*OFFICIAL* Alienware Area-51M Owner's Lounge

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  1. pathfindercod

    pathfindercod Notebook Virtuoso

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    Dell support assist
     
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  2. Dagr

    Dagr Notebook Guru

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    Thanks! Not sure why that one isn't linked to off the 51m support page (it's more general I guess). Anyway, I think my clean install is up and running again... ; )
     
  3. lostclusters

    lostclusters Notebook Geek

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    It is my understanding that the 51m comes with only 2 m.2 slots. The base 1TB drive must be a single slot option, leaving one for the 2TB evo plus, right?
     
  4. DeeX

    DeeX Liquid Hz

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    Yes two m.2 and one 2.5" Sata.

    If you are looking for diagnostics, It's better to use BIOS Pre Boot diagnostics. If you are looking for driver updates, Alienware Update Dell command update which is decent for drivers and display service tag info.
    Even Dell employees admit dupport Assist can be very resource heavy and also be buggy. It can dirty a clean install lol.
     
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  5. lostclusters

    lostclusters Notebook Geek

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    Is the base 1TB drive you recommended the 1TB (+8GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive? Is this a mechanical drive? And if so are the 2 m.2 slots still usable with that configuration?
     
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    pathfindercod Notebook Virtuoso

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    yes
     
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  7. Silentfan

    Silentfan Notebook Enthusiast

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    1.5.0 (or older) and the actually 180W-vBios (equal, 180W is enough for gaming @0,825v and also for 0,85v)
     
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  8. Rodrigo Yasuda

    Rodrigo Yasuda Notebook Enthusiast

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    Anyone tried fitting a 3.5" sata drive in this machine?
     
  9. jclausius

    jclausius Notebook Virtuoso

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    Only way would be running some type of extension for the 2.5" drive (cabling is an issue - ie finding one long enough and correct fixture to the 2.5" mount) or hook up a USB-SATA converter and use the USB ports. otherwise not much else you'll be able to do with a 3.5" drive.

     
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  10. DeeX

    DeeX Liquid Hz

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    It won't fit. Plus there is no real benefit of doing this with all of the drive options this laptop, and most modern laptops have.
    Why would you consider even entertaining this idea. I'm just curious. :)
     
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