Fried my Alienware 18.

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by jedfactor, Jul 13, 2018.

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  1. jedfactor

    jedfactor Notebook Consultant

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    Came home from work and my laptop was off, tried turning it on and nothing happend, noticed the power adaptor light was off, tried taking it out and plugging it back in again and noticed small amounts of smoke coming out of the adaptor socket and a burning smell.

    Opened up the laptop to see that one of my 980ms has fried.

    There is a small patch of black melted plastic on the card itself and on the motherboard underneath the card. DSC_0712-1376x774.JPG DSC_0713-1376x774.JPG

    Removed it and can't get the laptop to start, when I plug the adaptor in it shuts off the adaptor light immediately.

    I take it that this is unrepairable?
     
  2. skindoe

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    Looks like you need (at least) a replacement motherboard and 1 x 980m. Strange to see the damage in two different areas like that, perhaps some pins on the 980m shorted out the two areas on the motherboard?

    Certainly repairable, but whether its worthwhile from a cost perspective, unsure? If you end up not repairing it, consider selling me the other 980m ;)
     
  3. Danishblunt

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    I think thats it. Board and GPU are damaged to a point where I doubt the repair costs would be cheaper than buying replaceparts.
     
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    jedfactor Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks for the help.

    Luckily I just bought a desktop that I'm waiting on. Its a bit annoying though as I hadn't completely backed up everything off the laptop, I'm thinking I could take the hdds out the laptop and connect them up to the desktop and copy over the stuff I wanted.

    I understand that I would need to get an adaptor to plug the msata ssd from the laptop into my desktops m2 slot?

    Can I just connect the 2.5 inch hdds directly to my desktop?

    Thanks.
     
  5. Danishblunt

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    if those are Msata SSD's then yes, youll need an adapter (msata to 2.5") and yes, the 2.5" are plug and play in desktop PC's.
     
  6. Rengsey R. H. Jr.

    Rengsey R. H. Jr. I Never Slept

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    Let me know if you want to get rid of the laptop.
     
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    lmao my alienware 18 blew 3 motherboards in exactly the same spot. Those power MOSFETs are absolute junk. Shame it took out your 980M with it, that's worth more than the motherboard.
     
  8. jedfactor

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    I was using it for crypto mining so its probably my fault lol.
     
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    it's not your fault. I ran undervolted CPU and GPU and still blew up 3 times. it is poor quality MOSFET that is the problem.
     
  10. DaMafiaGamer

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    I've personally never had your issue and I run a gtx 1070 on it with 150w tdp. Ironically the gtx 1070 died due to a crack in the die but the mobo is flawless and still working well even after 3 years of use and abuse.
    Got my 4940mx qs overclocked to 4.2ghz too.
    I bought another 2 alienware 18s not too long ago and they work well with gtx 1070s too.
    Maybe you were getting unlucky.
     
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