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

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

  1. jimmy_grimble

    jimmy_grimble Newbie

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    i think i got a bad EC chip. there are content mismatch when i do verification after programming the ec chip. the bios chip successfully programmed with a11 bios. new chip is on the way. now i need to find shop to solder the chip.
     
  2. jimmy_grimble

    jimmy_grimble Newbie

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    just successfully revive my m17x r4.

    for those who bricked their laptop by following these guide:
    https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/1525-m17x-r4-bricked-bios-fix/
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/m17x-r4-bricked-bios-recovery-not-vbios.683080/

    you guys still have another method to bring back the motherboard alive without replacing the motherboard.

    the process in quite straight-forward but require additional hardware.
    u can get from here
    1. USB Programmer
    2. SOIC Test Clip

    You need to tear down your laptop to access the BIOS chip and EC chip.
    Use THIS guide until step 26.
    The location of chip can be found in this image [​IMG]
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    Use test clip to connect the chip with the USB Programmer.
    the BIOS chip (at U48) can be connected easily but the EC Chip (at U36) need extra adjustment to connect all pins to the test clip.

    run the usb programmer software. read the content of both chip and save them as backup (its a good practice mention by t456)
    after saving the original binaries, you can write the working binaries obtain in here: (thanks again t456)
    M17x R4, bios and ec A11, A12 and A13.7z

    choose filename containing bios for U48 chip and EC for U36 chip.
    please verify the content of the chip with the loaded binary to make sure the content is the same.
    in my case, the EC chip failed to store the working binary. thus i need to find new EC chip and replace it.
    you can get the chip name from the USB programmer software if you guys also face the same problem.

    after successfully write new binaries to both chip, you can assemble back the laptop and turn it on.

    *i choose A11 bios and its working well.

    I think thats all for now. total cost for this method is less than 30 dollar. changing whole motherboard will cost around 270 dollar. :rolleyes:
     
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    Bradford92 Newbie

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    Looks like my gpu overheated because of dust build up causing issues. Found problem..
     
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  4. Amroth

    Amroth Notebook Consultant

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    Hey guys, I remember the guys with R3's stopped upgrading their graphics card drivers beyond a certain point for the 780m, especially for gaming. However the new version of premiere pro doesn't allow GPU acceleration without the latest nVidia drivers. Is anybody running recent drivers with the 780 without problems?

    Amro
     
  5. MickyD1234

    MickyD1234 Notebook Prophet

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    I'm working with an R3/780m upgrade ATM and it's due in in a week or so. I'll let you know....
     
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    Robbo99999 Notebook Prophet

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    What you doing that for Micky with all your other systems?!
     
  7. MickyD1234

    MickyD1234 Notebook Prophet

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    Hey Robbo, how ya doin pal?

    This is another member I'm working with. I like helping with stuff I have owned and this one is interesting. A 120hz display which should make it easier but I've never actually done it, and the upgrade should be great from a 460m.

    The machine rejected a 765m from every angle :eek::mad:...
     
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  8. Robbo99999

    Robbo99999 Notebook Prophet

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    Hey not bad thanks, I've been hanging out in the desktop forums as well as some notebook forums like the Tornado F5 (similar to desktop!). Oh I see, well that's good of you to help out the member. I remember that a 770M would also not work with the R3, I think 780M was the only 700 series card that worked.
     
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    MickyD1234 Notebook Prophet

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    Yeah that's what I thought, at least it's the best of the series and I will have some direct comparisons with a fully O/C'd, OV'd 680m. ATM I only have apocryphal data which often gets challenged from 780m owners (because of the extra Cuda cores)
     
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    Ha, thanks, I had to look that one up, learnt a new word!
     
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