Alienware 17 R5 – Notes

General Notes on the Dell Alienware 17 R5:

Base unit came with GTX1060 6gb, M.2 Sandisk 2280 128Gb, 1Tb 2.5″ Hard drive…

Quick comparison to an older unit, no dual HDD option, no DVD/Burner drive, less USB drive slots, no SD card slot, but lots of newer VR friendly options, faster CPU and faster/more current GPU

Benchmark results, see this link,

M.2 upgrade device that worked for me – in Slot 2:
WD Black M.2 2280 500Gb PCIe nvme [$129]
Note – Sandisk V-Nand will NOT work for Slot 2
Slot 3 is M.2 2240

More to come, pics, and videos

Dell Emc Windows 10 recovery usb image download link


HP Laptop screen problem

I own a HP Pavilion dv6500/dv6625us laptop which l bought exactly a year ago, my first hp laptop (prior to this l’ve owned 2 DELL laptops which l only replaced/gave away when  l needed a technology upgrade and they still work). This laptop now has a strange annoying LCD screen problem, it goes black, shows the hp logo and anything else in the faintest gray which you cant really read, and at times it flickers like a dying flourescent tube light. I sent it to hp support about a month ago, and they shipped it back with a letter saying its fixed. Now for the last 2 weeks the problem is back again. Googling shows this is a common problem, and if l dont get this permanently resolved (sent a support email today) – this will be my one and ony hp laptop. See also this link: Problems like this are very irritating when you use a laptop as a mobile office for most of your work.

My quest for a new laptop starts now. Its down to the Alienware area-51 m15x – which is more affordable compared to the M17. The M17 does come though with a ATI CrossfireX GPU enable option. Why l’m researching and blogging about this at midnight shows how dependent my work is on a mobile computing reliable powerhouse.
Update: Got back my laptop, and it works okay so far. The motherboard as well as lcd display was replaced. One thing l have to say about hp support, the response and shipping of a return box is very fast.

Fedora 8, Fedora 9, HP6626us laptop wireless setup


Hers the steps l took to get the broadcom bcm43xx wireless network card working under Fedora 9 (sulphur) on my HP dv6626us AMD Turion64 based laptop.


[root@localhost ~]# yum install bcm43xx-fwcutter
Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit
Setting up Install Process
Parsing package install arguments
Package bcm43xx-fwcutter-006-4.fc9.x86_64 already installed and latest version
Nothing to do


Download firmware



[root@localhost steve]# cd broadcom-wl-
[root@localhost broadcom-wl-]# ls
kmod  nas  WHERE_FROM  wl


[root@localhost broadcom-wl-]# cd kmod
[root@localhost kmod]# ls
wl_apsta_mimo.o  wl_apsta.o
[root@localhost kmod]# bcm43xx-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o
*** WARNING ***
This file contains new version4
firmware. v4 firmware is _not_ supported by
the driver in mainline kernels. For v4 firmware
you need latest bcm43xx development version
(wireless-dev kernel tree). If you don’t know what
this warning is about, use a 3.xx.xx.xx driver version
instead to extract the firmware.

filename   :  wl_apsta.o
version    :
MD5        :  9207bc565c2fc9fa1591f6c7911d3fc0
microcodes :  4 5 11 13
pcms       :  4 5

… and so on………………
extracting bcm43xx_initval25.fw …
[root@localhost kmod]#

Now , reboot your laptop