Dead GPU in m17x R4

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by LNO, Feb 3, 2019.

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  1. LNO

    LNO Notebook Enthusiast

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    As far as i can read online, the 120Hz version requires an Nvidia card to display anything. Meaning, i need a card that will work the first time i put it in the laptop, and i really aint sure which i can pick from.
     
  2. M18x-oldie

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    You mean the internal display, yes!

    I'm taking bout an external display on HDMI out ;)

    (Online on my mobile atm, so a bit handicapped regarding searching with that tiny screen, will search and post links when I power up my stationary machine by today or tomorrow).
     
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    I also meant it wont display anything including HDMI out. :) - I'd be interested if you find anything, and will try to see if i can find something too. ATM when running without the dead graphics card installed, with a HDMI cable to the TV, i still get the usual 8 beeps.
     
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    Ah ok :) but I think I remember now, one missing step: you'd first need to pull the LCD cable and then hook it up to HDMI, that should let you pass POST iirc.
    The cable sits right under the keyboard.
    Don't know your skills, so be careful at all.


    Otherwise I'd say pick any cheap 4xxm, 5xxm, 6xxm you can find and you should be set for checking the machine upfront and then think about a real upgrade.
     
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    So - Just pulling the LCD cable under the keyboard should allow the computer to use the Intel graphics over a HDMI connection?
     
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    I've pulled the LCD cable. Tried to set it up to the tv again, but got the same 8 beeps. If i try to FN + F6, it very briefly shows on the TV, that it has a 1080p, 60hz connection, but shows nothings besides this and goes back to beeping. Maybe it isn't just the dead (and removed) graphics card?

    In regards to finding an old graphics card, i dont find it likely. I know no one to ask, cant find a used one at decent money. I have a 555m card in my old laptop, but i dont assume that can actually fit this one?
     
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    Cheapest eDP card is likely a old quadro
     
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    I was in the exact same situation, my 680m had died and i had a brand new gtx 1060 which could not post as i did not have correct settings for it to boot. I had to get a card which was available as a configuration at the time the laptop was in sale and was 3d display compatible. I was definitely not going to buy another expensive gtx 680m so I got a cheap quadro k1000m(equivalent to a gtx 660m, which also a configuration option with the 3d 120hz display)
    popped in the quadro, changed settings in the bios, installed the gtx 1060 and it booted right up.
    I have made a post of my installation experience in my signature, i hope it helps!
     
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    You used a half size card to allow yourself into the BIOS?

    I may pick up one in the near future if so, thanks for the tip.
     
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