Dell :: Inspiron 9300. Bad Temperature Can Mobo Be Fixed
Oct 21, 2007
I have an Inspiron 9300 that recently started having 100% CPU usage all of the time. After a lot of wild goose chases, the reason turns out to be that 3 out of 4 of its temperature sensors (CPU, Video, and soDimm) think that it is 255 degrees C inside the unit.
Error Code 3900-0626
Msg: Temperature Sensor out of range, temp=255C, min=10C, max=100C
As a result, the CPU steps down to preserve itself. I get perhaps 250MHz core speed rather than the 1.6 GHz the unit is rated for.
In any event, all other hardware diagnostics are fine, the machine runs ok (though very slow), and is otherwise healthy.
The Dell guys say that I need a new Motherboard, but I was wondering the following?
1) Whether the thermistors can be replaced by a shop that does motherboard repair
2) If getting an XPS Gen 2 mobo is worth a try. Would I still have to get new batteries, bios, etc if I planned to keep my existing graphics card? Can I do it without spending too much more money now that I would have to spend anyway on a stock mobo?
I have an inspiron 9300 and a precision m90. my m90 has the t7200 and is vastly superior to the now aging 9300. the chasis are very similar and the mobos look exactly the same, dimension wise, minus one minor detail, the rear usb ports are farther apart on the m90 mobo, not by much but just enough to be irksome and cast doubt. has anyone tried to upgrade the 9300 mobo and have they tried it with the m90 mobo? I can live w/o that pair of usb ports next to quadrupling the performance.
ulimately, I am trying to save the great monitor and in great condition 9300 chasis and upgrade the mobo/processor/ram.
what have you tried, learned, and/or recommend to get the 9300 upgraded to close to or better than the m90 with t7200?
My wife has an Inspiron Mini 10 which I damaged seeing if I could upgrade the RAM. So I bought another mobo and fitted it in, plugged it in and turned it on. After so long we were told that the battery was running low and wouldn't charge. After it shut down we got the OLOD and have tried using a USB drive to flash the BIOS using HP USB key utility but there wasn't enough power left in the battery to do anything.
Next I bought a new battery which has about 37% on it but we're still getting the OLOD after booting up and down a few times.
From what I can gather from searching the web, I need to flash the BIOS but I can't find a way of doing this as the BIOS files from Dell are .exe and isn't recognised when I boot from the USB stick as it's looking for a .bin file.
It has occurred to us that maybe the drivers (we have Win7 32bit installed) aren't there.
What we should do with the remaining battery power? We don't have enough to experiment.
1/ install drivers?... if so how do we do this without a floppy drive or disc drive?
2/Would a fresh install of Windows fix this problem?
Guide to Switching your Inspiron 9300/M170 WUXGA into the Inspiron 9400/M1710:
You can't simply replace the display screens. The instructions below must be followed for your screen to work properly.
Required Materials: - Small Phillips (I used #0 Phillips) - Either 2 monitors (9400 and 9300) or part #YPNL-N017B (Google the # to buy it).
Step 1: Remove the display assembly. Dell has an excellent guide for this on their website. [url] Click on Display)
Step 2: Remove the LCD Bezel (the gray trim around the screen). This requires removing the screws under the circular pads. I used a small flathead to pry open the bezel.
Step 3: Remove the 8 screws around the sides of the LCD. This will make it so your screen can be taken out. Do not worry about any screws on the top, they are for other things.
Step 4: At the bottom of the screen, there is a green circuit board. On the left side, you will see a screw holding the wire down. Remove this.
Step 5: Remove the LCD screen from the case.
Step 6: Look at the bottom circuit board again. This is the board we need to swap! Disconnect the 2 connections on the board. There should be on on the bottom and one on the side that is white.
Step 7: There will be 3 silver screws holding the circuit to the screen. Remove these screws. Note: This requires a very small phillips. I used a #0 Phillips to do the trick.
Step 8: Repeat steps 1-7 for your other monitor OR if you don't have another monitor...you will need to buy an inverter chip. The mfg # is YPNL-N017B. If you google that number, you should find a bunch of sites willing to sell it.
Step 9: Simply swap the bottom circuit boards between monitors or insert the new one that you bought.
Step 10: Follow steps 1-7 in reverse to reconnect everything back up! Before screwing everything back up. I suggest you plug it in first to test it out.
Congratulations. Your WUXGA LCD will now work properly on the Inspiron 9400. For anyone wondering, you MUST replace the bottom circuit board or the brightness controls will not work. You brightness will be stuck at the lowest setting and nearly impossible to see.
BEEN a While and A long time... I currently order a Pentium M 735 1.7 Ghz 400FSB to overclock up to 2.26Ghz@533Mhz. Still waiting on shipping. Anyways, I am looking forward about upgrade my GPU Go 6800 OCed 370Mhz/700Mhz to Go 7800 (NON-GTX).
Yeah, GTX one is pricey for me.
I am wondering does the Non GTX version of Go 7800 still need 130Watts Adapter?
I did a lot of search all I could find is people talks about 7800GTX version.
In my thought I think 6800 to 7800 different is more pipelines and pixel fill rates and etc and the power needed is the same. Right?
So do I need 130 watts or I just keep 90 watts adapter which is perfect for NON-GTX Go 7800
What exactly do I need to connect my Dell i9300 laptop to a regular tv? (not HD) I searched a bit but couldn't seem to narrow it down. I know I need a cable, but am not sure of the part number, and software if any. I want to be able to display what's on the screen onto a TV.
I have a bit of a query in regards to the temperature of the Inspiron 1720 (Specs in sig) especially when under heavy loads, e.g. Gaming.
The laptop is designed for gaming as far as I know due to it containing a rather powerful graphics card (Nvidia 8600M GT), however when playing a game such as Left 4 Dead I have seen the temperature of the CPU peak at 91 Degrees..
I was just wondering if this is normal as I've heard reports that high temperatures going up and over 100 degrees would most certainly degrade the internal components...
I bought Dell Inspiron n5520 i7 laptop a few days ago and downloaded and installed drivers by entering my service tag. Everything is working fine. But, I can't check my GPU temperature on HWmonitor. I can only see temperature of Intel(R) HD graphics 4000 but, its not detecting AMD 7670M....
So speedtstep is enabled in bios and it says its running at the minimum which is 800 mhz and it shows a maximum of 1.8 ghz. I am running A05 bios.
I have tried all the different power settings in windows and they do not change it. I try running a few games and programs and it still sits at 800 mhz. I think something is messed up and don't know how to fix it.
Anyone know what I can do to see if the speedstep is working correctly so Im actually using my cpu to its max when needed.
I have an Inspiron 9300 with an 80GB IDE hdd. I have recently succesfully upgraded the RAM to 2gb. Im now looking to upgrade the HDD and would like to go for the Western Digital WD3200BEVE (320GB). I know there is something about the need to partition it as XP only sees up to 130GB but I also read somewhere that if you download HD Tune and if the 48 bit address box is checked then it will see the whole drive. As Im a bit of a newbie to all this, does that mean I can just pop the 320gb drive in and my system will see it straight away or will I have to partition it with no partition larger than 130GB? Also does anyone know if the WD3200BEVE is the best one to go for in terms of performance and storage size?
My Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop has Windows XP Pro with all three SP packs, 80GB Harddrive 1 GB RAM, NVIDIA Geeforce GO 6800, 3 Partitions of 7.3GB, 2.8GB and 2.86GB - all showing plenty of free memory- with a number of peripherals - printers, USB attachments etc available through a small network.
I have been using, successfully, Acronis True Image version 11, but I am unable to instal the latest upgrade version, True Image 2009.
I first installed it OVER he earlier version (as Acronis recommend) and I've tried installing after a clean removal of version 11, and the results are frightening .....
Been looking at newegg lately and RAM is crraaazy cheap. I've been meaning to upgrade my RAM to 2 GB.
Currently I have a:
Inspiron 9300 1.83 ghz processor 1 GB RAM 256 mb GO geforce graphics card Windows XP
I play games quite frequently so the RAM would be great. However, I've never upgraded my memory or computer as a matter of fact before.
My question is, how much RAM will my computer support. Should I opt to go for a 2 GB (2x1 GB), 4 GB (2x2GB), or 2 GB of 1 stick of RAM and keep 512 mb of my Dell RAM to try and get 2.5 gb of RAM? Is the last option feasible?
Ok I have a question that has me a bit confused. I have an inspiron e1505/6400 that has the ati x1400 video card in it.
Now when I recently tore down the laptop I noticed the the heat sink goes over the CPU and another element which everyone says is the GPU. The cpu had thermal grey gunk and the gpu had a purple thermal pad on it.
My question is, if I have the ati card isn't that my gpu? Didn't make sense that the intel 945 board has a gpu if there is already a video card handling graphics.
Also is there anyway to monitor the temperature of the GPU? All the applications I have tried are just showing me cpu temperature and not gpu.
My computer was working fine last night, shut the lid and went to bed. Woke up hit the power button and I have blue screen. Restarted and now have blank black screen. I have a XP cd I try to put it in and nothing happens. I want to boot by cd but it wont. Cant figure out how to get into setting to change order for bios. I hit F8 and that works and tried all the options and no go, still blank black. I would wipe it out and start over If I could. Nothing new was installed. It was fine last night and today it woke up nasty!?
New to the forum and after a bit of advice, I have a:
4 Year old Dell Inspiron 9300 1GB RAM, just ordered a 2GB upgrade which should arrive today 70GB hard drive & 500GB harddrive with 350GB free space Intel Pentium processor 1.86 GHz WindowsXP SP3 NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Video/Graphics card (256 MB) 1440 X 900 screen resolution .....
the nVidia 6800Go (Dell part 0W5373, I guess) video card on my Inspiron 9300 has stopped working properly. I've ran Dell Diagnostics and it reported an error code "5300: 0119", which suggests that the video memory is damaged.
Now I'm wondering whether I can put an ATI X300 (Dell part 0W5379) found on ebay in place of my fried video card. The X300 is much cheaper than the 6800Go and I'm not interested in performance at the moment, I just want to fix my laptop.
Would that be compatible? In the end that ATI card has been extracted from another Inspiron 9300...
I've been looking everywhere for an answer to this question and can't find it. I have an Inspiron 9300 (old.. I know), and it still works great for everything I need it to do, except one thing. I have no storage space at all.
I've been looking at throwing in a new HD, preferably as large as possible.
The only problem is all the conflicting things I hear about these systems.
First off, I know that mine is an ATA model, not SATA. I'm definitely looking for storage space above all else. So whats the biggest drive this laptop will support? I've been looking at this one (Western Digital 250 GB 5400 RPM), but I've heard things about the bios only allowing hard drives up to a certain size.
I updated the graphics card for my Inspiron 9300.. Lots of money, and lots of time wasted, and now I'm having huge issues with my laptop. First off, I ended up buying two Dell AC adapters (both rev02) and with both I get an incompatibility error when I start my laptop.. Now, I get around this by unplugging the AC and pluging it back when I'm inside windows... good enough
Well, now I have another problem. In windows, if I were to even drag a window and pan it around, I would lose my display .. I would get these diagonal patterns covering my screen. and then after a few seconds the screen turns pitch black.. I've tried different things and everytime I seem to get the same result.
The drivers that I'm using for the 7800 is the ones recommended here for the initial installation of the card.. I've also tried others but to no avail.
I've flashed my bios more than twice but the same result.
I've even bought a new 9 cell battery even though I already had one to begin with(but it was functionally weird)
7800 card: [url]
pentium 2.13(something like that) 2gigs of ram initial graphics card was geforce 6800
I have a Inspiron 9300 notebook and when I push the power button the system will show 3 lights (caps lock, num lock, and scroll lock) then shuts off in 2-3 seconds. I did notice the scroll lock stays lit just a little longer.
I have removed all components including battery and running straight from power adaptor (which is good) and still same issue. There are no beep codes for missing memory. I walked through Dell's online process but it did not really indicate what the issue was .....
During reassembling my Inspiron 9300 (to upgrade the cpu) I did something wrong and now the laptop refuses to turn on. Instead of normal booting when I get the "power on" pressed the power led starts blinking frequently (2.5 blinks a second). Nothing more happens (fans, hard dirive, etc. don't start).
I tried turing it on with adapter, with battery or with both - the same result. I tried reassembling it again with the previous CPU - the same result. I tried swapping memory modules but it didn't help either.