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Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Maxware79, Mar 17, 2020.

  1. MrMogwai

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    What cards? While I was struggling with M17xR2, one of the issues were with vBIOS, that is in some instances the cards were recognized, but without VRAM and/or clocks. After going in with a certain vBIOS and blocking the damned Windows update of the drivers driver's it works splendid.
     
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    My cards? They are technically M290x's but are listed in Device Manager and the Radeon software as 8970M's.
     
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    Most AMD GPU functionality problems are due to poor driver support. They haven't been good at drivers since they bought out ATI.
     
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    I have almost zero experience with AMD. I have pretty much avoided them for the past 10 years.

    Apparently the Crossfire function should be under Advanced in the Global Settings but it's missing. I can only assume this is because the software doesn't think the cards can be linked.
     
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    I used to be an ATI die-hard. I have had nothing but issue after issue with AMD GPUs after 5870M. NVIDIA is nowhere near perfect, but their products have been largely problem-free for me and overclock nicely. I have not touched an AMD GPU since 7970M (like about 2012). But, part of the reason for that is they haven't made anything that interests me since 2012. So, I have zero recent experience to draw from and I have forgotten 99% of what I used to know. What little I might be able to remember is likely no longer relevant.
     
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    That's understandable. I'd like to sort out the issue before selling it off so I'll keep digging around. I'll probably find myself a new cable and go from there. Thanks.
     
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    I've ran both catalyst and Adrenaline, and worked fine with CLEVO 1.1, on 7970M. Try different vBIOS, apparently not all of them support that.

    EDIT: as far as I know they are interchangeably named 290X/8970M.
    Seriously, try to put left card vBIOS into the right card, and if that doesn't do anything, put the right one into the left one. Maybe one of them works. Otherwise there is a whole repository on TechPowerUp of vBIOSes, but do a quick dry run on how to blind flash, because you are almost guaranteed to have at least one dark boot.

    EDIT2: there appears to be more than one VRAM versions of this card, maybe they are not the same?
     
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    M290X and 8970M are both 4GB, 7970M is 2GB only afaik
     
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    There are a few vBIOS versions available but it looks like all the Dell ones are Unverified. Is it ok to have both cards in the machine when I flash or should I put each one in the primary slot one at a time?

    M290X vBIOS.png
     
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