Well the GPU on my M1330 finally gave way tonight. (At least that is what believe is causing the colored lines anyway.) My warrenty expired last summer, but as I recall Dell extend the warrenty on the GPU 12 months past the orginal warrenty. I plan on giving tech support a ring tomorrow (or Monday, I'm not sure how much luck I'd have over the weekend). Any tips from those who have been through this? What should I expect? Motherboard replacement? Refurb replacement? Any input would be welcome.
For school, I am considering a Dell XPS M1330. I get a gift card from the school to purchase a machine, and I really want a 13" since I already have a 17" and an Asus netbook. The Dell falls right in the price range I'm looking for ... $1000US.
I can get it configured with the following for $948 shipped:
T6400 2.0GHz 4GB DDR2 320GB 7200RPM HDD 1280x800 screen 8400m GS 128MB Wi-Fi N Bluetooth 9-cell battery DVDRW Vista Home Premium 32-bit .....
My 11 month old Ideapad failed to boot last night with error 'BL Initialize Library Error 0xc0000029'. Eventually a blue screen appeared saying that multiple start attempts had failed and the system needed repair.
As suggested I tried to use One key recovery but choosing restore to factory settings leads to self same failure.Sadly I have misplaced the recovery disc I created during a house revamp so cannot try that route.
I had a bad experience with DELL.At the end of last year I bought a XPS M1530. At first it was ok, then it started to have a strange behavior:
sometimes it didn't want to switch on, in these cases I had to wait for the battery to empty completely and when it could switch on again, one could notice that the clock had stopped working in the meanwhile.
At a certain point I directly got the dreaded "time-of-day-clock-stopped" screen, with consequent block of the computer.
I thought I had found the solution when I changed the clock battery and computer started work again.
However, after some time the same problems appeared and at the end the same message of "time-of-day".....
i have tried updating my computer (vista OS) with the latest updates (for security update). i tried twice (which had me restart, and i did), and both times they failed. why is this? this has happened before.
If you're the type to watch the late stock tickers, you might have noticed that NVIDIA's stock just took a pretty big hit, down 24 percent to $13.56 -- that's because the company just informed investors that "significant quantities" of previous-generation graphics chips have been failing at "higher than normal rates," and that it's lowering its Q2 estimates due to pricing pressure. NVIDIA will be taking a $150M to $250M charge against earnings next quarter to cover the cost of repairing and replacing the affected chips, but didn't specifically announce what products were defective, just that they include GPUs and "media and communications processors." Laptop makers have apparently already been given an updated GPU driver which kicks in fans sooner to reduce "thermal stress" on the GPU, and NVIDIA says it's talking to its suppliers about being reimbursed for the faulty parts. That's great and all, but we'd really rather know which chips specifically are failing -- if you're serious about playing in the big leagues, you better come clean, guys.
For someone who has a 7900GTX which is getting "fevers" regularly, this angers me. Hopefully the "repairing and replacing" comes with new parts for laptops and customers new and old like Dell did with the LCDs.
i couldn't believe that dell has finally released new drivers for our Ati Mobility Radeon 4570!!
Release Date: 12 October 2009
I didn't see any benefit really in installing the the mobility modder drivers(was on 9.9). My COD4 was dropping to 20fps on occasions and I only play in 1280x720 with modest settings! I thought that game ran really well even on the Nvidia 8600Ms according to so many people. But COD4 runs pretty badly on my PC, gets my GPU to hit 88C even when I'm letting it breathe and all and makes me kind of depressed.
I uninstalled everything and installed these new Dell drivers. The drivers installed, but the CCC is messed up. See attached picture for the error I get when I try opening it. Clicking on "Advanced View" gets me nothing.. Nothing shows up at all. I reinstalled the 9.9 CCC ONLY, still the same error message.
Anyone else having the same problem? Could you atleast help me with why my 4570 is performing so poorly?
She has been wanting to make the windows 7 switch, however she only has 512MB ram in it, so she ordered a 2x1GB ddr2 667 Crucial kit off Newegg for me to install.
After it arrived I popped open her memory compartment and lo and behold there were two 512 sticks already in there. I was puzzled by this, so I installed the new ram and went into the BIOS, which reported that dual channel mode was running and there was only 1024MB of memory.
I naturally thought one of the memory slots was dead so I tried each stick in one slot at a time, each time it booted up with the exact same info, 1024MB of ram. From this I can only conclude that it simply refuses to actually run dual channel, despite both slots being perfectly functional.
I have flashed the BIOS, to no avail, and now have no idea what to do.
I have a dell XPS l502x running on windows 7 home premium. I recently bought a 5550 wwan card ( Ericsson F5521gw 2XGNJ) for which i tried installing dell wireless 5550 driver. it was not successful and i got the message saying authentication failed and no compatible device detected!
Windows device manager identifies the card as "unknown device F5521gw" which probably means that the hardware is installed properly.
I have tried installing this [URL] .... driver multiple times and every single time i got a message saying "Driver installation failed. No compatible Dell Wireless HSPA Mini-Card has been found on this computer. Please insert hardware and restart the driver installation.
I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 with Windows Vista. The Windows is dead and always boots to a repair dialog that gives me only two options: reboot and shutdown. It also does that when trying to bot in Safe Mode. So I tried to boot on the recovery partition to try to recover my installation. The problem I have now is that the recover option needs my administrator password. I've tried 3 wrong passwords since I really don't remember it. After the third fail, I got a dialog telling me that my administrator account as been disabled! WHAT!! It disabled the only account I need to recover or reinstall!! How can I recover my PC now!!?
Blue screening regulary over past 3 weeks, albeit in random pattern. Removed recent programs just in case. Just ran dell test and it failed on System Memory - Advanced Pattern Test. Whether blue screen and system memory fail are related.
I have an Inspiron 5520 with Win 8 and for the last few days every time the system boots up I get the following message: "checking media (fail)". The message appears twice then the system boots normally. All the programs/apps work fine. The only "media" program I used was Windows Movie Maker and it works just fine.
I keep my computer plugged in when I'm at home, but my power cord keeps "shutting itself off" and stops charging. So sometimes I check my battery power and there's like 24% left. My battery seems to be holding a charge for now, but my power cord seems to randomly fail. Never in my life have I ever heard of power cords failing-I'm sure it happens but this is ridiculous.
I can't define fail as stop spinning, but there will be a buzz-saw, grinding like the blades are hitting something, or a sound that resembles an approaching airplane (this WWII diving airplanes) that will continue to grow. It is audible at around 3000 rpm, and when you tilt the laptop at 45 degrees it seems worse. It's not a healthy sound. To hear it the best, run your fans at 6000 rpm and then slow them down to 2000 rpm. At 2000 rpm the fans continue to be inaudible. Unfortunately, it is this audible/inaudible combo that seems to make the problem more annoying b/c I can clearly hear the contrasts. If it was always there, I might be able to tune it out.
This is not an isolated complaint about the classic mbp, but I've had so many of them over the last few years and all of them eventually exhibit this behavior. Every time I have taken it into Apple (about 3 different classic mbps) they have replaced the fan and said it was faulty. Whether they just wanted to make me happy or not is unknown, but a new fan did seem to help...until a few months later.
In the last couple of months I've had my cable broadband service go down for a couple of hours to a day or two, then come back up. I thought it was my provider, but then it got progressively worse with almost all pages needing to be reloaded when I surf the web, and then last week my computer will either not recognize ANYTHING on the other end of my ethernet wire, or tells me I have an unidentified network with no connectivity. Since my boyfriend's laptop is working ok with our cable internet, I have to assume it is my computer causing the issue.
Right now I am using dial-up service. No problems getting on, but I am still having to reload pages to connect, no matter whether I am using IE or Firefox or Chrome. The problem is temporarily corrected when I disconnect then reconnect, or reboot the computer, but then it comes back. Also the same for public wi-fi use.
Does it sound like I need a new ethernet/modem card, or could it be an issue with settings or something else? (just to rule out possibilities, yes I have tried different cables, rebooting computer, turning off & unplugging modem and computer and turning back on again, many times, it does no good)
I don't think this problem is directly related, but since the Vista Service Pack 1 came out a few months ago, my laptop won't actually correctly install it, it goes into a reboot loop stuck at 99%. I finally just had to wipe the drive, reinstall Vista again (clean, of course) and not even attempt to update with SP1. My current plan is just to try out Windows 7 when it comes out, and hope that goes better. Are the HP 9700 laptops going to be able to upgrade ok? Anyone been testing the betas?
what of an extensive issue on a dv2710us on Vista.
One of the crippling elements of this whole situation is this computers CD drive is not working. Windows was not recognizing a CD/DVD drive present, which is what I was trying to fix. So I accessed the recovery manager by pressing F11 on bootup to have Windows install all of the original files, but not format the C drive. Well it began formatting the C drive, and a progress bar showed up so I powered down the PC before it got past 0%. When I powered it back up, I get a "Bootmgr is missing" message and am unable to get past that.
After doing some research online, I accessed the recovery manager and opened Command, and did a Bootrec /fixboot, the operation completed and upon restarting, it booted straight to the recovery manager. I was no longer able to boot to the C drive. I did a little more research and opened up Command again, and used DISKPART to make the C drive active.
This time after rebooting the cmoputer, I am once again given the Bootmgr is missing message. Not only that, I am unable to press f11 to get to recovery manager anymore.
At this point, I mainly need to access the harddrive so I can backup some improtant files, and then do a full reformat of the C drive. I have a disc of Ubuntu I had the idea of loading up to access the C drive, however since the DVD drive is not recognizing discs I am unable to use it. I also downloaded a Vista recovery disc from here and placed it a USB stick drive. Upon booting up I can press f9 to select multi boot options. When the drive is inserted the options are Laptop harddrive, and USB diskette. The USB diskette option is not present when I have the stick drive removed. I select to boot from USB diskette and the computer proceeds with a black screen as if it may boot, but then returns to the initial boot up screen (where you can use F keys to access BIOS, etc.) and then got to Bootmgr is missing.