Originally Posted by daveaston
Have installed the 6800Ultra card in my 9300, got the 9cell battery and the 130W brick. all seemed to go smoothly.
When I put it all back together and pushed the power button, the led panel flashed and then went off - laptop dead as a wotsit.
Put the old ATI X300 back in and all is fine.....I'm assuming I've bought a duff card from ebay?
Any help gratefully received!
Aint it GREAT...
I just finished the upgrade a month ago after reading nearly every page in this forum. The things that seem to be most commonly missed are:
1. Card not properly seated, need to ensure that you press firmly on the "press here" marked on the card, but of course don't crush it.
2. Fubared loading the drivers. (I did this one, had to go throught the whole thing twice to get it.) Check the first 5 pages of this thread and you will see instructions for getting it right.
The link for the best driver I have found is:http://www.tweaksrus.com/index.php?o...163&Itemid=41/
I used the 97.44 it scores 10X better than the ATI X300, but from what I have read, it is still not that impressive for a 7800. From what I have read it will work fine on the 6800.
3. Bios did not install correctly. This one I am sceptical about, because on the Dell Support page, there are instalation instructions for the I9300 upgrade to 6800Ultra, but having not done it I can not be more specific than that.
Anyway good luck with, just be patient and it should work. I also did the jumper wire to a 1.8 CPU in my I9300, it is always turning 2.4 GHZ and scores insanely high on all CPU tests. It consistently performs at the equivalent of 3.0 to 3.4 Pentium 4. I would never have believed it if I had not done it myself.
I will also give props to Primus and Dissilusion in this forum, if you get stuck they seem to provide feedback that works. Not that I have gotten any bad poop.
Also this thread appears to be dieing fast, so good luck. There at three other forums that carry similar instructions for doing these mods.
FYI If an old econ prof can do it with no IT experience outside of being a COBOL programmer for life, anyone can do it. I had never seen the inside of a laptop before I removed my screws.