I purchased a Dell Inspiron 9200 in Janaury 2005. It has been an excellent laptop since day #1, but an upgrade is now in order!
Can ANYBODY have a clue as to when Dell will release laptops based on the new CENTRINO 2 line? I'd love to buy another Dell, but if they don't plan on upgrading the hardware soon, then I'll have to go to another brand.
It’s that time again for the ATI Catalyst™ driver update!
Let’s take a look at what is new this month!
New Windows Features
ATI Catalyst – Video enhancements
* H.264 Level 5.1 support o ATI Catalyst can now playback 5.1 level streams on all support players o Allows for playback of high resolutions (4Kx2K)
AMD video transcoding updates
* This release of ATI Catalyst provides enhanced support for the Windows 7 Drag and Drop video converter o Performance improvements o New formats supported (H.264 file formats – MTS, WTV, and WMV9 Complex profile interlaced content) o ATI Catalyst Control Center™ option for enabling/disabling GPU acceleration * Support for the ATI Video converter is now available in the advanced view of the ATI Catalyst Control Center
New Linux Features
Support for new Linux operating systems
* This release of ATI Catalyst driver for Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems: o Ubuntu 10.04 early look support
For more information on ATI Catalyst 10.4 (for Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows® XP, and Linux® versions), including all of the resolved issues in this release, please see the ATI Catalyst 10.4 release notes.
The first ATI Catalyst 10.3a is out. Lets install it in our ATi enabled laptops and see the improvements here.
This ATI Catalyst™ driver update will unlock new performance improvements on top of the already previewed features in the initial Catalyst™ 10.3 Preview driver we sampled you in February. This driver will be available to download on March 17th from undgerground.amd.com and it will be called "Catalyst 10.3a Preview". On March 24th we will post the official Catalyst™ 10.3 WHQL certified on amd.com. The difference between the two is that Catalyst™ 10.3a Preview will contain future Eyefinty 6 updates and an Alien vs. Predator optimization which the Catalyst™ 10.3 WHQL posting does not have.
Gosh! I am so excited
Direct Download Links:
Desktop 64-Bit version
Notebook 64-Bit version
Update: The desktop direct link doesnt seem to work from the forum but still works from the underground.amd.com and mobility direct link still works.
Update: This is the change log I found so far:
Support for 3D Stereoscopic Glasses.
• Support for ATI Mobility Radeon GPUs (HD2000-HD5000). • Eyefinity Display Bezel Compensation. • Eyefinity Per-Display Color Adjust. • Eyefinity Multiple Display Groups. • Eyefinity Display Configuration Switching. • Performance improvement in Aliens vs. Predator. • Performance improvement in Battleforge. • Performance improvement in Call of Duty: World at War. • Performance improvement in Company of Heroes. • Performance improvement in Crysis. • Performance improvement in Crysis: Warhead. • Performance improvement in DiRT 2. • Performance improvement in Far Cry 2. • Performance improvement in Left 4 Dead. • Performance improvement in Left 4 Dead 2. • Performance improvement in S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky. • Performance improvement in Resident Evil 5. • Performance improvement in Tom Clancy's HAWX. • Performance improvement in World in Conflict. • Numerous Bug Fixes.
The official release notes will release when it will be directly webposted at amd.com.
Benchmark test of 10.3a for 5000 series card: link
Update: Official ATi Catalyst 10.3 Suite Available Now
I have been on this forum for quite awhile, I don't have many posts but I am always reading everything on here. OK, so on to what I posted this thread for, Just figured I would give a little intro, So it doesn't seem like im completely blind on whats going on in the laptop world.
I have had a XPS 1530 for almost a year now. At first I loved the laptop. Then I started having a problem, The fan was going out, Made a horrible clicking noise. No big deal though, After dealing with CS that you cant understand and runs you in circles trying to fix it, Got it replaced and all was fine again.
A couple months later, I was working out in the garage, and had the laptop out there looking up some exploded views for a car part I was working on. A cup of water I had on top of the bench got knocked over..I went to catch the cup, and ended up knocking the laptop off the bench and the the cup proceeded to land on it, full of water. So, The laptop was fried. Again dealing with the same CS that sucked. I was able to send the laptop in, And got it back about a week later. So that was good.
I would have thought they would have just replaced the laptop, and not tried to fix it.
Anyways, I was looking over the laptop after I got it back and wasn't pleased. The plastics on the bottom were all warped and the media button plastic piece wouldn't stay in place. And it looked like water was still behind the screen. So I turn the laptop on, And it didn't last 30 minutes before the screen went out. To me this is unacceptable.
Even if I caused the problem in the first place, Thats why I paid for the accidental warranty. I would think I could get my laptop back fixed, OR a new one. Had to jump through a bunch of hoops for the CS again,..Sent the laptop back.
I got a refurbished one back about a week later, First thing I notice is all the stickers(service tag, etc. from my original comp) were taped to the back with scotch tape.. And all falling off and ripped. Open the laptop and the space bar is bent, there are scratches on the plastic by the hinges. The black plastic for the media keys is all warped. Start the laptop up.. Dead pixels all over the screen, Or scratches in the LCD is what is really looks like. The HDD was very noisy! And if you plug headphones in, Its really fuzzy. But either way, I have dealt with this stuff for months now, I had to get a bunch of college work done. But now that that's over. The laptop has only got worse, I'm waiting for the hard drive to stop working, Its making horrible noises. And the hinges don't work well anymore, And the computer is running hot, No matter what bios or drivers I install. I still have my full warranty for about another 2 months.
I have owned my XPS 1530 for about 8 months now. It has been quite some time since i took my original temperatures, but i remember running games like warhammer online, call of duty, etc, at a temperature of 45c idle status , and like GPU 71c under hours of gaming. I think the hottest it got was GPU 79 degrees. 8 months later i decided to try gaming again and to my surprise my laptop is getting SO hot that it burns my hands and my speedfan shows the GPU at like GPU 64 idle ( 69 when the batter adapter is in) and up to 91-95 when on a game. I used to have a zalman laptop cooler which kept my comp a bit cooler, but i only noticed it effecting my temp. by about 2-3 degrees. I am going to undervolt and get my broken zalman replaced but I need to know one thing:
Do I have defective hardware? Is it normal to see an increase in temperatures as laptops get older? I am very afraid that something is damaged. Also, is there a specific driver that i should be running which can help my graphics card cool down, or am i one of the unlucky few who have been given a bugged 8600gt.
i am looking for a download link for the WIDCOMM blutooth software which came with my XPS. ever since i formatted the pc, didn't install this software to make the blutooth work. also looked in the cds i got with the system
I have a XPS1530 with 8600mGT and use 177.79 drivers. My question izzz if one of ya'll know wich driver is better because I intend to update if there is a better driver, wich performs better in some games.
I have an XPS 17 L702X. I just did a re-install of windows 7 on my wife's laptop. How do I use the drivers and utilities disc to get the drivers for the hardware on this computer? I can't get online on it. I do have the discs.
I own a Dell 7520 and it has four 3.0 usb ports. However, I have discovered that one program I use does not support Intel 3.0 USB ports only USB 2.0 ports. So the only port that program will use is the Realtek USB card reader on the 7520 because that is a native 2.0 port.
According to a poster Innogen on the Intel support forum "The BIOS in my Dell Inspiron 7520 allows me to disable it so that the USB 3.0 ports revert to USB 2.0 functionality." but I can't find any such functionality in my BIOS (using version A06).
I tried uninstalling the Intel USB 3.0 drivers in WIn 7 Ultimate hoping that when I rebooted it would install USB 2.0 drivers but it simply reinstalled the USB 3.0 drivers.
I would really like to get this program working on my computer and while I am not happy about losing USB 3.0 functionality I can live with it until the vendor gets its act together and starts to support Intel USB 3.0.