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Alienware 5500i-r3 grey screen with 8600 GT


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Hi I have a big problem and I hope you can help me!

I have an Alienware 5500i-R3 with a broken ATI Mobility Radeon x1400. I want to make an upgrade to Nvidia Gforce 8600 GT 512 MB! The crad fits perfectly! After restarting the laptop nothing happend besides a grey screen. After 1 minute the grey screen turns into many coloured stripes, that's it.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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Guest big hair
promlem is not compatible with your laptop.

You got this Bios?

The Code 12 problem, i.e. "This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use", which causes 8600M GS/GT to fail to work in M5550 (M5500i-R3), can be fixed by downgrading the bios to 2.06W. The latest 2.07W BIOS is incompatible with the 8600M 512MB. 2.06W is available on Alienware website:


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