AMD FirePro M6100 overclocking vBIOS mod (+ 8***M and R9 M*** series)

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  1. EvilDigit

    EvilDigit Notebook Enthusiast

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    I've been reading the thread for quite some time now. And since now my Firepro M8900 died on me I'm definitely looking forward for an R9 M290x to fit in my M6600. I've been carefully following the thread and have understood that the R9 is definitely a Plug n Play in M6600 but with recent Bios update the fans do not match the exact speeds to limit the temp raise. The questions that I have are which Bios version you had before everything was working fine? I currently am running on A16. Also, would the X brackets from M8900 fit directly or I need something else for that? Also, as said by Lee in the above post I don't intend to overclock the card at all and would use its stock speeds. Alternatively, if M290x worked should it be possible that 8970m would work as well? Have you given it a try?
     
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    Delete this post please. I found the correct thread and moved it. Thank you.
     
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  3. EvilDigit

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    @dmgzd I need some help if possible. Please tell me that you mentioned in an earlier post that one needs to match the correct edp / lvd with the card which can also be flashed. My 8970m is not showing any display in M6600 just a flash of light and then nothing. Can you please tell me anything that I can do with this. Im attaching the images of the card for reference.[​IMG]
     
  4. Chin_Chan_Lee

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    Perhaps since this card is not "supposed" to be compatible with the M6600, you have to download the m8970 drivers prior to the installation, in contrast to the m6100 which is labeled by the manufacturers as compatible as of BIOS A15.
    So maybe you'll have to use basic windows graphics display while you uninstall your old graphics card drivers, and install the 8970, then plug it the new card?
    Just thought.
     
  5. EvilDigit

    EvilDigit Notebook Enthusiast

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    Well Thanks for the headsup.. The black screen was a thermal trip of sort in which when the Card becomes too hot it loses display. I was able to get through that ..had a fresh new windows. Installed all the drivers and my card was up and running. Although the card was running fine it always stays in the Ultra Low Power State having the Core clocked at 300 and Memory at 150. Also, the fans just refuse to cope with the temps ..they never spin. This is definitely something related to the vBios, Drivers incompatibility..I'll have a look at the any other thing I find.
     
  6. dmgzd

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    EvilDigit, i no longer use any of my workstation laptop as i move on to an alienware 17 R4, i still have my old laptop workstations laying around somewhere. I gave up with the constant issues of overheating and unpredictable fans the most stable one was the M6700, but was random on when the fans would start working sometimes 5-10min after booting then other times could be almost an hour. Once the fans started working i used speedfan to keep an eye on their rpm and even having fan profiles setup in speedfan i dont think it did much on controlling the fans. As for your flashing issue i cant see any of your pictures that you posted but i did run into a issue similar to what your describing i have two different model r9 m290x cards both work in my m6700 but only one works in my m6600. On that i did not have to flash either one of them to get them to work. A tip for helping with temperatures it's what helped my M6700, using liquid metal thermal paste from thermal grizzly be sure to use super 33+ electrical tape around your gpu and or cpu before applying and use as little as possible on the die as well heat-sink where the die touches. Using that was between 10-20c reduction in temps when the fans decided to work that is. In windows valuxin made a great utility for controlling the fans or having speedfan control them however you have to run windows in test mode for it to work the link to it is some where on this site. Sorry for the late response the email account that i use for this site is one for junk mail and in saying i do not pay attention to it. If you are still needing help i will try to keep an eye out for your response. Also if you are wanting a R9 m290x that work in a M6600 i have one going up on ebay here soon. I have a few benchmarks that i can share using the above thermal paste i was able to get very good scores with great temperatures.
     
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    I wanted to give a shout out of thanks to dmgzd and valuxin for blazing the way to fixing and improving my m6600 with replacing my failed NVIDIA Quadro 5010m to an AMD Radeon m290x (functioning as an HD8970m).

    Thankfully, my system fit all of the criteria to make it work smoothly:
    - I didn't upgrade to A16 BIOS. I was still at A15.
    - My system wasn't completely bricked as I was able to switch to Win10 low-rez mode to download and install the Radeon drivers.
    - I was able to find on ebay the "green board" m290x for under $300
    - The x-bracket from the Quadro needed to be removed and modified with 2 bend joggles on each leg to properly fit the hole pattern in the m290x. The original x-bracket on the m290x will not work.
    - I used IC Diamond thermal paste on the CPU and GPU upon reassembly.

    Following the instructions, I installed the Dell fan utility and Speedfan. After disabling BIOS fan control within the utility, the CPU fan whirred up from 0 to ~2500rpm. Once completing the temp curve graphs for the GPU in Speedfan, the gpu fan kicked on as well. My CPU temps are around 42-50c and my GPU is at 35c nominal and 52c max for gaming (Diablo III) and CAD modeling (CATIA v5).

    I admit the fans do get loud when the graphics are needed and sleep mode is no longer functional.. Outside of that, I have no complaints. My system works really well without issue.

    For anyone else trying to do this, keep in mind.... Until some genius creates a clever device driver or BIOS mod to allow the m290x play nice with the fans in your Dell m6600, you have to run the fan utility and disable the BIOS fan control then start Speedfan every time at startup of your computer session! Your fans won't spin otherwise.

    Best of luck!
     
  9. EvilDigit

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    Thank you dmgzd. I thought you were never going to look this way ever again. But its too late I guess. I had my M6600 running fine with the 8970m until I flashed a corrupt Clevo vBios and now the system doesn't posts at all. No Num locks no Caps lock nothing. I've tried many things but to no avail. Can you suggest me anything?

    Thank you again for your information.
     
  10. Sup3rKillaX

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    Is it possible to do this ti an hp zbook 17? i have the m6100 amd card aswell..im scared it only is for the dell but would be amazing to flash it on to the zbook i really wana be able to oc the card :x
     
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