Dell :: Is Replacing My 2 Year Old XPS M1530 With A Newer Model?
Mar 1, 2010
I have a 2 year old xps m1530 WITH the 4 year complete care package. After having a service tech come to my house NUMEROUS times to repair and replace the motherboard fo various problems, Dell has agreed to replace my XPS. Because the XPS m1530 is discontinued they said it would be a comparable model??? Has anyone had a replacement recently, and if so which model did you receive. I am mostly concerned about which video card I will get. I do alot of gaming on my laptop and currently have an Nvidia 8600. Now that Dell is using ATI, which card SHOULD I expect to get?
I have an XPS m1530 that has an LED LCD. Lately I've noticed that the brightness on the monitor just doesn't seem as sharp as it once was. A few days ago I had the opportunity to do a side-by-side comparison with another new XPS m1530 and there was a slight, although noticeable difference between the two in terms of the brightness.
I started looking at the XPS M1530 way back in early 2008 as a potential laptop to purchase as my first laptop, and I found that it was all around the best deal for a 15" laptop when I bought it in July of 2008.
I originally wanted the 6 cell due to the slimmer design but ended up purchasing the M1530 when the 6 cell was not in stock and the 9 cell was a free upgrade.
So I got it with the 9 cell. When I first tested it a few weeks after purchase I was able to get a little over 4 hours (almost 4.5) with Wi-Fi on and the screen at low-mid brightness. Today I tested again, I unplugged it from the wall at 4:50 today, and at exactly 7:40 the screen shutoff. That is 2 hours, 50 minutes. That is over an hour worse then what it got originally.
I have bought M1530 on 28th of April 2008, together with 1 year warranty. It expired on 28th of April 2009, however from what I am reading I qualify for 1 year extra GPU warranty, am I right?
But when I phoned Dell (it was when my AC adapter broke and needed replacement) on each occasion I asked about this extended warranty and they were always telling me that they never heard of it.
Am I being lied to? Or are they right? When I check the servicetag status of my laptop it says that warranty has expired and there is no extra warranty there (if there was it would apply till 29th of April 2010).
WD Black Scorpio 7200RPM 320GB 16MB Cache http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136280
From what I've researched, the Seagate HDD is faster and consumes less power, but I've always been a WD fan and have had multiple reliable products from them. I was wondering if anyone had their own perspective on the HDDs that they upgraded on their M1530.
I know alienware tends to be abit bulkier, but is this a good thing? Or should I request Studio XPS 16? Everything seems alot beeter then my current 1530 but not sure about the graphics card? I Here is what they are sending: ...
Depending on whether Dell can fix my M1530 with a motherboard replacement, I'm thinking of asking that they replace it with a Latitude E6500.
My father has this machine, and he seems pretty happy with it (aside from a few random crashes due to the way the IT Tech at his company configured the poor thing - the OS is a real mess).1) Are there any outstanding issues with the E6500 currently? Which is the preferred wireless card?
2) Does the Quadro video card have the same overheating issues as my 8600M in my M1530? I don't really game too much (all I'd be playing would be Half-Life based games) so I could get away with the X4500HD if I wanted to, but I'd prefer a dedicated graphics card (and I'd be having a screen which is 1920x1200).
I'm trying to find info on an aspire... Not the model # itself as that is not the problem, but the sub model#...
The model is Acer Aspire 8930G, but the sub model # is 6963 and that is where my research seems to go dry... Does anyone have info on this sub model #?
Also i might ask is how user friendly is the 8930G for upgrades as for the processor and video? The current processor is the T5800 with the 9600m nvidia... Would it make sense to upgrade and what is the potential of this 8930G with the T5800?
I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop and it is currently running with the A12 BIOS version.
I notice that there are several newer versions available... A14, A15 & A17
Since the details of the A14 version indicate that it includes an "Intel CPU microcode update", must I FIRST UPGRADE with this A14 version before I THEN upgrade with the latest A17 version, or by simply upgrading directly with the A17 version, will this also include all previous updates, including the Intel CPU microcode update...
Has anyone had experience with the NS255 (or even the NS235 or NS290) that came out at the very end of last year? I've read some reviews that say the older NS135 and NS190 are average at best, but can't find any reviews on the newer 2xx line. Here are the specs I've found on the NS255:
Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2.00 GHz Processor 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz Bus speed 4096 MB DDR2 (PC2-6400) RAM Max: 4GB 250 GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive 15.4" WXGA (1280 x 800) LCD XBRITE-ECO Display Built-in 1.3 Megapixel Webcamera and Microphone ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3430 with up to 2040MB Shared Video Memory DVD±R/RW Drive with Double Layer Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN 802.11a/b/g/n 10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet LAN Built-in Memory Stick® Standard/Duo PRO with MagicGate™ Card Reader Built-in Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot ExpressCard 34 Slot Connections: 4 x USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, Microphone-in, VGA, RJ-11 (Modem), RJ-45 Approximate Unit Dimensions: 14.18" (W) x 1.5" (H) x 10.63" (D) Approximate Unit Weight: 6.4 Pounds
I'm not pleased with the lack of HDMI (my TV does not have VGA input) and Bluetooth but I suppose I could get by with S-video.
I'm set on a 15.4" screen and my needs are Web surfing, video over web, MS Office (lots of Word, Powerpoint, and Excel), light-moderate picture/video editing, light gaming (kids games), Skype, and video chat. I've run the FAQ under a different thread, but just trying to get some thoughts on this model.
I really want to buy a black one as I prefer a matte finish and it wouldn't discolor, but I want it new and I cannot find any here in Canada, so I will have to buy a white one. This is going to be my very first mac and to me it's a lot of money... I hope it will be worth it (I'm a little nervous about the switch) .
I have a ThinkPad x240 that is about 2 months old running Windows 7. Everything has been working great until this morning.Â Â I was on vacation and did not use my laptop for a week or so.Â Â When I plugged it into my docking station this morning, I noticed that the battery was reading 0% charged and was not charging.Â Â Â Lenovo Power Management showed that the battery is in good shape Lenovo Power Management showed that there was "no activity" - not charging Lenovo Power Management showed no battery #1 - battery # 2 installed but not charging.
Troublshooting so far Tried charging with external power supply outside of docking station - No Change Removed battery, powered unit up and removed all Battery items in Device Manager Reinstalled battery and powered unitup - No change Removed and reinstalled the Lenovo Power Management and Driver / rebooted - No change
Current state: No Power Management software on the laptop - just using the Microsoft stuff (Still not charging). What else I should be trying / checking?Â
Much like purchasing a lottery ticket, sometimes it seems "ya pays yer money an' ye takes yer chance" when it comes to buying a computer from a mail order business. Personally I've dealt with Dell twice in the past and when I decided to purchase said lappy in December 2006 I had confidence lightning would indeed strike thrice and I would luck in.
Though dealing through India was at first intimidating, the gentlemen I spoke with had better command of the English language than half the people I work with and far superior to any of my teenage daughter's friends.
That said, I simply wished to note that after over a year of daily usage I have had ZERO problems with my lappy other than a need for a BIOS update I was personally too ignorant to recognize the need for.
I was therefore curious if there were others able to make similiar claim. I know Dell has taken a spanking lately in some forum topics but I wish to identify that there are occasions when things work out remarkably well.
Acer aspire 5745G, everything was working fine until i tired to update newer bios files, but my laptop restarted and now when i try to turn the laptop on, nothing happens and nothing appears at all, only the power button is flashing, so i googled it a little bit and i found out that i need to download a BIOS files and unzip them to my formated USB, i did that but nothing happens when i try to hold FN button + Esc ......
All my systems in my sig have replaced GPU's in a less than a year.
Is this what I get for trying to get a performance GPU's?
Kind of ennoying because I hate the tech's to come to my place and rape my system - I'm not saying all techs do, but I only had one guy who was really careful w/ my system when he was replacing parts. Others just didn't give a damn, which even lead to replacing my M1330.
I caught him when some plastic part from mobo flew off my system, and when he closed the system up, the system refused to boot up lol.
my XPS gen 1 w/ ATI still runs okay at my mom's place.
One of the truths on the internet is that people complain more than they praise a product, generally speaking. I wanted to take a moment to praise a laptop I bought for my (then fiance) wife 4.5 years ago. A dell inspiron ~8600 (like this one [url]
IIRC, since I'm away from it right now, it has a 1.5 ghz celeron processor, 512mb of ram, integrated video card, 60 gig HDD...
For the entire time we have had it, not one hardware failure. The only "problem" we have had is that occasionally I need to insert a CD/DVD twice before it's recognized....not sure if that's user error, scratched discs, of the drive itself.
This thing regularly sees hours of operation on our down comforter running DVDs with no cooling pad. The underside gets hot to the point you can't leave your hand on it for more than 2-3 seconds. The hard drive has been infected with one virus ("Windows antivirus 2008"), receives highly irregular scans and defrag).
I have never cleaned the vents or taken off an underside panel. It has been lugged around, dropped from 1-foot-18" heights onto hard and carpeted surfaces multiple times. It has no dead pixels, the screen still looks fine (albeit it doesn't perform to today's expectations).
We routinely leave it plugged into A/C power non-stop and drain it till it auto-shuts down. After ~4.5 years, it will perform 2.5-4 hours of web surfing, e-mailing, word/powerpoint, and video activities before being drained.
I was reading some FAQs about proper notebook care and came across how many different rules I was "breaking"....and wanted to point out that this Dell, at least, has taken it all in stride.
I'm considering buying a XPS Studio 16 as a replacement, and have looked at some of the Sager models. My solid experience with Dell makes me want to stay with them, even though it appears the Sager models might have a few upsides in what I'm looking for.....
I purchased the XPS 1330 January 2008, and it has been giving me problems forever. I got my motherboard replaced 4 times, 4 new heatsinks, a new CPU, a new Monitor. Additionally, the service I have received was very poor.
Is there a department I could call to try and return this? Also, now finally, they agreed to do a swap, and to top it off, they are sending me the wrong keyboard layout. I purchased the laptop in Canada (US Keyboard layout) and I am currently in the UK. I have 3 years international warranty. When I filed the swap with the first technician, I asked specifically for a US keyboard; however, upon calling today, I was told, I would be given a UK Keyboard instead.
So, anyone know what I can do? Or better yet, anyone want to take this laptop off my hands (you will obviously get the swap).
The trackpoint middle scrolling button doesn't work for some of the newer applications such as ITunes, the newest versions of Picasa, Windows Live Mail, Safari, and Windows Live Writer.
Below is a fix applicable to all Windows OS's. The location of the edited file may vary so look in the Device Manager under trackpoint driver details to find driver locations.
The file must be edited as an administrator in Vista and Windows 7. To do this, at the programs box type in notepad and on the notpad program in the menu right click and select, "Run as Administrator."
In Win7 x64 it is located at: (edit with Notepad run as Administrator).
c:Program FilesLenovoTrackpoint p4table.dat
; Google Picasa *,*,picasa3.exe,*,*,*,WheelStd,0,9
; Windows Live Mail *,*,wlmail.exe,*,*,*,WheelStd,0,9
; Windows Live Writer *,*,WindowsLiveWriter.exe,*,*,*,WheelStd,0,9
I've had my laptop for under a year and my battery is much worse than when I first got it. I seem to recall reading about some feature of the xps laptops that I may return the battery within 1 year, no questions asked. When I called up they said I would need to call back when I'm in front of the computer. Is anyone aware of the battery return policy for xps laptops?
They told me if there's a defect I could exchange it within a year (afterwards no luck.) I'm a bit worried that they'll say this is just normal use, even though the dell website says battery decline is normal after a year.