Oh thanks, I used another guide I found online (much less detailed) and I broke a lot of the rules you set down in your outline (I didn't wait 15 minutes for the card to dry, etc.).
I really don't want to spend $400-500 for a replacement now (especially not another 8800m GTX considering the one being sold may be as bad as mine), so I guess I'll just have to avoid playing video games and just use my laptop to watch movies and stuff.
If there's another solution though, I'll definitely follow through with it.
At this point, I'm considering buying the 260m GTX off of rjtech and putting it in my m15x (since according to the website, 260m and 8800m GTX are almost exactly the same performance-wise and everything... except hopefully without the whole faulty soldering problem?)... but I want to know 100% if it will work without a hitch before I drop half a grand... Although lots of people say it works, I'm currently using an old-style m15x with Windows XP as the operating system
. My only question now is will an Alienware m15x with Windows XP be able to adapt an Nvidia 260m GTX as its video card?
There certainly don't seem to be any drivers for it, but when I contacted mxm-upgrade they said after I bought the card they could help work on everything to get it working for me (sending me custom drivers, etc.)... unfortunately, after my whole horror experience with Alienware/Dell, I'm reluctant to believe any part of a computer company- even if they might actually have the best of intentions...
I guess that's the only reason I'm hesitating. If I knew it would be an immediate fix, I would go through with it.