Domi91
2 Bronze

Question Alienware 17 R3 and Graphics Amplifier

Hi guys,

I just bought Graphics Amplifier but for now I have no card to put into it. I know that I can use it without card as USB HUB Smiley Happy My question is about behaviour the amplifier and command center. It is now connected to my laptop using this wide PCI cable. When I open Command Center I cannot change the LED of the head in front because there is no option for that (head is off completly). Also in AlienAdrenaline status is disconnected.

But

I connected all of my devices (mouse, keyboard, external hard drive etc.) to USB 3.0 ports and this is working properly. Even when I shut the system off amplifier also shuts off. When I press power button it starts with laptop.

I have installed the Graphics Amplifier software.

So my question is:

Do I have to worry about my amplifier that it's not working properly ? Maybe all of the funcionality is working after graphics card is insered (I mean that Graphics Amplifier appear in Command Center and Alien Adrenaline) ?

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Game7a1
4 Germanium

RE: Question Alienware 17 R3 and Graphics Amplifier

When there is no graphics card present in the AGA, the computer recognizes it as a PCIe USB Hub, so Command Center won't detect it until you put in a graphics card.

Currently owned computers:
AW13 R2 | i7-6500U | GTX 960m 4 GB + GA (R9 285 2 GB / RX 480 8 GB) | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 1800p Touchscreen | 2 x 500 GB SATA M.2 | Graphics Amplifier Performance Analysis with 13 R1
Desktop | i7-3770 | GTX 980 4 GB | 16 GB 1600 MHz | 120 GB mSATA + 960 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD | 600w PSU
Formerly owned computers:
HP Pavilion 15-n280us (given away) | Apple Mac Mini 2012 (sold)  | m15x (damaged mobo) | 13 R1 (death by unknown) | m14xR2 (Tradied In)

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Domi91
2 Bronze

RE: Question Alienware 17 R3 and Graphics Amplifier

Ok I hope everything will work properly after graphic card install. I plan to buy GTX 1070 Founders Edition. Best would be MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X but I saw it's to high for AGA.

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