Dell :: 7900GS Overheating

Mar 30, 2009

I have an Inspiron 1705e with a 7900GS. The GPU was replaced (twice) about 1.5 years ago under warranty due to failure most likely caused by overheating.

I installed a fan tool (forget which one) and set the fan/temp speeds pretty conservative to keep the GPU cool. Now it's running 1800rpm non-stop to keep the GPU at a reported 63C.

That's with no programs running, just after boot. If I put the system to sleep, then wake it up, GPU temp is reported at <30C, then creeps back up to 60C+ .....

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Dell :: Trying To OC My 7900GS

Oct 13, 2007

I've tried following many of the differing explanations on how to do this. I'm to the point where I'm going to pull my hair out! I can't figure out how to burn a "bootable" cd to flash the bios of my card. Is there a way to OC without flashing it? I've got a rev0 7900.

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Dell :: Overclocking 7900GS Go

Oct 22, 2007

I'm getting my E1705 back from repair tomorrow and I'm going to push the thing to it's limits. I used to frequent these forums before they were redesigned, and it seems my old user name is gone as well -- so I get to start back over.

Using I8kfangui, and a PA-13 or a PA-15 -- whats the easiest way to push the laptop to it's "safest" limits.

I noticed the "new" JuanLu bios lets you overclock via software now which is nice. Depending on my bios revision once I can check again, which should I pick? I hear of some folks using the GTX bios on the GS, but like I said -- I'm so out of the loop now that it's not funny.

I'll probably look into dropping a FX2500 in there at some point in the near future, is there a guide to hardmodding the E1705 like this?

Anyhow, if some veterans will chime in and give this newb all over again some guidance to do this right, let me know.

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Dell :: NVIDIA 7900GS

Apr 27, 2009

I Have a NVIDIA 7900GS in my Dell Inspiron E1705 laptop and AGAIN, the card has gone out on me.

This time it lasted about 8 months and coincidentally, it was a few days after i reformatted the computer.

Are there any other video cards that I could use in the computer without having to do any modifications?

Does anyone know of a place to buy a NVIDIA 7900GS or or equivalent card at a respectable price?

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Dell :: 7900GS Overclocking

Jan 1, 2008

I will overclock my 7900GS, what i the best clock for my 7900gs( i had already flash my bios for the 7900, but i dont know witch max clock can i take)-- i will play Crysis, this lags!

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Dell :: 7900GS Drivers

Aug 7, 2007

I just updated my 7900GS drivers to nVidia ForceWare 84.63.

efore, I had 7x.xx something.

The good thing is that my 3dMark06 score went up by 300 points, but the bad thing is that CS:S started lagging like hell.

Before, I could run CSS with everything on high, and have 90+ FPS almost constant. Now, with the new drivers, I have to run everything on low-medium, and it still laggs below 20 fps in firefights, which is very annoying.

Is it possible that older drivers are actually better than newer?

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Dell :: Which Card Is Going To Use To Replace My 7900GS

Oct 19, 2007

here it goes:

My NVidia GeForce Go 7900 GS has just failed in my Inspiron 9400 a few days ago and Dell is sending out a tech to replace it. Problem is, is that when I bought this laptop back in February 2006 it originally came with the GeForce Go 7800, the 7900 card was an upgrade that I purchased myself from Dell spare parts in October last year(it only had a 90 day warranty).

So because the 90 day warranty is up on my 7900 card Dell tech support told me that since the 7800 card can be the only card covered by my 3 year complete care warranty the tech being dispatched will come out with a 7800 Go card to replace my busted Go 7900 GS. Do you guys think this makes any sense? First of all, I thought that there were no more refurbished 7800 cards even left!

What are the chances that the support tech did not know what he was talking about and the tech being dispatched will be showing up with a 7900 GS anyways?

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Dell :: 7900GS Why Are Clocks Resetting

Jun 24, 2008

I've got my 7900GS flashed so I can change the Clockrate, but the drivers I'm using I guess are causing my ATI tool to reset the clock settings I put.

I used: This site to flash

I set the slide and hit "set clock" it just resets to 375/507.

I'm guessing it's the drivers. I had some drivers that would let me do just the memory, but I'm looking to get both memory and core. What do you think it is?

I feel like somehow it isn't flashed anymore. Not sure, I know I flashed it, but I can't get it to respond to overclocking at all.

Computer Info:
OS: Vista
Video Card: 7900GS

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Dell :: 7900GS Dead- E1705

Oct 26, 2007

I woke up from my nap today to see my 1 year old E1705 with the blue screen of death, except this time there were verticle lines all over the place like there was a video card problem.

So I reboot and It cant get into windows, and the lines come back. It starts to load vista then goes to the blue screen saying I have a memory/parity error. Next I try safemode and it works fine. No lines, no memory errors, no blue screens.

The first thing that came to mind is my overclocked 7900GS. Right now I am in the process of setting it back to the stock clocks. I feel like maybe I fried my beloved card with the slight overclock Ive had on it for the past year. Maybe Im right, maybe Im wrong.

If this doesnt work, what the heck do I do? Video card? Memory? I dont want to have to call Dell.

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Dell Inspiron E1705
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(470C 1100M)
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Dell :: Nvidia 7900gs Burnout

Jun 23, 2009

I have a DELL inspiron 9400 notebook with a 258mb nvidia 7900GS graphics card.
When the notebook was at 3 weeks out of warranty, the card stop working (BURNT OUT).

I contacted DELL, the reply was It out of warranty, take it to repairer. Did that (Nov08), 10 weeks later got it back, only for the card to burn out again within 20 hours. Returned the unit


to the repairer (April09), and at 24 June09 have not been repaired (waiting on replacement)

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Dell :: New Drivers From For WINXP 7900GS/GTX

Feb 20, 2008

Been waiting for these for a while! Dell's last update was 2006 before this. I know, theres modded drivers, but I was looking for something official (stable!)

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Dell :: 7900GS BIOS Unlock

Dec 3, 2007

Why won't mine unlock? I've flashed JuanLu's modded BIOS like twenty times, and it won't unlock for CoolBits. So I'm stuck with using NiBiTor.

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Dell :: 7900GS To 7900GTX Impressions

Jan 19, 2008

Im writing this so that others who are curious about these types of cards can decide if the upgrade is right for them. This installation required me opening the laptop and breaking off a small piece of plastic, which was very easy. I also updated the system BIOS to A09 and acquired the 130 W PSU as this baby draws about 45W of power itself compared to the 20 the GS requires.

When I originally bought the GS I knew it was a good card. It still is. I got this card because I felt the upgrade would be more cost effective then rebuilding my old desktop PC. All I can say is that where the GTX shines is where the GS shows its weak spots. The GTX can really handle higher resolutions really well as well as keep the frame rate fairly smooth.

For my temps, since I AS5'd it, runs at about 45 idle and 75 peak which is fairly good considering all thats going on.

The biggest jump was in STALKER which quite honestly the GS really had trouble with. Im happy to report the GTX can max out this engine fairly well with little to no choppiness.

Well shoot, what are we waiting for lets see some pics and results.

7900GS specs

7900GTX specs

Bioshock- All Mazed out- no Vsync- 1920x1200 20-30FPS

Gears of War- All Maxed out- No Vsync- 20-30FPS

Stalker- All Maxed out- 1600x1200- Smooth 30-45FPS

In conclusion, the GTX stomps all over the GS in higher resolutions and with the extra clock and memory speed it can easily outperform the GS in almost every aspect. It should be noted these are stock speeds and OC'ing would result in hopefully even better performance.

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Dell :: Vista 64 7900GS Driver

Aug 1, 2007

Well I just installed Vista 64. I loaded BF2 and it runs like crap. Does anyone know where I can get a Vista 64 driver for the 7900GS. If I cant get a better driver than the stock MS one I am going back to XP.

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Dell :: Replaced My 7900gs With A X1400

May 14, 2008

just got my less `than a year old` 9400 back from dell repairs UK
they relaced the m/board and 7900gs, but with a crappy x1400

When i rang dell, tech says we dont have any gs`s and we dont know if we will be getting any. but we got it going did`nt we? so its fixed!

Do they still make 7900gs?

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Dell :: 7900GS REV.0 What Overclock Speeds ( 9400)

Nov 22, 2007

What is a safe overclock speed for me to run my card at? by safe i mean doesnt get too hot that it will wreck my notebook.

I have already used the 790GSUON.ROM to unlock my card.

Wondering what settings i should use?

Using the 90w ac adapter.

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Dell :: 7900gs .. Green Lines Of Death

Oct 8, 2007

I've had my 7900 overclocked since the gtx/gsx bios thing came out a year or so ago. The other day the laptop's screen was frozen and it was locked up. Rebooted and had vertical green lines on the screen during bootup and black screen at startup.. had to reboot into safemode where things worked.. uninstalled the driver and it rebooted back into vista just fine. Installed a new driver and things seemed fine.. green lines were gone and windows worked.. the next day I rebooted and green lines are back... and things not working again.

I would like to reset the bios back to the original 7900gs at the stock speeds and voltage.. but I can't find the original bios.. and when I try to load any other 7900gs bios's I get a "bios mismatch" error.. with nvflash.

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Dell :: E1705 7900GS Swapped 3 Times

Dec 10, 2007

They say 3 x is a charm.....in last month my 7900GS burned out 3 times....

No OC, stock....Mechanic came by to repair it.

Now Dell is going to replace my system, but the 1705 is not sold anymore....

What do you guys think Dell will replace my system with?

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Dell :: 7900GS Recall Or Replacement Thread

Nov 8, 2007

I, being one of the multitudes of sad souls who are now experienceing the end of thier 7900GS's 12-16 month life span decided to look around the net to see if this really is as big a problem as I thought, and I can't belive how many people are posting that thier 7900GS is dying just a couple months after the warranty expires, it's nearly proof that the card is being cooked in our e1705/9400's to the point of failure. and fortunatly for dell, they all seem to be failing JUST outside of the warranty... mine failed just 2 months after my warranty expired.

Well I say we create a petition to send to dell to ask for a recall of these sub-par cards they sold us in our very expensive new laptops. The worst part is now that thier cards are failing they are charging 400 dollars just for the part!!! It's criminal and we must do something.

Please post here if you'd like to add your name and or story to the many already posted. I just want a single thread where we can all post about this problem so I can show dell just how bad this problem is.

I don't know if the 7900gs was made using sub-par parts or if it's the lack of the second heat pipe or both but the fact is these cards are not lasting to term in WAY too many laptops, don't wait for yours to die next post here so we can try and get dell to do something about this!

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Dell :: Installing 7900gs Video Driver On Vista 32

Jul 27, 2007

After uninstalling the MS Coporation - WDDM stock driver, I tried to install other better drivers, but none of them could be installed.

"The NVIDIA setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware."

I keep getting this message.

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Dell :: Geforce Go 7900GS Reads As 7900GT/GTO After Flash

Apr 11, 2008

just bought a new 7900gs for my lappy, e1705 and flashed it with the gtx bios so as to create the gsx.

however decided to change it back to the gs original bios but whenever i try to install drivers after flashing it, windows will always read my card as the 7900GT/GTO

It's kinda irritating because whenever i close the laptop lid, it wouldn't shut off and usually my temp readings are higher then normal - around 45-55.

Before when i used the original 7900gtx bios flash it would normally be around 37-45..

i tried to work around this problem by manually "having disk" when windows asks me to choose which driver to install and i chose the 7900gs however since they're like 5-6 7900GS GO drivers, i just choose randomly and it works to some degree; the monitor shuts off when i close it

yet i still have some display problems like the windows of each page moving slowly or very choppily when i move them..

anyone know anything i can do? to like.. revert back to my original bios settings? i did save the original bios but it just doesn't work, windows always sees my card as a 7900GT/GTO

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Dell :: Cannot Install Any Video Driver. 7900gs, Flashed To Gtx

Aug 29, 2007

Some specs:

7900gs, flashed to GTX. Idle at 55-60 C .

Dual monitor (one dell 19" LCD + laptop)

This setup worked OK for many months.

Today, this happened:

Wake from hibernation.

Browse homepage (internet)

Monitor blanks, mouse freezes

Laptop display blanks.

I turn off computer.

Here is status NOW:

I can boot in safe mode. I have cleaned old video driver.

Boot in regular mode. OK. (with video driver uninstalled)

Install ANY video driver (win XP, media center)- the display freezes, and blanks after the windows loading screen. I do not get to the log in page.

There are also strange lines all over the screen (during boot)

I need this computer for work, so I must fix asap. I would like to know if I should purchase a new video card.

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Dell :: 7900GS With A GTX Bios Temperature Readings Correct

Jan 3, 2008

Im using the Juan Lu bioses on my Inspiron and with 7900GS bios with a voltmod the temps were coming up to 91C (the clocks were 520/750 more or less). And then i decided to flash it with a gtx bios with a volt mod - and it works! It lets me overclock a little higher (like 580/750, but it seems that its not very stable though...) and the temps are a lot lower! 69-73C. I once saw it go up to 86C, but thats that. Also the idle temps went down from 63C to 54C. So my question is - is this real? This is a huge difference, video bios can do that? Or mayby... somethings mixed up with the sensors and theyre not giving the correct temps?

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Dell :: Artifacting On Win Vista (Aero) @ E1705 W/ 7900GS

Nov 22, 2007

I never seen any problems with my video card playing any game or something like that, but the Vista interface

Specs: Dell e1705 @ C2D 7200, 2GB, 200GB 7.2k RPM, 7900GS @ WUXGA 1920x1200

"Aero" seems to don't like my video card or even me,

The Artifacting blink SOMETIMES when I minimize or maximize (open new one also) any window, explorer or any software... It happens only sometimes, but it gets very anoying to see... and I'm worried about if my card is damanged, if so, I really want to replace while I'm still on it's 1 Yr Standard warranty.

I'll be trying to get some picture (which is hard, because it just 'blinks' on screen) or maybe even some video of that.

Thanks for any suggestion / information.

EDIT: By the way, I'm using the latest driver by nVidia, "MobileForce M6" enhanced. In my device properties it says:

Total available graphics memory: 1023MB
Dedicated Memory: 256MB
System video memory: 0MB
Shared System memory: 767MB

Why it says shared if nVidia never said anything about sharing memory with this card model?! Is there any way to disable this sharing? I believe that sharing a 767MB DDR2-533 with a video card isn't that beneficial.

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Dell :: 7900gs Flash Worked But Clocks Still Resetting

Feb 5, 2008

I did the nvflash 79XXXXX.rom command and it asked me if I wanted to accept, I pressed "y" for yes, and it said it was successful.

So I load up windows and install coolbits and atitool, I got a steady clock at 640/1250, obviously I didnt want to keep it that high, but I benched with it and it did great, +2000 points on my 3dmark05 score. 8500!

I then changed the clocks to 450/1100 which is where I was going to keep it for everyday use, I clicked apply and went back in to verify and they were still there.

I reset my laptop and came back online the clocks were set to default.

What did I do wrong? on the newer nvidia control console it doesnt have the "apply settings upon startup" option.

i am using the 169.04 drivers so these drivers are correct(I read the newer ones do not allow the overclocking).

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Dell :: Inspiron 9400 7900gs Head Site Damage

Sep 19, 2009

i have problem my video card 7900gs head site damage. 20min work i have 80C, mabye anybody have this head site and could sell to my or recomend how this problem resolve.

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Dell :: Flashing 7900GS (to Flash My Card With An Older GTX Bios)

Mar 18, 2008

I want to flash my card with an older GTX bios I used to have. But some months ago I installed the unlocked roms...

I still have that rom (gsx) and now I want to burn it on a cd-rom and flash my card with the juan software.

So first I burned Juan's software on a cr-rw (don't close the disk). Afterwards I added my old rom. When I want to flash it and I typ:

nvflash -4 -5 -6 GTX1.rom it says that it can't find the file...

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Dell :: E1705 Upgraded To 7900GS From X1400; Won't Accept Video Card

Oct 25, 2007

I've got an e1705, configured with an ATI x1400.

I bought the nVidia GeForce GO 7900GS to upgrade.

After installing, I get these blocks and pixels during boot (see photo below)

Vista begins to load but never makes it to the logo or login screens. I get a blue Memory Dump message for a split second and then the system reboots.

I reinstalled the x1400 after this happened. I ordered a replacement for the 7900GS but the replacement has the same problem.

This obviously isn't a driver problem since it happens during POST, before any drivers are even loaded.

why this would happen with two different 7900GS cards?

For the record, I'm a Dell Certified technician for the Inspiron series.

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Dell :: Possible To Fix My Broken 7900GS GPU Without "baking"

Jan 17, 2010

My Nvidia 7900 GS Go has finally kicked the bucket in my Inspiron E1705. Instead of shelling out $200+ for a used card, or baking the card in the oven, is there a way I can repair this with a heat gun or soldering iron?

I read people have mentioned it here and there, but no one describes what needs to be fixed on the card. Is it just certain connections get loose over time due to heat? Can some new solder just be reapplied?

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Dell :: Possible To Fix My Broken 7900GS GPU Without "baking"?

Jan 17, 2010

My Nvidia 7900 GS Go has finally kicked the bucket in my Inspiron E1705. Instead of shelling out $200+ for a used card, or baking the card in the oven, is there a way I can repair this with a heat gun or soldering iron?

I read people have mentioned it here and there, but no one describes what needs to be fixed on the card. Is it just certain connections get loose over time due to heat? Can some new solder just be reapplied?

If anyone has any info or even some pictures on what needs to be done to fix this card, it would be great!

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