Alienware M17x R3 - GTX 970M 6GB - Testing to see if it works

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  1. reborn2003

    reborn2003 THE CHIEF!

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    Hey All,

    The GTX 970M has just arrived and I will be testing it in the M17x R3.
    It most likely won't work because the system bios doesn't support UEFI or is too old.
    However I'll be giving it a shot.

    Any system bios setting recommendations are welcome.
    I will testing all setting combinations to try and get it to boot into windows at least.

    60Hz screen and Windows 7.
    System Bios - unlocked A12
    I might try Win 8 later as well if all else fails with initial testing.

    Any other ideas please let me know. Thanks!

    Cheers. :thumbsup:
     
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    reborn2003 THE CHIEF!

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    So far:

    PEG mode enabled - Boots up with 8 beeps.
    SG mode enabled - Boots up and then endless loops of restarting
     
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    TomJGX I HATE BGA!

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    I would try Windows 8.. I think that's one of the reasons why the 970M can't start up in Alienwares.. Let us know if the Windows 8.1 install helps..
     
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    With the SG mode enabled, did you also enable IGD? It's the following:
    Advanced>Video Configuration, and change Primary Display from PEG to SG, then click on Internal Graphics Device, then IGD again and change from Disabled to Enabled. Save and exit.

    + rep to you for giving it a go in the R3!
     
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    nbr2019 Notebook Consultant

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    Nice work sir.
    Can't wait to see it working on a r3.
    Keep us posted .
     
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    reborn2003 THE CHIEF!

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    Okay just bricked the M17x R3 lol :p

    Currently blind flashing it back to life!
     
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    LOL, that happens. Let us know if you make it work.
     
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    Hey Robbo,

    Yup tried the above and it gives some hope but it just continually loops. It tries to load the Alienware loading screen bar, but only gets to like 1/10 in and then reboots. It shows the Intel RAID hdd screen then tries to load the Alienware loading bar screen and reboots immediately - just continuously looping.
     
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    reborn2003 THE CHIEF!

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    Yup defs will do! So far no luck. I even just tried to flash the system bios back to an older version A08. Just for kicks to trick it or something haha. The alienware loading bar actually reaches half way before rebooting now. No beeps just continuous loops of restarts.
    I think I will give Win 8.1 a shot tomorrow.
     
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    Did you disable on board sound before install ? Try doing that.
     
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