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

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  1. Biker Gremling

    Biker Gremling Notebook Evangelist

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    Been on it since last night and today. It's a freaking wall of text, but hopefully it's easy to follow.

    Hopefully I can publish this this weekend.

    Enviado desde mi GM1913 mediante Tapatalk
     
  2. Fire Tiger

    Fire Tiger Notebook Deity

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    I just followed the Dell instructions for the vBIOS update. Added them below for you.

    ***DON'T USE THE DOWNLOAD IN THIS LINK***
    https://www.dell.com/support/home/u...wt64a&productcode=alienware-17-area51m-laptop

    Installation instructions
    Dell Update Package Instructions

    Download
    1. Click Download File to download the file.
    2. When the File Download window is displayed, click Save to save the file to your hard drive.

    Installation
    1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the file and double-click the new file.
    2. Read the information in the dialog window.
    3. Download and install any prerequisites that are identified in the dialog window before proceeding.
    4. Click the Install button.
    5. Follow the remaining prompts to perform the update.
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2019
  3. Ludwig Tornheden

    Ludwig Tornheden Notebook Enthusiast

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    Okey,

    So if I'm running 1.0.0.5 I simply just install the 1.0.0.3 and that is that?
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2019
  4. REAN1MAT0R

    REAN1MAT0R Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hello guys
    Waiting for my area-51m
    I want to use two 330w ac adapters. But i wish to have them with blue ligth as Dell included. And I am afraid to get bad ones that will brick motherboard.
    Can you advice please how to find good ones? mb direct link?

    Does somebody greased cpu with liquid metal?
    Does somebody delidded area cpu?
    May be someone applied custom heatspreader from rockit cool ?
     
  5. XxAcidSnowxX

    XxAcidSnowxX Notebook Consultant

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    I just did the same GeForce update and now my 2080 is gone too.....
    Someone screwed up....


     
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  6. Vanya

    Vanya Notebook Consultant

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    Hi guys,

    I received my THIRD Area-51m (yeah finally a good one ?! Well, I have 3 dead pixels this time...) and I'm wondering :

    I'd like to do a clean Windows 10 installation with my bootable USB key. However, I'm concerned about the pre-installed Windows 10 version which comes with lots of partitions (see picture).
    Reinstalling Windows 10 will get rid of those partitions, and is this something we should worry about? Especially concerning system integrity and/or global performances?

    partitions.jpg

    Thank you !
     
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  7. QUICKSORT

    QUICKSORT Notebook Evangelist

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    So once again, I did a system restore, and It got fixed even though the system restore failed partially.
    Today I created a new restore point. Did a clean install of the newest nvidia GPU drivers. So far so good.

    Will see what happens. I think it's an issue that might have to do with switching to DCH version of the driver.

    Honestly, this is yet another issue that made me skeptical about this laptop. Even though I hate large and clunky laptops, I made an exception for this laptop, for being so powerful and looking good.
    But I'm honestly considering switching to something else like a razer blade or XPS 15, and instead use an external gpu.
     
  8. Spartan@HIDevolution

    Spartan@HIDevolution Company Representative

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    You will need to clear all partitions using the Diskpart /clean command.

    See: NBR Windows 10 Clean Installation Guide (Part 2: Drive Partitioning)

    If you ever want to restore everything back to factory state, you can download the latest Alienware Area-51m Factory Image

    Download that image now and keep it safe as I will need to delete it off my Google account soon.
     
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  9. Vanya

    Vanya Notebook Consultant

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    I don't mind clearing the partitions in order to clean install Windows.
    However, I was wondering if that would change something installing a new Windows without these original partitions being presents?
     
  10. Spartan@HIDevolution

    Spartan@HIDevolution Company Representative

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    Those partitions contain the factory image for recovery. Once they are deleted/cleared, then when you press F12 during boot up you will no longer have the Dell Support Assist as an option from the boot up options which usually allows you to restore your computer to factory state easily. But again, having that factory image that I linked above and duplicating it on your drive using Macrium Reflect will restore back everything including that SupportAssist boot up option so if you want to clean install, yes, you will wanna clean everything via the dispart /clean command as I mentioned earlier.
     
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