I am a long time Dell Inspiron 9400 notebook user. I bought this notebook on February of 2006. So, the notebook is now about 7 months out of its 3 year NBD warranty, which sucks massively as the nVidia GeForce Go 7800 video card has developed some display glitches.
I am having random BSODs with error code: BAD_POOL_CALLER - Attempt to reset the display driver and recover from a timeout failed. After restarting the machine, I can see lots of display glitches both on my external 27" Dell monitor and the notebook screen.
I have run extensive diagnostics - no issues were picked up with CPU, RAM or HDD.
Mind you, the motherboard on this notebook was completely replaced last year due to faulty USB ports.
1. What are the chances of paying Dell to extend the warranty? I still would not want to completely ditch this notebook for another year or so.
2. I obviously have to pay for a video card replacement out of my own pocket. What are my best options? Just find a suitable video card on eBay - is that it?
3. Considering I no longer use this machine for gaming, mainly for web browsing, and .NET application development & testing, what is the cheapest video card that will do the job?
I got a Dell Inspiron 9400/E1705 here that will not boot. The owner said he put into hibernate and went home, when he came in and turned it back on it was sluggish for about 10 minutes, he powered it off and then it would not power back up.
When you turn on the power the power and HD lights come on, you hear what sounds like the HD doing some movement and then it shuts down in a few seconds.
I removed the HD, ram, dvd, wifi, modem and tested it with same results. Also took out the CMOS battery to try to reset the BIOS and put it all back together and same thing.
CPU fan does not spin at all on power up, not sure if this model is supposed to do that little 5 second thing most of them do.
No beeps, nothing on the screen, etc.
Is there a way to determine if its the motherboard OR the video card, as this has a discrete video card, not integrated. Would you get any kind of system response if the video card was dead but the motherboard/cpu was ok ?. I would rather replace one and not both if I can tell which to go after first.
I have a Dell Latitude D620 and lately the screen has been doing weird things. The images will show up pixelated or of a low quality. I plugged my monitor into the VGA port at the back and it shows up fine on my monitor. I just want to know if it's the video card or screen before I buy a new screen.
I ran into a screen problem on my 2.5 years old HP DV2000t laptop. At first, upon powering up one day, the screen went very dim, barely visible. Upon restarting the computer a couple of times, the light came back on (somehow) but the colors are now very odd: overexposed and washed out and with pixels visible throughout, like on older TV screens. The problem seems related to hardware, as tapping the screen changes the lighting slightly, either a tad darker or lighter. When the screen was dim, I was inclined to think that a backlight lamp needed to be replaced, but not now with the light back on. Can the problem be due to the malfunctioning inverter board? Other possibilities and solutions?
I've been having trouble with the screen on my HP Pavilion dm4 2070 USA. Half of my screen has some green/blue dots on it. when i open a webpage you cannot see the dots. This is the first time this has happened.
I have a Dell Inspiron 9400 laptop/notebook which recently has started to get green pixels throughout the whole screen. Have also tested external monitor and get the same result.
I have searched, googled and even called dell and the response on all cases was that i need to replace my graphics card.
The graphics card i originally have in it is a Nvidia Geforce Go 7800 graphics card 256MB. Model number is P494 (if that helps makes it easier) Could someone pls advise me or any compatible cards where i can get the same card or any other card which is compatible and a reasonable price.
I am also after a WLAN card. WLAN Dell part number 0KC501 and also require the 2 cables for Main and Aux or the connectors which click on them as mine are completely damaged and need to be replaced.
today's finally the day my laptop decided to finally die. Seems like the GPU's memory got corrupted in some way, being unable to run Windows itself unless it's in Safe Mode.
I started realizing this was the case when the Windows loading bar showed green dots all over the screen, plus giving a lot of BSODs about PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA and finally, when I just logged into regular Windows, started having extreme graphics problems.
My 9400 MB died this AM! Suck!! Was looking at replacement MB on Ebay, seems there is are a few different PNs to choose from. Anybody know the most current part number Dell produced? Prices dont seem to bad compared to a new laptop.
Actually, While Ive gotten this thing dopwn to parade rest. What is the best combo of MB Vid and CPU to make. I have look ed a nd most parts are still cheaper than a new box. I hve serched these forums and read MANY MANY ides for mods but all the configurations are too numerous to keep track of.
This is now a project and I want to upgrade my gaming capability while on thre road for my job. If you all will just give me what you think are the best options I will then reserarch rather than start from scratch.
I have a Dell E1705 / 9400. I want to upgrade RAM. Currenly i have 2 * 1GB 667 MHZ RAM. I want to upgrade to 4GB. Will my laptop support. I want to upgrade to maximum frequency ram. 800 Mhz or more. If its available.
I have a 9400 and i just bought an fx2500 ... bought the PA-13 130w power adapter... I have modified the pieces that need to be snapped off in the casing... all ready to put in the card...... when i fire it up WHAT DO I DO? And how will i load the Drivers... AND,... AND what drivers
I have a 2 year old inspiron 9400 with alternating vertical bars (black and green vertical dashes) on boot up screens and black screen with windows.
It has the infamous go 7900 gs video card I've read about here and everywhere. I've reloaded the latest (A03) video drivers and have the latest (A09) bios on the machine.
I have checked the card for dust bunnies (actually removed it for a good look and to check connections) and other than removing a bit of dust the heat sink fins were open.
Video side fan turns on in the lower 70's degrees C and off in the upper 50's/C. I don't get any errors when I run the diagnostics (f12). It boots up in safe mode and VGA mode if I disable the graphics adapter while in safe mode.
That's how I'm using it now is in VGA mode. From what I read here I've joined the many many people who have had problems with the 7900 gs card in the inspiron.
My inspiron 9400 will not boot. The only functions I can see is the battery light comes on when plugged in to indicate that it is charging, and when I press the power button the power light comes on for 5 seconds then goes off, thats it.
I thought this problem was the board earlier, so I replaced it with a tested motherboard and am having the same problem.
I have also tried booting with just AC adaptor and just battery, no change. Right now my only idea is the CPU, is this feasible? Can somebody help me with this?
Having installed a 7900gtx in my Inspiron 9400, I let Windows Vista download a Microsoft compatibility driver for the card as a temporary measure until I got round to trying out other drivers. I've since tried Nvidia's driver from their website which didn't recognise the hardware; the Dell driver (from the M170 driver section) and the Xtreme-G 163.69 and 162.62 drivers, all of which slowed down the graphics performance of the Aero effects and some caused flickering.
I did not use any special software to remove the drivers - just basic install/uninstall. I've rolled back to the Microsoft driver which works fine within Windows and runs games fine at low settings.
I now have an additional problem in that Corel Paintshop won't start due to a "Driver components mismatch."
What should I do? Has anyone else experienced performance loss with "better" drivers? or could that be down to the presence of the Microsoft driver?
How do I get this thing working with the wonderful performance I should have?
I know a few folks here have posted about their Inspiron 9400 to a M1710 XPS mod but I would like to post my own as well.
Here are pics of my system half way modded:
I have the M1710 black colored XPS lid coming within a few days.
The palmrest is in new cond.No wear what so ever or scratches.
The power button cover is in new cond.Both the palmrest and the power button cover was bought on saturday from Dell Parts and I got it today,tuesday.Free S/H from Dell.I know I paid a little more than some for the plamrest but it is in new cond so I cant go wrong.
Dell P/Nassembly,cover,hinge,plastic M1710-d/p:CF426-$56.00 assembly,palmrest,plastic,M1710-d/p:FFO84-$10.99 The XPS M1710 black cover was bought on Ebay for$40.00 with S/H and guy's screenname is "TEX-JET"and he says is A+ cond.Currently waiting on delivery.
I am lastly later going to buy a silver XPS M1710 keyboard.Soon
I will update the pics when I get the XPS M1710 lid received and I have a chance to put it on.
I have Inspiron 9400 with 7900Gs card. I have 9 cell battery. I have ordered 7950GTX, 4GB of DDR2 and also 130W power pack. Is there anything I need to install and use this card? I had a look thru the forum but I couldnt find any information how to instal this paticular card and what sor of BIOS will I need for the card and the laptop.
i have dell e1705 1,8 dual core 2 gb ram it its possible to swop 7900 gs go with 6800 ultra go? ,to XPS m1710? (bios flashed) right now i have 7400pts on 3dmark05 , when i play gpu of 7900 its to hot like 80C:/ i tray instal new drivers but i have error....i tray use fan non stop but work just sometimes:/