Alienware M17x R3
17.3-inch FHD Display

Alienware M17x R3 (Early 2011)

  • Graphics: Upgradeable MXM 3.0b; single GPU
  • Processor: socket based 3rd generation Intel CPU (up to 2960XM)
  • AC Adapter: 180W standard for 75W GPUs; 240W is required for 100W GPUs
  • VGA Heatsink: standard 2-pipe (75W); 3-pipe (100W) is required for 100W GPUs
  • O/S Supported: Windows 7 and 8x and 10
  • BIOS Required: A12 (unlocked)

    NONE OF THE VIDEO CARDS LISTED WILL SUPPORT 3D ON BOARD
    A 120HZ LCD PANEL IS SUPPORTED BUT IT WILL NOT DISPLAY 3D IMAGES






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    How do I install a Video Card in my Alienware M17x R3?
    May 30, 2015
    PDF Document

    To learn how to install a Video card in your Alienware M17x R3 please download the attached .PDF file.

    Just installed GTX 780M and now I get blank/white screen which only occurs when sound is enabled in the BIOS
    Mar 30, 2016

    ** Don't install your GPU till you complete Step 1 **
    Step 1
    Install the A12 UNLOCKED BIOS first
    Uninstall ALL NVIDIA/AMD drivers.
    Make sure the audio drivers are installed and working
    Go into the BIOS
    Disable the onboard AUDIO
    Turn off IGD
    PEG for primary display advanced settings for video - always enable PEG and made sure this one setting that allowed more time for PEG to be detected was enabled
    Save & Restart
    Shutdown
    Remove old GPU

    Step 2
    Install new GPU
    Turn on machine F2
    Save & Restart
    Install the drivers.
    After the drivers are installed and confirmed working, re-enable audio in BIOS



    My Alienware notebook is not regognizing my New GTX 980M Video card...Why??
    Dec 05, 2015

    1)Make sure to use your modded driver we have provided

    2)Disable driver signature enforcement in Windows 10.

    Any other issues please contact our support group

    Where do I find drivers for my new VGA card?
    Jun 02, 2015

    The drivers for all Video Cards that we sell are available in our Alienware Upgrade showroom. On the yellow banner above you will see a series of links. Please choose Drivers and you will be taken to the proper drivers for your notebook.


    Here is a link to the Alienware driver page
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    Who do I contact to get some help with my Alienware Notebook upgrades?
    May 30, 2015

    If you have any questions or would like some assistance with your upgrade, please fill in this Support Request Form and our Support team would be happy to assist you!

    Support Request Form

    How to Find your GPU Hardware ID?
    May 26, 2015
    PDF Document

    1/ Go to Device Manager
    2/ Select the GPU (in Windows 7 it will be listed as “Standard VGA Adapter”, in Windows 8.x it will be listed as “Microsoft Display Adapter”)
    3/ Double click on it and select the 3rd tab labeled Details
    4/ Select the second item from the drop down menu labeled Hardware IDS

    How do I find the Hardware ID in my Alienware? I need it to load the correct drivers.
    Sep 01, 2016

    The drivers are based on the specific Machine ID of the system.
    To find your Machine ID please do the following:
    1/ Go to Device Manager
    2/ Select the GPU (in Windows 7 it will be listed as “Standard VGA Adapter”, in Windows 8.x or Windows 10 it will be listed as “Microsoft Display Adapter”)
    3/ Double click on it and select the 3rd tab labeled Details
    4/ Select the second item from the drop down menu labeled Hardware IDS
    5/ The end of the second line will list the machine ID, as the last set of numbers.


    How to Disable the Digital Signature Enforcement of Windows 8x ?
    May 20, 2015
    PDF Document

    Enter in Advanced Options menu in Windows 8.x:

    1. Press "Windows" + “R” keys to load the Run dialog box.
    2. Type “shutdown /r /o” and press Enter.
    3. Windows informs you that you are about to be signed off. Press “Close”.
    4. When Windows restarts, press “Troubleshoot” .
    5. In the “Troubleshoot options” screen, choose “Advanced options”.
    6. In the “Advanced Options” window, choose “Startup Settings”.
    7. In “Startup Settings” screen, click “Restart”.
    8. After restart in “Startup Settings” windows, press the “F7” (or the “7”) key on your keyboard to “Disable driver signature enforcement”.

    Your computer will restart again.

    9. After the restart, proceed to install your unsigned driver. During the installation procedure, Windows will inform you that can’t verify the publisher of this driver software. At this point, ignore the warning message and choose “Install this driver software anyway” to complete the installation.

    How to Disable Driver Signature Verification on 64 Bit Windows 10
    Apr 28, 2016
    PDF Document