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Plaxiotic
2 Iron

Alienware M17X - Video Cards

Does anyone know if its possible to switch from  a nVidia to a ATI video card? Right now I have Dual nVidia video cards and for some reason I have a lot of trouble with them. The program to switch from One active card to two active cards doesnt work properly anymore and when I play games it lags for me a lot. Or could I just switch to ONE video card that has 1GB of onboard memory?

 

 

Specs: Intel Core Quad CPU Q9000 @ 2.00GHz

4.00 Gb Memory

Dual nVidia GeForce 9400M G

320 Gb HDD

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)

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7Leagueboot
4 Tellurium

Re: Alienware M17X - Video Cards

I could be wrong but it seems to me that if the program worked correctly before and now doesn't then the problem lies with Windows, not the hardware. I would be more inclined to reinstall Windows and all my drivers before taking the drastic action you have suggested.

Running a clean Windows install is a pain in the butt in terms of having to backup then reinstall your programs/games and restore all your data however the upside is that the system runs like a new machine again and that feels great!

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Plaxiotic
2 Iron

Re: Alienware M17X - Video Cards

Well, this is what happened. I bought the laptop Used, didn't know it had dual video cards. I figured out how to switch between one and two of them. It worked fine up until I started the laptop up without the AC charger plugged in. On boot-up it said using the battery it will use Integrated graphics, if I wanted to use discrete graphics I should plug the AC adapter in. So I went on using only the battery, and when it started up my nVidia program to switch between one and two cards never showed up since then. I tried re-installing the drivers, programs, nothing works. It's a pain now because I can't control them when I need the extra to be enabled.  Any suggestions?

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89fordprobee
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Re: Alienware M17X - Video Cards

i beleive you can disable the onboard card entirely in the bios been a while since i had an R1  but from what i remeber when i had my dual 280gtx's in my R1  is to post on the 280 with battery u need to disable the hybrid and onboard in bios otherwise it will default to onboard for power saving reasons the same should apply for you with your cards

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7Leagueboot
4 Tellurium

Re: Alienware M17X - Video Cards

Plaxiotic, are you using BIOS release A10?

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Ratatat380
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Re: Alienware M17X - Video Cards

I beleive the latest BIOS for the R1 is A07

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Plaxiotic
2 Iron

Re: Alienware M17X - Video Cards

I'm using BIOS A02. I'm guessing that's pretty old? Is there a way to update it or does it have to stay that way?

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Ratatat380
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Re: Alienware M17X - Video Cards

i would go to the support and downloads for your particular service tag, and start checking on all the updates available.  Some are pretty significant.

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7Leagueboot
4 Tellurium

Re: Alienware M17X - Video Cards

You'll need a USB stick to flash the BIOS with. If your M17x is an R1 you will be offered A07 but if it's an R2 you'll get A10.

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Plaxiotic
2 Iron

Re: Alienware M17X - Video Cards

I'm sure it's a R2. I went to the Drivers page under BIOS and it says A07 is available. Do I have to upgrade to that first?

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