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FSC Amilo Xi1546 and Ati HD3650 - problem


kak

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Hello

I know there is a lot of threads about upgrading xi1546 / alienware m5xxx, but I can't solve my problem.

I bought HD3650 256 MB DDR3 (from ebay: http://cgi.ebay.pl/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250489223688&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT) described as used but tested and excellent condition. Anyway, I have no reason to not belive this seller.

But this card doesn't work with my Xi1546. I even flashed bios to Alienware in version 1.19W, but I still see only black screen, I can't even enter to BIOS (I always hear 'beeep' when I press F2 - but not this time).

The number on PCB is 109-B37631-00B and number on GPU: 216-0683013. PCB is green color. Unfortunately I don't know from which laptop the card was removed and what version of vbios is there.

Does anybody know how can I check is this card working or faulty?

Or somebody who has Xi1546 can tell, which card should I buy next time (I mean vbios and these numbers on PCB).

OK, the seller has written, that card was removed from HP 8530P. Does it make any difference?

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Hi

I´ve tried out two HD3650 in my XI1546 unsuccessfully. First of them was also pulled from a HP 8530W. The very first time it boots up to Windows. But with no screen, saw only a black screen! After a reboot I don't come to Windows anymore, only black screen, nothing more happens. The second card gives me a grey screen with Bios Beep and a reboot any few seconds. After a while of "warm-up", turning off and on by pressing the power button, it boots up fine - cold start issue like posted here from many users, and out of the question for me. Tried any available FSC-, Alienware Bios and different HD3650 VBios, unavailingly.

Both HD3650 where 109-B37631-00B. It also exists a 109-B37631-00A with a little different hardware layout, maybe this is a solution? Also, there exists cards with Quimonda -10 or -12 memory. Of course there are many XI1546/1554 users (often with almoust the same hardware configs than mine) with fine working HD3650. But why some are running, some not - no idea. I gave it up, installed a X1900 now to replace my faulty X1800, runs fine. Conclusion: MXM is anything but a standard, it's more a game of chance! :o(

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This is not good news for me :/ I have -00B, green version PCB, but I have seen also -00D with red PCB.

Did you try to flash vbios with Acer firmware (I found file Acer_MXM_M86ME_DDR3_11.00.27693.rom)? I can't flash it now anyway, unless I won't find somebody with HP notebook, but it would good to know before.

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I guess (not sure) the -00D are the cards with 512 DDR2 memory. I´ve tried out 4 or 5 Bios versions, including the version number you´ve posted above. Also these ones and this one. Tried also to change voltage presettings and hardware specs string with RBE 1.21, also no success.

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OK, I returned the card, wait for money and will look for another one.

BTW do you know is downgrade from Alienware BIOS to FSC 1.25 safe? I lost hardware volume control (in potentiometer) after flashing.

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Hi,

downgrading the Bios from AW 1.19 back to FSC 1.25 wasn´t possible directly at my XI1546, it was denied on the part of the 1.25 flash tool (Windows and DOS too). So I´ve downgraded first to FSC 1.17 (smoothly), and then back to FSC 1.25. But I had never any problems with the volume control wheel.

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