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Hi, I have an older Alienware M15x with an i7 720qm processor, 750GB 7200rpm hard drive and 4GB (2x2GB) ram; Currently running Windows 10.

I am wondering what the best plan for this computer is? Its kind of a special case so I'll explain whats wrong with it and what I'd like to use it for and go from there.

This computer worked perfectly for the first 3-4yrs but then it started having issues. When I contacted Dell they told me the hard drive had bad sectors and it should be replaced so I replaced it with a 750GB 7200rpm drive. While reinstalling the hardware there was a bios update from dell so I gave the computer to a friend and he did the bios update and reinstalled the factory OS. Since then none of the alienware stuff works and the computer has had some issues. I looked on the Dell forums and it seems the bios update from Dell messes up a chip on the mother board and to fix it you need to replace the motherboard at your own expense. Needless to say I doubt I'll ever buy another Dell but anyways lol. I still use the computer but none of the alienware lights or features work at all anymore. It shows all these .NET framework errors when i boot it up. I also haven't really needed a laptop for too much so it sat around a lot and I'm just getting back to it now.

I am now trying to learn to code and would like to use the laptop once and a while when I'm visiting family etc. I have started The Odin Project and am enjoying it. I set up my home computer with a partition for dual boot and may just go entirely to Ubuntu at some point. I can't seem to do the dual boot on this computer though. I looked into it and apparently its not possible for the Alienware.

So my main question is what is my best option for this computer? I don't really want to buy a new motherboard but they are available from aliexpress for about $100US. I don't mind if I need to buy ram but I have a single 8GB PC4-2400T ram i can install but I think that is not the same as whats in there so i'm not even sure if I can use it? I don't really care if the lights work but it would be great if I could get them to work. I am more concerned about the video card, cooling system and all the peripherals. Anyways, my other questions are:

- Will Ubuntu work on this computer and have all the functionality I have now?
- is there any chance of getting the lights to work with ubuntu

I'd love to hear what other, more experienced people would do with this computer. Thanks in advance for any help and advice you have.

reefsider
04-01-2021, 07:25 PM
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