Dell :: Upgrading A Latitude C840 For Video Editing
Oct 18, 2007
looking to use a computer for image/video editing. Due to 'budget constraints' hah, I am unable to afford a new laptop. I do, however have a Dell Latitude C840. Unfortunately, it has a couple of problems that I hope you, my reader, will be able to help me with. I am hoping for upgrade information. I will list each thing to make it easier to respond to. If you can, please make your suggestions detailed (for example, the exact name of something I can use to upgrade).
Things to upgrade:
1. The speed, as I said, it is very slow with both image and video editing. The computer has a Pentium 4m processor (2 ghz), and 512 mb of ram. Can either of these be upgraded?
2. I am constantly running out of space. I am currently outfitted with a 60 gb hard drive, but I have 33 gb of photos, and I am constantly having to delete photos after uploading them to the external. Is it possible to buy a bigger hard drive?
3. Now, I would be fine just working on my photos right off of my external hard drive, but the slow speed of the usb connection between my computer and the external makes this nearly impossible. I have Usb 1.1 (I think). Is it possible to upgrade my usb port to 2.0?
I'm torn between deciding whether to get a high end cto of a z, sr or fw series laptop for video editing. I am familiar with the fw series. It's very good but weighs a ton and only has ddr2 memory available for it. I'd like to get a high end cto of a z or sr. I see they both go up to 2.8 ghs core 2 duo and use ddr3 memory and have dedicated video cards.
While the builit in screen is not 1080p, it seems big enough for video editing. My concern is performance.
My work associates like both the 1730 and the new Sager 9261 for gaming and video editing etc. This has caused a real discussion that gets heated. I would like to get some Dell users input. It is true that the Sager has quad core but is 1 pound heavier than the 1730 and the Sager gets only 1 hour or so battery life. What would you say to them?
I'm looking to get a new Macbook Pro for Christmas and I am pretty decided on everything but processing speed. I will be using my laptop for web design (Adobe Creative Suite CS4-sometimes multiple programs at same time), video editing (Adobe Premiere CS4, Final Cut Pro) and possibly sometime in the next 3-4 years, animation (Maya). I have two 2 TB hard drives and I'd be editing with video footage on them most of the time. Not playing any games. I'm pretty decided on getting a 15" (have one now and like the size for traveling+editing), 320 GB 7200rpm hard drive and 8 GB memory. However I have no idea what processor speed would be best for me between 2.56, 2.66 and 2.8.
What processor do you think would be best for me? Is there a big difference between the three making the higher ones worth the money? Is there anything in my current setup that I should change for optimal results?
Also, you can get a spare battery and use it as a second battery right? I'll be traveling a lot (like round the world) so extra battery time will be needed.
Working on a Dell Latitude C840, 1.8ghz Pentium M, 256mb PC2700 (upgrading to 512mb), 40gb hard drive, purchased at some kind of "emporium" or some such.
The AC Adapter is model ADP-90FB, 90W, bios reads it as a 70W adapter, reports that the laptop should be using a 90W adapter (which it is) and that the computer won't run as it should, as such, and to press F1 to continue booting into battery saving mode (whatever)
I'm having a real puzzling problem ... after removing the mother board of my dell c840 to fix a loose ac adapter jack (which was repaired successfully) now after windows xp starts i noticed that neither the opitcal drive a toshiba sdr2102 cdrw/dvd rom drive or the expansion bay cd rom drive a samsung sn-124 drive are working at all..
the are listed in the device manager with a yellow warning flag.. the driver details says error 39 the drivers cant be loaded.... i have tried removing/uninstalling the drives and rebooting ......
but still same problem remains.... the drives do not show up on the my computer listing either...
My E1705 originally came with the X1400. I upgraded the card to a 7900GS I purchased from a member here.
Well - It's time again to clean the HSF. I figured while I was at it, why not upgrade video card.
With my system still under warranty, I contacted Dell chat and stated that my X1400 was running very hot and artifacting (which it was before I switched to the 7900GS). They said that my video card was working too hard and I should upgrade - but also offered to send a replacement X1400.
The Tech stated that I should contact customer service and see if they would discount an upgraded card (subtract the price of the x1400 from a 512 card). He said I shouldn't have a problem.
1. Has anyone had any success with this? 2. Which card should I get?
Wanted to replace the 4200rpm hard drive currently in there with something faster. I updated the BIOS to A09 (January 2010) to prevent any compatibility issues. I plugged it in and booted the computer, popped my Windows CD in, goes through the pre-load stuff. When it gets to the part about setting up (prior to where it asks about formatting and all that) I get a BSOD.
Sorry for the brief description but I'm trying to work on it while I type. Any suggestions? Do I have it plugged in incorrectly? What should I be looking for?
EDIT: I checked for the hard drive in the BIOS. There's not many options to see what HDD is detected. However, when my 80GB drive is connected it shows "80 GB drive". When I have the SSD plugged in nothing shows up in the BIOS for it. Does this mean the SSD is not compatible with my machine?
EDIT2: Forgot to mention their website claims it's compatible with my laptop:
I recently upgraded the processor in my Inspiron 1545 to an Intel T9400. I think that processor totally rocks and performs as well as I need for everything that I do.
My Latitude D630 is not so fortunate. I forgot what the processor was that it has, but it has a 2MB cache and a 2ghz clock speed. It does not perform as well as my Inspiron does. If I were to buy another T9400 (since I already know I like it) could I pop it in my D630? Or is it not compatible with it?
I have a Latitude E6530 and I'd like to upgrade the resolution to 1920x1080. What cable and LCD part # (or compatible) do I need? The panel is easy enough to replace but I have no idea about the LCD cable.
I was recently given a Latitude E6530 and I wish to upgrade the standard keyboard to a backlit one after coming from a MacBook Air. I was wondering, does E6530 (or it's similar models) requires an additional cable to power the backlight or does it just feed off the single cable? I've scoured YouTube and Google to try find out if an extra cable is required for this model however wasn't able to.
I'm using laptop Latitude E 6510 with video card nVidida NVS 3100m. I have external monitor - HP LP2465, which I use when I'm working home.
Working of office jobs, I saw, that laptop become warm. I cheked the temperatures (Everest Ultimate, vers.4.50) and I saw, that video card is relatively worm - after several minutes temperatures of video card is about 130 F and soon reach up to 140-150 F. Then temperature stay in this limits.
I would like to know if such temperatures are normal. I bought cooling laptop pad, but it doesn't make real difference.
Latitude E6500 and Precision M4400 were basically the same machine, the differences being the M4400's (obviously) different aesthetic on the lid, the more powerful GPU options, and a handful of other tweaks that I don't really remember the specifics of.
From what I can tell, the situation looks to be about the same this time around with the 15.6" Latitude E6510 vs. the 15.6" Precision M4500.
The Precision offers beefier GPU options and a 1600x900 sRGB LED display option, but I want the lower-power WLED 1080p display anyway so that's no loss
I am looking for the Windows XP video driver for a Dell latitude 2100. I can find the Vista driver on the site but it won't work. Need to be able to use multiple screen and with out the drivers I can't use the VGA output.
I recently had to reinstall my Latitude E6420 with Windows 7.
Afterwards, Audio and Video (having Spotify+a few Office apps running) start to lag.
I tried reinstalling the Machine again without success. I tried all driveres suggested on the Dell supportpage and I asked google which told me "Turn off eSATA and SpeedStep" [URL] .... which hadnt any success either.
The grill on the left side of my Latitude E6400 gets extremely warm--especially when video is playing. The bottom side of the case, on the left side, gets very warm, as well. I've been able to confirm that the fan behind the grill on the bottom side *does* run periodically; however, the grill and underside remain very warm.
How warm? Right now, after playing a video for about 15 minutes, SpeedFan reports the following temperatures: GPU (162F), HD0 (109F), Temp1 (145F), Core 0 (140F), Core 1 (142F). All of the items except HD0 have a flame icon--indicating an abnormally-high temperature. Worse, I've seen the temperatures considerably higher than the above.
I've had this laptop for about five years. The latest BIOS and drivers are installed. It's working OK, otherwise. This problem started, suddenly, perhaps a year ago.
I just bought the HP ENVY 17-j180ca Notebook PC. I'm trying to calibrate my monitor for photograph editing. The software I'm using to calibrate the monitor with asked two questions I don't have the answers to...
1. Is the Gamut normal or wide? 2. Is the monitor backlit with Fluorescent CCFL, white LED or RGB LED?