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

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  1. Ritz1209

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    I bought the motherboard not long ago where the seller told me a previously had a 7970m ati factory.

    At the moment the gtx 580 seems to post where as the 675 & 980m wont resulted with 8beeps.

    Where can i find the UEFI capable of vbios. I have never flash vbios before so im not really to sure.

    If i dont put the 580 in the laptop it won’t boot on the integrated gpu .

    What is the best next step as i was just about to do a new UEFI windows installation win 10 .




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    Thats normal the 120 Hz won't boot on the integrated.
     
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    Well now it becomes a bit tricky, you'd need either a UEFI capable vBios or GPU.

    At the time of my upgrade, I luckily had a 780m Clevo which is capable.
    In the meanwhile I sold that card, now have 660m, 675m with capable vBios' as backup card, I think i still have this 675m vBios file smwhere. PM me your mail, if I find it I will send it, you have a working 675m as I understood, correct?

    In the meanwhile you should start reading how to use nvflash :D:p


    You could also look over at TI, as far as I recall, svl7 had done some modded vBios for some of our R4s GPUs:
    https://www.techinferno.com/index.p...t-secure-boot-gpu-issues-solved/&tab=comments

    But downloading there takes alittle bit time and patience or a little amount of $$s.


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    Thanks again your help is much appreciated.

    Yes i got a working GeForce 675m which came from an M17x R4.

    I will start reading on how to use nvflash as advised.




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    Hi mate,

    I got good news I’ve managed to get the GTX 980m to work.

    After reinstalling windows as UEFI GPT ad advised I tried the GTX980m into the laptop but was still getting 8beeps,

    Then for some reason i decided to plug in the HDMI cable into the laptop and was posting and detecting the 980m.

    Once in windows i decided to mod the 980m then install the nvidia driver.

    But wouldn’t post unless i leave the HDMI plug in.

    By disable all legacy and the boot change to UEFI and now everything seems to working fine now.

    All i can say is a big thank you for your help.

    Cheers
    Ritz



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    Super mate :)
     
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    Mate ,

    I have noticed that my wireless connection keep on dropping like every 5 - 10mins .

    Have you heard of people having issues with their wireless network on m17 r4 something to do with the killer driver/card.





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    To be honest, I haven't heard anything. But maybe there's some problem with it.
    I don't have a killer card.

    Better open a new thread.
     
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    I had a similar problem with my 17 R1 where I would lose connectivity every so often, I resolved it by using an older version of the driver that was already in windows. This had nothing to do with my GPU upgrade as it was a problem before I upgraded
     
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    Hi thanks for you this, i will install an older version of the driver and see if this helps.

    Cheers
    Ritz


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