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Old 21st Dec 2010, 10:57   #1
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Alienware M17x power glitch throttles CPU to 316MHz

Owners of Alienware M17x gaming laptops are complaining of a serious performance glitch.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...mance-glitch/1
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Old 21st Dec 2010, 11:11   #2
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Impressed that the flaw made it through QC/QA processes.

Clearly they don't graphically stress the machines as standard.

As for sorting the problem in a satisfactory way.. Not gonna happen. Some owners, somewhere, are going to remain pissy.
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Old 21st Dec 2010, 11:59   #3
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dell are pants for this sort of stuff

- though having said that my XPS is now charging again 'yay'
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Old 21st Dec 2010, 12:14   #4
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This has led many sufferers to worry that the only solution in sight involves changing the hardware, with Dell either providing beefier power supplies or more energy-efficient GPUs.
Surely downclocking the GPU's slightly would solve the problem. Just drop the 280Ms by about 50Mhz each or something. It's not ideal but with that much graphics power, I doubt you'd notice any difference in most games.
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Alienware have gone downhill since Dell bought them.

The ones at uni have been nothing but trouble.

The fan control software seems to have a mind of its own, and some machines are just stuck at 100%, which makes them literally sound like a jet, its louder than the big AC unit in the room.
Random BSODs plague them too.
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Gaming laptops..... an oxymoron if ever there was one
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Ouch! How much do these things cost, again?
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Well, they kinda deserved it for thinking that any laptop can be suitable for gaming. I saw many people having problems with Alienware lately, which can be frustrating given their price - altough I bought an m11x and i love it so far, but I obviously don't play games on it. I bought it because it's heavy, bulky and I love the sharp-angled style, personally I'm sick and tired of the ubiquitous curvy, Apple "look at me, I'm gay" style most manufacturers try to copy.
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Gaming Laptop is an oxymoron - You don't expect anything to last with a QX and 280M SLI.
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I expect the GPU and CPU shares the same heatpipe+fan..... when the GPU gets hot, the heat is transfered back to the CPU resulting in the CPU getting throttled.... design fail
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Well, they kinda deserved it for thinking that any laptop can be suitable for gaming. I saw many people having problems with Alienware lately, which can be frustrating given their price - altough I bought an m11x and i love it so far, but I obviously don't play games on it. I bought it because it's heavy, bulky and I love the sharp-angled style, personally I'm sick and tired of the ubiquitous curvy, Apple "look at me, I'm gay" style most manufacturers try to copy.
Yeah, the Alienware laptop range make other laptops look like crap. I love their stylish matte look and aggresive angles and futuristic design compared to the common weak 'soft' look.
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Gaming laptops..... an oxymoron if ever there was one
i'll just quote this again for total agreement.

who would want to carry around a brick that can hardly play any game now, and the same brick that can't play any games 6 month down the line?
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i'll just quote this again for total agreement.

who would want to carry around a brick that can hardly play any game now, and the same brick that can't play any games 6 month down the line?
3rded here. The only line of "gaming laptops" that every really appealed to me were the old Dell XPS M1710s from 2006, and a couple of their models before that. A gaming laptop that was actually that, a laptop. Sure, it wasn't 100% portable, but you could occasionally move it, certainly nothing like the portly machines we are seeing today.

And even those, I wouldn't go near.
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and once again dell proves to be a crappy company
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Lol...natural justice.

A stupid fault finds it way to people who are stupid enough to buy an Alienware/Dell.....

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that ps that comes for the m17x puts out 11.8 amps @ 19.5v.. maybe if they can find something bigger online- would fix the problem.. how did that get by testing

this one might do it

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I like the look of the "gaming" laptops as well. Thanks Dell for continuing to prove to me that the only thing worth buying from you are monitors.

Anyone else think, "so it cant run crysis" from the title of this article?
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225W, how hot does the laptop get?
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the closest thing to a gaming laptop is a mini PC with a laptop TFT strapped to the side of the case.
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