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

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  1. Stephen1892

    Stephen1892 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I was looking to replace my msi gt73vr 7rf with a a51m with a rtx2080. I want a laptop that plays the latest games with performance to spare. I just want a simple to use laptop that's going to run as it should. After reading about so much thermal throttling would you recommend this laptop. I will only be gaming.
    I've never really tweaked laptops I just expect them to run with the performance you pay for.

    So with the latest bios updates and such is this worth the 3.7k I'm going to spend?

    Any user reviews or input would be greatly appreciated as it's a lot of money and a decent investment for me which I hope will last 2 to 3 years

    Thank you
     
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  2. firedragon247

    firedragon247 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Mine is going back due to the throttling. I also specced a more powerful Aurora with monitor for less than the price. So for me it wasn’t worth it. I also noticed done light bleed at the bottom of the screen. As others have been able to tweak it to work I would say it could be what you want but will take some alterations from standard

    You can always return it if it really isn’t what you want

    oh, you should also easily be able to get at least 15% discount if you haven’t already.
     
  3. TheChadd

    TheChadd Notebook Enthusiast

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    Has anyone encountered an issue where you are unable to scroll with the track pad inside the Windows Start Menu?

    If I reinstall the trackpad driver through Device Manager (update driver, "browse my computer for driver software", "let me pick from a list of available". It then lists 4 drivers, I can select either of the 19.5.17.11 or 19.5.17.13 version driver).

    Once the driver is reinstalled I can scroll inside the Windows Start Menu again, but as soon as I restart or shut down and boot up again, the trackpad scroll stops working. I have to repeat the driver reinstall to fix it, which means its only a temporary fix.

    Also, when the trackpad scroll isnt working, If I try and scroll in the windows start mentu, when I try and scroll up it inserts a "9", if I scroll down it inserts a "3" into the search box. Bizzare.

    Someone must have encountered this same issue? If so, how did you resolve it?

    Thanks,
     
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  4. Virale

    Virale Notebook Evangelist

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    Yup! Not driver related, this is actually caused by Tobii (as silly as that may sound, I was amazed and disappointed...)

    Go into Tobii and it’s one of the experience/mouse options, once you turn it off (try each one, one at a time, to determine which is causing it) you’ll be able to scroll the start menu.

    Amazingly stupid if you ask me... lol.

    You did right by asking. It took me a while to figure out.

    Let me know if this works!
     
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  5. TheChadd

    TheChadd Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you!!

    That worked. It was ""Scroll at gaze" that was causing the problem.
    I dont think I would ever have thought to check Tobii.

    Much appreciated! :)
     
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  6. GerhardK

    GerhardK Notebook Guru

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    Can anyone else hear their motherboard make very faint sounds when it's quiet? Not coil whine or fans or anything like that. Reminds me of an old computer making light buzzing noises, but it's super quiet. Pretty much any other sound drowns it out (even my mouse clicking). Maybe the reason I can hear it is because literally in front of my face compared to a desktop on the ground. Sounds like it could be coming from the back, maybe PSU? It still makes the sound when unplugged, but its less frequent and quieter.
     
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    Getting some very satisfying results here on my HP with the Alienware Area 51m Vbios after a CASUAL +1400MHz overclock on the VRAM, samsung really is the best :D:D:

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Tim V.

    Tim V. Notebook Guru

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    Don't know if it still happens but you can also fix the screen dimming after a short time of inactivity (like 10 seconds) in those same settings. Use to drive me nuts. Personally I've had Tobii disabled from day one.
     
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    elflegolas Notebook Consultant

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    Hi
    I’m new here, can you explain a bit more on the short forms?
    LM? IHS? I figured hs should be heatsink but the rest I have no clue at all
    I just ordered my 9900k+2080m
    And ordered gc thermal pads and other compound as well
    But starting to worry because so many people here said their machine can’t handle the heat?
    I got my Alienware m17r2 for like 7years, this one probably I will have to use 5 years as well so would really want it to last...
     
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  10. raybies

    raybies Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have a 2070 + 9700, no undervolting yet, I always do this in BIOS and I don't think there's a BIOS way for the a51m :(.

    I get no throttling even after 1hr of stress test (FurMark + RealBench).
    Max CPU temp: 92c (might have throttled but not while I was observing)
    Max GPU temp: 79c (might have throttled but not while I was observing)
    Ambient temp: 23c
    TimeSpy score (all default options): 7926 (max GPU was 72c)

    I haven't done anything to my a51m yet, still haven't even reinstalled Windows which is something I usually do in the 1st hour.

    Solder looks better on the new one... sure it's not as clean, but it has more mass. If I was sending it to space I would want less mass, but for a heat sink more mass is better.
     
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