Well the merom laptop showed up today. Damn that thing was 'tarded. It took almost 2 minutes to boot with all that crap on it... yuk! The Intel wireless would not connect to any network, period. Even put the card in my old 1710 and screwed that system too. The onboard lan wouldnt connect while this card was installed in either machine. The new one came with a samsung screen which is utter CRAP! They also gave me a phillips DVD burner. Had the same issue with it keeping the DMA settings.... CRAP!!
After an afternoon of part swappin', I think it is ALIIIIVEEEE! I took all the top end parts from my old lappy and transferred them to the new one (screen, DVD, Red lid
). Then I installed all the upgrades I bought (ram, BT) and swapped HD's. Booted the bitch and VOILA! I FINALLY have a fully functional, decent, no light leakin', disk burnin, 64 bit havin laptop. The buzzing from the bottom is gone too. That is good because it was annoying. I have now had a chance to test the Merom a bit and it is definately faster. You do get a bit less battery life (2.25hrs compared to 2.5) but who cares. Oblivion ran noticably smoother for the 15 minutes I played, and NFS MW is smoother as well. I ran superPI and got the following results:
1M - 25 sec
2M - 1m03s
Pretty nice increase in speed IMO.
1M - 30 sec
2M - 1m13s
I am off to go run some photoshop tests and the such... Ill keep posting results... And dont think that I'm not going to race these things before I send the crappy one back..... vrooom vrooom......