Aw m18x R2 Dual 980m SLI upgrade!!

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Peter, Nov 12, 2014.

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  1. Peter

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    If system boot into windows then mod. driver can be installed as per graphics card hardware ID. Yes with his tweak 18 work as Optimus but only single card. We already have working Aw 17 with 980m, but here we got to deal with Dual 980ms. Damn vbios is just 180Kb and editin required about 1 - 3Kb lalalal
     
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    Well I hope you succeed finding out what needs to be changed in the vbios. Just be careful so that you dont do anything that will result in a brick :)
     
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    Brick word just scares me now, my Aw r2 got no warranty left , no warranty on Dual 980ms. Anyway is there anyway we can bypass dGPU check at start up?
     
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    Yo, my name(?) is godfafa not godfata ...
    You like mata? (if you know him) LOL
     
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    I've just done what Johnksss has suggested.
    It does work. It's making m18x R2 like a single GPU with optimus.
    But you know man. We dont like optimus :(
    I'd rather keep 780m sli on my 18x R2 for gaming than a single 980m.
     
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    Thanks for update Godfafa, i appreciate your efforts. Thanks fro confirming, as Johnksss trick works with single card. you got new Vbios? i checked my cards vBios and both are V12.
     
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    So, It will boot to windows and show both gpus correct? igpu and 980M listed in device manager?

    Again, this has nothing to do with optimus since you can't switch nore use the dedicated gpu to do anything other than just sit there. Unless this has changed since adding a 980M.

    This is more of a safety feature/backup feature. And also to see if the alienware will show the card as a 980M or install a diver.

    This is also for when you brick flash the card you can now recover it. You will also need the correct flasher for this if you don't already have it. You can't just use any flasher when trying to flash unsigned vbios code. Also the unlocked shows far more about mux than a locked one. This is another reason why the machine needs to be taken apart just in case you can't get it back on. You may need to blind flash or remove parts and do many resets. (worse case scenario)
     
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    Now what? :)
     
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    It was a success :)
    You have now run one card?
    What can be shown in the Device Manager?
    Do 3DMark11 test, to see the result GraficScore
    We will know if there is a slowdown
     
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