New Alienware 15 coming. What do I do when it comes.

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  1. rockmedic109

    rockmedic109 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Besides drool.

    I was going to get a Gigabyte P55 for price. My wife told me to get the Alienware. {Yes, I did marry well. She is also a great cook and makes more money than I do:)}. No more trying to play Fallout 4 at less than 20fps at the lowest settings modded to be even lower.

    FWIW, I got it with the 6700HQ, 128GB SSD boot, 970M. I got the SSD mainly for fast shutoff. I am a Paramedic and my old laptop takes too long to shutdown when someone calls 911. I don't like the idea of putting the laptop back into the bag before it completely shuts down.

    Will I need to remove half a ton of Win10 bloatware?

    It looks like it comes with a 180w PSU. I've read that this is fine with a 970M but the 980M needs a 240W psu. Is this true? On a related noted, I have a Sager 240W psu for my soon to be backup; Will the old PSU work for the Alienware without damaging it {if the Alienware starts to fail or need more power}?

    I understand Alienware loads a few programs to the units it sends out. Autopsy, spawn{?}, and a few others I cannot remember. Is there a page with a list of these and what they do?

    Anything else I need to know?

    Thank You
     
  2. wackyD1982

    wackyD1982 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Getting mine in a few days and have been trolling the forums for stuff to do on it. I've formulated the following when mine arrives in 3 days:

    1. Downgrade BIOS to the most stable and reliable version (1.2.2)
    2. Buy and install a fresh copy of Windows 10 Pro to avoid bloat etc
    3. Get all the latest drivers from their respective manufacturers
     
  3. DeeX

    DeeX Liquid Hz

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    Play some games?
     
  4. iunlock

    iunlock 7980XE @ 5.4GHz

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    Absolute a must:

    1. Clean install your Windows.
    2. Go to Dell's website and enter in your express code and download all the latest drivers.
    3. As for your BIOS, depending on what it ships with, if it comes already with 1.2.8 for example than just stay on 1.2.8. It has been evident that there are trends of things going south when messing with the BIOS. I'd just leave it alone and run it for a while...The BIOS on the AW is the most goofiest I've ever seen.
     
  5. rockmedic109

    rockmedic109 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Forgive the elderly {relatively anyway} noob.
    Is a "Clean Install" a re-install? Do I install Windows over the previous install? I guess I should have googled that first.
    I know I am using common sense here, but wouldn't a new system come with the latest drivers?

    Thank You all for your help.
     
  6. slayer2333

    slayer2333 Notebook Consultant

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    Yes it means a FRESH install :
    -Create a USB installer for Windows (use either Rufus or The windows tool).
    -Boot from the USB disk that you created (No need for s serial number for Windows, its already included in your Bios).
    -Delete all partitions from the hard drive and start install from scratch.
    -Install the software from Dell's website (except the killer suite and Nvidia drivers that you can get from their own websites).

    If you want to keep the partition for Dell's recovery, you can either make a full backup of your disk before performing the fresh install or download the recovery disk from Dell's website.

    This way, you have full control over what to install without any unexpected issues.
     
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  7. orancanoren

    orancanoren Notebook Consultant

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    you don't need to buy the windows, the machine comes with a license, although it is not a pro license.
     
  8. Meerkat1990

    Meerkat1990 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I am not a fan of fresh Windows installs. I just take the default load that it came with and install the latest nvidia driver direct from nvidia and if the wifi gives you trouble update the wifi driver. I've sometimes actually replaced the wifi card with Intel 8260 to resolve wifi issues with certain routers. I do remove bundled anti-virus and use the built in stuff from Microsoft.

    Other than that I just install the games I want to play and play them. no benchmarks, etc. Just use the system for the reasons you bought it.

    I also do not update the bios unless there is a specific reason to do so.

    Just my personal bias to make thing as simple as possible.
     
  9. sirleeofroy

    sirleeofroy Notebook Evangelist

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    Wait, did I just read that right?!

    How on Earth would you not agree that a clean install is the way to go? Especially as Dell put so much effort into making one of the buggiest stock installs I have ever come across....

    Sure, you can remove some software and update the drivers but underlying issues will still be there plus, by the time you've removed software and updated drivers etc you could have just done a fresh install, reclaimed control of your hard drive and have a guaranteed clean slate. Windows 10 installs in about 20mins, even quicker with an SSD.

    I fully agree about the BIOS, even more so with these machines as yet again, Dell put a whole heap of effort into making buggy releases....
     
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  10. VICKYGAMEBOY

    VICKYGAMEBOY Notebook Deity

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    Fresh install is always better, backup any important files if u have, download ISO from Microsoft, most probably Windows 10 Home Single Language X64, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
    and all the current drivers which comes on windows update is new and works without any issues, you would need these 3 though, alienware command center, sound blaster 3D recon driver, Nvidia driver with GeForce experience if u use them, and 1.2.2 is the safest BIOS, but also remember to change your SATA to AHCI instead of RAID in BIOS before u install windows 10, creating ISO with rufus is the best option..
     
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