Dell Precision M6800 :: Upgrading From Haswell To Broadwell?

Jan 10, 2015

Seeing I just got this new Precision M6800, I wonder if Dell will provide a  BIOS update to allow for Broadwell, the CPU is socketed and from what I can tell the QM87 chipset will work with Broadwell, RAM also is compatible.

The power also should be less than Haswell so the cooling solution should be able to handle full load with processor.

This is assuming Intel provides a socket version, the TDP is less so there really should be no problems with power given the newer CPU uses less than Haswell.

BIOS upgrade is needed? If so, would Dell offer that in this case given the compatible options?

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Dell Precision M6800 :: Undocking - Blank Screen

Mar 4, 2014

I have a brand new (month old) Precision M6800, I generally use it docked on my desk at work attached to two monitors via the docking station (I have confirmed via dell support that it is the correct model of dock). The laptop works fine attached to the dock, and fine on its own undocked.

However during the act of undocking (especially if the screen is locked, although this could be a coincidence) the laptop screen will often be left black. The laptop is still running, programs are still open etc. RDPing into the laptop shows all the programs still open and windows functioning fine. Plugging a monitor into one of the external ports will often solve the problem and bring the screen to life.

I have checked the bios version (it's a new model there has been no release) and the GPU drivers.

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Dell Precision M6800 :: None Of The USB Ports On Docking Station Work

Oct 31, 2014

I just got my new M6800 laptop- put it in the docking station and everything seems to work except for the USB's on the docking station.

I have had to plug my peripherals into my laptop.  This is by design for the docking station. Why do I have a docking station?   So that I can have an external keyboard and other peripherals permanently connected when I am in my office.

Went in device manager and searched for USB driver updates and mine are apparently up to date.

No trying a dell support chat window- let's see how long this takes....

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Dell Precision M6800 :: Does Not Starts When Plugged On Port Replicator

May 19, 2014

I receive there is 1 weeks ago a M6800 laptop with his port replicator. When the laptop is plugged to the port replicator and I press the power button (on the laptop or on the port replicator) the laptop starts but it is frozen immediatly and the big "DELL" logo is displayed. I do not see Windows starts screen and I can not enter in the BIOS.

If I unplugged the laptop from the replicator station, it starts immediately and it is work.
If I plug the power charge on the laptop it starts immediately and it is work.

I plug the laptop to the port replicator, I starts it, the starts process is frozen of course at the "DELL" logo. After that I unplugged the laptop (I do not shutdown it, so the laptop is still on), the laptop continue to starts until Windows. After that I plug the laptop to the port replicator and it is work...

So I think the problem come with the port replicator detection at the BIOS level...

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Dell Precision M6800 :: Screen Blue Tinge Washed Out Bad Viewing Angle

Jul 22, 2014

I own a M6700 and have had a few problems with it so Dell upgraded me to an M6800. Problem is that my M6700 had an IPS screen and this feature is no longer available with the M6800 so I reluctantly opted for the matt 1920x1080. I currently have both machines while I transfer data etc so I did some comparison photos comparing the screen quality.M6800 on the LEFT (matt standard) and the M6700 on the RIGHT (IPS)I am really disappointed with the quality of the M6800 screen (matt 1920 x 1080). I can't believe this standard is acceptable.

I mean this is a high spec laptop and Dell offer a screen this bad? The viewing angle is almost unusable. Left to right angle - not so bad, but up and down is so bad that I have to constantly move my head up and down to get an understanding of the colours on my screen. Everything thing is washed out and lacks vibrancy with a blue tinge through it. 

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Dell :: Upgrading To 4GB RAM On A M65 Precision

Sep 9, 2009

So I bought a M65 precision a few years ago (3-4)

Now that a good windows OS 64bit is available, I decided to to upgrade my ram from 2gb to the maximum 4gb.

After seeing that my computer recognizes 4GB but is only using 3GB I got pissed off.

After some research I found this link:
[url]

"So you pay a really huge premium (compared with 2Gb RAM) to get 4Gb of RAM ... and so how much memory do you expect the BIOS to make available to the OS. For a Dell M65 the answer is just 3.071Gb.

Response from Dell ...

The processor only has 32 address lines, limiting it to an addressing map of 4 gigabytes.

The chipset, PCI devices, PCI express region, and video cards use some of this map, and the BIOS correctly reports this range as unavailable to the operating system. If the user installs 4 GB of physical memory, then the processor has no way to address the memory that overlaps with these regions, already in use. The chipset directs memory access to the appropriate device rather than sending it to random access memory (RAM).

On Dell's new line of desktops, PCI express uses 500 megabytes (MB) in the map; integrated video takes 256 MB right below PCI express, leaving 3.25 GB of memory available to the operating system via RAM. In some cases, less RAM is available depending on what other add-in cards are installed.

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Dell XPS 12 :: (haswell) Won't Wake Up After Going To Sleep

Aug 9, 2013

My new laptop will not wake when it has gone to sleep.

Neither the keyboard, touchpad, screen or the power button will pull it from its slumber.

The fan starts, the light on the keyboard comes on, but it will never resume.

I have to turn ut off by holding "down" the power button for 10 secs, wait a bit, and then turn it on again.

I found a hint somewhere else that the bug could be related to Intel smart start. I disabled it in the bios, and now the computer resumes like expected.

However after boot up I get an error saying that "it seems smart start has been disabled" or something like that.

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Dell :: Precision M90 And Precision M 6300 WHO IS THE ODM?

Mar 11, 2009

I am trying to find out who the ODM ( original design manufacturer) is for these precision models, dell no longer sells them, perhaps there is another channel for buying one besides Dell???

If anyone has any information please let me know and also what model not just the ODM's name.

For example ALienware laptops are made by the ODM Clevo which also sells the same Chassis without the alienware bling and price under the name of Sager, Averatec also as I recall ....

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Dell :: XPS 16 Vs Precision

Feb 26, 2010

I configured (on the Canadian website) an XPS Studio 16 and a Dell Precision. Here are the prices in CDN$:

Dell Studio XPS 16: $3,047

Code:
Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate Edition with XP Mode
Intel Core i7-820QM Quad Core Processor 1.73GHz (3.06GHz Turbo Mode, 8MB Cache)
Microsoft Works, English

McAfee SecurityCenter, 36-Months
3Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis & Accidental Damage Service .....

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Dell :: Precision M6400delays?

Nov 15, 2008

has anyone ordered and received a 17" Precision M6400 or M6400 Covet? Can anyone post when they ordered and received?

I just gave up on a month-and-a-half old order, and am trying to gauge whether I can actually expect the new one I placed to arrive. The sales rep, of course, will tell you "Oh Dec. 2nd is the worst case scenario, it should arrive before then!"

Ordered 9/26. Gave up and cancelled order 11/5.

Ordered again 11/5. Expected delivery: 12/2. (But will it make it)?

Oh and if you ordered a Covet, can you say whether it was glossy or matte screen? There seems to be great confusion on this! .......

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Dell :: Latitude Vs. Precision ..

Jan 21, 2009

general differences b/w the two Dell business models? I'm looking to buy a 15" notebook, and I think the business computers may be better than the consumer ones. However, I'm having trouble understanding the different models' differences b/w each other on Dell's website.

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Dell :: Vostro Vs Precision

Apr 27, 2010

I'm looking to upgrade my cheap consumer-grade laptop with something more robust. My uses are mostly software development as well as photography (Photoshop, etc.). I'm not interested in using this new machine for gaming (that would be a very secondary use).

I'm looking for a 17" laptop, so am considering both the Vostro 3700 and Precision M6500. I understand the system differences between these two machines, as well as the cost differences. Ideally, I'd like whatever I buy to last 3+ years without falling too far behind in technology, but on the other hand the Precision is very expensive (budgets suck).

Thus, would the new Vostro 3700, maxed out on configuration, be a worthwhile investment or, since I'm going to spend the money, should I go the extra mile and get the Precision? What would I miss (other than the graphics card mostly) if I go Vostro?

I've been agonizing over this for a good month or so and realize making a decision like this in a vacuum isn't going to happen, so let me know your thoughts.

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Dell :: Second HDD For Latitude/Precision

Sep 20, 2008

Based on this post[url] it would appear the Media bay only allows for 1.8" hard disks!

Is this true? Can anyone confirm this is true for both models?

2xHDD is a must for me - running VMs on a single disk is a _real_ drag!

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Dell :: Shall I Go For A Precision M4400?

Apr 18, 2010

I am considering of getting myself a laptop for personal CAD and design use.

I am looking to buy a resonably priced Quadro graphic laptop and hope it last for 2 years or so...

Could anyone kindly advise me on if the Dell Precision M4400 would be a good option? (below is the spec I am thinking of going for)

Processor: 2.8Ghz T9600 Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory: 4Gb (800Mhz, DDR2)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro FX1700M (512Mb)
Hard Disk: 320Gb (7200rpm)

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Dell :: Precision M4400

Jun 12, 2009

just got my m4400 and upgraded to vista business via the dell disks. Now the backlit keyboard dosen't work. It was working under XP. It on in the BIOS and the controlpoint.

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Dell :: Precision M90 Destroyed

Oct 23, 2007

I had a car accident yesterday and my m90 was smashed in the trunk of my car

I'm gonna contact dell tomorrow since i have complete care for another year and a half.

But i was checking the new Precisions and they all come with a fx1600 .. is this worst then the fx2500 that i had?

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Dell :: Blu-Ray On Precision M4400 Now Available

May 14, 2009

Dell is now offering a Blu-Ray disc drive option on the Precision M4400!
Here's the link to the M4400.

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Dell :: XPS 16 Vs Precision M4400

Apr 28, 2009

(note: I posted this in the XPS/Studio section, and I'm reposting it here since it pertains to both)

I am looking for a notebook for my girlfriend. She studies architecture, so she needs something with a powerful GPU, high resolution display, but not too heavy (she has to lug it with her every day all over campus). We don't want to spend more than ~$1500, and hopefully get it for less than that with discounts (either through the University or her mother's job) .....

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Dell :: Precision M90 Exchange

Oct 29, 2007

so after complaining to dell many times about terrible heats and non expected shutdowns due to heat they have arranged a replacement for my system, one in the sig.

They called me on friday saying they where going to book an M6300 with the LOWER 1600M, so I opposed as i didnt payed the premium of having the 2500m just for nothing. So now they are looking at 3 main options.

Money Back

Exchange for XPS M1730

Gime me a 1600M and then upgrade it to 2600M.

IMO money back is the best option, eventhough the XPS M1730 base is just a bit more expensive, like 300 eur = 430$, i can make sure that i get it with the stuff i want, I dont really trust them on exchanging it to the base XPS and im sure they will lower stuff like 120gb hd, t7300 , CDRW-DVD etc, Im completelly opposed to a 1600m and exchange for 2600m as Im not even sure if it will ever be released.

What should I expect from them? I have really no clue on that, i have the maximum warranty you can have on the computer that is NBD Multi Care, so from what i can read in the specs of the warranty a replacement cannot be lower of performance in anycase than its predecessor.

If they were to upgrade me to the xps with shity stuff, by that i mean parts that are not available in the web but they can order in an specific situation like mine, should I really complain, Im reading posts of an upcoming 8800GTX for laptops, should i just ask for my money and wait for it to be released? Are they gonna put it in SLI ?

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Dell Precision M65 :: Will Not Power On

Mar 5, 2013

Recently, I got a used Dell Precision M65 (Christmas of 2012 to be exact).When I first got it It worked great, Then a started realizing that a few issues.These issues included flickering when 100% of the CPU is being used, Blue Screen Of Death when running multiple applications at once, Mouse lagging (Blue screen was the frequent of the issues).on March 3rd ,I was laying on the couch playing games on the system when I turned my head briefly to talk to someone, When I turned my head back towards my laptop the screen was black and the laptop was off. Assuming the battery had died, I plugged it to the charger, pressed the power button, and nothing happened.I got up to assure that is was firmly connected to the wall outlet, And it was.So my laptop has shut-off and will not power on at all.It's acting as if it's not receiving power at all.The green light on the Dell charger is green until plugged into the laptop. It goes out immediately.The battery is fully charged for the battery indicator shows so.What's going on?Is my CPU bad? 

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Dell :: Car Charger For Precision M6500

May 3, 2010

Dell doesn't have this, but are there any good third part solutions. I guess the reason Dell doesn't have it is that the computer demands a rather hefty PSU, but still...

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Dell :: Getting A Precision M4400 From The Outlet

Apr 10, 2009

I want to get a durable work station notebook and narrowed down my choices to the Precision M4400, HP Elite Book and Thinkpad W500.

Getting the Precision from the Outlet seems the cheapest option. Anyone have any experience getting a laptop from there?

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Dell :: Windows 7 Pro X64 On Precision M2300?

Dec 8, 2009

Has any tried Windows 7 Pro x64 (retail) on Precision M2300 yet? I notice that Dell's website doesn't have complete drivers yet, they say to use Vista's drivers.

I am planning to do an install soon, so I want to know what is expect not to work.

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Dell :: Precision M6400 Dock

Mar 15, 2009

We currently have many Latitude D830s with the D/Dock stations on lease. When the lease runs out on these, I'd like to get some M6400s.

Are there any similar docking stations available? We currently drive 3 external LCD monitors plus use the lid on each, but 1900x1200 on a 15.4" screen is starting to affect my eyes as I feel the effects of age.

The only docks I've found so far are the port replicators and it looks like you can't use the lid with two monitors. We'd be willing to sacrifice one monitor, but not two. We also don't want to switch to desktops due to frequent travel?

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Dell :: Precision M4400: Refresh Soon?

Nov 25, 2009

I'm a bit out of the loop. Is the M4400 due for a major refresh any time soon? If so when, and what major components will be replaced (gpu, hopefully)?

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Dell :: Why Does Not Allow Sale Of Precision Laptops Outside The US?

Apr 8, 2009

I had to get my american friend to receive it and pay for it with my money, and now he's shipping it to me.

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Dell :: Best Mobile Precision For Linux!

Jan 8, 2009

What a great forum! Well well, I've been reading a lot about the M6400 and the M4400. I'm still undecided on what to get. A basic M6400 or a well loaded M4400, but that thread is already up right?

My main question is, what would be the best rig for Linux? For what I've been reading almost everyone is getting these computers because they are the best balance in features and quality while they also serve for gaming. That's why I have decided to narrow my search to these 2 specific models anyway.

Even when these computers come with RHEL 5.2 (Am I right?), I'd be opting for CentOS 5.2 64 bits, which is basically the same. Maybe Ubuntu 8.10 or OpenSUSE 11.1 for all my day-to-day needs and Matlab. Gaming is not that important but its a nice plus.

Who has tried one of those on these machines as hosts (not as Virtual Machines)??? From what I've read, the M4400 is ISV certified while the M6400 uses a desktop chipset to achieve its maximum of 16GB of RAM. Which one is the most reliable, stable, compatible machine .....

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Dell :: Precision M4400 A16 Bios!

Nov 5, 2009

Got my swap today! ( swapped cause heat/fan issues ). The first thing i noticed when i booted up eas that it came with A16 Bios. Latest on th Dell site is A15. Anyone got some info on this???

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Dell :: Considering A Refurb Precision M4400

Jun 29, 2009

I sold my Asus G1S last week and now i am looking to replace it with another more modern 15.4" laptop with decent graphics card and good screen. Dell m4400 and lenovo t500 both fit the bill. I am leaning more towards a refurb dell from the outlet. I am lookign for answers to a few questions to help me make up my mind:

I heard good stuff about both WXGA+ LED and WUXGA RGB-LED panels on this model. What about WUXGA CCFL panel. Where can I find specs on it? Is it any good or terribly dim like the one Lenovo uses?

Is heat a big problem with m4400? My Asus was heating up to the point that it was uncomfortable to keep on my lap and was very noisy and I kind of want to avoid that again.

How good are Dell refurbs? Am i going to get something that has been trashed before or are these just open box returns? Also is it possible to get them to give extra discount over the phone? There was a 15% off coupon a few weeks ago which is over now. What are my chances of convincing them to give me a discount?

Also, If I do order new, would it be possible to convince Dell to price match the M4400 to a T500 or W500? Did anybody ever have any success with that?

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Dell :: Swap Precision M9300

Jul 13, 2009

I had a major car accident and my m6300 is partialy destroyed.

I already called Dell and i have the Accidental Cover.

What do you guys think i will get to replace the m6300?

IT had 4gb ddr2, FX1600 Quadro, T7500 etc.

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