Last try to upgrade Alienware m18x R2 from CF 7970m to SLI 980m

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  1. JamesTang

    JamesTang Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you, dude! Seems that I don't need to flash vbios, just keep clevo vbios and directly install newest nvidia driver!
     
  2. Tulius

    Tulius Notebook Consultant

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    You must flash Prema`s 2.0 Clevo vBIOS if you want to use newer Nvidia drivers in your M18X-R2, if you try to install newer drivers with default vBIOS you get a black screen in Windows.
     
  3. KSmash

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    Hey guys I need help!

    I have a Alienware M18xR1, with like i7-2720QM (or something, at least i7 tho.) and Dual CF 6970m. Recently the computer has been getting quite slow.

    Is this gaming laptop known to run too hot? It feels warm
     
  4. Rengsey R. H. Jr.

    Rengsey R. H. Jr. I Never Slept

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    Repaste might be needed. 6970m is known to run hot.
     
  5. mithras_0

    mithras_0 Newbie

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    Hi Jerryzago,

    I followed every step and when I switch to SG, I can see both integrated and Nvida gfx on the menu. But once I switch to PEG, I got 8 beeps.
    When I try to install driver under SG, the driver gives me error as it could not find any card.
     
  6. mithras_0

    mithras_0 Newbie

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    Updates:
    Need to set disalbe legacy and enable Uefi. That you won't get 8 Beeps when set to PEG, but you will lose integrated graphics card.
    Which leads to a fresh OS install.
    After win10 install, get a modified drive and use safe mode and Disable Driver Signature Enforcement.
    Install the modified drive.
    Done.
    I read that you don't need to mod drive for newly released drives, in my case,I still do.
     
  7. jerryzago

    jerryzago Notebook Consultant

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    I am glad you sorted this out. Do you have dual or single 980m? What is the device ID? If you have a gsync version, that is why you have to mod the drivers everytime.
     
  8. mithras_0

    mithras_0 Newbie

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    I actually have to change PEG to SG because I got constant BSOD and black screen. But after the change to SG, the system runs smooth as.
    I am using a single MSI 3g 970m, Device ID on GPUz is 10DE 1618 - 1028 0550.
    not sure if I got the gsync version or not, but the driver modding will my last issue, which is no big deal consider I can use my system so smoothly.
     
  9. jerryzago

    jerryzago Notebook Consultant

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    Yes you have the gsync version, which means no PEG mode for you. Also modded drivers all the time. How is the system behaving in PEG mode?
     
  10. mithras_0

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    That’s some extra work for me but I can live with that.
    In PEG I got blue screen and black screen.
    Which might be the system sometimes trying to switch to intergrated graphic card but couldn't, and cause the system to crash.
     
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