HP EliteBook 8770w and 970M 6GB and 980M 8GB - they work!

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  1. bassman5066

    bassman5066 Notebook Guru

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    Worth giving my driver a shot. Pretty sure the 980m drivers are included as well.

    Download and extract it and then within "Display.Driver" Open up nvcli.inf and search for your system ID (1520 in my case) and copy the line with that AND your GPU device ID (13D8 in my case) and paste it into the same location within nvhmi.inf. Example line below for my 8740w with GTX 970m.

    %NVIDIA_DEV.13D8.1520.103C% = Section002, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_13D8&SUBSYS_1520103C

    You will also need the device name for device manager (no performance loss if you don't do this but it will not display correctly in device manager) line copied from nvcvi.inf into nvhmi.inf. Example Below.

    NVIDIA_DEV.13D8.1520.103C = "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M"

    Besides disabling driver signing detection on Windows 10 that's all I had to do to get this thing up and running. Also make sure to perform a clean install from the Nvidia driver installer.

    If for some reason you cannot find the correct lines in the inf files you can copy and edit to your needs (I.E. replace my System ID 1520 with yours and copy and paste the same lines).
     
  2. Rikksy

    Rikksy Newbie

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    Hi guys, can someone just answer me a quick question please.

    Would this card fit and work perfectly in my 8770w elitebook? Is there anything special I have to look for or watch out for?

    I bought my 8770w refurbished last september, it has an ssd 250 and 1 tb disc, also the cpu was swapped to the i7 (i suppose, cos there is a sticker on the laptop sayin i5)

    Thank you!
     
  3. bassman5066

    bassman5066 Notebook Guru

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    Yes this card will work, you just need to custom edit the driver file to make it work for your setup. In my 8740w with i7 920xm CPU I'm finding the 970m is the perfect amount of overkill. Very slightly bottlenecked by the CPU but it's performing awesome overall. Happy with how it looks and how it runs. I got my card from ebay seller dszxl and he was the one who sent me the custom driver information as well.

    Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
     
  4. Verklärung

    Verklärung Notebook Guru

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    I said this a few pages back (page 12 to be exact) but maybe it was missed? Since quite a few driver versions ago, I have NOT had to modify the drivers at all to get them to install on my 8770w. My current driver version is 388.13 (which I installed with no modification), and I'm currently updating to 391.35 as I'm typing this, and the installer started fine with no modification.
     
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    ShunHax.exe Newbie

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    Any info on thermal pad size? looking for a rough estimate for the 980m...
     
  6. gotmilk70

    gotmilk70 Notebook Consultant

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    I just wanted to post on here an update I had with my 8770w. I have a Core i7-3840QM (2.8Ghz base and 3.8Ghz Turbo) and a Geforce GTX 970M 6GB (w/Prema VBIOS clocked with Turbo of 1038Mhz) installed on it and the temps was getting too high for my liking. This is with Noctua NT-H1 TiM. I would see temps reach 55-60C idle and 90-95C load on the CPU while gaming and 45-50C idle and 80-85C load on the GPU. I did some research on better TiM's and what would work well in my system. Some suggested to try liquid metal. I know that there is some drawbacks and the care that would needed to be taken when using it. But when I see people posting drops of 15-20C under load, that pushed me to try it.

    I picked up some Cool Laboratory Liquid Ultra compound and slowly + CAREFULLY pasted it on the CPU and GPU. You only need VERY LITTLE of this stuff on the CPU and GPU die. You can put some electrical tape on the outer edges of the die so it prevents leakage to the metal contacts. (Which if it does make contact...bye bye CPU/GPU) The pasting was surprisingly easy. I was worried about the temps when I installed the 970M and 3840QM due to them being high powered parts. I had a right to worry when I was getting temps before applying the liquid metal on. But I gotta tell you this stuff is insane when it's put on correctly.

    I now have temps 38-42C idle and 80-85C Max on load for the CPU. (Most games have 70-80C under load unless the game is CPU intensive). The GPU got even better temperature drops, So much that I had thermal headroom to OC the 970M! I set the core clock to 1157Mhz and put 2620Mhz on the Shader clock. The card is actually clocked a little faster than the stock 980M right now! Temps for the GPU idle at 36-42C and reach 70-75C on full load. All of this of course can change depending on the ambient temperature in the room.

    I was thinking about selling the 970M and getting the 980M instead, but as it stands now, I already get great performance out of this machine. I will keep it the way it is. All coming from a laptop that is over 6 years old!
     
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  7. Suraj Subedi

    Suraj Subedi Notebook Enthusiast

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    I upgraded my 8770w with firepro m4000 to nvidia k3100m with new larger heatsink. the k3100m is new one, HP one.
    First it was black screen with display output only from DP port. I used Display port and used nvflash dos version to flash dell vbios to the card. The display was then output from laptop screen, and no DP. I was able to login with basic display driver and k3100m recognized,but with basic display driver.

    I downloaded nvidia driver from nvidia website and installed the driver, but when i restarted, there were multiple screens, green flickering all over the laptop screen and no output from DP port.

    In upset situation, I again flashed another HP vbios. Now I am stuck with black screen both in laptop and no output in DP port.

    I tried to used blind flash (changed boot order to run from usb drive at first before looking hard drives) too using the backup original firmware I created, but now I am stuck and when I type in using keyboard, I start to get beep sounds on pressing every keys. CAn some body explain why I am getting such sound?

    Finally, please anybody has a solution to get the k3100 back to original bios state. I am desperate need of some expert advice.
     
  8. TenGauge

    TenGauge Notebook Guru

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    Liquid Ultra is definitely one of if not the best liquid metallic TIM the only problem I have with it is that it requires a more frequent replacement interval. I hate having to strip the notebook down to do the job so I decided it was worth slightly higher temps to not have to fuss with it for presumably the rest of the time I'll have the notebook.
     
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    mirage_bg Notebook Evangelist

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    Has anyone managed to resolve the problem with grayscale of the DC display and nVidia GTX graphics?
    I installed GTX 780m on my HP 8760w and now I can clearly see some banding in grayscale...the transitions between the colors in grayscale are not smooth even for 8bit panel...
     
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  10. Verklärung

    Verklärung Notebook Guru

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    I finally caved and ended up opening up all my laptops and replacing all thermal compound with IC Graphite. I haven't had any issues with temps since switching. As far as I can tell, if there's any difference in performance vs standard paste, it's a degree or so at most. Personally, the peace of mind I get from knowing I'll never have to tear everything apart to repaste far outweighs that.

    Currently using IC Graphite in my multiple 8560w's, 8570w, 8770w, and ZBook 17 G4, and I couldn't be happier. The material is easy to work with. It's a bit fragile, though more durable than I was expecting. You can cut through it easily with scissors or a razor blade (though probably not a Razer Blade :cool:) to fit to size. I was able to cut out enough for the CPU and GPU for 2 laptops from a single sheet and still have some left over. The only tricky bit (not really) was positioning it and keeping it in place due to how lightweight it is. It is electrically conductive so you have to be careful with it. I noticed little pieces can come off of it if you don't cut it cleanly, and I'd suggest not having those flakes floating around in your system.

    If you ever upgrade the CPU or GPU, or decide to sell or dispose of the laptop, the IC Graphite can be removed, re-cut to fit, and reused in your next system, with no performance loss. It's completely moisture free so it'll never dry out, and with the proper care (and if by luck, you never have to resize it), it could theoretically be used hundreds of times over before wearing out.
     
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