Hardware Alienware M17x power glitch throttles CPU to 316MHz

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  1. arcticstoat

    arcticstoat New Member

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  2. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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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.
     
  3. memeroot

    memeroot aged and experianced

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    dell are pants for this sort of stuff

    - though having said that my XPS is now charging again 'yay'
     
  4. yanglu

    yanglu Hmm...

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    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.
     
  5. Cerberus90

    Cerberus90 Car Spannerer

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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.
     
  6. B1GBUD

    B1GBUD More Biddy Bang Bang than Sean Paul

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    Gaming laptops..... an oxymoron if ever there was one
     
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    eddtox Homo Interneticus

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    Ouch! How much do these things cost, again?
     
  8. TheUn4seen

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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.
     
  10. B1GBUD

    B1GBUD More Biddy Bang Bang than Sean Paul

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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
     
  11. tron

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    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.
     
  12. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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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?
     
  13. lamboman

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    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.
     
  14. schmidtbag

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    and once again dell proves to be a crappy company
     
  15. bobwya

    bobwya Custom PC Migrant

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    Ahhh diddy poos... How sad :)
     
  16. Hustler

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    Lol...natural justice.

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

    Karma sucks.
     
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  18. dec

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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?
     
  19. Autti

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    225W, how hot does the laptop get?
     
  20. MSHunter

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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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