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Discussion in 'Alienware Area-51/Aurora and Legacy Systems' started by julian-nold, Feb 27, 2009.

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  1. samwY

    samwY Notebook Consultant

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    BIOS VERSION: 011.020.000.006.031674
    when I click the green arrow save it it says "BIOS reading not supported on this device"

    Btw, the only way I can get GPU-Z to detect my cards is to install drivers without rebooting, and then open GPU-Z. After I reboot I suspect I will get blank screen again though!

    Is there a reason why one of my cards has 0 Shaders? Is one card bad? Or is this because of drivers?
     
  2. moral hazard

    moral hazard Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Not sure why that doesn't work, would you mind trying to aquire the vbios using RBE vbios editor?
    I think that is because of the drivers.

    Have you tried a wdm microsoft driver (if using win vista/7/8)?
     
  3. samwY

    samwY Notebook Consultant

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    Argh, I just booted windows from my other hard drive with its own windows OS and had the same driver problem AFTER detecting new hardware, install drivers, and rebooting. Wouldn't that mean AFTER a reformat with a fresh install of windows, the problem would still be there?

    I'll get the RBE vbios editor now

    EDIT:

    No luck. One problem after another.

    But its consistent.

    When I update drivers for both cards, I will get blank screen after reboot.
    I can run ONE card on its own with updated drivers. Once I try TWO cards, it will go blank.

    Something is wrong with Crossfire or something won't allow me to get Crossfire working properly.

    Also, once I update both drivers on TWO cards, my screen will slow down. And of course it will go blank if I reboot.

    Under Device Manager --> Display Adaptors-->
    Should it show 4870x2? or just 4870?
    For my 3870 cards it will show 3870x2 on both adaptors as opposed to separate 3870 and 3870
     
  4. cookinwitdiesel

    cookinwitdiesel Retired Bencher

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    What is shows in device manager is not relevant. Technically it should show 2 4870s but you can name it to say whatever you want, is just an INI edit

    Have you made sure you are not shorting the cards out by touching anything else in the laptop? Is you CF cable in good condition and attached well?
     
  5. samwY

    samwY Notebook Consultant

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    Everything is attached correctly. I did everything extremely carefully. Otherwise they wouldn't be detected in windows and drivers wouldn't be installed for them, right? I just can't get them to run drivers properly.
     
  6. cookinwitdiesel

    cookinwitdiesel Retired Bencher

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    Have you tried the stock alienware drivers (they will be an OLD version but is a good starting point)

    With my 4870s in my M17x R1, I had to load dell drivers initially to get crossfire then had to install new ones over that. Was only way I could get CF working with newer drivers. No clue why but that is what worked for me
     
  7. MisterE

    MisterE Notebook Guru

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    Anyone get the most recent (12.3 or 12.4) ATI catalyst drivers working? Each time I install the 12.4 drivers (after removing drivers, clean sweeping under safe boot, deleting directories and reboots), I get an error for the drivers (the sound and app dev kit install fine, but the drivers never do).

    I think I've had the same problem with 12.3, but am going to try again in the next 15 minutes.

    EDIT: near same install message each time (12.3 or 12.4)

    Catalyst™ Install Manager
    Installation Report
    05/11/12 22:17:43

    Hardware information
    Name AMD Radeon Graphics Processor
    Manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Device ID 0x9509
    Vendor ID 0x1002
    Class Code 0x030000
    Revision ID 0x00
    Subsystem ID 0x207a
    Subsystem vendor ID 0x161f
    Other hardware

    Existing packages
    AMD APP SDK Runtime
    HDMI/DP Audio Driver
    Packages for install
    AMD Catalyst Install Manager
    Final Status: Success
    Version of Item: 3.0.868.0
    Size: 20 Mbytes

    Other detected devices
    AMD Radeon Graphics Processor
    Manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Device ID 0x9509
    Vendor ID 0x1002
    Class Code 0x030000
    Revision ID 0x00
    Subsystem ID 0x207a
    Subsystem vendor ID 0x161f
    Manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Device ID 0xaa18
    Vendor ID 0x1002
    Class Code 0x040300
    Revision ID 0x00
    Subsystem ID 0xaa18
    Subsystem vendor ID 0x161f

    Error messages:
    (nothing shown here, oddly enough, though the main error is just above this)

    EDIT #2: I can install 12.1 fine... just not 12.3 or 12.4 :(
     
  8. nodeffect

    nodeffect Notebook Evangelist

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    I dont' know why, the latest driver 12.4 seems to gives me problems too. I tried a clean install but it shows that i'm still using the old 11.x version and ask me to update the driver when I click check for updates. I've tried uninstall it, restart my PC and install the latest driver but still the same thing. Maybe ATI drivers seem to give problems.
     
  9. granyte

    granyte ATI+AMD -> DAAMIT

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    i'm running 1.2 no issue at all on my side.

    Also any one tryed running an m17 with more then 8 GB of ram? the 16 GB kits are becoming afordable
     
  10. The_Moo™

    The_Moo™ Here we go again.....

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    Wouldn't be much of a point unless your doing VM and video editing.

    My brother M17 absolutely hates any driver I try to throw in it. I will get around to fixing it one day. I haven't done much reading but what is the best driver y'all seem to have?
     
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