*OFFICIAL* Alienware Area-51M R1 Owner's Lounge

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  1. Fire Tiger

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    Yeah, but they only run at 2400Mhz due to the A51m limitations.
     
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    Its "normal"..AW has gimped the 51m to throttle the gpu when it hits 75c.
     
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    Yesterday I installed the latest nvidia drivers from nvidia themselves (I use the ones from nvidia, always have).
    So there was an update available. Installed it.
    Shut down the laptop.

    Today I boot my pc, and I notice that my external monitor has no signal.
    I check in device manager, and see that the Nvidia RTX 2080 is no longer in the list.

    What should I do?

    I looked into the bios, and the RTX 2080 still shows up as a discrete GPU.
    Which makes me assume the GPU isn't dead.
     
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    Use DDU clean out all nvidia drivers. Download the previous driver and not the latest to see if it shows back up.
     
  5. XxAcidSnowxX

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    DDU clean won't help if device manager doesn't see it.... Sounds like bad news.... If you don't even have Microsoft Basic Adapter listed it's shot (you can try a bios refresh?) Otherwise sounds like it's toast....
     
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    You can use an app called GPU Tweak from Asus to increase the limit. I think 80c becomes the new limit regardless if you set the app to higher.

    Heres a video made by @ssj92
     
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    Since I've been out of the AW-world for a while... is it still good to be on BIOS 1.5.0 and VBIOS 1.0.0.3? I'll still have G-SYNC with my monitor?
     
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    Yeah, anything after 1.5.0 introduces a 75c limit on the GPU, in fairness I haven't seen it having too much of detrimental effect on FPS or clock speeds in game, however, some have seen FPS drop drastically or the clock speeds dropping to 300mhz.
     
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    So I uninstalled the drivers. And the new drivers refuse to install telling me it couldn't find a compatible hardware.
    Damn I guess this yet another failing alienware area 51M for me.

    Dammit. At least I'm happy it's still within my premium warranty.
    But on the other hand, this really troubles me, as this doesn't give me a confidence about the future of this laptop, even if they were to fix yet / replace it yet again.

    Is there anything else I can try before calling support tomorrow morning?
     
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    Okay so I tried running a system restore, which I had from a windows update of 2 days ago (If I remember correctly windows udpate did install bios 1.7.3 on its own)

    Suddenly my gpu works again. It is recognized again, despite it said system restore failled. But some stuff is not working correctly. Chrome didn't start up. I had to reinstall it. Gefore experience doesn't boot.
    But at least the GPU seems to be working now. VERY weird, buy I'm very skeptical now, and don't know what I should do.
    And I want to know what else isn't right on my pc right now.
    Damn, what a mess.

    EDIT: Anyone knows, what actually happened? I just tried running a game it runs fine. Due to the system restore the GPU driver is actually back on the older version. I'm so confused and a little scared right now.
     
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