How to upgrade my alienware M17x R4 to gtx 980m ?

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  1. Ritz1209

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    How to upgrade my alienware M17x R4 to gtx 980m ?

    I have removed my all gtx 580 m and replace the 980m into the mxm slot. When i turn the laptop on its making beep noise 7beeps im on bios A15

    Ive used DDU to install the previous Nvidia drivers


    Is there something im doing wrong?

    Ive test the 980m in my Hp Elitebook 8770w and it works fine?

    Can someone please help

    Many thanks

    Ritz



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  2. Grant B Gibson

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    M17X R4 never came with a 580M
     
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    Hi sorry i meant to say 680m


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    Is it a 60 or 120 Hz Screen?
     
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    Hi mate,

    My I’ve just check my screen refresh rate HZ - its 64 Hz

    Please see picture attached.

    Thanks [​IMG]


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    So is it a 60 or 120hz?
    64hz means the driver for the dGPU/iGPU isnt installed so the screen isnt setting itself properly
     
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    Thanks for your help on this.

    Im not sure myself quite new to alienware.

    Is there a link to download the igpu driver ?

    I will get the dgpu on Nvidia driver website.

    Can you explain the difference between having a 60Hz /120Hz affect the GPU upgrade.

    Sorry for this but never done upgrade on alienware before


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    Hey pal,

    in our old machines the 120 Hz screen usually makes GPU upgrades somewhat easier and the cards can also run their full potential.

    You can distinguish by the little infrared emitter on the bottom left corner of the screen. A little red square like spot.
     
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    All i can see on the left bottom corner a rectangular shape, please see picture below[​IMG]


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    Thanks for you help on this.

    The laptop doesn’t boot without the 580m card in got 8 beeps code.

    The 980m come from a Clevo laptop.

    Ive also got a gtx 675m and 580m where. The 580m come from a m17r3 and the 675m come from a m17 r4.

    The laptop will only boot with the 580m but not with the 675m and 980m and resulting in getting 7 beeps code.

    Do i have to install the internal driver for the integrated GPU.

    Im on A15 bios.

    Your help is much appreciated

    Cheers
    Ritz

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