*OFFICIAL* Alienware M17x R3/R4 Owner's Lounge Thread

Discussion in 'Alienware 17 and M17x' started by katalin_2003, May 4, 2012.

  1. Robbo99999

    Robbo99999 Notebook Prophet

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    What happens if you run the laptop with the battery removed (just on AC) - is performance always good then? I'm thinking that if you've got a bad battery or problems charging the battery, then maybe your power brick is having to constantly output a lot of Watts trying to charge it - then maybe there's not enough Watts left over to provide good performance for your gaming or whatever else you do. Trying it with the battery removed could prove this.
     
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    Just as bad without the battery I'm afraid, maybe 5% better. Which doesn't make much sense. I just ordered a new PSU to see what happens.
     
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    Fingers Crossed! I find it useful to have my power adapter plugged into a KillaWatt meter - enables me to see how many Watts are being consumed from the wall - can be useful in diagnosing performance related issues I find.
     
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    Thanks! I'm crossing everything that can be crossed. :eek:
     
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    My God, it worked. Battery charges normally, AC adapter is always recognized, with or without battery, performance is not affected in any way anymore. I can even work full screen again. I should have bought a new charger and not a new battery one year ago!
     
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    Good news - well at least now it's fixed!
     
  7. William Willis

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    EDIT

    NVM, sorted
     
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  8. toto29620

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    Hi guys,

    I have an opportunity to get an deffect M17X R3. The owner says , dead mobo , does beep , no more info. I can get it for dirt cheap, 580m / 2860qm / full hd screen so if it's totaly dead i can get my money back in parts.

    I think it's a dead gpu, pretty common as i have seen on Gtx 580m. So i will start by un-mount the mxm and do a blind flash for bios resetting. I have seen that the screen can cause some trouble.

    So :

    - can i start the thing without the dgpu and without the gpu fan ? Only on intel gpu.
    - can it start without the onboard screen ? On an hdmi screen without the LVDS screen connected ? I don't want to throw 70 € in a new screen for nothing if it's a dead mobo

    If i get it back to life i am planning to put in a 7970m, the 240w psu can handle it ? My M17x R2 shut off the 240w power supply as soon as i lunch a game even in single Gpu with a 920xm oc and two 7970m.

    An other thing, can throttlestop keep the 2860qm at turbo speed ( 3.5 Ghz ) ? 920 xm are cheap but 2920xm ...
     
  9. vulcan78

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    Hi everyone, out of curiosity, does anyone know if 980M is compatible / works with the 120Hz 3D Vision panel in the M17x R4?
     
  10. William Willis

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    I'd make a post in the Alienware forum section instead of following this post.
     
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