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New Command Center for M17x

Discussion in 'Alienware' started by scook9, Oct 9, 2009.

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  1. BatBoy

    BatBoy NBR Community Moderator

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    Agreed on the CC usefulness factor.

    Personally, I have AlienFusionService and the FAService services stopped and disabled. In addition to disabling these two services I have also chosen to disable FATrayAlert and the AlienFXController startup items. Having the FXController not load at startup requires a manual launch of it to change colors, but its a only a small issue. The disabling of the items I mentioned was how I was able to completely eliminate in-game stuttering as well as mp3 playback issues.

    What I would like to see is Dell/AW release an installer which allows you to choose which modules are installed. Actually, I need to head over to Dell's IdeaStorm and post that if its not already up there.

    I'll upload a theme to the AlienFX Theme thread in a moment.
     
  2. The_Moo™

    The_Moo™ Here we go again.....

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    Hey on the resourse cd you can install alienfx lite which is nothing but a alienfx editor :D

    I could create a program to change it from a file.

    Have a batch file that looks in a specific file for .theme files then write it to the alienfx board

    only thing is I do not know the dev I'd or location to send it to ....And it would require testing which could mess up your alien fx.



    But my programming skills are like a 2/10 lol so anything I did would pale in comparison to findvikas. Also the only reason his program does not work is due to the dev id's for the alienfx controllers changed on the new allpowerfuls. And now that Dell changed it up :rolleyes:


    If we can get him to agree maybe you and me batboy could work on his source code to write the new XML files and change the dev I'd :D lemme kno in pm's or email
     
  3. Taomyn

    Taomyn Notebook Consultant

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    Can be fixed by reinstalling the current version then the new version is able to remove it.

    I might remove and reinstall the new one anyway as the FX editor crashes everytime I try to add a new application :-(
     
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    Thatoe Notebook Evangelist

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    Ok, followed BatBoy's method and it's working now. Thanks!
    The thing I don't get is during the installation, why does it ask for the computer model? I mean, shouldn't it just somehow detect it? It didn't ask when i installed over the old version.
     
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    Praetorian77 Notebook Consultant

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    Like I said, I just fixed mine with a re-install of Windows (needed to anyway) but thanks guys! Also, I have all 4 functions available, including Fusion, in Windows 7....so don't know what's up with Fusion on your rig Scook....
     
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    menengroth Notebook Consultant

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    cheers man, this fix worked for me!

    ps: love the blog
     
  7. ido50

    ido50 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Well I'm boned. After about a month of not booting into Vista (I dual-boot Linux on the second hard drive) I thought I might as well boot into Vista and update some programs and drivers. Well, as always, now I wanna kill myself.

    I've updated Command Center just as BatBoy suggested, first removing CC, then using CCleaner, etc., being careful to shutdown and not reboot after installing the new version... Doesn't work, lights disappeared. I get the same error message mentioned in this discussion before, CC cannot connect to the device, cannot find it, whatever.

    I've repeated the process about a million times, either booting after every step or not booting after every step, whatever combination possible. No go. Tried running AlienFX and playing with the theme, no go. I removed the new CC completely again, reinstalled the previous version. Still no go.

    Now I'm back on my trusty Linux, minus the lights, plus a broken heart.

    I'm never booting Vista again in my life.
     
  8. scook9

    scook9 NBR Benching Addict

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    Vista works fine, it just has to be setup correctly
     
  9. youngkyu

    youngkyu Notebook Enthusiast

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    Had some issues getting the lighting on the keyboard to work at first, but eventually fixed it. When I first finished installing, I opened up AlienFX Editor and there wasn't any option to change the lighting on the keyboard in basic theme. I eventually fixed it by going to advanced theme and making a theme there, and when I went back to basic theme, there were options available for the keyboard. Just wanted to put this out there in case someone had the same problem as me.

    Thanks for the instructions on getting the new Command Center to install properly! I love the white. :)

    Edit: I figured out why I wasn't getting the option for changing the lights on the keyboard.
    The default theme that was set for me was the file Alienware.ath, and in that theme file, apparently there aren't any options for changing the keyboard lights, but there are options when you create an entirely new theme.
     
  10. ido50

    ido50 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Can anyone perhaps post a valid, new theme file?
     
  11. menengroth

    menengroth Notebook Consultant

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    MrTiggleWorth Notebook Enthusiast

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    has anyone noticed that installing the new CC on Win 7 slows the boot time down by an extra 20secs. Quite a lot when it takes a full 20secs to boot without it.

    Has anyone else found this?
     
  13. BatBoy

    BatBoy NBR Community Moderator

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    Yep. This is normal. It's a result of poor coding. I had this issue as well. If you want to have the facial recognition app, AlienFX and Fusion components active then its going to lag the startup.

    If you don't care about those launching at startup you can do the following (as a work-around until the next release of CC becomes available - hopefully they will have it resolved):

    1. Disable the following startup items (use CCleaner's Startup Items module for fast access or use MSCONFIG):
    • AlienFXController.exe - this startup item is responsible for your system lighting. You can still access it by launching the AlienFX Controller via the start menu ---> Programs ---> Alienware. Once you have made your lighting changes be sure to shut it down again by right-clicking on the alienhead and choosing EXIT.
    • FATrayMon.exe - this is your AlienSense Facial Recognition startup item. It displays the little icon in the task tray for quick launch of settings. Not necessary.

    2. Disable the following Services (Note: When editing services, always access the services console by typing 'Services.msc' into the Run Command):
    • AlienFusionService - This service is responsible for the GUI tie in of the Command Center Fusion Module and the OS's Power Profiles. You can make changes via the Power Options Control Panel instead. All this module does in Command Center is provide a nice fancy GUI to the OS's power profile settings. It is not required.
    • FAService - This service is required for AlienSense (Facial Recognition). Since it's a resource hog, kill this one as well (needs to be killed since you have already disabled its startup tasktray item).

    This should correct the startup delay.
     
  14. scook9

    scook9 NBR Benching Addict

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    I have done those and still have a pretty slow windows start up time, and I have an X128 SSD (used to be about 3 seconds from log in, now around a minute). My windows install is plenty clean and the SSD is only half full :(
     
  15. BatBoy

    BatBoy NBR Community Moderator

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    Sorry to hear you are having issues Scook. Must be a W7 issue, yet another reason why I will be sticking with Vista for now. :)
    My startup time is not laggy and no issues at all. Loving this system.
     
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    scook9 NBR Benching Addict

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    Windows 7 was fine at first, just noticed that after a few weeks it slowed down considerably (just the start up time though - HDTune still shows 235+ MB/s)
     
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    Lord_Zath Notebook Deity

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    my startup time is also drastically different. Going from RAID to regular is also to blame, but damn! It takes a good minute or so to load now.
     
  18. picardsm

    picardsm Notebook Consultant

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    I followed Batboy's instructions because Fusion never work for me after a clean install.
    Not a big deal, but I figured everyone was getting all of the functions to work with the instructions.
    However, when I clicked "restart later" my keyboard lights went out. I shutdown and they didn't come back on. I went into CC only to find there was no keyboard light option and Fusion is still not working.
    I freaked.

    Then I saw Youngkyu's post;

    This got my keyboard lights back and I am indebted to youngkyu!

    As for Fusion. I will leave it not working....

    ~Pic~

    Alienware M17X - Lunar Silver
    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
    17-inch WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD (1200p)
    4GB Dual Channel DDR3 1333MHz
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64
     
  19. picardsm

    picardsm Notebook Consultant

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    As for running AlienFusion.exe I receive this error;
    Cannot create instance of 'AlienFusionPlugin' defined in assembly 'AlienFusion, Version=1.0.55.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null'. Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. Error at object 'LayoutRoot' in markup file 'AlienFusion;component/pluginpresenter.xaml'.
     
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