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looks good:thumb.gif
I didn't know that model has the smooth lid, mine is the one with I guess you could call them fins, not sure.
does the alien head on the lid light up on yours? mine light up blue but you can turn it off if you want.
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looks good:thumb.gif
I didn't know that model has the smooth lid, mine is the one with I guess you could call them fins, not sure.
does the alien head on the lid light up on yours? mine light up blue but you can turn it off if you want.
yeah mine lights up, I just didn't have it on for the photo. I plan to take some high res pics with an actual camera later on... I originally had the skullcap design (fins you speak of), but I bought that Smooth "Ripley" panel to update the look of the laptop. the part was only $12, worth it but taking the screen apart is a pain lol!!!

Edit:
I just realized, one of my usb ports is shot. the plastic piece is broken off inside the port. I want to fix that. instead of ordering a new audio board for $80 and replacing the whole thing, whats the best method to fix a busted USB jack? is it going to require soldiering?
Edited by HK_47 - 2/17/13 at 12:36am
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I just got an m9750 from a friend, he's kept it in fantastic condition over the years. It only has a 1440x900 screen, an 8700M, and one functional hdd (320gb) though, so I don't think I'd upgrade it to its limits (1tb hdd paired with ssd, 1920x1200 screen, and radeon 3870) because it's just too much money rolleyes.gif

Great job on the rebuild thumb.gif it looks absolutely fantastic
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I just got an m9750 from a friend, he's kept it in fantastic condition over the years. It only has a 1440x900 screen, an 8700M, and one functional hdd (320gb) though, so I don't think I'd upgrade it to its limits (1tb hdd paired with ssd, 1920x1200 screen, and radeon 3870) because it's just too much money rolleyes.gif

Great job on the rebuild thumb.gif it looks absolutely fantastic
thanks man! I don't think its too much money to upgrade really, considering if I were to spend $500 on a brand new laptop, what options do I really have, and would it be faster than the M17-R1 fully upgraded? when you look at it from that perspective it makes a lot of sense. laptops in the $500 Range are mostly dual core i3s 4gb of ram with intel hd3000 graphics. I really am getting my moneys worth here.
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yeah mine lights up, I just didn't have it on for the photo. I plan to take some high res pics with an actual camera later on... I originally had the skullcap design (fins you speak of), but I bought that Smooth "Ripley" panel to update the look of the laptop. the part was only $12, worth it but taking the screen apart is a pain lol!!!

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don't know if yours has a pci-e slot on the side but mine does and I bought this device that has 2 USB 3.0 on the end of it and works nice.
I bought it at a local computer shop but I am sure if you google it you can find one.

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don't know if yours has a pci-e slot on the side but mine does and I bought this device that has 2 USB 3.0 on the end of it and works nice.
I bought it at a local computer shop but I am sure if you google it you can find one.

thanks for the recommendation, unfortunately my laptop doesn't have a slot for one of those. my only real option here is to soldier on a new usb jack, or just replace the whole part for $79.99.
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I was thinking maybe I could just order a Velleman CC088B and soldier it on.

it only costs $0.60 so I guess I could order a few of them in case I screw it up.
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rats, I though for sure yours being newer would have had the slot. funny though I had mine 2 years before I new it was there as it had a cover.
I would just order the new board for 79 bucks so you know for sure it's fixed.
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I do have a Multimedia SD-Card reader, but I don't think that will fit a PCI-E card. $80 might cause a minor setback in the upgrade process. but I can't have a shiny new looking laptop with a busted usb port lmao.
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I do have a Multimedia SD-Card reader, but I don't think that will fit a PCI-E card. $80 might cause a minor setback in the upgrade process. but I can't have a shiny new looking laptop with a busted usb port lmao.

mine has a card reader also as when I updated too win 7 no one had a driver for it, not even alienware but I found one using google.
also does yours have a web-cam? when I updated too win7 the web-cam has a gray screen and when i googled the problem everyone else with the older Bison web-cam has the same
problem and too this day I cannot find a soulution, you can turn it on and off and hear sound but no video.
and with Dell joining up with Alienware they don't support my laptop as it's pre-Dell and I told them thats kinda s*@#y of them.
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mine has a card reader also as when I updated too win 7 no one had a driver for it, not even alienware but I found one using google.
also does yours have a web-cam? when I updated too win7 the web-cam has a gray screen and when i googled the problem everyone else with the older Bison web-cam has the same
problem and too this day I cannot find a soulution, you can turn it on and off and hear sound but no video.
and with Dell joining up with Alienware they don't support my laptop as it's pre-Dell and I told them thats kinda s*@#y of them.
I was able to find all the windows 7 drivers for my system here, everything works fine for me, including the card reader and webcam. you might want to check out this thread here for your m9750 drivers.
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