Dell :: Upgrading (boxed) M6400 To M6500

Dec 3, 2009

I've just recieved the M6400 covet edition. Dell has given me the choice to return it boxed and get a full refund. I can then order the new M6500, however, I will need to pay at least 750 Euro extra for the faster processor and graphic card.

QX9300 to Core I7 920xm
FX 3700M to FX 3800M

The rest of the specs are the same. Is the worth extra money to upgrade for a computer that will be 8 x faster than the current M6400?

I have to admit though than my hands are itching badly to unbox the m6400.

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Dell :: M6400 And The M6400 Covet? Whats The Difference?

Jul 17, 2009

Yup me again, in my hunt to determine if M6400 is right for me as it costs just about as much as a used car, I want to make sure its a good investment before I buy it.

What is the main difference with the M6400 and the M6400 Covet?

I configured both with the same specs and the Covet is about $900 more in price?

Does orange paint really cost that much?

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Dell :: M6500 What RAM

Feb 20, 2010

I'm planing to buy a M6500 with 4GB in 2 DIMMS and buy 2 more DIMMS somewhere else.

And I have a few questions.

What RAM I should pick from DELL, 1066mhz or 1333mhz?

Also what type of memory should I be looking on Ebay the 204pin or 200pin?

And the last one, which brands of memory are good?

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Dell :: USB 3.0 I/O Board For M6500 Is Available Now!

Mar 19, 2010

Today I just rang Dell part sales department and was told the left I/O board which has 2 USB 3.0 port for Precision M6500 is available now. The price is 117 pound with one year warranty ! (about $175)

The part number is 0831K
What a good deal

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Dell :: M6500 W/ I5 520M

May 19, 2010

I just ordered one of these Precisions, and I'm just wondering if they take advantage of the integrated graphics on the CPU (like for switchable graphics power saving)?

Or would the engineers just completely disable the integrated graphics because of the discrete ATI M7740?

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Dell :: M4500 Vs M6500

Apr 19, 2010

I am in the process of specing a new laptop for engineering work. I will do a little bit of CAD, but mainly processor intensive mathematical simulations in Java, Matlab, or Scilab.

I am considering purchasing either the m4500 or m6500. I don't think I will mind lugging around the m6500. The positive attributes, as I see them, of the two machines are shown below.

Other than that they seem like they are on par, though I can't help but think the m6500 will be able to better handle the cooling requirements of their components than the m4500. What does everyone think? Is it even fair to compare the two?

m6500 pro's:
Graphics power (I would get ATI graphics)
1600 mhz memory supported
4 RAM slots
USB 3.o .....

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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 :: New M6500 Discussion Thread

Dec 1, 2009

here the link: http://www1.euro.dell.com/de/de/unte...bsd&cs=debsdt1

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Dell :: Can I Really Use This Power Adapter For My M6500?

May 11, 2010

I really would like to get two of these, since they are less than 1/3 of the price of the adapters I can get in Norway, but I'm a bit suspicious.

The original adapter for my Precision M6500 is 210 watts (which is totally crazy, but I guess the Fire GL card eats most of it), and this is rated at 90w. But will it even work? Here's the eBay auction, it's in Great Britain:

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Dell :: Why Can't My M6500 Decide What's The First Drive?

May 5, 2010

I have a problem I've never had with any stationary computer (I have never had a dual hard drive laptop before...):

I have one 320 meg drive which I use as little as possible in drive bay one and another, larger drive in drive bay two.

An expensive program I use for work is registered to the drive in bay one, and I can't get a new license, so I would like it to last as long as possible, which is why I only use it there as a kind of dongle.

For the software licensing stuff to work it has to be seen as the first drive by Windows, but not necessarily the one I boot from

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Dell :: Precision M6500, SCAM Or Communication In ?

Dec 23, 2009

How do you order i7 920 processors ? It doesn't give me such option on the website (all it shows in processor option is "Mobile Precision M6500 Silver Base")

so I called dell sales team to find out which processor is there, and on the website it shows "Up to Intel« CoreTM i7- 920XM Quad Core Extreme processors" so i thought it might be as the only option and goes as standard),

they told me that m6500 is only available with i7 820 (1.73hz) and the machine is upgradable to i7 920. heh ? seems like scam

Meantime I can't choose 2 HDD with 500GB, as primary only ATA and secondary is only SATA.

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Dell :: M6500 1600 Mhz And 1333 Mhz Memory

Apr 20, 2010

After reading the m6500 discussion thread it sounds like the consensus is that 1600 mhz memory makes no performance difference. But then a lot of folks seem to have configured their machines with 1600 memory and the below review suggests that the memory will help.

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/842/1/

So to have this fully hashed out, I think we need to answer the below questions:
1) If you order the extreme processor does the BIOS recognize the 1600 mhz memory?
2) Even if it does recognize it does it make a difference?
3) Why did people with the extreme processor order the 1600 mhz memory?
4) Can we fill in the WEI scores for memory using 4 and 8 GB of both 1333 and 1600 memory with the extreme processor?

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Dell :: Where Can I Find Out What Docking Stations Are Compatible With My M6500?

May 10, 2010

I have tried looking at Dell's webpage, but couldn't find any lists over compatible docking stations. Not to mention that when trying to "buy" another identical computer dockings are never mentioned in the "Buy accessories for your Dell" subpage. I have seen a few cheap, used docking stations on the web, but I don't know if they will work. This is the one I can get really cheap:

Would that work on my Preceision M6500? It's for my second and third office (a.k.a. my wife's pet shop and our cabin by the sea), so I need two dockings. And this way I can save 80 % of the cost!

For some stupid reason the M6500 has no SPDIF output, and I see that there is one on this docking. But I don't care if that works or not, I only use SPDIF at home, and I have an USB sound card with SPDIF there.

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Dell :: Releases A New Precision M6500 Core I7 Laptop

Dec 2, 2009

Just seen it on the Dells site today

The I7 Extreme CPU is an option for this baby.

Upto 16 GB Ram with 4 DIMM Slots

Windows 7 Ultimate OS

3 GPu options

ATI FirePro M7740

FX2800

FX3800

Various LCD panel options including the RGBLED

Raid 0, 1, and 5 support

Blu Ray or DVD +/- R drive

The lastest Intel 5150 Wireless card option

Contactless Smart Card reader

Finger print reader option

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Dell :: Precision M6500 :: Extra Items On Keyboard

Apr 20, 2010

My family have bought me the Precision M6500, a little more than I need, but a great machine.Is it possible to find literature on the extra items on the keyboard ,

such as the track stick, track stick buttons, jog shuttle and the precision ON button,the idea behind them and there use

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Dell Precision M6500 :: Shutting Down After 4 Seconds When Turned On

Oct 8, 2011

The problem Im currently having with my laptop is that every time i turn it on, it last about 4 seconds before it shuts down. I can only see the power and battery light on before shutting down. I dont even see the screen turning on. I try going to diagnostic mode and the only thing that changes is that my keyboard lights go on, but then after 4 seconds laptop shuts down. What to do or what might be causing this??

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Dell :: Can I Use A 12 Mm Disk As Precision M6500 Secondary Hard Drive?

May 3, 2010

I would like a big hard drive, but it seems like those bigger than 750 GB are 12 mm, not 9 mm. But can I use that as a secondary hard drive on the Precision?

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Dell Precision M6500 :: Cannot Install Any Operating System On Workstation

Feb 10, 2013

I cannot install any OS on my M6500 wether from USB or DVD.

I keep getting the error  "Required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing" whenever i select to install windows.

I have my 2x 250gb drives in Raid 0  but i keep getting this error all the time, any kink to a driver ?

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Dell Precision M6500 :: US B3.0 On PR02X Fail To Work At 3.0 Speeds?

Sep 6, 2014

Having problems with M6500 and E-PORT plus II PRO2X dock.

USB 3.0 blue jacks on back of dock do not work as 3.0, work as 2.x.

The USB3.0 on side of the laptop perform as expected.

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Nov 30, 2014

Reinstalled Windows 7 on Precision M6500. Smart Card Reader does not respond. My SDHC card is recognized on my other Dell Laptop. What can I do to fix this?

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Dell :: M6500 For VMware + Visual Studio 2008/2010: A Good Idea?

Mar 28, 2010

I'm looking to purchase a powerful notebook for my development needs. I use MS Visual Studio 2008 (in a VMware virtual machine), currently running on my DELL Precision T7400 desktop workstation (Dual Intel Xeon X5482, 3.20GHz / 32GB RAM / 4 x 300GB SAS HD with 15,000rpm). This thing is a pleasure to work with, everything just flies, even when multiple virtual machines are running at same time.

In next months I need to spend some time developing and testing at my customer's site. Now I need something comparable to my T7400 in means of performance, but portable. My first idea was, of course, a M6500. It seems to be a very powerful beast. However, until now I have no experience with such "mobile workstations". Can this thing really deliver what it promises?

Here is my configuration: .....

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Dell :: Which Bag For The M6400?

Nov 22, 2008

i'm waiting for the M6400 I ordered. I didn't choose any of the Dell bags cause I wanted to get it myself.

So here's the question. Which bag to choose - especially regarding the big power supply.
I already did a search:

Targus - Atmosphere ....

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Dell :: If You Like Your M6400 Please Tell Me..!!

Apr 16, 2009

I guess I'm about to get a mobile workstation. I already got an M90 it is great. Only one dead/stuck pixel and the front panel silver button paint came off in a few month of usage.

But I love it. So I am thinking of getting an M6400. Can you back me up on this one..?? Please if you own one tell me the pros and cons.. Have you noticed any Dead/stuck pixels.

What about built quality, feel, comfort, performance, heat, cooling, fan noise, screen quality ( thinking of LEG or RGB LED)..

Any creeking noise while opening the lid or holding or working on the laptop?? Any thing you can tell me about this beast of a machine will be a great help for me indeed

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Dell :: M6400 Lcd

Sep 26, 2008

im about to buy my first laptop and just some things a want to clear out.

Whats the diffrent between a CCFL LCD and a RGB and E2E Silver LCD Panel?

And the diffrent between a LCD Back Cover : Silver with CCFL

LCD Back Cover : Silver with Regural LED?

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Dell :: My M6400

Oct 23, 2008

my M6400 is here - just wanted to post some first impressions.

X9100 - 3.06ghz
4GB DDR3
Quadro 3700M
1440x900 WXGA+
Wireless 5300
Bluetooth 370
DVD+RW slot load
Silver Color
Backlit keyboard
Webcam
2x 80GB 5400rpm drives

2 Intel X25-M 80GB SSD drives will be replacing those 80GB's.

First - my first thoughts are that this system is Fantastic!

The screen is great - its an LG, fantastic colors, no dead pixels. Typical viewing angles for non LED screen, not great, but not noticeably bad either.

No noticeable bleeding, no graininess - very happy with the screen.

Ran 3Dmark 06 (1280x800, stock drivers) - 11,619

GPU temp was around 80 C - not bad at all.

So far, very happy. Putting the SSD ddrives in now - will post more thoughts as I do more. Will post pics ASAP.

Update 1: 2 80GB SSDs are in place - this has Intel's Matrix Storage which allows the creation of one RAID1 volume (which I will use for valuable data) and a RAID0 volume for the rest of the space - this is very nice - get the benefits of both types of RAID in one system!

Update 2: The power brick is completely absurd. Its HUGE - 210W. The good news is that I plugged in a 130W from a M4400 and although I get the popup about the AC adapter not being at least 150W, it does charge the battery and allow the system to run. To me, this is an acceptable alternative to lugging around the giant brick, at least for most things on the road - Later on, I will test the system with this adapter and see what kind of slowdown is caused.

Pics:

RAID Setup:

Next to a M4400 (that I believe I'll be returning very shortly):

Next to an older E1705 - these are virtually the exact same size - its astounding what new tech can cram into the same space

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Dell :: RGB LED For M6400

Oct 7, 2008

does anybody know when M6400 will be available with LED option?

I read - in some post - that the LED displays have quality issues.

if I order the notebook now (with CCFL option) can I upgrade to LED afterwards?

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Dell :: Dead M6400

May 27, 2009

Whilst working away at my desk, M6400 docked it just powered down.

Pressing the power button causes it (the power button) to light briefly and then go out. Pressing FN+Power (as requested by Dell Tech) does nothing at all.

I've tried it with another PSU (I got 2, one with M6400, other with docking station) - and if you plug the PSU in, and then hit power on the laptop - the blue light on the PSU goes out - and doesn't come back on till the power is cycled. The M6400 does nothing during all of this.

The PSUs work just fine with my D820.

Dell techs are coming tomorrow to fix it. I'll let you know what they say!

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Dell :: M6400 And Windows 7

Feb 21, 2009

Any experience installing Windows 7 x64 with the Precision M6400..

the Vista x64 drivers will work on Windows 7 x64 ?, it's faster or better..

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Dell :: Ok To Install XP On M6400?

Jun 14, 2009

I've just bought a refurbished M6400. It comes with no preinstalled OS. I have a dell install disk for Windows XP SP2. Is it ok to install this on my M6400? I will then update to SP3 over the web.

I guess i will also need to install drivers for the graphics card, etc etc.

Please let me know if you have any advice and pitfalls to watch out for.

I'm also considering adding a second hard drive. What drive specification do i need?

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Dell :: 3dmark06 On The M6400 Seems Low?

Jun 20, 2009

I know this is a workstation, and not a gaming laptop, but I still want to use this machine for some after-hour gaming.

What I find odd is that the HP 8730w (which was recently reviewed) got scored a massive 14,263 at 1280x800 resolution,

but the Dell M6400 seems to around 11,600+/-. Odd considering the Dell M6400 is a more powerful system?

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