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post #11 of 17
Im pretty sure Alienware will be happy to take more of your money any way they can. Spare parts are out there, but if you can buy from alienware id do that, for the keyboard and battery anyways. Ebay usually has the random bits like that too.
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@iNcontroL
You can do a lot of things with 2GB RAM & XP or Linux. The question is are you willing to pay the price of:
  • Fully dissembling, cleaning & eventually parts upgrades
  • Install of the new OS, drivers & applications
  • The time to do it

For me this is a tough work. I can understand the intention to keep running your system because I share your vision about the old working equipment. Mine laptop is from 2007 and I am happy with it. Just one example, if I want to upgrade the video card I should pay ~ $200, for a Kit 2x4GB Ram another $200.

I think that you have to take a difficult decision.
Edited by duhai - 8/19/13 at 8:46pm
post #13 of 17
I am using an M9700 as we speak, with 2gb ram. As a fellow owner, I would suggest forgetting about buying a battery. Brand new the use time was only 1 hour 25 minutes. It was designed as a desktop replacement more than portable computer, so that battery was more show than go. If my power supply cord is accidentally removed from the charging port, my battery holds just enough charge for me to get the power cord plugged back into the machine before it dies.

I can't be quoted here, but for some reason I remember hearing Vista required 2gb to run, but windows 7 reduced the requirement to 1gb? True or not, I am running windows 7 with 2bg ram and a single geforce 7900gs card, and have no problems with speed until my video card starts to heat up. Thats only in a hot room after watching streaming videos for 4 hours though. I have no "choppy" video, its smooth. Is your internet connection for sure good? If you try a dvd movie is it still slow?

I have the single video card installed, not the two you have to be able to support sli, which makes me wonder if you should pull out the slave video card and see if speed increases. Less video cards installed=less heat=less shutdown

Besides that, unless you are gaming on the computer, there is no need whatsoever for 2 video cards. As far as I know, the software you run has to be compatible with sli mode to take advantage of that extra GPU.

pull it, then ebay it. maybe someone would be interested in buying it from you.
Edited by glosol - 9/21/13 at 4:46pm
post #14 of 17
I just revived an old HP Dv5 with an ancient 9200 Nvidea card that came with Vista and 1 Gb ram. it was horribly slow and it got really hot. I did what you did and pulled it apart and reinstalled thermal paste and cleaned all the dust out. The O/S was apparently used w/o any A/V or firewall and was toast so i did a little research, upgraded the bios and put 4 Gb DDR2 800 in it and then installed Tiny 7 and all the right drivers...It runs like a champ on Tiny 7! I use this cut down OS on old Pentium D lappys with 1 Gb Ram and it is really stable. one of the above posts was correct in that you can do a lot with that still if you really want to keep it. I have several IBM R60's that I use for work and they run 3 Gb ram and have no issues running Win 7 Pro/Utimate even with crappy Intel IGPU. There is also a cut down version of XP called Tiny XP Rev 09 that runs great on even 512mb of DDR400 and a Pentium M.. Google it and you will have no problems finding them on the net. You can still keep that lappy going if you go a little off the beaten path...
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I have never even heard of such a thing as Tiny 7, southernyankey1970. I assume by the name its a stripped down version of windows 7? I will be looking into that because I have had to resurrect a stack of different laptops myself, so a smaller OS would be a huge advantage. Thanks for the tip.
post #16 of 17
I'd give it another repaste and clean it out as much as possible to help temps, also I think it has to do more with being used to the performance of a modern PC and going back to a slower machine that makes you think it's slower than it was before. With the 2GB ram cap you can still make the laptop feel a lot snappier with an SSD, the SSD will also contribute less the overall heat production of the machine.

Another thing you can look into is Intel Turbo Memory, it usually comes as a 4GB PCIe card that acts as additional system ram, I don't know how much it'll help but it's worth looking into.
post #17 of 17
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@iNcontroL
You can do a lot of things with 2GB RAM & XP or Linux. The question is are you willing to pay the price of:
  • Fully dissembling, cleaning & eventually parts upgrades
  • Install of the new OS, drivers & applications
  • The time to do it

For me this is a tough work. I can understand the intention to keep running your system because I share your vision about the old working equipment. Mine laptop is from 2007 and I am happy with it. Just one example, if I want to upgrade the video card I should pay ~ $200, for a Kit 2x4GB Ram another $200.

I think that you have to take a difficult decision.

I share this point of view. I fixed the HP lappy in my sig a year ago; it cost about $80 in specific parts (half of that was for the DDR2 RAM, ridiculous...... rest for slightly upgraded Turion, new battery, new AC brick). I had to completely disassemble everything to repair the shorted GPU (well known MAJOR over-heating problems, there was a class action suit lol). I had a spare SSD to use, so threw that in, helped quite a bit. I had it running Ubuntu 13, but it couldn't handle the GUI, and was buggy, so recently switch to Win 2k Pro. Even something as simple as running HD YouTube vids really gets this guy winded, kicks the fan to high gear, and CPU usage spikes to ~80% on both cores. My point is that if I had to spend even $75 more, I would have just abandoned it and gotten a new sub $400 laptop. The screen would have been much much smaller, but all of the other specs would have whipped my HP. It's just not worth the time and money with older laptops; the legacy parts they use require a price premium that can't be rationally justified compared to vastly superior modern hardware.
Edited by btupsx - 9/21/13 at 9:47pm
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