M11x R1 - still going. Sort of.

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  1. GNandGS

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    Its been over 5 years or so and the system still works. The hinge had failed many months ago and the Nvidia chip failed ages back. But it worked. Filled in as a backup for a while for my wife - busted hinge and all.

    Then it just sat there. Lid open due to hinge. Dusty. Dirty. Forgotten. Until now.

    Took it apart, got the china made no brand epoxy and went to town. Filled in the areas where NO plastic even existed and created new mounts. Dusted and cleaned, wiped and sprayed. Booted up and no screen bleed. I think even managed to keep it clean.

    Maybe I'll re-purpose it into a smart board thing in the "activity room" the kids use. Basically, connect it to a wall mounted screen. If any budget, I'll add a writing pen for whiteboardish features. All else I have in my stash of stuff.

    Other purposes are many so no point mentioning as you all know what computers are for. :)
     
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    The project stalled... no good place to mount either the LCD TV (too bulky) or the small LCD screen (too small). Not feeling like drilling holes and mounting things I may regret.

    Dang!

    I'll take an opportunity to mention for anyone thinking of using epoxy on their screen (anyone left?), that you can route the cables from the panel outside of the normal place.

    Image is NOT my system, but as I forgot to take pictures I'm using an image from another topic. Green lines are mine showing roughly the route I used. This allowed for no gaps in epoxy and serviceable wiring if (ha!) any future repairs are needed.
     

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    Hi, I've also have m11x r1 from 2010. hinges died 5 times, but been replaced in service center. battery died, but I replaced it from ebay. same for power supply.


    But I never had a problem with NVidia or any other hardware. what happened to your one?
     
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    Not sure, and cannot confirm. System was too unstable with it enabled even with stock drivers so I disabled the GPU.
     
  5. kosti

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    Those must be the original hinges. Dell recalled those hinges with reinforced hinges and offered to swap out the complete LCD assembly for free years ago.
     
  6. GNandGS

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    If I recall, the setup was replaced once... but after such a long period, I didn't even bother to check.
     
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    Nice I have a R1 version sitting in my closet . Needs a new hard drive. The drive in it puked when trying to dl the original Windows 10 to it . I may put a new HD in it and then load Windows 7 on it .
     
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    I'm liking Win10 on my R1. Can't figure out how to get graphics switching working so I have it set to always use the 335M (in the BIOS). Not a big deal for me since I hardly ever ran it on integrated graphics anyway. Other than that everything works great on 10.
     
  9. DrGoodvibes

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    Same here.
    I have a 256GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD with a partition for Win10 and Win7 so just switch(restart) between the two if required.
    I just pop back every now and then in case a smart bunny has found a way to engineer switchable M11xR1 graphics.
    Switchable graphics did work in Win10 preview before the Win10 release, but the final Win10 release killed it.
    Intel not supporting the HD graphics driver doesn't make things look hopeful.
    Not sure it's any biggie as the original Intel Media Accelerator was no better than a wet towel at a public boys school.
    Find myself mostly starting as Win10 and haven't used Win7 for many weeks.
    SSD: 256GB Samsung 850 Pro
    Mem: 8GB CL7 (G.Skill F3-8500CL7D-8GBSQ)
    WiFi: Intel 7260 AC-Wireless.
    Battery: Original and only an hour with Win10 at most. :)
     
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    My original R1 which I picked up back in March 2010 is still alive and well and in 'as new' condition with no trace of use. I haven't really used it since 2013 so it has been packed away in my drawer inside a case to be preserved into perpetuity. The LCD screen was replaced 3 times with the last one being installed with the new improved hinges a mere month or two before I officially retired it. I now game on a 17" G752VY with a 980M.
     
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