Alienware M17x and MSI 5870m

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  1. Dmitry Veprintcev

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    Hi all! For 2-3 years:) planned to update laptop with qx9300, some 1333 ram and sure the GPU, but only yesterday swapped ram to Hynix 1333 2x4gb and changed 260m to 5870m (like sellers said - MSI, Asus and Alienware compatible).
    Now what I've got.
    Messed up colors, looks like.. [​IMG]
    I've checked vbios, it's MSI one. I'm running Windows 8.1, tried to install these ATI/dell drivers 8.763, failed in 8.1, then flashed vbios to new dell version - got a black screen, flashed back to backup vbios, tried it again on win Vista (where 8.763 drivers were easily installed) - black screen.
    Flashed some older vBIOS (a0 I believe) - black screen again.
    Fans are ok.

    How to make it work properly and is it possible at all?
    The only reason for this swap is DX11.
    And sorry for my English:)
     
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    I don't think so... maybe it could work on M17x R2, but M17x R1 has far more limited support for aftermarket GPU's.
    Can you post a GPU-z screen? Just to make sure it is 5870M and not 5850M since both are reported as radeon 5800series, but 5850M will not work in M17x R1/R2 no matter what brand (inverted colours).

    If you are interested, i think i still have a Dell 5870M somewhere
     
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    It says 5800 series
    here's the GPU-z screen
    [​IMG]

    Interested, because now new laptop is not in my plans, but.. DX11
     
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    Tried to flash ASUS g73 and Clevo vBIOSes, both acts like MSI vbioses, screen is working, but the same strange way
    When flashing to every founded version of dell bioses - black screen, where I perform a backup to MSI one by USB flash driver blindly)


    Asic Family: Juniter
    Adapter 0 (BN=02, DN=00, PCIID=68A01002, SSID=10541462)

    Screen info from DOS when flashing MSI vbios -> DELL (last official)
    Old SSID: 1054
    New SSID: 043A
    Old P/N: BR35757.031
    New P/N: 113-B96101-104
    Old DeviceID: 68A0
    New DeviceID: 68A0
    Old Product Name: MSI MS 1727 Broadway XT GDDR5 64Mx16 1C UCODEv:128
    New Product Name: BROADWAY XT B96101 GDDR 64Mx16 4CH 400m/300e @0.9v UCODEv :128
    Old BIOS Version: 012.020.000.055.035757
    New BIOS Version: 012.020.000.027.037640
    Flash Type: MX25L1005
    Burst size is 256
    20000/20000 bytes programmed
    20000/20000 bytes verified

    Screen info from DOS when flashing ASUS vbios -> DELL (last official)
    Old SSID: 1C02
    New SSID: 043A
    Old P/N: BR038352.001
    New P/N: 113-B96101-104
    Old DeviceID: 68A0
    New DeviceID: 68A0
    Old Product Name: Asus G73 BROADWAY XT GDDR5 64Mx16 4CH ASID:G730528.004$ UCODEv:128
    New Product Name: BROADWAY XT B96101 GDDR 64Mx16 4CH 400m/300e @0.9v UCODEv :128
    Old BIOS Version: 012.020.000.032.038352
    New BIOS Version: 012.020.000.027.037640
    Flash Type: MX25L1005
    Burst size is 256
    20000/20000 bytes programmed
    20000/20000 bytes verified

    P/N of ASUS and MSI looks similar (like a file with extension), the Dell one is different (I don't know, does it matter or not:))
     
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    Yeah that are definitely 5870M clocks... i guess the MSI just doesn't work with M17x... not the first time it happened...
    Ok i'll check out my box if i can source one out...
     
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    Just a little update - I've connected VGA display and it works, colors seems to be normal, greens too light and fonts not the best looking! But anyway, notebook display color messup and HDMI not working
     
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