The Official MSI GT60/70 970m/980m Upgrade Thread

Discussion in 'MSI' started by Talon, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. hacktrix2006

    hacktrix2006 Hold My Vodka, I going to kill my GPU

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    Sounds like your issue could be power related, if its using Hybrid power and its shutting off without warning that's saying its shutting down because its not able to safely get the power it needs.
    Which would mean either the PSU or Battery is no longer able to deliver the required power for that card.
     
  2. Txordi

    Txordi Notebook Consultant

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    Hi. I have a GT70 2PE upgraded with a GTX 980M. I was playing a game when suddenly it froze down. Then I rebooted and the computer was extremely laggy and every light graphic load made the computer to freeze and a blue screen to appear. I suspected that my graphics card passed away. To double-check it I opened Ubuntu and it freezed again under any light graphical load. I then forced PRIME to render only with the integrated Intel card and, as I guessed, the computer was perfectly stable. So the issue was clearly on the NVIDIA dedicated card.

    I pulled the 980m off from my computer (thankfully it is a MXM card). It looks like at least a capacitor has melted down. I upload here some photos from the card as well as a video where you can check the damage and the model and layout of the card.

    In the front view you can see what it seems like a capacitor melted down and a scorched small pcb area in the top left:
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    Also, in the rear part of the graphics card there are two slightly scorched capacitors and some kind of port (PAD 4) slightly melted down. It is in the bottom left of the image:
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    Concerning this issue, I have several questions:
    1) Is there any way to fix the card without replacing it by a new one?
    2) If not, what replacement do you recommend me?
    3) I know a 1060 is the most powerful replacement (not sure if anybody managed to get a 1070 working in a GT60/70...), but can I use the same heatsink I have for the 980m with a 1060?

    Thanks a lot guys.
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2018
  3. adriano_banano

    adriano_banano Notebook Consultant

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    Hi everyone.

    Bumping cause I have the same question than Txordi.
     
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  4. clardav

    clardav Newbie

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    Hi. I recently bought a 980m on ebay.
    61 dollars in an auction! I want to update my GT60 2QD Dominator equipped with a 970m.

    My BIOS is E16F4IMS.116. I do not know which one to choose because mine does not appear in the instructions.


    In addition, the date of the BIOS coincides with the date of the launch of the 9XXM series. Probably my BIOS was launched to support these graphics cards, but im not sure.

    Does anyone know what bios should I download? I dont want to brick my laptop!

    Thanks for this awesome thread.
     
  5. senso

    senso Notebook Evangelist

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    If you already have a 970m its just plug and play/swap the cards.
     
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  6. prodj

    prodj Notebook Consultant

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    Does anyone have link to latest modded drivers for 980M?
     
  7. prodj

    prodj Notebook Consultant

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  8. mekishiko

    mekishiko Newbie

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    Thanks everyone for the great info. I'm stuck:

    I have a MSI GT60-16F3 white book that I built years ago, trying to upgrade to a Chinese 980m 8GB I got on eBay. My old card was a 680m 4GB

    My specs:
    MSI GT60-16F3
    CPU: i7-3610QM
    Bios: E16F3IMS.30U
    BUILD DATE & TIME: 01/21/2013 15:26:51
    EC VERSION: 16F3EG62 VER4.00
    ME FIRMWARE VERSION: 8.0.0.1351
    EC BUILD: 7/04/2012
    OS: Windows 10 pro x64

    -I installed the card physically, windows froze at the blue windows logo boot screen.

    -I flashed the 980m 8GB MSI vbios using safe mode, reboot, same issue.

    -read more, updated my laptop Bios from MSI website, reboot, same freeze on boot.

    -I flashed one of the pre modified vbios DMTwo linked (provided by Mr.Fox) in the "mod for plug and play drivers" thread. GTX 980M VBIOS (84.04.2F.00.79) CLEVO (ID 1131).ZIP

    -Reinstalled windows, install completed, as I was about to download the video drivers from Nvidia I hear the removed-hardware sound (diddleydoo) and the screen blacked. Waited 20 minutes, nothing. Now when I reboot I get the same freeze at the windows loading logo screen.

    Any help would be much appreciated!
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2019
  9. mekishiko

    mekishiko Newbie

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    Ok update: I
    -flashed the CLEVO 980m 8GB vbios (the seller verified that was the original card anyways)

    -used a dos boot USB to flash the GT60 .51x bios linked in the first post:
    https://mega.co.nz/#!K14DiTjC!83XkYs3SbgxrIe8za8yxoBLz_pb3I_SNr2ycwWFh1d8

    (For my system I used the .51x one in the AHCI folder)

    A couple reboots and the Intel video drivers worked, installed the latest unmodified Nvidia drivers, after a reboot I had to do a rescan in device manager on the 980m and after another reboot ITS WORKING! I was able to do 3dmark tests.

    HOWEVER the fan won't slow down ever. Right at boot it's loud spinning at 100%. I flashed the EC from the .51x download 16F3EMS1 VERT.18 and it's still at 100%. I've tried installing silent option, dragon center, dragon gaming center, speedfan, etc and nothing slows it down.

    My gpu is at 35c and cpu at 40c idle

    Any help would be amazing thank you!
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2019
  10. santathe1

    santathe1 Notebook Guru

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    Hey Y'all
    Has anyone been able to upgrade the display from 1080p to 3k on the GT60-2OC-022us?
    As far as I've read, it appears the motherboard has a 30pin connector while the 3k display has a 40pin connector.
    If this is not possible, does it mean that the GT60 3k model has a different motherboard (just the display connector even)

    Edit: I've upgraded the cpu from an i7-4700MQ to an i7-4810MQ and the gpu from the GTX 770M 3GB to the GTX 980M 8GB. If that helps.
     
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