Operaman, thanks for the rep. I had to go figure out why my green line had gotten longer.
I've never heard of printkey, but it probably works as good or better than what I offered. I use this one because I've used it for years and it serves me well (started using it back in the days if Civ III PBEM gaming.
Originally Posted by kantana
Can someone post the A00 bios for the E1705 and confirm if the 7900GS works with this bios version. I am considering buying the E1705 with 7900GS if I can upgrade the cpu to merom later. However if this is not possible because the 7900GS requires the A01 bios and the merom is not supported with this bios version then I will be forced to consider the XPS m1710 instead which will double the price!
Anyone have experience with the merom and bios A01?
There are 3 possibilities.
1. They will "nerf" to use an MMOG term the Merom functionality with the 1705 (unlikely as they will probably offer a Merom upgrade with the existing hardware which is still top of the line in a laptop)
2. They will release a BIOS with a version greater than A01 that incorporates 7900gs functionality and Merom functionality (most likely, IMHO)
3. You will be able to use A00 and a 7800GTX in your 1705 (sell the 7900gs, but the 7800GTX) with a Merom
There is very little risk to purchasing the 1705. Use it for six months and see what happens. Sell it for 800 bucks or more with the remaining warranty and buy a new one if the merom support is not where you want it to be. Then you've only spend 400 bucks on a laptop for six months' use.
I figure a good rule of thumb for a "frugal" gamer is to spend less than 1k per year on hardware. The 400 bucks for six months of use falls in this category.