Reciever's Ongoing build/mod log AW17 Ranger

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  1. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    First attempt to boot with the 1070 failed. 8 beeps.

    Its possible I killed the motherboard, first ill test with the 860m I have and make sure its the board and not the GPU.

    If its the motherboard its not exactly a problem as I have a backup board right now. Though I would need to flash it with the unlocked BIOS for CPU overclocking later.

    Im calling it a night on this for now, not worth rushing to complete a project before bed time.
     
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    kaibsora Notebook Consultant

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    Let me know if you need help diagnosing, or a replacement mobo, I have a spare or two :)(dm me if needed)

    Sent from my SM-N950U1 using Tapatalk
     
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    I have a spare, just finding the time to get it done without rushing is key. That was probably my error, still need to make more cuts and confirm my mistake actually killed the board.
     
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    Got the replacement board in, unlocked the BIOS, installed the 4930mx, the 860m.

    Disabled the power saving features and such.

    @Papusan Do you happen to recall the numbers to punch in for the power limit to unlock it? I remember it was something like 42766 or something akin to that.

    Calling all @javers ! Do you think you could modify our BIOS with crystalwell? Or Papusan maybe you may know someone that has that skillset?


    Also I ordered the following for the Ranger...

    Coolermaster U3
    3x 2150rpm Gentle Typhoon
    3x White filters
    Kingwin fan controller
    External power adapter from coolerguys
    Opolar LC-06 (For CPU heatsink efficiency)
    9 Port USB Hub (2x 2.4a power / 7x USB 3.0)

    About 250 USD, kind of expensive but if you want a real cooling pad this is what it is.

    If there is space I plan to put my extra drives under the cooling pad as well. A bit of an impromptu dock with function I can appreciate.

    Really excited about the i7 4980hq, seen some scores in Cinebench getting close to the 1000 mark.
     
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    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    I am now posting on the Ranger with the GTX 1070.

    There was a weird problem, it would reboot immediately after initializing into Windows. Then I tried booting safe mode to see if it was a driver issue and booted just fine into safe mode. Then also the problem during this was I must've damaged the eDP cable as the N173HHE-G32 wouldnt work anymore. I replaced the cable and then I tried the panel again and presto, I was back in business. I decided to try and refit the panel and now it doesnt work, sooooo that was sad. Now I am back on the stock 120hz/3D panel for the time being.

    Used DDU to remove the driver, then reinstalled thanks to @Rengsey R. H. Jr.

    I ran Shadow of War and DOOM 2016 and it seemed to work just fine so far. I also removed the grill from the laptop and will begin cutting away at the frame a bit to allow clearance for the frankenstein heatsink. I dont have a heatpipe on the VRMs so I am using a bunch of mosfet heatsinks as I dont want the VRMs to fail on me.

    12TB of storage in my laptop, 3TB of SSD storage. 15TB storage total :)

    Now I just need to get that 4980hq working and this Ranger will become quite unique!
     
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    uugui shi Notebook Geek

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    it's weird indeed that you are having this problems with the display and the cable, I've stressed mine quite a bit during installation with no problems after.
     
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    I've been taking this thing apart over and over again for over a month now.

    As for the n173hhe-g32 panel that was all my fault the double-sided tape I used was actually damn good, removing it caused a lot of stress to the panel and it likely died bc of that.
     
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    uugui shi Notebook Geek

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    I’ve heard that the 40 pin connector is pretty fragile so yes it’s probably that.

    I hope you are successful with the 4980hq it would a really good upgrade
     
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    Yeah but luckily, through all this experience with the laptop and basic trial and error it didnt prove to be a large set back, also having a lot of parts laying around helps lol.

    The sad bit is that I will need to buy another N173HHE-G32 panel, but for now I will test with just the stock LT variant.

    I have been playing with the Ranger for today and it does at times shut down, I do think this is just like @loafer987 problem when he got the card installed. I do have a lot of copper mosfet heatsinks on the VRM area but maybe I need to add some more to be safe.

    I am also using The CoolerMaster U3 pad with its stock fans. I have the 2150rpm Gentle Typhoons, just waiting for the 4 pin AC adapter to show up. I plan to replace both of the heatsinks but I need to hit another financial milestone first. As long as I can prevent the shutdowns I'll be happy, but I'll take it easy once I can replace the heatsinks.

    That all being said, my load temps are quite nice on the GPU side of things, 62c is the highest reported temp, with 58c being more the norm.

    I will have to talk with cicichen on Ebay to see if he can fab a heapipe from the VRMs to the heat exchanger in the style of Clevo laptops.

    Also the i7 4980hq doesnt post at the moment, I will be holding on to it until I can hear back from @javers or someone else with the proper skillset to inject Crystalwell microcode into the Ranger's sBIOS.

    A side note, for some reason my mpcie to USB 3.0 A adapter seems to have stopped working, so one of the 5TB drives is outside hooked up to the USB hub. Im going to have to check the BIOS to see if the DMC is disabled but its much more likely the adapter stopped working, it has after all, weathered quite a storm with me tearing down the Ranger repeatedly.

    Another note, My HDMI port doesnt seem to be working, when I hook up the screen it detects that its hooked to something and becomes active, but doesnt display anything? Im using Geforce 430 atm.

    There is still plenty of work to be done, but the installation of the GTX 1070 was a great milestone. Thanks @Rengsey R. H. Jr. for providing the 1070 for such a great price and for also providing the INF so I can install the drivers.

    I love my 13 R3, but its nice to be back home on the Ranger <3
     
  10. uugui shi

    uugui shi Notebook Geek

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    I've been using the coolermaster U3 for the past 4 years with stock fans, if you arrange them correctly it can make a real difference during normal usage.
    I had the same problem with the HDMI, turned out it was setting to automatically display at an unsupported resolution (4K60 in my case) I don't know if it's the same in your case.
    Can you share some pictures of the modding for the MSI 1070? If cicichen makes a good heatsink for the vrms I think a lot more people will be willing to upgrade to that card.
     

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