Dell :: On The 9400/E1705 How Can You Tell If Its The Motherboard Or Video Card ?

Mar 12, 2010

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.

thanks for any ideas or advice.

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Nov 30, 2009

My 7950GTX failed and all replacement cards I've seen on Ebay, from the X1400, 7900GS or better are overpriced.

Since I won't be gaming with my laptop anymore, I was thinking of replacing my motherboard with the one with integrated onboard video, which is more cost effective.

Do you know if it fits, meaning will my current LCD connector fits this motherboard ? Should I expect a bad surprise?

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I quickly replaced my original X1400 with a dual pipe 7900GS but I am now interested in either moving up to a 7900GTX or a 7950GTX. I know I will also need to upgrade to the 130W or 150W PS as well.

I am looking for comparison information regarding memory, clockspeeds, pipeline counts, pixel/vertex units, pixel/fill rates, processing bandwidth, etc.

I am also curious about a good source for the purchase of any of these items. I have found one posting on eBay for a 7950GTX. I am interested to know if I can purchase directly from Dell, or save a few bucks by purchasing from eBay or a forum member. I also know I have read that there are equivalent Quadro (sp?) cards which will work in my machine. Are there any disadvantages to taking this route?

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Sep 8, 2009

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.

Questions:

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?

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Alright, as you can see in my sig, I am the "lucky" owner of a GeForce 7800. I bought my E1705 RIGHT before the Core Duo 2 and 7900 GS wave, but I haven't had any real problems (besides the annoying overheating of the 7800, never caused a crash, just low FPS sometimes during gaming).

Well I went to check my laptop this morning, and after the Windows loading screen (during the Welcome screen) it would glitch and get all scrambled, then jam up.

So I went into safe mode, un-installed all the video drivers, rebooted and it worked fine. Went and downloaded the newest drivers possible from the Official Dell site just to make sure I wasn't using faulty drivers.

But halfway through the install the screen would glitch and what not, I had to go back into safe mode and uninstall the drivers again and it worked fine.

This laptop has no warranty or anything, so if it truly is that the video card finally died I guess my only option is to buy a 7900 GS or GTX?

Just looking for some opinions (I'd hate to buy a card and find out it was some other problem with the laptop, even though I'm not a fan of this 7800 ) to make sure this truly is a video card problem, and to see if anyone knows where I might find a GS/GTX for decent prices.

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I bought my E1705 back when Dell only offered the Ati x1400 and the 7800 geforce go cards and i currently have the 7800.

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Only thing that I can think of is that video card overheated and fried. In hindsight, I realize that I had spent a couple hours watching 24 with the computer not a good surface to allow ventilation.

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I was just given (free!!!) an Inspiron E1705 -- 2.16Ghz core2, I'm putting 2GB ram in for $40, have a spare 320GB disk laying around, even came with a power supply. The original owner had video problems with it within months of purchasing,

and rather than going after the warranty, simply shelved it an bought a new one (!). So basically I am looking at a barely used notebook that does 1920x1200 on a 17" screen -- free! Needless to say I'd like to put a few buck in it and make it work.

Here's the problem:


I've done a little research and it seems like artifacts aren't terribly uncommon on this model, and most have said its fixed with a new video card. Trouble is, the only one on Ebay ($40) also has artifacts as per the seller, and the online retailers want up to $536 (not a typo) for one. Really? .....

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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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All seemed fine but slower hd which I can live with (just about).

I then started doing some research and discovered the 8600 is slower than the 7800 I had? and the laptop has no DVI port! I used to connect the 9400 to my external montior and sometimes my HD TV using the DVI and will miss it dearly on the 1720.

Would it be unreasonable for me to ask for a higher spec machine over the 1720?

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Starting with 1 Gig Single DDR @ 533 Mhz, then 2 x 1 GB @ 533 in Dual Channel

Then I mixed a 2 GB @ 667 mhz with the 1 GB @ 533 Mhz

Last the 2 x 2 GB Memory @ 667.

I ran Super Pi on each config, Sandra Memory Benchmarks, and 3DMark06.

Did not see any Difference in the 3DMark Tests.

Video Memory Reported as 495 MB Video 248 MB System 743 Mb Texture

1 GB Tests

Super Pi = 5.38.14 ( 5 Min 38.14 Seconds)

Sandra Tests

Memory Bandwidth = 3258 MB/S
Latency = 118 ns
Cache & Memory = 14416 MB/S

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Super Pi = 5.28.625 ( 5 Min 28.625 Seconds)

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How much ram can the Inspiron handle with the latest bios update
will i need a new psu to power such upgrades
feel free to fill me in on anything i'm missing here

I'm looking at some Mushkin pc2-5300 ddr2-667 2 x 1gb

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any help is greatly appreciated

I live in Ontario so anyone in Canada would probably work out best

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2) What are the best drivers for the FX2500 if not Mobileforce?

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I wouldn't bother, but I have a couple development projects that require Win7.

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