Originally Posted by lildragon1202
sweet! thanks, i just bought some dvd+rw, 15 bucks for 10 at target. how do you like it so far? are you using the graphic drivers 83.63 or something like that? or the 91 series one? also, i've seen you talk about dell's extensive hardware diag test, what is it? is it a program that does it for you, or a longer test you do yourself?
I'm loving the m1210. I had Inspiron 9400 but I returned it to Dell due to heat / video sensor issue which they confirmed as hardware issue. The sound system of Inspiron 9400 is mucho better than m1210 but after few tweaks on the mixer, bass, sound settings in m1210... it is now acceptable and has improved.
I upgrade the nvidia video card driver to 84.69 (from Dell website) as I'm not comfortable yet at this time to upgrade to higher version. Will upgrade later to 9x driver series if there is full mobile support.
Regarding Dell extensive test, it is the hidden partition. It's called Dell Diagnostic Test. Turn your notebook, hit F12 when you see the dell logo. Choose Dell Diagnostic from the list of boot menu. It will run initial test. When done.. it will load the dell diag menu. Choose the extensive test (note: it's gonna be a long test).
Mine passed the extensive test. I have to run that test because I've seen the Inspiron 9400 that I returned to fail a lot test (video thermostat - sensor and others). When there is error code, call Dell. They'll tell you whether it is a hardware issue. If the notebook is new, you can ask for replacement or let them fix if you don't want replacement.