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Hi all,

I'm a new-bee here at OCN. (My first thread)

I've recently purchased a new Alienware M14 R2 (14 inch Laptop) and installed a Crucial M4 (micro) Solid State Drive.

This mSATA SSD is about the size of two regular postage stamps (side by side) and will set you back about one dollar per gigabyte.

This little SSD sent my WEI sorring to 7.9.

But, unfortunately for me, when Windows 7 did its automatic updating my laptop crashed and stopped functioning.

I ended up with a blank display and a blue colored keyboard. It's much worse than the blue screen of death (BSD) -- its the all new Alienware blue keyboard of death (BKD). I had to send it back to Dell Computer to be repaired.

I will post the information that I receive from Dell as to the actual problem and their suggested solution.

I should have turned off Windows automatic updating and just picked and choose the critical update but Windows downloaded (what appeared to be 100's of updates) and it killed my laptop.

Anyway, when it was working; it screamed with zero wait-time in most situations. I'm convinced that adding a SSD is one of the best upgrades for any computer.

Here is my build:

Alienware M14 R2
Windows Experience Index

CPU: QM3720 i7 w/8MB L3 Cache = 7.6

RAM: 16GB / 1600 MHz. = 7.8

GPU: nNvida / GTX650 = 7.1 (I know; I can do better)

Main Drive: 256GB mSATA (M4) SSD = 7.9 (WHO'S YOUR DADDY?)

And a 750GB HDD for storage.

Oh yeah, I'm using my Sprint EVO 3D (Not so Smart Phone) to post and type this thread.

Thanks for reading,

California Bob
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Yes!

Very good.

I was just informed today that its (like you said) the motherboard.

But we all know a lazy tech-guy (at Dell) will alway blame the MB rather than admit he has no CLUE!

So, I hope they send me back my laptop with a motherboard containing all of my original hardware .



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Do you own an Alienware Computer ?

And if so, on a scale of 1-10 how reliable are they?

This is my first AW and it lasted only three days.

It died after Windows preformed an automatic update that included many files.

Bob
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Yes!
Very good.
I was just informed today that its (like you said) the motherboard.
But we all know a lazy tech-guy (at Dell) will alway blame the MB rather than admit he has no CLUE!
So, I hope they send me back my laptop with a motherboard containing all of my original hardware .
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Do you own an Alienware Computer ?
And if so, on a scale of 1-10 how reliable are they?
This is my first AW and it lasted only three days.
It died after Windows preformed an automatic update that included many files.
Bob

I have owned 4 alienwares. I Currently do not own any because the m14x isn't powerful enough for me and the m17x is too large for me.
I haven't had any issues not even with my m11x legendary hinges. I've had an m17x r1 m14xr1 m11x r1 and my mom has an m14x r1.

My sisters husband now has the m17x r1. Still works.
My m14xr1 was sold to a friend who i play wow with. Still works.
My brother has my m11xr1. Still works.
My mom owns another m14xr1. Still works. All in all no issues with any of them. Or either of my 2 Sagers/Clevo's.

(Note: The m17x r1 and m11x r1 are both pretty old. Still have Core 2 Duo's.)
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I have owned 4 alienwares. I Currently do not own any because the m14x isn't powerful enough for me and the m17x is too large for me.
I haven't had any issues not even with my m11x legendary hinges. I've had an m17x r1 m14xr1 m11x r1 and my mom has an m14x r1.
My sisters husband now has the m17x r1. Still works.
My m14xr1 was sold to a friend who i play wow with. Still works.
My brother has my m11xr1. Still works.
My mom owns another m14xr1. Still works. All in all no issues with any of them. Or either of my 2 Sagers/Clevo's.
(Note: The m17x r1 and m11x r1 are both pretty old. Still have Core 2 Duo's.)
.



Wow, it's an Alienware family.


Thanks for the helpful information. thumb.gif


They are definitely fun to look at with their glowing multicolored accents.

My main three choices were the Clevo W110ER, ThinkPad W530 and the Alienware M14 R2.

I didn't go with the W110ER because I read and type a lot and the 11 inch screen produces extremely small text - I know, I can change the text size but I'd have to shift webpages left and right in order to read them.

And it has a very short battery life compared to the M14 R2.

But, for gaiming it's probably the best ultra-portable there is.

I was looking to by it with the 3820 i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM.

All for $1100 (great deal for an awesome computer)

I also looked at the Sager laptops but could not find one with a 13 or 14 inch screen because my work / play stations can't accommodate a larger laptop.

I liked the ThinkPad W530 but the 15.6 inch screen was to large for my working environment. It has a 10 hour battery (so they claim) had options for a 2GB GPU and had similar specs of an Alienware M14 R2. It was also $500 dollars more compared to the M14 R2.

Lenovo really needs to manufacture a 14 or 13 inch high-end laptop.

I've become extremely a custom to the track-point mouse on laptops because I have been using them for over 13 years and my Dell D630 laptop was my last computer. Before that I used another laptop with a trackpoint.

So, now I'm trying to get use to a laptop with a tracpad.

I can't wait to get my computer back. redface.gif

Bob
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Wow, it's an Alienware family.
Thanks for the helpful information. thumb.gif
They are definitely fun to look at with their glowing multicolored accents.
My main three choices were the Clevo W110ER, ThinkPad W530 and the Alienware M14 R2.
I didn't go with the W110ER because I read and type a lot and the 11 inch screen produces extremely small text - I know, I can change the text size but I'd have to shift webpages left and right in order to read them.
And it has a very short battery life compared to the M14 R2.
But, for gaiming it's probably the best ultra-portable there is.
I was looking to by it with the 3820 i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM.
All for $1100 (great deal for an awesome computer)
I also looked at the Sager laptops but could not find one with a 13 or 14 inch screen because my work / play stations can't accommodate a larger laptop.
I liked the ThinkPad W530 but the 15.6 inch screen was to large for my working environment. It has a 10 hour battery (so they claim) had options for a 2GB GPU and had similar specs of an Alienware M14 R2. It was also $500 dollars more compared to the M14 R2.
Lenovo really needs to manufacture a 14 or 13 inch high-end laptop.
I've become extremely a custom to the track-point mouse on laptops because I have been using them for over 13 years and my Dell D630 laptop was my last computer. Before that I used another laptop with a trackpoint.
So, now I'm trying to get use to a laptop with a tracpad.
I can't wait to get my computer back. redface.gif
Bob

I bought the W110ER for portability. It suits it purpose very well with the ability to game if i want it to, and i don't have to worry about it struggling on tasks for 5 years as a regular laptop.
The m14x R1 i had had temperature problems. The quad core would go up to 96C i didn't like that so i got rid of it. The p150hm is leagues better.
(Note I don't know about the R2 it might be cooler because of the smaller architecture in it.)

Pretty much at this point i use my w110er on my desk for skype and pandora while i play games on my p150hm. The text on the screen i can read from 2 feet away as i read this no problem. I also didn't buy it with battery life in mind.
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I bought the W110ER for portability. It suits it purpose very well with the ability to game if i want it to, and i don't have to worry about it struggling on tasks for 5 years as a regular laptop.
The m14x R1 i had had temperature problems. The quad core would go up to 96C i didn't like that so i got rid of it. The p150hm is leagues better.
(Note I don't know about the R2 it might be cooler because of the smaller architecture in it.)
Pretty much at this point i use my w110er on my desk for skype and pandora while i play games on my p150hm. The text on the screen i can read from 2 feet away as i read this no problem. I also didn't buy it with battery life in mind.



Yeah, There are numerous complaints about Alienware laptops getting to hot to the touch. mad.gif

I tested out my M14 R2 and it only get slightly warm to the touch so I think they fixed the heat issue with the 2nd revision (R2) but the 5600 RPM cooling fan is very loud.

There should be a high-end laptop store where we can try before we buy.

I went to a Fry's electronics store in Burbank, California and looked at a 11 inch Sony notebook and determined that the text was to small for my eyesight that's why I passed on the Clevo W110ER but on the other hand if I were to see one in person I'd know for sure. One gets more usage from a small computer as its more easily accessible. For example, a smartphone (micro computer) gets 10 times the usage compared to a standard laptop do to is compact size.


Bob
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Yeah, There are numerous complaints about Alienware laptops getting to hot to the touch. mad.gif
I tested out my M14 R2 and it only get slightly warm to the touch so I think they fixed the heat issue with the 2nd revision (R2) but the 5600 RPM cooling fan is very loud.
There should be a high-end laptop store where we can try before we buy.
I went to a Fry's electronics store in Burbank, California and looked at a 11 inch Sony notebook and determined that the text was to small for my eyesight that's why I passed on the Clevo W110ER but on the other hand if I were to see one in person I'd know for sure. One gets more usage from a small computer as its more easily accessible. For example, a smartphone (micro computer) gets 10 times the usage compared to a standard laptop do to is compact size.
Bob

Laptops getting hot to the touch aren't the concern. It can be uncomfortable however if temps are still around 80C then you are ok. When they go above 90C thats when things are bad. Keep that in mind with your laptop. I would download a program such as hwinfo to watch your temps and if they are 80c when you get the laptop thats great, but overtime dust will fill the fan and heatsink and you will see temps rise at which point you will want to take the bottom cover off the m14x which is very easy to do and blow it out with canned air to get the dust out and the temps should go back down.

Laptops that get hot to the touch are typically designed differently not with customer comfort in mind rather they want to keep the parts under control. I would rather my hand get warm then my video card overheat.
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Laptops getting hot to the touch aren't the concern. It can be uncomfortable however if temps are still around 80C then you are ok. When they go above 90C thats when things are bad. Keep that in mind with your laptop. I would download a program such as hwinfo to watch your temps and if they are 80c when you get the laptop thats great, but overtime dust will fill the fan and heatsink and you will see temps rise at which point you will want to take the bottom cover off the m14x which is very easy to do and blow it out with canned air to get the dust out and the temps should go back down.
Laptops that get hot to the touch are typically designed differently not with customer comfort in mind rather they want to keep the parts under control. I would rather my hand get warm then my video card overheat.


I looked online at your P150 15 inch laptop and it's described as the most powerful 15 inch Gamiming laptop (when fully customized with a GTX 680M or the Radeon HD 7970)

The computer is sold under many names like: Origin PC, Sager, AVAD and Clevo P150EM.

I wonder who is the original manufacturer ?

I found that the new Mac Book Pro Retina is great for gaming and an all-around superb 15 inch laptop but the major drawback is the price of $2200-$2400.

I went to a local apple store and checked it out. The retina display is awesome.

I've viewed a YouTube video of it being tested and displaying high frame rates while set to the highest resolution settings - not 100% sure which game they used but it was a very GPU demanding game.

I have to admit, Mac laptops are downright ugly. All that mind power going into engineering that world class computer and it looks like it's built out of a piece of scrap metal. OMG anodize it clear coat it or do something with it or at least give it some texture. The computer has absolutely no personality. Oh yeah, I forgot, it's an apple.

Bob
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I looked online at your P150 15 inch laptop and it's described as the most powerful 15 inch Gamiming laptop (when fully customized with a GTX 680M or the Radeon HD 7970)
The computer is sold under many names like: Origin PC, Sager, AVAD and Clevo P150EM.
I wonder who is the original manufacturer ?
I found that the new Mac Book Pro Retina is great for gaming and an all-around superb 15 inch laptop but the major drawback is the price of $2200-$2400.
I went to a local apple store and checked it out. The retina display is awesome.
I've viewed a YouTube video of it being tested and displaying high frame rates while set to the highest resolution settings - not 100% sure which game they used but it was a very GPU demanding game.
I have to admit, Mac laptops are downright ugly. All that mind power going into engineering that world class computer and it looks like it's built out of a piece of scrap metal. OMG anodize it clear coat it or do something with it or at least give it some texture. The computer has absolutely no personality. Oh yeah, I forgot, it's an apple.
Bob

The Mac's don't stack up close at all if you configure it with a 680m or 7970m. Not even close.

The mac comes with a GT 650m which you can get in a 900 dollar laptop. It will struggle to game at 2880x1800.

Sager and Mythlogic assemble the P150em. The other are resellers that you place an order to they send the order to Sager then Sager ships it to you.
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