1 Copper


*sorry for my bad english*


Hey Everyone !!

So im just upgrading My Alienware M17X-R4

This is my Alienware M17X-R4 specs now :

- Intel Core i7-4910MQ @ 2.9Ghz

- Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB GDDR5

- 32GB RAM

- SSD Samsung 850 PRO 500 GB

- SSD Samsung 850 PRO 1 TB MSata

- SSD Intel SSD 250GB

- 330W PSU

- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit

And in the process of upgrade, im just encountering some problems.

So im like to share my problem and solution for you

If you have a plan to upgrading your Alienware 17.

So, here we go :

this is the problem im encountered :

1. 8x beeps when im trying to launch boot diagnostic setup (F12)
- thats not such a big problem and he give me solution to using secondary monitor to launch Alienware Diagnostic.

2. NVidia driver cant detect my 980M GPU, so in the other hand, i cant update my driver. And this is ***.
- At first im blaming the Windows 10, because many people told me Windows 10 is ***. (i think its not stable yet).
- And im just suspect that my Current Bios (A04) is not compatible with 980M so im just upgrade my bios to A14 version from Dell Support.
- And the driver still failed to install..... it doesnt even detect my GPU

Finally i can fix everything.

What i have done :
- Update my BIOS to A14 Version.
- Update all my Alienware driver with DriverBooster application.
- Installing DDU program (This application removing my current Nvidia driver 373.06 from system).
- Disable Windows Digital Signature Enforcement (DSE).
- Disable Windows Defender and Windows Firewall.
- Download newest Nvidia driver manually from website (dropdown menu).
- Modding inf file by myself with following instruction from http://null-bin.blogspot.co.id/2015/08/how-to-modify-nvidia-notebook-driver.html
- Deleting unnecessary folder from NVidia Driver folder ( https://www.techinferno.com/index.p...t-upgrades-driver-support-modded-inf/&page=64 )
- Run setup.exe as administrator
- And dang ! The Driver successfully installing like a charm !

So now my Windows and all my Driver are up to date.
My current Nvidia driver now : 376.48

My Alienware can run smoothly now.

I think thats it ! 

Thank you Smiley Happy

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1 Copper


good looking out bro,doing same upgrade very very soon ,gonna need this info lol

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1 Copper


This looks amazing. I'm currently looking for upgrades as my m17xR4 that I bought 3 years ago is really struggling to run BF1 with it's 3720QM processor and 7970M gpu. I was worried about newer hardware fitting. Did you have any issues with this? Also, what kind of price tag did those pieces have? Thanks in advance.

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1 Copper


Hi there! Just for my education, how did You put socket G3 CPU(Intel Core i7-4910MQ @ 2.9Ghz) in MB with socket G2???

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4 Beryllium


im thinking the same thing, since the 4th gen was a Alienware 17/18 (R1) first revision , and 3rd gen intel was the M17X R4/M18X R2

Alienware X51 R3 

M18X R2  Smiley Happy  (again)  

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Previous Systems:

M18X R2, M17X R2 ,M17X R1, XPS M1730 & M1530, Inspiron 17R

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