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Alienware Aurora R3 XFX RX 480 Graphics Upgrade

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Hello Everyone!

It's been a long time since I've ordered my Alienware Aurora R3, which was back in 2011 and after 5 long years having her the graphics card is finally starting to see it's time plus it's simply time for an upgrade. Now I bought a XFX RX 480 graphics card at Best Buy as I had a few recommendations for it. So I was like okay I'll give it a go and at that price point I couldn't decline it especially it being the last one there. So I carried onto getting it.

Unfortunately I am having problems even getting this to work with my system. I shut the computer completely down, uninstalled the old graphics card and removed all the drivers for that card as well, and then installed the new card, plugged everything in and then tried powering the desktop back on. The card powers on, the Desktop powers on, but no sign of the computer even starting up. Nothing is happening on my monitor and I made sure all the connections were secure as well. I have no idea what else to do. Is this card even compatible with my system at all?

 

PC Specs:

Intel Core i7-2600 (8MB Cache) Overclocked Turbo Boost to 3.9GHz

12GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz

2TB ( 2x 1TB) SATA II (3Gb/s) 7,200RPM (2 x 32MB Cache)

Matte Stealth Black Alienware Aurora w/ 875W Multi-GPU Approved PSU

Windows 10

 

 

Replies • 6

Do you hear specific flicks of HDD (like system is loading) when you run your system? If you don't, check again 8-pin power cable and make sure XFX pluged properly.

Oh, and reset BIOS of your PC.


I'll give it a try and give you the results in a few moments. Thanks for the reply! 



With the Aurora R3, you want a GPU with a legacy vBIOS as those with a UEFI vBIOS don't work with the computer (causes the computer to not boot). I'm going to assume the XFX RX 480 uses a UEFI vBIOS.

Usually Sapphire has current AMD GPUs with a legacy vBIOS.


Hmm, I'm not quite sure what the RX 480 uses honestly. It's just kind of annoying. You would just expect to buy a GPU and put it in and it work instead that's not the case here it seems. 


Game7a1 said:

With the Aurora R3, you want a GPU with a legacy vBIOS as those with a UEFI vBIOS don't work with the computer (causes the computer to not boot). I'm going to assume the XFX RX 480 uses a UEFI vBIOS.

Usually Sapphire has current AMD GPUs with a legacy vBIOS.

The RX480 (and other recent AMD GPUs) have a hybrid firmware with both a legacy vBIOS and an UEFI GOP driver image embedded in them.  A bug in the Aurora R3 system BIOS means that it tries to load the GOP driver and fails, resulting in it not booting. Unfortunately there is no setting in the system BIOS menu to force it to use the legacy vBIOS instead and Dell stopped updating the BIOS for the R3 before the bug was discovered.

It is possible to get and Aurora R3 to boot with an RX480 (I've done it), but you need to modify the RX480 firmware to hide the EFI GOP driver. Hex editing the firmware of a video card is risky though, make a mistake and you could brick your GPU. More details are available in this post on the win-raid forums.

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