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  1. MattyB

    BIOS update error: No recognized file systems

    I learnt yesterday that NVRAM is basically the CMOS (I believe). It stores basic system information. The 17 doesn't have the pin style CMOS battery that I mentioned previously and instead has the NVRAM but on the R1 it's on the opposite side of the motherboard and you have to take the machine...
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    BIOS update error: No recognized file systems

    I've never seen this issue sorry. You could try to reset the BIOS by jumping the CMOS pins but I'm not sure that will help. Luckily, I've never had a bad BIOS flash (touch wood).
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    Alienware 13 R2 Matte Black Mod

    Just need to clean a few areas up to be perfect.
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    Alienware 13 R2 Matte Black Mod

    Forgot to put some finished pics up. Much better than the crappy grey they started using.
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    Alienware 17R4 7820 and gtx 1080 - GPU dropping to zero

    Yeah that really sucks. If it's over 2 years now then you probably won't have much chance of getting them to help. I have had really good experiences with them previously and they did some out of warranty repairs for me once for free. It was a long time a go on an M18x R2 I bought from the...
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    Quick Guide For M11x Mobo Replacement.

    Awesome. Good work. I still want to get my hands on an R3. I used to have a few of them but stupidly sold them.
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    X51 R2 UPGRADE HELP

    A 9 inch card should fit easily. Lots of people don't seem to have an issue with the fan cards in the X51 but there are a lot of other who do not recommend it.
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    X51 R2 problems

    Could be a failed GPU but it's hard to tell. Do you get any beep codes while booting (a certain number of consecutive beeps)? The X51 usually gives a short sharp beep while booting which is normal (well my R1 does). Do you get this beep?
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    AMD 5700

    I've been an Nvidia guy since the start of my PC life (basically because my first Alienware came with a 580M) but I must admit that AMD are starting to make things harder to stick to Nvidia. I am well overdue for a GPU upgrade so I'll be interested to see how these new cards perform. I'm still...
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    R3 or R4, idk

    I actually had two R2's so you'd think I'd be able to remember that.
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    R3 or R4, idk

    Ahh the R3 had the 2600. That makes more sense.
  12. MattyB

    R3 or R4, idk

    Hello and welcome. It would be the R3 with that CPU. If you want to keep the same mother board then you'll have to stay with the same generation CPU. They are a little old now so it could bottleneck your system with a new generation GPU. It would really depend what games you're wanting to run...
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    Alienware 13 R2 Matte Black Mod

    Decided to grab a cheap R2 off eBay and give it a fresh new look. Got the matte black layers down. I just need some matte clear coat to finish it off.
  14. MattyB

    New Area-51 Laptop!

    Looks pretty good. He probably could have done a little better taping things up but it's simpler than what I'm currently doing. I've stripped mine down completely to get the whole machine done. I've done the matte layers and now I'm just going to grab a can of matte clear coat to give it a...
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    New Area-51 Laptop!

    I'm going to respray my M18x next (unless I pull it apart and sell it for parts) or possibly my custom desktop. I'll think about giving it a go. I'm a matte fan rather than glossy so it could work well for me. Worried about it looking to thick on a laptop. Maybe I'll redo my old X51. Thanks for...
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    New Area-51 Laptop!

    Sounds pretty interesting. I had a quick look online. How thick does it go?
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    Aurora R6

    Welcome!
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    New Area-51 Laptop!

    I've seen you mention it a few times but never looked into what it was exactly. I'll take a look.
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    New Area-51 Laptop!

    They definitely should. I would think future revisions will have more options. Was it a matter of screen manufacturers not having the tech yet? Yeah the soldered dimms is crazy but I believe that's all they can do for now. I don't know why you'd even bother releasing a machine with 8gb memory...
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    Area51 x58 ALX Upgrade

    Awesome work. Looks clean.
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