Alienware M18x R2 with 980m - Possible throttling fix

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by jerryzago, May 7, 2016.

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  1. Infinaris

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    Checking my msata drive but its looking like the whole things fine on hdtune. Dunno if the ram could be an issue tbh I might run a test but dont wanna go replacing the ram for nothing tbh. Funny thing is the issues are hit and miss. Sometimes I start windows 10 on cold boot and some stuff may not work but restarting fixes it. I dont see any issues with the ram itself games work fine but I'm not ruling it out. Dont know if the mobo could be damaged either tho it doesnt give any errors on clean installs for example I can install windows perfectly fine its usually something that shows up later.
     
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    I think it might be the crappy OS to blame. I have experienced similar random file corruption issues with Windows 10 on all of my systems. I have needed to reinstall Windows 10 or restore from disk image due to unexplainable file corruption more times than I have any OS ever... It's crazy, really. I was speaking to a computer tech recently that does field service for Dell and Lenovo and he tells me he has replaced more desktop, server and laptop HDD and SSD that have failed since Windows 10 was released than he has in the previous 25 years combined.
     
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    I would try either 8.1 or 7 before you think it's a hardware problem. I don't remember the link but @Mr. Fox have certainly the link for cheap Win versions you could try (if you haven't other Os available).
     
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    Isnt the ssd for sure it showed up clean.

    Running a memory test now. Could go to windows 7 again for a while (I might use it more once microsoft removes that gwx program) but I also had signs of corruption with windows 8.1 as well in the past. Was occasuonally glitchy as well the last time I reinstalled that OS.
     
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    Right here... http://www.kinguin.net/software-games/

    I have purchased Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 from this web site and all work fine.

    You still have your Alienware Windows 7 DVD? If so, might as well use that.
     
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    I've all 3 OS's available for my system including an image backup of my windows 7 installation. Did a memory diagnostic there and its not showing any errors on the ram.

    Mr.Fox could be right it could be the OS itself just not sitting pefectly well expecially since it relies on older 8.1 drivers to work like the OSD and Command Center and the like.

    The system seems to remain stable so long as I dont start switching the gfx too much in the past it seems to crash or stall when it comes to initialising the graphics drivers on boot as well from what I've noticed.

    I might consider replacing the ram anyways since its been in the system a few years and it could be worth trying to get something with a faster memory clock. Think Mr.fox posted something there a while back about getting ram to run at 2133mhz but cant find the post....
     
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    Corsair Vengeance 2133 and G.SKILL Ripjaws 2133 both run full speed with no mods on the M18xR2 as long as you are running an Ivy Bridge CPU. If you run a Sandy Bridge CPU on the Ivy Bridge mobo it may drop to 1866. But, yes, if for some reason it does drop we can bump the tCKmin a couple of clicks with Thaiphoon Burner if we need to. That tweak was necessary on the Alienware 18, but not the M18xR2. The problem @Swick1981 was having with the speed dropping fixed itself when he replaced his 2960XM with a 3940XM.

    Here's a link to the tCKmin tweak mentioned: http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...-support-testers-needed.789322/#post-10218917
     
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    Ive the 3920 CPU in my machine so I might just buy em and see if it helps the 32gb stock ram runs at 1600 it seems on my system so I wonder if swapping it for those ripjaws will make a difference....

    Just ordered 32GB of the ripjaws 2133 ram to replace the stock ram. Dunno if it'll get rid of the problems I've been having but if it improves the speed of the laptop itll be worth it and even more so if the corruption stops.
     
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    Go up to 2133 speed wouldn't improve the speed of your laptop much. If you bench, yeah you will get higher numbers. And this is good enough reason to get faster ram:D
     
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    Interesting...the HyperX runs 2133 no issues in the M18x R1 with 2920XM, wonder why it would do that in the M18x R2
     
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