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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.

ok thanks.
I did find drivers for my card reader and it works fine but even newer drivers for my web-cam and it still won't work.
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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.

I have a 2011 15" MBP at 1440x900 with a 6750M pushed to 800/900, so if I upgraded the Alienware it would be a less portable, less capable laptop (and have a wimpy battery life), but would have a higher resolution and would play nicer with Linux. It also has more ports, dual drive bays (though I can fit a second drive into the MBP with a third-party drive caddy in place of the optical drive) and whatnot.

If I didn't have a passable gaming laptop already, upgrading the Alienware would totally be worth it, and a lot of fun too biggrin.gif

Instead I'll just be using it as another Linux box, since I've momentarily given up on Ubuntu on my MBP. Stupid proprietary wifi adapter being a pain, booting issues... bleh. Really awesome laptop though! Doesn't look as nice as yours, but it's pretty close since it was really handled with care by the previous owner. I wish he had splurged on the 1920x1200 screen when he got it though, I love higher resolutions tongue.gif
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I have a 2011 15" MBP at 1440x900 with a 6750M pushed to 800/900, so if I upgraded the Alienware it would be a less portable, less capable laptop (and have a wimpy battery life), but would have a higher resolution and would play nicer with Linux. It also has more ports, dual drive bays (though I can fit a second drive into the MBP with a third-party drive caddy in place of the optical drive) and whatnot.

If I didn't have a passable gaming laptop already, upgrading the Alienware would totally be worth it, and a lot of fun too biggrin.gif

Instead I'll just be using it as another Linux box, since I've momentarily given up on Ubuntu on my MBP. Stupid proprietary wifi adapter being a pain, booting issues... bleh. Really awesome laptop though! Doesn't look as nice as yours, but it's pretty close since it was really handled with care by the previous owner. I wish he had splurged on the 1920x1200 screen when he got it though, I love higher resolutions tongue.gif
when I ordered, I had to have the 1200p screen and dual GPU's, otherwise what is the point of an alienware biggrin.gif
this thing is fun to work on but it has its headaches. it was tough but I like a challenge. been building desktops for over 10 years now, this was really my first time building a laptop, I need that experience, tearing a laptop apart and building it from scratch. even if I did waste a lot of money here it was an invaluable learning experience.
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ok thanks.
I did find drivers for my card reader and it works fine but even newer drivers for my web-cam and it still won't work.
that sucks man, I know dell isn't very helpful at all when it comes to real alienware's. I've talked to their phone support looking for parts and I have to sit there telling them its a pre-dell laptop for 20 minutes because it doesn't have a dell service number. I have an old school alienware account number with the ID card and everything. alienware never had GREAT customer service, but it sure beats the crap out of dell. my camera works fine under windows 7, did you try a bios update along with the drivers? I think the m9750 has the same camera as my laptop, maybe try out the m17 webcam drivers, they are vista but run them in compatibility mode.

http://support.alienware.com/Support_Pages/Restricted_Downloads/Software/Command_Center/Webcam_FA_x32.exe

http://support.alienware.com/Support_Pages/Restricted_Downloads/Software/Command_Center/Webcam_FA_x64.exe
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well a small update here, I ordered a new audio board (replacing broken usb), 8GB of Ram, and installed my spare SSD. that puts the grand total of this project around $300 so far. still need to order 1TB HD and a CPU. have about $200 in the budget for that stuff but I don't get paid till the end of the week biggrin.gif
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Q9100 $118.99 shipped



Seagate/Samsung Spinpoint m8 ST1000LM024 2.5" 1TB 5400RPM SATA2 $85 Shipped.



So The Final Spec's of my machine will be

Processor: Q9100 Quad Core 2.26Ghz
Memory: 8GB Crucial DDR3 1066 Dual Channel Kit
Hard Drive 1: Crucial M4 64GB SSD
Hard Drive 2: Spinpoint M8 1TB 5400rpm HD
GPU'S: 3870 x2


Opposed to the old dented up laptop with these specs:

Processor: Intel® Core™2 P8400 2.26GHz (3MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
Memory: 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SO-DIMM at 1066MHz – 2 x 2048MB
Hard Drive: 160GB 7,200RPM (8MB Cache)
GPU'S: 3870 x2
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as for the GPU's that is still undecided, Once all the above specs are put together, I will sell the old parts, P8400, 4GB ram, 160GB hard drive. see how much I can sell both 3870's for, possible upgrade to a single 4850, later down the road pick up a slave card and do CFX for $200.
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How are you able too install a quad core and 8 gigs of ram? I was told my M9750 has the most amount of ram and the only cpu that will work in it.
are you using a different motherboard? I have 4 gigs of ram and a core 2 duo
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yes, completely different motherboard, m17-r1 boasted the first ever mobile quad core. and supports up to a QX9300 processor. the ram was originally only 4gb max, but alienware released a bios update that allows for 8gb, they "recommend" using crucial sticks. hopefully I don't run into any issues, I have installed the latest bios. the m9750 maybe be up gradable, search around the notebook review forums. you could probably max out your duo to the x9100, 8gb may be possible, but you'll have to look into it.
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I took my M9750 too a local shop that I buy my memory from when I build systems as I don't trust internet ordered memory and my local shop test the sticks while I watch and they give me a lifetime warranty, but anyway they hooked my laptop up too some type of system they have as they build and repair computers also and the system he hooked mine up to read the bios and whatever else he looked at and he told me sorry but no can upgrade as he would have liked to sell me a cpu and more memory but no dice.
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Im liking how this is going so far, most of the time this rebuild threads kind of die prematurely. I was following this M11x that someone was trying to have a shop resolder the SU9600 on the r1 model but he trailed off into other mods like touch screens and other random things.

I have never seen the innards of your laptop, but maybe there might be areas to add more copper? biggrin.gif
    
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