R1 GPU Upgrade

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  1. Maxware79

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    Firstly I’d start with the 60Hz display and no GPU just so you can rule out the GPU causing the beep code. There’s a bit more to the reset than just removing the ram and I think there’s a guide here somewhere as I can’t remember exactly how to do it on the 17. You can try removing the ram and the CMOS battery and do a power drain by holding the power button down for 60 seconds with no battery or adapter.
    Removing the CMOS battery requires removing the motherboard unless you want to cut it out from the back side (next to the wifi card).


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    Oh that's new, I never dealt with CMOS battery and resetting by it. I know where it is. By the way I tried the 60 hz panel without the GPUs but I got 8 beeps again.
     
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    The CMOS battery hold the BIOS memory. You usually need to unplug it during a reset or the bios won’t reset to default.


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    It may not work but it’s worth a try


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    I wish I knew that before. I'll try it as soon as possible, I'll let you know. Thanks a lot!
     
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    May the force be with you


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    No need to remove cmos for nvram reset, Only all ram sticks, read the guide
     
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    I need to find that guide. Thanks!


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    My M18x is a little different as you need to remove the CMOS battery and bridge the connector pins on the board.


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    If you find it please share with me! I tried to reset it before with a usb stick by pressing "End" button and plugging the power cable. It didn't work either, just the fans were working so fast, that's all. But I think I didn't remove the RAMs.
     
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