I am awaiting the arrival of my new DV7T (configuration to follow) and would like to know if anyone has successfully installed XP on theirs and if so, what problems, if any, did you encounter?
Configuration is as follows:
--HP Pavilion dv7t Entertainment PC
- Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
- Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T9550 (2.66 GHz)
- 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
- 500GB 7200RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (250GB x 2) with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
- 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 4650
- 17.3" diagonal HD+ High-Definition HP BrightView Infinity Widescreen Display (1600 x 900)
- Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer
- [For BrightView Infinity Display] Webcam + Fingerprint Reader
- Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card with Bluetooth
I have a few questions that I need clarification on.
First, is 64-bit ok to get. I've read a lot of articles stating that not many things are 64-bit and that drivers are hard to find, and so on. I believe these articles are a little old but I would like to make sure program running and such is ok.
Second, there are so many processors to pick from. You have the: T4200 (2.0 GHz) T6400 (2.0GHz) T6600 (2.2GHz) P7450 (2.13GHz) P8600 (2.4 GHz) P8700 (2.53GHz)
Choices can be a good thing but it's too confusing here. Is the T6600 better than the P7450?
Third, there are two video cards to pick from: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS
Which one is better here? I would think the 9600 but that's just a guess. Seems like the 9200M GS is just now available in 512MB instead of 256MB. So maybe that one is.
Just wondering if this is normal - I'm not exactly sure how many fan speeds there are, but for the sake of keeping this simple, let's say there are 5 (1=off, 2=low, 3=med, 4=high 5=max).
My computer is usually at 2, but I notice that sometimes just watching videos can make my fan go to 3. Is this ok? I know my computer is plenty powerful so it's not that it's struggling. I guess it's because I have powerful parts and they create some heat. But it can be a little annoying for the fan to go one notch higher on something like videos.
Does anyone know if the DV7T-2000 CTO has VT (virtual Technology) capability?
HP is replacing my DV9700z CTO with a DV7T-2000 CTO, but with the recent news that Windows 7 requires VT or AMD-V for XP Mode and not all of Intel's CPUs are VT capable, i've been trying to find out if HP wrote the capability in to the BIOS of the DV7T, The CPU HP is sending me is capable but i cant get a solid answer if the notebook itself has it.
My current notebook has AMD-V and i'm not willing to accept a replacement unit that has less capability than i currently have.
My laptop arrived yesterday. I noticed that the fan is also always ON but on a low rpm. Disabling 'fan always on' option at the bios didn't do anything. The fan is still on all the time, again low rpm. I called customer service and we did bios upgrade, bios reset, and acpi uninstall/reinstall.. Nothing changed.
I have done another test.. I haven't heard the fan go on high speed yet. I tried playing 6 quicktime videos simultaneously and did my matlab simulation at the same time. I ran this for probably 10-15 minutes. cpu is running 100% all the time during this test. But my fan didn't increase speed. It stayed the same. the cpu temperature monitor that I have is always stuck on a certain value after the bios upgrade. I have read forums and they said that same thing happened to them, cpu temp monitoring will stop working after the bios upgrade.
I have a HP DV7t. The Specs of the notebook are in my sig.
Do you think I should get a cooling fan?
My computer runs great with no problems but I notice that it can get somewhat hot at times when I'm gaming. I don't play games too often and I mostly browse the web, but I play games on occasion.
The pic above is using HWMonitor. The max temps were reached while I was playing StarCraft.
Do you think those temps are too high for playing StarCraft? I have my computer slightly elevated in the back but wanted to know if you think I should get a fan such as the Zalman? What fan is recommended for HP laptops?
I got my new DV7T on friday, it's dead by sunday . I was just rebooting and it froze at the hp logo. Turn off then on again; nada. Can't even get into the bios menu. Ugh, this really pisses me off. I only ordered the dv7 to replace my 9700t that had the video card crap out 2 weeks earlier. I'm rapidly losing any faith in any hp product . I've got my repair ticket #. How long has everyones repairs/replacements taken to get back to them?
I'm not really all that up to date on laptop hardware, especially so far as the screen and such is concerned, but I would like to put a WUXGA screen in my DV7t, is this possible? Will just any WUXGA panel work and plug in, or am I going to be stuck with an HP WSXGA+ panel? Either way, I have to upgrade this 1440 x 900 display,
* Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit * Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-540M Dual Core processor (2.53GHz, 3MB L2 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.06GHz * 4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm) * 320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection * 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5830 Graphics - For i5 and i7-620M Processors * 15.6" diagonal Full High Definition LED HP Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1920x1080) * External Tray Super Multi 8X DVD+/-R/RW w/Double Layer Support with 2 USB Ports * Webcam Only * Intel Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth * HP QuickWeb, Corel VideoStudio Pro X2, Corel Paintshop Pro X2, Stardock My Colors * HP Color Matching Keyboard * 6 Cell Lithium Ion Polymer Battery * No Productivity Software * HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope........
Brief specs: dv7t P6800 nVidia 9600M GT 4gb OCZ RAM (I installed this) 2x 7200RPM HD's Integrated TV Tuner
And the thing gets hot when I watch over-the-air HD.
CPUID Hardware Monitor data: ACPI THRM 35*C Min / 90*C Max CPU Core0 20*C Min / 20*C Max (shows 70/70 now...) Core2 21*C Min / 21*C Max (shows 70/70 now...) GeForce 9600M GT GPU 52*C Min / 106*C Max HD's HD1 35*C Min / 49*C Max HD2 37*C Min / 54*C Max
It doesn't get this hot normally, just when I watch TV. I know that media center automatically records whatever you're watching, so I'm assuming that is heating up the proc and HD, but holy crap 106*C? It seems a little excessive. Where is the video card on these things so I can try and make sure that is always in open air.
Looking at a DV7T or DV7 and am wondering about the supposed problem with heat on these. Some appear to have problems and some don't. Does it depend on the build, such as having a quad instead of core 2 duo or faster video card? Are the fan or fans located in the same spot on all builds? Is the venting path more clogged with certain builds? I'm looking at a simple core 2 duo T6600 and standard ATI 4530 on the DVT7 or P7550 and ATI 4650 on the DV7. Should I plan on having any heat issues with this conservative build especially if I don't plan on doing any serious gaming? Or is each one a crapshoot that is built with some doing well and others not so with heat? Obviously heat is a serious factor in the life of the laptop and don't want this to be an issue if I can help it.
Also looking at the Toshiba P505 with 18.4" screen which from what I've read doesn't have many heating issues. But all in all I like the HP better for looks, features and components.
I bought a Dv7t and it came with a small remote and the basic question i have is:
Where does it go (if there is a slot in the laptop that can hold it)?
I noticed on top of the SD card slot thingy there is a rectangular cover with a symbol on it that is also on the remote (a rectangle with lines coming off of it to the left). Is that supposed to be taken off and the remote slides in there, or is that where you point the remote when you press buttons?
Have seen the DV7 for around $820 and the DV7T on the HP website for around the same price. They look very similar in looks and specs as they are listed. What exactly would be the difference in the two models and is there an advantage to one over the other?
Its starting to get annoying, only being able to see the Percentage and not the remaining time. Is there a way to make it display the Battery life time? You all know what i'm talking about -- like in Dell laptops, they say
"99% 3 hours 10 minutes remaining"
is there a way to make my DV7T show the time left?
running reasonably solid (and still on Vista!) I have definitely got my money's worth out of it like 1000X over .
Only a couple of issues - first, my charger went TU about 3 days before the 12 month warranty expired. I ran out and quickly snagged a Kensington replacement: pretty nice slimline that has multiple adapters, it's actually been handy as an upstairs 2nd charger. HP for the record, also sent me a brand new OEM replacement without too much hassle, just using on online service chat
OK, the matter I'm posting about: my battery has finally gotten wrecked to the point where it's good for about 15-18 minutes on performance, maybe 22-24 on low power settings.
I'd like to be semi-portable again so I'm weighing these options:
Another "stock spec" 8 cell, which I believe it a G08
I see HP offers (through various sellers) a "green" replacement, model G04. I don't think it has longer life, but it's supposed to be warranted for 3 years, plus offer a guarantee of much less charge loss (I think it's something like 95% availability the first year) and replaced pro-rated based on use. Sounds like a better option - the only thing I find peculiar is it's indicated as a 4-cell, with "8-cell" equivalent. I don't really case as long as it works!
My 3rd option is to go aftermarket with a 12-cell battery. The extra weight size isn't that big of a deal, and I even like the idea if the rear being elevated (in my office, I usually keep it hanging off the corner of the desk for better ventilation).
I am considering the DV7T. quality of the keyboard/trackpad and screen?
For some reference, I have gone to the local electronics stores several times of the last few weeks, and I really don't like the feel of any of the NEC, Toshiba, Panasonic, or Fujitsu models (in Japan and these are the only brands the locals carry). I did however, really like the keyboard and trackpad on the new Sony F series, and I like the trackpad on the previous F even better.
Just by going by specs, the DV7T has 2 big advantages over the new F series, the ability to have 2 hard drives and price. However, just looking at the keyboard from pics and videos, it doesn't look so good, and it seems the biggest complaint is about the screen.
I'm trying to connect my dv7t with the geforce 9600m to my hdtv via hdmi but the tv isn't picking up the signal. With my old dv9000, it recognized it right away and I didnt have to do anything. I can't check my control panel when I connect it because the laptop screen goes off and nothing else happens. I have dox's latest customized drivers if that matters.
I guess I spoke to soon about my system being perfect (except for the hard drive cover issue that has now been corrected.)
My keyboard is kinda strange. The keys from the middle of the keyboard, all the way over to the right are good and feel solid...even the housing the keys sit in is very solid. HOWEVER...
From the middle of the keyboard all the way to the left side of it when I type the housing that the keys sit in is not solid...it has 'flex' to it...and is actually quite loud when typing in that area. Is this normal or do I have a bad keyboard? God I can hear it now "please return your system to HP to replace your keyboard"...
I'm sure it's very easy to remove it and change it but they will insist that I send it in. Why can't they be more like Dell when it comes to parts that are easily user replaceable?
I bought a Dell Inspiron E1505 which was and still is an incredible laptop. This semester at college, I have a Intro to Game Level Design Class. I thought my laptop could handle it with its mighty Core 2 Duo. I know my video card sucked, but with games the C2D usually pulled alot of weight so I was sure even if I couldn't run the game we were using (Unreal Tournament 3) I could still use the editor. I install the game and boom - the editor wont even work. I later found that it was indeed my video card. So I figured, hell I'll upgrade it. Well, come to find out the Dell doesn't even have a video card....its a crappy intel chipset on the motherboard. I didn't have any other computers for game work, so I figured, time for an upgrade. I didn't want to part ways with my Dell, but I figured if I was smart and did more research for my first laptop, I wouldn't be in this predicament (I literally did no research....I went to Dell and figured I wanted the middle setup. Yes, very stupid on my part.) So I did alot more research this time, and I found that I could get a HP Pavillion dv7t with a nice actual video card and a core 2 duo for the price I found was great, around $1500 (all the others were either too expensive or didn't offer as much). So, I went for the HP Pavillion dv7t. Sorry Dell, but with HP I have a choice for a video card, not a crappy intel chipset.
2.66 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile 3GB DDR2 RAM 500GB SATA hard drive 1GB ATI Radeon 4650 Mobillity HD 17.3 Inch Widescreen Built in webcam Lightscribe DVD / DVD RW 8X Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 with free upgrade to Windows 7...........
I am considering buying the DV7T, but I am in Japan and for whatever reason, they only offer the 32-bit version. After I get the computer, would I be able to do a fresh install of the 64 bit version with the original key that comes from HP?
I have two power bricks for my notebook (I bought a second one at the time I placed my order so I would have a spare for traveling, etc.)
One of the bricks gets way hotter then the other. I don't understand why, they are both 120W adapters. I can't help but be paranoid that something is wrong with the one that gets really hot and I'm afraid to use it. I mean why would one barely get warm and an identical second one gets hot?
Has anyone been able to tell a difference between 5400 rpm and 7200?
I think awhile back i ran some benchmarks, there may have been a little bit of a jump between the two.. but i cant recall if in the real world it was that noticeable.
i took a look at some relative numbers, i think the performance mark diskmark for a 7200 rpm drive was around 388, while on the 5400 it was 255, thats a 35% jump if accurate. Also, i'm not sure if 7200rpm would drain the battery quicker etc..
I had initially orded it with a single 320gb 5400 rpm, i was thinking of adding a 2nd (primary) 7200 rpm drive.
Also.. are these hp dv7ts using sataI or sataII drives?