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Alienware M17x GPU replacement unavailable

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February 28, 2011 11:08:43 AM

Hello,

I have an Alienware 2008 Area 51 M17x R1 using two Nvidea 9800M GT2 SLI 512mb using windows 7 64 bit. One card has failed with no replacement available. This computer costs thousands and is only two years old and I CAN'T BELIEVE that replacements are not available. What options do I have with you or other manufacturers? What dual card internal set up can I use? Or what external set up could I use by ribbon cable hook up to an external card enclosure using the existing internal connections? What the heck options do I have?
February 28, 2011 4:10:23 PM

Thanks. Will that cards footprint fit the R1? Basically a physically square card.
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February 28, 2011 4:15:17 PM

Mousemonkey said:
In a laptop?



Yes, this is a laptop.
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February 28, 2011 4:17:01 PM

Then you are pretty much boned I'm sorry to say.
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February 28, 2011 4:53:48 PM

You can check the mfgr to see if they'll replace it (usually at full cost), or upgrade it (at full cost x2 for sli). Another options is to check the parts going on ebay. Nice thing about gaming laptops is their gpus are not built in to the mobo, but connect via 'MXM interface'. I had a 6800go burn out in an old Sager laptop few years ago...I was able to find a 7900go on ebay and get more life outta my lappie.

Your circumstances are a little more specific. Thing about laptop gpu's...they arent cheap, even for used older ones. Last ditch option, you could try selling your laptop for parts (on ebay...as i eventually did with my old Sager). or just settle for single gpu until you upgrade or something else breaks...Sucks, but options are not that good in this situation :-( Hope this gives you a little hope though!
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February 28, 2011 5:16:41 PM

Mousemonkey said:
Then you are pretty much boned I'm sorry to say.


Is there any way to ribbon cable out of the laptop to external enclosure and use two desktop style video cards? I know there are some USB single card externals and an ATI GTX external (basically it is a complete pc; processor, power supply vid card and memory). but anyway to use the connectors in the lap top to an external set of SLI cards?
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February 28, 2011 5:35:52 PM

There might be but I've never tried it.
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February 28, 2011 7:03:16 PM

Mousemonkey said:
In a laptop?

I'll wait a few hours to post again - until my stupid pill wears off.
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February 28, 2011 7:35:29 PM

treefrog07 said:
I'll wait a few hours to post again - until my stupid pill wears off.

No worries! ;) 
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February 28, 2011 8:08:41 PM

Your best bet is to contact Dell/Alienware directly. Laptop components are pretty difficult to come by, unfortunately.
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