Resurrecting a Alienware M7700 (D700t)
I agree with you, hosting the images on a publicly accessible storage would definitely be some sort of copyright violation. I'm not a lawyer, but I'm willing to bet on it. I'm a moderator on another forum that has a very large and active membership and you see people sell them regularly. And then those of us who know each other pretty well will often "trade" copies of the various restore disks as long as we feel certain that the person we're working with actually owns that machine (at the time) and has a legal right to own the disks. Although that's nibbling around the edges a little, but since the license for the OS actually goes with the machine that it was originally purchased for by the manufacturer, having a "correct" copy for that model shouldn't be an issue.
Maybe I'll have some luck posting a "LF" in the Marketplace. I'm not certain what the call would be for them on this forum, but I have a number of restore images of ThinkPads of the T/R Series and Dell, Latitudes of the D Series I could trade.
OK; here's where I'm at on the M7700. Right now, despite getting the locking bar for the keyboard ribbon cable and having that secured, the machine is refusing ot POST and get into the BIOS screen, so apparently the KB wasn't the issue. I was able to get into it enough to know that apparenlty the screen is OK and that the board powers up. However, I'm still getting the "black screen" after pushing the power button. Eventually, the fans do start up, but nothing further happens after that. I haven't pulled the video card sub-assembly to check that since I don't have any Alienware parts (unlike the boxes of ThinkPad stuff laying around). So, at this point, I'm trying to decide whether its worthwhile for me to go on and put more money into this project, or to just get my money out of it by selling it for parts. On one hand, its very interesting and a refreshing departure from the usual ThinkPads and Dells. On the other, I'm a teacher and father of young kids so have to balance my hobby with fiscal reality! Personally, I'm not experienced enough with AW to look at the symptoms and make an educated call. I do have a line on a complete M7700 here locally that I can get for $150, but the guy says that it doesn't power up consistently, so it sounds like it has the same issue. Therefore, I'm definitely open for thoughts from others who are more familar with AW.
Well; after messing around with the M7700 some more, I do have some progress to report. I can get the boot screen some times after the fans start up, but its inconsistent. Actually, I gave it a try and got nowhere, so I "pounded" on it a little bit, but just lightly and magically, the went into the regular POST screen AND even allowed me to get into the BIOS. Then I put in an XPP disk and got it to get to the stage of load where it seeks the drives and of course found nothing. Next step was putting in a "Live" Ubuntu disk which got hung, BUT after a break and some more button pushing, I've got an Ubuntu desktop!
I know this is a little late but I also just picked up a M7700 and resurrected it from the grave. A little searching got me all the drivers so what I did was create my own XP Pro install disc with all the relevant drivers slipstreamed into it.
Here's the link on how to slipstream drivers:
I slipstreamed both the non raid and raid drivers on it.
I also took the time to create a Windows 7 Ultimate X64 disc with all drivers include the Vista Camera drivers for future install once the memory finally gets here.
hope this helps
Love the Forums very informative and Great site for drivers locations! thanks