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M17x-R1 @ GTX280M SLi @ Nvida 310.33 @ Windows 8 @ Searching for .INF

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by V-Moda, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. V-Moda

    V-Moda Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi,

    As stated, may I know if anyone could help me getting .INF for me? I already stuck in Googgling them :(

    Thank you in advance!

    Hello everyone,

    I am a 3 years old M17x-R1 user and just recently upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 PRO.

    At first I did install Windows 8 using a setting which keep all the pre-existing drivers and personal data. Every went like charms but I did notice something - my GPU did not detected by Windows 8 as below screenshot;

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    The WEI also shown my GPU is the worst rating - which is around 2.7. It is clear that the system failed to detect my hardware.

    For your information, my current Nvidia driver for Windows 7 was 306.23 and I been using it without any single problem. So I tried to re-install the 306.23 driver but it said that the driver failed to be installed.

    I stucked and run out of idea. So I think its the best for me to clean install my Windows 8 PRO. And I did. After that, I try to install 306.23 and the very same problem occured! I now have an Alienware M17x-R1 with GTX280M SLi but my system won't recognize it.

    Next I directly log in to Microsoft Technical Support and have a live chat with them. The tecnician asked me to download the 257.38 from the Dell official website. And funny thing is, he was right. My system after the installation recognize the GPU and everything seems like will be okay after this issue.

    After that, I try to update my GPU to 306.23 and again, it failed to proceed to the installation!

    So right now, I am stucked with 3 years old GPU Driver that performed like crap.

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    Hereby I am humbly requesting all the member to help me solve this issue. I am officially run of any idea.

    Do I am the only one that have this problem? :confused:

    Here is my actual problem! Just found it at Microsoft website @ WHCL Certified video adapter driver not carried over when upgraded to Windows 8

    Someone please kindly explain to me in simple English? I don't really fancy those terms.....

    View attachment 86482

    This is an error that pop-up during installation of 306.97

    Please help, I am desperate.
     
  2. Prasad

    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    For a non-WHQL driver, try:

    • cmd -> Run as Administrator
    • bcdedit /set {current} testsigning yes
    • Reboot

    Then install.
     
  3. Lundon44

    Lundon44 Notebook Consultant

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    Not sure if this is the same issue I had but it was similar in many ways. After upgrading to Win8 Pro on my M17x R3 the resolution was suddenly adjusted to 1280x768 (from 1920x1080) with no way to increase it. I noticed my Nvidia control was no longer accessible and I could not install a new video driver, as I thought this was the issue. To resolve my problem I had to download the newest Intel HD 3000 driver for intergrated graphics. Since the upgrade for some reason had either removed it or corrupted it no longer allowing me to show any Nvidia gpu installed.

    Anyway you could try that I suppose to see if that helps.. Go directly to the Intel site, make sure it's the Windows 8 driver for the Intel HD 2000 or 3000 whichever one you have.
     
  4. V-Moda

    V-Moda Notebook Enthusiast

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    May I know where is your source?
     
  5. Prasad

    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    Guru3D forums.
     
  6. V-Moda

    V-Moda Notebook Enthusiast

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    HI,

    Is it possible for you to post here the link? I will be deeply appreciated!
     
  7. Prasad

    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    Usually, I'm very helpful. But after being asked for the source for any info I give out, and I give that away too, and I'm asked nothing about the info but more and more about it's source, well then not so much. Go SEARCH for yourself if it means so much to you. Google can help too!
     
  8. bigtonyman

    bigtonyman Desktop Powa!!!

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    you can also try laptop2go.com drivers and see if they work. Not sure if they will fix your specific issue though.
     
  9. shiv3rs

    shiv3rs Newbie

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    I am having the same problem I can't install any Nvidia drivers Expect the standard dell one. Is this the same for you?
     
  10. DDDenniZZZ

    DDDenniZZZ Notebook Deity

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  11. V-Moda

    V-Moda Notebook Enthusiast

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    Tried, not working.

    Excuse me, I tried but its hard since you don't provide any keyword to search, hence no exact result as your post was found.

    Is it the same as this website provided @ Updated: Disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 8 | LaslowNET ?

    Yes. We have the same problem it seems.
     
  12. Prasad

    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    It works essentially the same way. Same effect as what would happen if you follow what I posted.
     
  13. V-Moda

    V-Moda Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you very much! I am currently using back old Windows 7 and will be reverting to Windows 8 in next few days. I will be posting the result once I done that.

    Also in advance, your provided solution is permanent of I should execute the step every time I wish to update my GPU?
     
  14. Prasad

    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    Once you execute that, Windows will always boot into test mode, allowing installation of unsigned drivers, until you re-run the command with 'no' instead of 'yes'. Also note, this will only take effect (either way) after restart.
     
  15. SlateJones

    SlateJones Notebook Geek

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    here you go... look at the bottom, click the link to download the inf....you may need to right click the link and select save as... then save as nvwi.inf
    hope this is what you need

    LaptopVideo2Go: Drivers
     
  16. Shadoweb

    Shadoweb Newbie

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    I too have an M17x-R1, but I have the dual GTX260M cards. After installing 257.38 I was able to get the video cards to recognize and give me the tray icon to switch out of SLI to the onboard card. However when I do that it causes the wireless to completely stop working. Even re-reinstalling the broadcom drivers doesn't bring it back. Any ideas why these nVidia drivers would cause this?
     
  17. V-Moda

    V-Moda Notebook Enthusiast

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    Did you already try the method Prasad provided?
     
  18. Shadoweb

    Shadoweb Newbie

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    I'm going to try that tonight, along with the modified inf. I'm just trying to figure out why the dell-supplied video drivers knock out my wireless.
     
  19. Shadoweb

    Shadoweb Newbie

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    Okay, I did the CLI method Prasad posted, downloaded the driver & inf from LaptopVideo2Go: Drivers unzipped the driver, replaced the inf from the zip with the modified one, installed, rebooted, enabled SLI, rebooted again and... dead wireless.

    Reboot, still no wireless. Disable SLI, reboot... Wireless. So I guess I just have a spare unused video card now.

    IRQ of card one is -1
    IRQ of card two is -2
    IRQ of wireless is 22
     
  20. katalin_2003

    katalin_2003 NBR Spectre Super Moderator

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    Shadoweb, did you install the Dell chipset driver?
    If you did, uninstall the nVIDIA ethernet driver only and see if you still have wireless issues after a reboot.
     

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