Going to upgrade 7970m to 980m on M17x R4- 980m 7970m

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    You have a gsync card. I contacted the seller from ebay who sells that particular card and they said it is a gysnc card, it will never work in PEG mode, you must use SG + optimus
     
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    Could you please brifly explain how to - somewhere between nooby ->advanced . Thanks

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    make sure you have unlocked bios. do not update to latest BIOS it will cripple your CPU performance. Go to advanced -> video -> select SG (not PEG, not PCI, not IGFX, not AUTO)
    make sure your intel hd 4000 drivers are installed and make sure you reinstall nvidia drivers

    In all honesty return the card and get a non-gsync card.....
     
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    Thank you for help.
    I'll try ti find an unlocked biis when got back from work and then do this. Would they be any troubles to unlock a13?

    And why it's such pain with gsync on this?



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    Latest you can get unlocked is A11 : https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/1516-m17x-r4-unlocked-bios-versions/
    Gsync cards need gsync panels to run the signal to, unless you use the iGPU to convert the signal. more or less a giant headache for us people without gsync panels. return the card if you can. I actually have a spare Dell 980M non-gsync I can sell you if you manage to return your card.
     
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    I'll try to work on it tonight. My little impossible project to escape from my kids and have some time for myself

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    Hi. Now I have a bigger headache.

    Firstly I have installed unlocked A11 bios from tech inferno.
    Then set up bios so my system started ok. Then I tried to install several drivers from 353 to 391 with no sucess. During every installation it was 'unsucesful'. So I started ti explore unlocked bios options and changed video config from SG to PEG. After that restart computer and bricked. It starts for 2 seconds with black screen then restarts and nothing just black screen. I have pulled iut 980mand tried to clear Cmos ( obviously there is no jumer on mobo but some stupid combination). I have put in 9790m back in but atill the same.

    Any help on this.....pleasee



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    Pull the graphics card out and start the computer without anything inserted into the graphics slot
     
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    I'm with laptop working back with 7970m for now.
    It was weird experience. After I set up video ->PEG basically bios bricked. Nothing worked. I tried to run without any video card, removed all rams, didn't touch processor. I couldn't hear any beep because about 2 years ago I had disconnected speakers as there was a short in them and very annoying noise all the time - since I only use bt speaker. Still black screen...

    Then I tried this:
    https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/1525-m17x-r4-bricked-bios-fix/&

    Still black screen.

    I thought I'm done so I bought the programing tools for bios from

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...7x-r3-r4-owners-lounge-thread.669251/page-578

    And at last I thought that maybe there would be signal on hdmi out. I don't have any tv or any tv like equipment so I connected it under projector and it started just fine with default A11 unlocked bios... Weird.

    Anyway worst stress behind me now.. haha

    I still cannot figure out why 980m couldn't install drivers.
    Maybe because I have used from 385 and 391?

    One more thing I noticed. While 980m was in it was vhit even thou I wasn't working. The processor was also warmer about 65 deg instead 45 deg while web browsing..

    Any ideas?

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