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Stuck on video drivers after upgrading to Win 7, Alienware Area-51 m17x-r1


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Apr 6, 2011
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NC, United States
System Name Like a Boss
Processor i5 2500k @ 4.5GHz
Motherboard MSI P67A-G43
Cooling H50 on CPU
Memory 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 XMP
Video Card(s) 1x GTX460 1GB
Storage 120GB Phoenix Pro SSD, 1TB WD Black, 500GB WD Blue
Display(s) Samsung 23'' + Samsung 19''
Case Lian-Li
Power Supply Lian-Li 650W
Software Win 7 Ultimate
Alright fellow TPUers, I am on the verge of hitting this thing with a hammer lol.

specs are...
Alienware m17x - R1 Series
Intel Core 2 Duo T7500
Motherboard Model: ASUS F17
Motherboard Chipset: Intel PM965 (Crestline-PM) + ICH8M-E
4 GB DDR2 G.Skill
SLI GeForce 8700m GT (G84M)

I am having a hell of a time trying to find a driver.

1- video drivers, The nvidia drivers will not install, I still have a missing driver in Device Manager called 3D Video Controller, I am assuming this is what is holding me back.

Hoping one of you might be able to help me stomp this last issue:respect:
Jan 23, 2011
305 (0.12/day)
St. Louis, MO
System Name Alienware 17R4
Processor Intel Core i7-6820HK @ 3.6 Ghz
Motherboard Alienware 17R4
Cooling Laptop Cooling
Memory 32GB Crucial Ballistix LT DDR4-2400
Video Card(s) Nvidia Geforce 1070 GTX (Internal)/ASUS Geforce GTX 1080 Ti (in AMP)
Storage 500GB RD400 RevoDrive m2/ 1TB Cruical BX200
Display(s) ASUS Swift PG279
Case Alienware 17R4
Audio Device(s) Sennhesier GSX1000
Power Supply 330W Dell PSU
Mouse Razer Mamba TE Chroma
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Chroma
http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/ <---- goto this website.

The reason the Nvidia will not install is because your particular hardware IDs are not in the Nvidia driver.

Sometimes with laptops, even though it is a ATI/AMD or Nvidia card, the driver is altered by the manufacturer and catered only to that model or that particular card.

The above website attempts to put all existing hardware IDs into the driver such that the "generic" Nvidia driver will install onto the laptop.

Alienware/Dell, Toshiba, Sony, and HP are often guilty of catering a driver specifically for the system.