Upgrade Alienware 17-R5 with GTX 1060


New Member
Dec 22, 2019
Hi all,

The GTX 880M present in my alienware finally died after several years of good and loyal service.
After some research I saw that the GTX 1060 6GB had to be compatible with my alienware.

- The GPU has the same architecture as the 880M
- It consumes less energy
- Same dimension for cooling
- Compatibility tests with my proc (i7-4710MQ) sound excellent.

No reason not to take advantage of the replacement of the card to make a small upgrade.
The card is in place, it is recognized, but impossible to install the drivers natively.
I'vre try to install five or six different version.

I success by doing a manual installation of the drivers, which allows the card to work, but the FPS is disastrous (beetwen 45 and 9, most often 22).

So I am looking to modify the nvidia drivers, but without success.
I tried hardly to modify two different versions:

- 441.66-notebook-win10-64bit-international-dch-whql (retrieved from the nvidia site)
- nVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-1060-1070-1080-1080-MAX-Q-Driver_9R3VP_WIN_26.21.14.3153_A07 (retrieved from dell)

My card ID:
PCI \ VEN_10DE & DEV_1C20 & SUBSYS_05AA1028 & REV_A1
PCI \ VEN_10DE & DEV_1C20 & SUBSYS_05AA1028
PCI \ VEN_10DE & DEV_1C20 & CC_030000
PCI \ VEN_10DE & DEV_1C20 & CC_0300

If i'm not wrong :
1C20= NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
05AA= M17xR5
1028= dell

I modified the ListDevices.text (nvdm.inf section) and nvdmi.inf files.
The installation starts well, but ended in failure.

In view of my difficulties, I even installed a dual boot on ubuntu in the hope of not experiencing the same difficulties, but nvidia and linux are really not friends.

I'm trying to solve this problem since september,
If someone could, help me please :(