..

    My gtx 980m arrived..

    Just installed...
    Nvidia Gfx in Bios.. no problem at this time.

    First Windows loading, no problem, but when I tried to install Nvidia drivers.... window 10 freezes...
    Powered down the laptop, powered on, and now when windows is loading, it freezes..

    I can boot on safe mode with no problem...

    Any advice?

    Ps: booted in safe mode, used ddu to uninstall any nvidia driver, rebooted, and windows 10 loads with no problem...
    When windows try to install correct drivers for the 980m, it crashes.
     
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    probably need to mod the drivers with that machines specific hardware id for the gpu
     
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    How can I mod the drivers?
    I've looked a tutorial but in the driver, my machine Id was already there...
    Probably missing something..
     
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