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  1. MattyB

    New M17X R3 Owner

    Yeah it always annoyed me that the Alien head wasn't able to be changed. I'm not sure if the lids are interchangeable between the R1/R2 and R3/R4. They have a different look so I always assumed they had different fittings. The R1/R2 lid has the same look as the M18x R1/R2
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    alienware m17x r3 black screen after gpu driver update

    Do you have the 3D 120Hz display? If you don't then pull the 580M out of the machine and you'll boot from the intel graphics. If you do have the 3D display then you may have to use a Bootable Windows CD/USB to do a fresh windows install. I am trying to repair a 17 R1 at the moment and I'm...
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    Alienware M17 R1 Build

    I think I read that the 5870s work but I have no experience with AMD
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    Alienware m17x r3

    It sounds like you have the heatsinks you need. I don't think there was an OEM 3-pipe CPU heatsink but there could be specially made ones around for overclockers. Tech|Inferno was always the place to get the modded BIOS' but to download from there you need to have to post a certain number of...
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    Alienware M17 R1 Build

    Can't argue with $30. What GPU's are you going to try? Can the GTX 400 series cards work?
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    Alienware m17x r3

    I'm in Australia so I'll talk AUD. You're looking at about $720AUD or almost $500USD for a full upgrade. You may be able to sell your old parts for possibly $150-200. GTX 780M - $300 Heatsink - $30 RAM (2x8gb) - $100 2920XM - $190 SSD - $100 An AMD 7970M is also a great card and will be cheaper...
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    Alienware M17 R1 Build

    Good luck with your build. Will be interesting to see if you can get all the parts you need. I've heard that it's really hard to get batteries for the old machines. Post some pics. It's possible that someone could repair the connector. I'm assuming it needs soldering back the board.
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    Alienware m17x r3

    Hello. There are some restrictions and there is a lot to learn before you go ahead but you can do some good upgrades which will make a big difference. What i7 is it? I'm assuming the 2670QM or 2760QM. You can upgrade to the 2920/2940XM which will give you a good performance upgrade when pairing...
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    windows 10 fresh install

    If you haven't tried already, head to the Dell Support page and enter your service tag (found on a sticker on the back of your machine). Under Drivers and Downloads, download the latest version of Command Center that is recommended for your system. Try installing this one. It will say it's for...
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    Help Upgrading Son’s PC

    It may be better to find a new system. Your CPU, GPU, RAM and HDD could do with upgrading. You can upgrade the CPU to a 4770 and then you're best to find something like a Founders Edition GTX 1060. I'd swap the HDD out for a 512Gb SSD and then get two 8gb RAM sticks (I think they are DDR3L from...
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    Cpu Upgrade

    Alienware started soldering components onto the boards so you cannot replace the CPU or GPU. To do any upgrades you have to replace the entire motherboard but only with one from the same series. The R4 was released with the 8000 series CPUs. Even if they used a socket CPU, they would not be...
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    Restarting Automatically

    Try opening Control Panel - System and Security - Power Options - Choose what the power buttons do - Change Settings that are currently unavailable - Turn on fast startup (uncheck this box) - Save See if that helps. There could be an underlying hardware/software issue though. When you...
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    Alienware 17 R1 - Paint Mod

    Can't go wrong with black/white but here is my most recent mod
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    Alienware 13 R2 Matte Black Mod

    I try to make other peoples lives easier but my wife would disagree
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    windows 7 recovery dvd

    I always just wipe it clean as one partition. You can create a recovery partition but I've never bothered.
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    Alienware 13 R2 Matte Black Mod

    I've sold both of mine now but it looks like they are about 7lbs
  17. MattyB

    windows 7 recovery dvd

    No you can just install Windows 10. There is a Dell version but you're better off with the pure Microsoft version anyway. A lot of people do fresh installs as soon as they get a new machine to get rid of the Dell crap
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    windows 7 recovery dvd

    If he isn't worried about losing data on the drive then the best thing to do is a fresh install of Windows 10. If he doesn't want to lose his data then you can do the following steps by putting a new SSD in your machine and then keeping the old drive for another time. Since your machine isn't...
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    2060 RTX ITX or 2060 RTX FE?

    I've never removed mine but I wouldn't imagine it's very difficult. I'm not sure if you'll have to cut out anything inside of the machine. It is the only fan directly drawing air into the chassis but your GPU fan will take over this so you should get enough air coming in. There is a long thread...
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    2060 RTX ITX or 2060 RTX FE?

    You just have to make sure that it will fit in your chassis. It looks to be 10.54 inches. You may need to remove the front fan to fit the card.
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