Dell :: Is It Possible To Swap A 9400/E1705 Into A M1710 Case

Aug 12, 2008

My Inspiron 9400/E1705 case is getting a little banged up and I was wondering if it's possible to use a M1705 case (bezel, palmrest, base, etc). as a replacement.

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Dell :: M1710 LCD 30% Brigher Than The E1705/9400 LCD

Dec 1, 2007

My friend just told me he heard this was true. Can anyone confirm? I know there are 2 different brands of LCDs floating around in the E1705/9400. A Samsung model, and a Phillips. However he claimed that the M1710 used one different than the E1705/9400, and was a blazing 30% brighter.

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Dell :: 9300 Gut Swap / Transplant Into 9400 Base

May 7, 2009

I've been researching for several days about replacing a fried motherboard in my Inspiron 9300, and I have began to wonder, if I could not just transplant it's guts into a 9400 base.

I see that 9300 Mobo's and base are practically the same cost as 9400 mobos and base.

Having a 9400 Mobo would allow me upgrades in the future that my 9300 would not and that idea makes me happy.

I'm hoping someone might be able to answer me having done this themselves .....

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Dell :: Inspiron 9300 Screen Swap With 9400

Nov 14, 2007

I'm trying to repair a 9300 with a radeon x300 video card in it - after the LCD panel died.

I've tried two panels to replace it, a WUXGA and a WXGA both from a 9400 - both panels are tested, and known to be absolutely working, as are the inverters.

In the 9300, the LCDs work, but the backlight doesn't come on, so they are effectively useless. I've tried them with all combinations of inverters, the ones specifically for those screens, then swapped around, and then changed for the original 9300 WUXGA inverter - nothing makes any difference, even though all parts are tested and working in a 9400.

The machine works fine with an external monitor, and in-a-sense works fine with the LCD panels - the output is working fine both ways, just not the backlight.
I've just never heard of a backlight problem on the card, only ever the inverter or backlight. The fact that the card was working fine before the old panel died also makes me doubt a problem there (and the old panel was an LCD problem, not a backlight problem).

Unfortunately, an LCD panel with no backlight at all is unusable, as it's almost impossible to see anything at all - much worse than a dim backlight. You have to hold it at the right angle, in the right lighting conditions, and squint

I've just tried flashing to the latest A05 system bios, and the latest ATI video bios from Dell, and that hasn't helped. Is there some good reason that 9400 panels aren't compatible with a 9300, or have I got a video card with dead backlight output?

The video card is the only thing I can think of, but it was working fine before the old panel died, and I've never heard of symptoms like this.

I don't have a working panel from a 9300 to test with, and can't afford to risk buying another panel, also replacement cards for the 9300 are like hens teeth.

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Dell :: Anyone Using 4GB RAm On A E1705/9400

Sep 22, 2007

I am thinking of upgrading to 4GB or RAM

But seem to see conflicting info about the E1705 having a limit of 2 GB of RAM

So can anyone confirm that I indeed use 2x 2GB SODIMMS in my laptop

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Dell :: M1710 Case Badges

Aug 18, 2007

Got them off a seller on ebay for about $1.50 each $2.50 total combined postage. The 2 Vista and 1 Firefox ones on the left side were ones the seller threw in for free.

The four I ordered, Graphics by Nvidia, Nvidia - The Way Its Meant To Be Played, Intel Core 2 Duo and G.Skill Ram. The Nvidia and Intel ones were Offical badges, the G.Skill one was a custom design by the seller but looks equally professional.

Thought the palmrest looked very bare.

Decided to place them vertically with the originals. I do realise theres 2 Intel ones but I didnt want anybody thinking I only had an old Core 1 .

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Dell :: E1705 / 9400 Ram Upgrade

Jan 26, 2010

I have a Dell E1705 / 9400. I want to upgrade RAM. Currenly i have 2 * 1GB 667 MHZ RAM. I want to upgrade to 4GB. Will my laptop support. I want to upgrade to maximum frequency ram. 800 Mhz or more. If its available.

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Dell :: Put A 7800 Go GTX In A 9400/E1705?

Jun 21, 2009

A friend of mine has a Inspiron E1705 with a now-dead 7900M GTX. I was wondering if it is possible to put a 7800 Go GTX in it?

I could do a little upgrade for myself by buying his video-card-less notebook and putting my 9300's 7800Go GTX in

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Dell :: 9400 Keyboard Fit In M1710?

Oct 16, 2009

I have an M1710, and I hate the look of the grey keyboard. I've alreayd purchased an M170 palmrest, but the M170 keyboard doesn't work in my M1710.

Does the 9400 keyboard simply plug into the M1710?

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Dell :: My Inspiron 9400 To Xps M1710 Mod

Nov 27, 2007

I know a few folks here have posted about their Inspiron 9400 to a M1710 XPS mod but I would like to post my own as well.

Here are pics of my system half way modded:

I have the M1710 black colored XPS lid coming within a few days.

The palmrest is in new cond.No wear what so ever or scratches.

The power button cover is in new cond.Both the palmrest and the power button cover was bought on saturday from Dell Parts and I got it today,tuesday.Free S/H from Dell.I know
I paid a little more than some for the plamrest but it is in new cond so I cant go wrong.

Dell P/Nassembly,cover,hinge,plastic M1710-d/p:CF426-$56.00
assembly,palmrest,plastic,M1710-d/p:FFO84-$10.99
The XPS M1710 black cover was bought on Ebay for$40.00 with S/H and guy's screenname is "TEX-JET"and he says is A+ cond.Currently waiting on delivery.

I am lastly later going to buy a silver XPS M1710 keyboard.Soon

I will update the pics when I get the XPS M1710 lid received and I have a chance to put it on.

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Dell :: 9400 Gr 7900 Gs Go And XPs M1710

Jan 11, 2008

i have dell e1705 1,8 dual core 2 gb ram it its possible to swop 7900 gs go with 6800 ultra go? ,to XPS m1710? (bios flashed) right now i have 7400pts on 3dmark05 , when i play gpu of 7900 its to hot like 80C:/ i tray instal new drivers but i have error....i tray use fan non stop but work just sometimes:/

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Dell :: Are Replacing My 9400 (e1705) With A 1720

Jan 25, 2008

I have a high end speced Inspiron 9400:

2.13 core 2 duo, 2gig ram, 100gig 7200 rpm hd, 1920x1600 true life screen, 7800go gfx which I purchased in June 2006. I am in the UK so this cost me 1100 from the Dell outlet.

During December 2007 it has had 4 service calls where the motherboard, graphics card, and lcd have been changed 4 times with the same fault occurring (lines on lcd).

Dell have kindly agreed at my request to swap the laptop for a new 9400, but as the 9400 is no longer in production Dell said they will give me a similar spec 1720 instead, which was nice of them and I agreed. Here is the spec for the 1720:

2.2gig cpu, 2gig ram, 160 5400rpm hd, 8600 gfx, 1920x1600 lcd.

All seemed fine but slower hd which I can live with (just about).

I then started doing some research and discovered the 8600 is slower than the 7800 I had? and the laptop has no DVI port! I used to connect the 9400 to my external montior and sometimes my HD TV using the DVI and will miss it dearly on the 1720.

Would it be unreasonable for me to ask for a higher spec machine over the 1720?

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Dell :: Does E1705/9400 Support T7500

May 28, 2009

I got a sweet deal from a friend of mine who is going to sell me a T7500 for $50. The problem is, T7500 is 800Mhz. Will my dell e1705 support it?

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Dell :: E1705/9400 Memory Tests

Oct 20, 2007

I thought I would put the E7105 through some tests to see what various Memory configs benchmark at.

Starting with 1 Gig Single DDR @ 533 Mhz, then 2 x 1 GB @ 533 in Dual Channel

Then I mixed a 2 GB @ 667 mhz with the 1 GB @ 533 Mhz

Last the 2 x 2 GB Memory @ 667.

I ran Super Pi on each config, Sandra Memory Benchmarks, and 3DMark06.

Did not see any Difference in the 3DMark Tests.

Video Memory Reported as 495 MB Video 248 MB System 743 Mb Texture

1 GB Tests

Super Pi = 5.38.14 ( 5 Min 38.14 Seconds)

Sandra Tests

Memory Bandwidth = 3258 MB/S
Latency = 118 ns
Cache & Memory = 14416 MB/S

2 GB Tests

Super Pi = 5.28.625 ( 5 Min 28.625 Seconds)

Sandra Tests........................

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Dell :: CPU's Compatible With Inspiron 9400 / E1705?

Mar 14, 2009

I'm attempting to upgrade my wife's 9400/e1705 but it's been so long since I gave a damn about mobile CPU's that I've forgotten which ones will fit and which ones won't.

I know she has a core solo 1.66 yonah, and I know it can fit certain T1** and T2**, and I know there's a screaming fast one out there, but I don't want to buy the wrong thing.

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Dell :: My Insprion 9400 Set-upmodding It Into An XPS M1710

Aug 21, 2007

here's my setup below so far. Am modding it slowly into an XPS M1710 look a like, have the keyboard, just waiting on the LCD top and palmrest with XPS in the mouse pad. I managed to get the black XPS LCD cover too, but for now I have the chequerplate look that mine came with. Much prefer the silver keyboard to the black, and it has a nicer feel than the black one to type on.

External HD's are 2x small 80GB Lacies which are for portable work, and the big one is an Iomega 500GB. I'm a photographer and web desginer by trade so the more space I have the better.

Let me know your thoughts. p.s not sure how to get pics up smaller ?? so hope there not too big.

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Dell :: Currently Replacing 9400/1710 With M1710

Jul 27, 2007

My laptop was in a car accident and the bottom chassis cracked open, it still works but long story short I'm getting a replacement. I was scared I would get one of the new 17" models with the POS 8600 card but to my relief my approval went throuh today, I just verified it and its an identically speced M1710 to my 9400.

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Dell :: Upgrading Memory Inspiron 9400/E1705

Sep 2, 2008

can I upgrade to pc2-5300 ddr2-667 with my current possessor
also taking into consideration that i mite upgrade the cpu some day

How much ram can the Inspiron handle with the latest bios update
will i need a new psu to power such upgrades
feel free to fill me in on anything i'm missing here

I'm looking at some Mushkin pc2-5300 ddr2-667 2 x 1gb

Is all or most 5300 667 supported by newest bios
I found cheap ram made for imac can i use mac ram in a dell

All info and suggestions are appreciated




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Dell :: New DVD Drive Won't Detect/read 9400/E1705

Oct 10, 2007

I have a Dell 17inch E1705/9400 notebook and Vista home. I recently purchased a [url]Samsung DVD burner. I replaced the stock one, and once I turned the computer on the OS does not detect the new drive at all . The drive will not open when the button is pressed, but the power (reading?) light is on ALL the time. I do not hear the drive making any noise, only at startup.

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Dell :: INSPRON 9400/E1705 CPU Heatsink DF031

Sep 1, 2008

I need a new CPU Heatsink DF031 for my 9400/E1705 but I don't have a service tag

Would anyone be willing to order me one to my address or lend me your tag info

I need this so badly my poor laptop is in pieces

any help is greatly appreciated

I live in Ontario so anyone in Canada would probably work out best

anyone intersested in doing this for me will be compensated via paypal

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Dell :: Inspiron 9400/E1705 BIOS UPDATED

Dec 6, 2009

Dell just updated the bios to version A10.

Fixes and Enhancements:
1. Update thermal table for NVidia graphic.

I'm amazed they decided to update the bios after such a long time. Hopefully this will fix our toasty graphics cards.

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Dell :: FX2500 In An Inspiron 9400/E1705.. Drivers And O/C

Jan 8, 2008

So here we go :

1) I'm ordering in a FX2500 to replace my 7800 go. I'm currently using Extreme-G Mobileforce driver 92.91 (I've tried some of the newer versions but prefer this one). Will this driver be compatible with the FX2500?

2) What are the best drivers for the FX2500 if not Mobileforce?

3) Overclocking... I've read the posts about flashing the 7900GTX bios to enable overclocking, does this mean i cannot overclock using the normal software way. In the Mobileforce drivers for the 7800, the option is in the Advanced Settings options in Windows. Does the FX2500/7950GTX not have this option and is BIOS flashing the only way to overclock the card?

4) If the BIOS flash is to enable voltage adjustments as well as clock adjustments, is this something I need to do or will the card do well with just altered clock speeds?

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Dell :: Running Windows 7 On Inspiron 9400/e1705

Dec 21, 2009

I ran Win7's Upgrade Advisor and got a couple flags on Inspiron 9400's hardware. But I've heard that people have nstalled Win7 on them (with mixed results).

A couple reports on graphics malfunctions, and someone said the Sigmatel drivers were not found.

I wouldn't bother, but I have a couple development projects that require Win7.

Wondering if anyone has had good luck with Win7, and whether there are certain things to watch out for. All drivers work OK? Did you install 32-bit or 64-bit?

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Dell :: On The 9400/E1705 How Can You Tell If Its The Motherboard Or Video Card ?

Mar 12, 2010

I got a Dell Inspiron 9400/E1705 here that will not boot. The owner said he put into hibernate and went home, when he came in and turned it back on it was sluggish for about 10 minutes, he powered it off and then it would not power back up.

When you turn on the power the power and HD lights come on, you hear what sounds like the HD doing some movement and then it shuts down in a few seconds.

I removed the HD, ram, dvd, wifi, modem and tested it with same results. Also took out the CMOS battery to try to reset the BIOS and put it all back together and same thing.

CPU fan does not spin at all on power up, not sure if this model is supposed to do that little 5 second thing most of them do.

No beeps, nothing on the screen, etc.

Is there a way to determine if its the motherboard OR the video card, as this has a discrete video card, not integrated. Would you get any kind of system response if the video card was dead but the motherboard/cpu was ok ?. I would rather replace one and not both if I can tell which to go after first.

thanks for any ideas or advice.

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Dell :: 9400 / E1705 Mobo Replacement With Onboard Video

Nov 30, 2009

My 7950GTX failed and all replacement cards I've seen on Ebay, from the X1400, 7900GS or better are overpriced.

Since I won't be gaming with my laptop anymore, I was thinking of replacing my motherboard with the one with integrated onboard video, which is more cost effective.

Do you know if it fits, meaning will my current LCD connector fits this motherboard ? Should I expect a bad surprise?

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Dell :: Inspiron E1705/9400 BIOS Update This Month

Dec 5, 2009

It's been over two years since the last update, but Dell finally released a patch for the faulty nVidia graphics chips to help delay failure. That's the only fix listed in the A10 release. I wanted to let everyone know that if you have an nVidia graphics card in your E1705 or any other laptop from 2006-2008 you should check for the latest BIOS update because these cards have faulty thermal design that causes overheating and failure. The symptoms are odd colored pixels, video flickering, rebooting and system crashes, program crashes, odd lines on screen, etc - once you start to exerience this it's already too late, your chip is damaged and needs to be replaced. Likely, at this point, every system out there is probably already experiencing some form of failure so to be safe, if you're still under warranty, I'd use it to get a new card as soon as you can and apply this BIOS update. Anyway, you can find the BIOS update here:

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Dell :: Will Inspiron 9400/E1705 Support PC2-6400( DDR2 800)

Aug 21, 2007

Looks like same number of pins etc:
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Dell :: Inspiron 9400/e1705 NVidia 7900GSWindows 7 X64 Drivers Tip!?

Sep 23, 2009

I've been using the Windows Vista (32) that came with my Inspiron 9400, now I'm going to (thankfully) upgrade to Windows 7 x64 and I'd like to know if anybody know (had used/ tested/seen) what would be the best and great driver for this nVidia GeForce 7900GS on W7 64.

I looked over nVidia website and there is currently no certified driver for this card + Windows version, so for what I see, we'll have to go either laptopvideo2go and mobileForce,

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Dell :: Explain Technical Details Of E1705/9400 NVidia Card Options?

Dec 24, 2007

Could a few technologists in the know give me a detailed rundown on the primary differences between the three nVidia card options for the E1705/9400?

I quickly replaced my original X1400 with a dual pipe 7900GS but I am now interested in either moving up to a 7900GTX or a 7950GTX. I know I will also need to upgrade to the 130W or 150W PS as well.

I am looking for comparison information regarding memory, clockspeeds, pipeline counts, pixel/vertex units, pixel/fill rates, processing bandwidth, etc.

I am also curious about a good source for the purchase of any of these items. I have found one posting on eBay for a 7950GTX. I am interested to know if I can purchase directly from Dell, or save a few bucks by purchasing from eBay or a forum member. I also know I have read that there are equivalent Quadro (sp?) cards which will work in my machine. Are there any disadvantages to taking this route?

I know I could dig through a thousand plus posts on the topics and find all of the information I want, but I also know how much you guys thrive on expressing your technical expertise on subjects such as this ..........................




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Dell :: E1705 Vs. M1710

Feb 17, 2008

So I bought an Inspiron 9400 bout two years ago, its a piece of shi*t ... i've had i dunno about 6 or 7 service calls now .... ANYWAYS

When I went to purchase a laptop I was looking at both the XPS and the laptop I decided on (E1705), and the only thing I noticed that was different was that the XPS was substantially more expensive, and had a different look ...

Not to insult anyone's taste or anything, but the look of the XPS is tacky as hell lol ... I mean, its inundated with the word XPS everywhere (even on the touchpad ... ?), i've never seen one in person ... maybe someone can explain to me haha

Anyways, the purpose of this post isn't about the aesthetic differences between the two series of laptops lol. A friend of mine who is in the market to purchase a laptop has asked me what the differences were ... and I couldnt answer him (hence why i'm posting)

What i'm asking then is, other then its shell, assuming the CPU, GPU, RAM, display are identical what is it that makes the XPS better and at a much higher price? Is the motherboard better, or are XPSes less prone to random breaking? If anyone can differentiate the two for me i'd appreciate it, so I can help my friend out before he drops $2.5k on a laptop

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