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what are the best video drivers for the 6831? i just got nvidia's latest and it looks like everything is only running on medium colors, not highest (although the setting is on highest)
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Will this Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 work in my 7805u- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819111006 -

I figure it would give my favorite laptop a little extra longevity, not that it's struggling now, but a year from now I could see myself wanting to pop one in. Will it work?
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Originally Posted by Chimeracaust View Post
Will this Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 work in my 7805u- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819111006 -

I figure it would give my favorite laptop a little extra longevity, not that it's struggling now, but a year from now I could see myself wanting to pop one in. Will it work?
I think so. I know the T9300 and the x7800 work and most just go with the T9300.
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Hi guys,

New guy on the block with a few questions about the Gateway FX series for anyone who might care to answer.

I am looking to purchase a Gateway FX series laptop. This is my first laptop so I want to make an informed purchase.

I like the specs on the new 7908 and the 7915, (including cost), but I hate the new super glossy case. The 7805 case is better looking for my personal preferences. This is really the only thing I don't like about it. So maybe I should just deal with it?

So, would it be the right move to go with the 7805 [to get the old look] and just upgrade the processor to something faster? 2.26 GHz is plenty fast for a laptop but I was thinking of something closer to the 2.8GHz range. Does anyone know if the T9600 is able to be O/C'd?

Another consideration is that since I'm an avid gamer, the GTX 260M looks like a better option than the 9800M GTS.

Not sure if hard drive speed of 7200 vs. 5400 is that big of a deal but I can always upgrade those too.

Finally, I'm wanting the screen res of the 7811 at 1920x1200 over the 1440x900 in the newer models. I have read here of people switching to the LG LP171WU1 to get the higher res, but then some here say that will in fact lower performance. I'm up on the air on this one.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions and thanks for reading my long-ish post!

Happy 2010!
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Originally Posted by RuzzT View Post
Hi guys,

New guy on the block with a few questions about the Gateway FX series for anyone who might care to answer.

I am looking to purchase a Gateway FX series laptop. This is my first laptop so I want to make an informed purchase.

I like the specs on the new 7908 and the 7915, (including cost), but I hate the new super glossy case. The 7805 case is better looking for my personal preferences. This is really the only thing I don't like about it. So maybe I should just deal with it?

So, would it be the right move to go with the 7805 [to get the old look] and just upgrade the processor to something faster? 2.26 GHz is plenty fast for a laptop but I was thinking of something closer to the 2.8GHz range. Does anyone know if the T9600 is able to be O/C'd?

Another consideration is that since I'm an avid gamer, the GTX 260M looks like a better option than the 9800M GTS.

Not sure if hard drive speed of 7200 vs. 5400 is that big of a deal but I can always upgrade those too.

Finally, I'm wanting the screen res of the 7811 at 1920x1200 over the 1440x900 in the newer models. I have read here of people switching to the LG LP171WU1 to get the higher res, but then some here say that will in fact lower performance. I'm up on the air on this one.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions and thanks for reading my long-ish post!

Happy 2010!
Get the new model and never choose a laptop based strictly on appearances. 5400 rpm drive might suck, but it's not the end of the world. In my own opinion 1440x900 is a better resolution for these laptops than 1920x1200. The reasoning is simple, 1440 looks fine in game, and it runs MUCH MUCH better than 1920x1200. These laptops are powerful, but they are not desktop powerful and 1920x1200 is a super demanding resolution and these machines are just not powerful to keep up with it in most newer games. 1440x900 is not and these laptops are tailor made to excel at that resolution.

Non-native resolution looks terrible and should never ever be considered, meaning you would have to max resolution on all games. At 1440x900 I can max everything, except Crysis which I can run pretty well at high, and I can run in my native resolution. If I was 1920x1200 I would have to lower my settings and it would be much harder for me to run games in the future at that resolution than 1440x900.

So long story short go for the new gateway, or the new asus which also looks like a beast.
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DUMB QUESTION ALERT!

Which processor is better for my 7811 T series or the P series?
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Hi all I am new here, and I am glad I found this forum.

I recently purchased a 7908u, and was thinking of upgrading the processor so that I can get awesome graphics in Medieval Total War 2. Does anyone have any good suggestions? Also, I have never done this before, are there any good guides around that could tell me how to do this.

Thanks!

Edit: The 7908u is a P socket and the chipset is PM45
Edited by cbehrendt - 1/4/10 at 4:40pm
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Originally Posted by Chimeracaust View Post
Get the new model and never choose a laptop based strictly on appearances. 5400 rpm drive might suck, but it's not the end of the world. In my own opinion 1440x900 is a better resolution for these laptops than 1920x1200. The reasoning is simple, 1440 looks fine in game, and it runs MUCH MUCH better than 1920x1200. These laptops are powerful, but they are not desktop powerful and 1920x1200 is a super demanding resolution and these machines are just not powerful to keep up with it in most newer games. 1440x900 is not and these laptops are tailor made to excel at that resolution.

Non-native resolution looks terrible and should never ever be considered, meaning you would have to max resolution on all games. At 1440x900 I can max everything, except Crysis which I can run pretty well at high, and I can run in my native resolution. If I was 1920x1200 I would have to lower my settings and it would be much harder for me to run games in the future at that resolution than 1440x900.

So long story short go for the new gateway, or the new asus which also looks like a beast.
Cool, thanks for the feedback!

I checked out the new Asus and although it indeed does look like a beast, cost and battery life are going to remove that type of machine from my list. The backlit keyboard and bluray player are pretty sweet though.

I think I'll just go with the 7908 or the 7915. I'll live with the glossy case and the lower resolution considering the points that you made about non-native res and playing games at less than full settings. Thanks!
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Wonderful!!! Exactly the place I've been seeking.
Well, it's the P7803H, newly bought, along with a 2TB HDD and a 4-bay HDD enclosure. Now I've upgraded all possibly found drivers. With the latest Intel Matrix Storage Controller, through eSATA connection the system does well on PnP, but only recognizes the first HDD which is at port 0. There's a prompt saying the device might be multi-port, but only "port 0" is connected. Then through USB, all HDDs are found, however, the 2TB can't be accessd/imported. Since my desktop works perfectly with this enclosure by upgrading the SATA controller driver, i.e. JMicron, I start to worry that it might be the laptop's hardware limitation.
Does anyone, any expert, here by any chance know what I should do? Gateway tech support is not helping at all. I was told that I need to pay to know if the laptop hardware supports port multiplier. Hah~~~!

Anyone replies, thank you for your time.
By the way, the chipset is Intel PM45.
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