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Windows 7: Desktop Windows Manager stopped working after restart, other problems

26 May 2013   #31
gregrocker

 

It appears that Optimus is part of the Nvidia graphics driver available on the Dell Support Downloads webpage. Optimus Technology

I see no other software for enabling it after reinstall, although the Dell-provided Intel chipset might be needed after trying the ones Win7 wants from installer and Windows Updates. Be sure to enable Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware (Step 3) before running all rounds of Important and Optional Updates with reboots.

Make sure the Dell Downloads model page Dude linked matches your tag number for specificity and if not reinput your tag number on the Driver downloads page. Product Support for Alienware M14x R2 | Dell US


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26 May 2013   #32
blue4fun

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
blue4fun, that is the latest BIOS. I would use the link from Gregrocker in post number 9 for a clean install. I have been looking around and it seems that your BIOS does not allow disabling optimus.



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So I have to do a factory reinstall of my whole Windows 7? I just meant a clean install of the NVIDIA graphics driver because there is an option to do that.
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26 May 2013   #33
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

blue4fun, try the clean install for nvidia and see if it helps.
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26 May 2013   #34
blue4fun

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dude View Post
blue4fun, try the clean install for nvidia and see if it helps.
It had me restart twice, and the first time, in between installations, it was fixed. I was prompted for a restart a second time, and after that the problem still occurred.

EDIT: I had another NVIDIA update, something with GeForce, and it again works in between restarts. I'm afraid to restart it just in case the problem comes up again, so I guess I'm just waiting for my laptop to restart on it's own. I really don't want to turn it on and DWM's not working.
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27 May 2013   #35
Dude

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Let us know, I hope the update solved it.
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27 May 2013   #36
gregrocker

 

If the Nvidia Update continues to cause problems try rolling back to the last working driver

Try also disabling Nvidia software from starting with Windows in msconfig>Startup and >Services tabs after Hiding all MS Services. However it may need to be running due to Optimus. Try it and see.
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