*OFFICIAL* Alienware 17 Ranger (2013) Owner's Lounge Thread

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by Mr. Fox, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. Wongli

    Wongli Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi All,

    I will be getting my Alienware 17 tomorrow.

    1) Can I ask if any of these driver updates are important?
    2) This is my compiled list of what to do after getting the laptop, please comment and give advice ! I am only going to use it for League of Legends and school hence I do not want to spend TOO much time checking and doing things like repasting with new thermal compound etc.

    1) Create windows backup
    2) Flash BIOS
    3) Install AVG
    4) Install Nvidia Drivers
    5) Run PSA (and AlienAutopsy)
    6) Install GPU-Z, HWMonitor
    7) Check device manager
    8) Test alienFX, all colour and zones
    9) Calibrate display
    10) Manually check all ports, webcam

    Thanks very much in advance !
     
  2. Dusk Star

    Dusk Star Notebook Consultant

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    Just remember to run some benchmarks (both CPU and GPU) and make sure that your scores are 1. in the normal range for your HW config and 2. that your CPU/GPU temps are not too high. I'd probably do that before step 9, but that's your choice. Congratulations on your new AW17!
     
  3. Wongli

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    Thanks for your reply ! Is this a better list?

    1) Create windows backup
    2) Flash BIOS
    3) Install AVG
    4) Install Nvidia Drivers
    5) Run PSA (and AlienAutopsy)
    6) Install GPU-Z, HWMonitor
    7) Check device manager
    8) Test alienFX, all colour and zones
    9) Run HDtune, PCmark 7/8, 3DMark 11 2013, HWiNFO (I assume these are the CPU/GPU stress testers? Is HWiNFO actually a tester or more in the category 6 above with GPU-Z/HWMonitor)
    10) Calibrate display
    11) Manually check all ports, webcam
     
  4. Dusk Star

    Dusk Star Notebook Consultant

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    Looks good, and it's more than I've done! (though I really should have created a windows backup when I initially received my laptop)

    As for HWiNFO, I've never heard of anyone using it for a benchmark, and looking into my install of HWiNFO64 I can't see where to run a benchmark from. Quite possibly I'm just overlooking it, though. (I use it as an all-around system info tool, and I used to use it for manual fan control on my r3)
     
  5. Wongli

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    My new list ! Thanks again Dusk Star.

    1) Create windows backup
    2) Flash BIOS
    3) Install AVG
    4) Install Nvidia Drivers
    5) Run PSA (and AlienAutopsy)
    6) Install GPU-Z, HWMonitor, HWiNFO
    7) Check device manager
    8) Test alienFX, all colour and zones
    9) Run HDtune, PCmark 7, 3DMark 2013
    10) Calibrate display
    11) Manually check all ports, webcam

    Hopefully that's enough? Btw, anyone care to shed some light on my 1st question posted previously about the drivers listed on the Dell website and whether any are important?
     
  6. Alienware-L_Porras

    Alienware-L_Porras Company Representative

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    that should be enough.

    It should come with updated drivers, the only thing to update would be Video Card.
     
  7. J.Dre

    J.Dre Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    You should download the latest WHQL driver from NVIDIA. I believe it's 332.21.
     
  8. Wongli

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    Yup I know thanks.
     
  9. ThatOldGuy

    ThatOldGuy Notebook Virtuoso

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    I need help with something. I set my AW 17 (windows 8) to never fully charge past 75% some time ago with an app that came with my AW (like Dell Quickset or Desktop Mode but the AW version). I've come to a point where I want to change it back but I can't remember what the app was called or where to find it... I've already tried right clicking on battery icon, going into advanced power settings, looking in the AW FX settings, and doing a search for battery related apps, but I can't seem to find it.

    Does anyone know the name of the app or any other way to change it back so I can charge to 100%?
     
  10. J.Dre

    J.Dre Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    It's not a BIOS setting? Strange...

    I've got no idea what program you used either. I spent about 20 minutes searching Google and couldn't find it. I did find several battery programs, though. Here's a list of them: Battery Utilities for Windows - Free downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com. Perhaps one of those can be of use to you. Otherwise, I think you'll need to re-install Windows or restore your PC back to an earlier state. There has to be a better way, though.
     
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