*OFFICIAL* Alienware M17x R1/R2 Owner's Lounge Thread - Part 1

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by katalin_2003, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. katalin_2003

    katalin_2003 NBR Spectre Super Moderator

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    Welcome to the Owner's Lounge for the Alienware M17x R1 and R2 platforms!
    (the previous M17x R2 OL can be found here)

    This thread is a place to discuss your M17x R1/R2 and share information on your system with fellow owners.

    NOTE: The M17x should not be confused with the Area-51 m17x, this was a previous model from Alienware and differs significantly in style and specification.





    Manuals, Teardown, Drivers, etc.
    System Teardown -
    M17x Teardown Video1 of 2 **READ SAFETY PRECAUTIONS PRIOR TO REPLACING PARTS**
    M17x Teardown Video2 of 2 **READ SAFETY PRECAUTIONS PRIOR TO REPLACING PARTS**

    Manuals (Owners Manual and Service Manual) -
    M17xR1: Documentation
    M17xR2: Documentation

    M17x R1/R2 Drivers straight from Dell Support -
    Drivers and Downloads | Dell [United States]

    Dell Released Parts List for M17x R1/R2 -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/548447-m17x-r1-r2-part-numbers.html





    Benchmarking, Overclocking etc.
    M17xR2 Overclocking Discussion -
    (Note: Overclocking your system will put additional load on components - do so at your own risk.)
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/476426-m17xr2-overclocking-guide.html

    Benchmarks Discussion and Result Sharing -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...alienware-m17x-benchmark-thread-part-4-a.html

    GPU Related Items -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...5870-gpus-5870-vbios-discussion-non-beta.html
    (Note: Since this was resolved and the fix implemented @ the factory back in Sept. of 2010, most will not need to worry about this. Still verify you are on the correct VBIOS as the revised VBIOS did resolve issues with the 5870 GPUs.)

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...-6990-your-m17x-r2-single-gpu-crossfirex.html





    Misc. Links
    Order Status Discussion -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/487300-m17x-order-status-discussion-part-3-a.html

    Cases, Bags, Backpacks -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...ags-backpacks-cases-sleeves-discuss-here.html
    (Since the 17xR3 is very similar in size to the R1/R2, most case solutions will also work for the R1/R2.)

    Clean Install -
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...er-install-order-guide-alienware-systems.html
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ali...ook-feel-after-clean-install-windows-7-a.html


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    If you would like a thread added to the above list, please PM a moderator with details.

    Congrats on your system purchase and have fun!
     
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  2. DR650SE

    DR650SE The Whiskey Barracuda

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    First post in the new lounge! Booyakasha!!

    M17x R2 > M18x R1 :D
     
  3. Jubei Kibagami

    Jubei Kibagami Notebook Consultant

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    Agree With Dr650se!!:)
     
  4. captain008

    captain008 Notebook Consultant

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    Dang a new part again, it seems like yesterday part 2 closed. And ditto on DR650SE, strength in numbers son!!!!
     
  5. darkloki

    darkloki Notebook Deity

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    Can we start putting the most up to date working driver for the R2 cross-fire system on here? I just think it would be easier for me to read the sticky to see where we're at then trying to dig up and research to see where this is. :D
     
  6. Rypac

    Rypac Notebook Evangelist

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    I agree... M17xR2 ftw!

    These are some great stickies but I agree with darkloki. Finding drivers that work is really a mission, which is pretty sad when you think about it. Why no love from Dell or AMD???
     
  7. katalin_2003

    katalin_2003 NBR Spectre Super Moderator

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    Sure, good idea. Actually one of the reasons we've created these stickies is to group important threads in one place, easier to find.

    Just pm me the link and I'll add it to the first post.
     
  8. BatBoy

    BatBoy Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Agreed, however the only issue is maintaining such a list and keeping it up-to-date. We've had people try many times and it always ends badly (lack of updating). :(

    Feel free to come up with a post with links for current drivers and we certainly can try to keep it on the list of important links.

    Thanks for the suggestion.
     
  9. DR650SE

    DR650SE The Whiskey Barracuda

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    So over the weekend while visiting home, I took my brothers computer (my old Inspiron 1720) so I could fix it. He is notorious for messing up systems with viruses and such.

    Anyway lastnight I got around to doing some work on it. May reinstall a bunch of stuff but lastnight I decided to scan his HDDs. I put a 256GB Samsung SSD and a 500GB Western Digital Blue drive in the system when I gave it to him. So anyway I removed the SSD/HDD. Put them in an external enclosures, and ran McAfee to scann both drives entirely.

    2,707 trojans!! No wonder the system wouldn't run. I never turned it on and tried booting it up so I don't know what issues it had. I also need to put a new keyboard on it as he's managed to pop a key or two off. Damn, I loved this system and hate to see it going downhill because he insists on removing MSE when I put it on. :rolleyes: Now that the SSD/HDD have been cleaned, I'll boot it and start uninstalling a ton of stuff. Maybe just copy his files and do a new install. Onces thats done I need to clean up my nieces Inspiron mini, which he filled with garbage as well. Now it's slow as crap :rolleyes:

    ...Well just ordered a keyboard, looks like a shady site that I ordered it from so if I don't see a keyboard in a few weeks, Paypal dispute time :p but hey, I figured it was worth a shot as it was the cheapest site I could find. Probably looked shady because its a one person business and run out of China. :p heres hoping.

    /rant
     
  10. long2905

    long2905 Notebook Virtuoso

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    based on personal experience i suggest its best to just do a fresh windows install. It will save you lots of headache. Ask him which files are important or just save all the document folder and look for anything outside of program files and windows.
     
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