Alienware M14x Disassembly/Teardown and Upgrade Guide!

Discussion in 'Alienware 14 and M14x' started by ComputerMD82, Jul 28, 2011.

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  1. ComputerMD82

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    Not your fault :) The site is misleading.

    I wish the drive existed, I'd rather carry around an external hard drive than an external optical drive
     
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    Beanman1000 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Would it be more cost effective to purchase 8gb of ram and my own SSD, and replace it, or let AW do it? Also, while it looks simple enough, how would you rate the difficulty of swapping out HDD for SSD
     
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    pokemon123 Notebook Consultant

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    You would save more if you do it yourself. the SSD from alienware is way to expensive. For me personally I'm not a computer tech savvy but I was able to do it. I would say a scale of 1-10 It would be 2. Just take your time of detaching the wires and you would be fine.
     
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    killbeagle Notebook Geek

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    More importantly in both cases, you can get a better SSD as well as better RAM then Dell has to offer.
     
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    If anyone has any upgrade questions, please feel free to ask. :)
     
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    sticky this epic thread pls
     
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    Very good guide. Man that fan is a pain in the butt.
    So there is only one fan and it is the CPU fan? Is there a system fan?
    I was looking at replacing it with a low noise fan as I have a pretty good laptop cooler. Anyone tried this?
     
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    The single fan within the M14x cools both the CPU and GPU, and is not user upgradeable, at least not without some serious modifications. A good lapop cooler should help though.
     
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    Hey there,

    I wanted to install the Dell wireless 5620 3G mobile chip (goes in the empty slot next to the wireless card), but I need to install the other antennas for the new 3g chip which need to go behind the screen (in the guide you can see that these are the same as the black and white wires coming out of the WLAN chip already in the laptop, and that two lines are kept empty to leave space incase someone wants to install the other 3g chip for the other antennas). I was just wondering if you were able to take off the screen so I could stick the antennas to the case behind the screen like the others. I know that you only really need the control cover, but I have no idea what to do from there. This is also useful for anyone who wants to change their screens, covers or hinges.

    If anyone reading this knows of another guide that shows this, or knows how to do it for the M14x, that'd be awesome :]
     
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    I wanted to dismantle the screen but haven't had time yet. I'm away for Labor Day weekend but will do this sometime during the week :)
     
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