Originally Posted by ACHlLLES
BTW, if you are out of warranty, it be a nice cheap upgrade for you guys to get a 2500M(should be about 200 bucks shipped) GPU from Ebay. You will love it.
I just put in the FX2500M I got off ebay for 125 shipped, the heat pipe was bent a tad and a couple of the fins were squished together but i go it bent back to close enough and pulled apart the fins, it will work fine though.
But ya I put it in and it works great, games run faster and I love it. and you cannot beat the price on these. It's the same thing as a 7900GTX, those sell for 300-400 bucks! The only thing better for a laptop without going and buying a brand new gaming rig is a 7950 which are wayyy expensive. but they also make a FX3500M which is the same as the 7950 and costs less but are harder to find.
The install was pretty easy, there is a absolutly fantastic guide for it at this link:http://www.notebookcheck.net/Case-St...00.4187.0.html
and here is dells guides as well, for the 9400 but is the same as the e1705 pretty much, the e1705 guides are only the few things that are different from the 9400, all the in depth stuff is in the 9400 guides. here's the link.http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...n/sm/index.htm
One thing though, you really should take apart the back plate on the video card and add some thermal grease to the memory on the card. They use a tape and it's thick and the plate doesn't push down on the memory well enough without the tape on there, so what I did was I added some thermal grease inbetween the plate and the thermal tape just to increase the heat disapation to the plate. I also did the same thing for the chipset. The CPU had regular thermal grease on it, I took it off and put some new stuff on there. That combined with the extra heat pipe on the fx2500 has made a difference. I used to run up to 77c and now I ussually stay below 70c for my GPU. The CPU still gets up to 70 though but it'll be ok. The cool thing is you can replace that as well.
I love the dell 9400/e1705 series laptops, I really do they are fabulous laptops. What I DON'T love is the fact that Dell now knows that it unfortunatly (probably without knowing) used the 7900gs and gave it only 1 heat pipe. It obviously needs two, the cards are cooking in there. Now that the cards are dying left and right they should step up to the plate and issue a voluntary recall to replace these cards with one that isn't prone to failure due to prolonged exposure to unsafe high temperatures, warranty or not, or at least extend the warranrty as pertaining to laptops with the 7900GS for an extra 2 years or something without charge.
The fact that they know this and still charge us $408 for the same faulty card just baffles me. This seriously makes me very very uneasy about ever buying a dell again... This isn't a question of warrantys or not buying the extended warranty or whatever it's a question of ethics, the right thing to do is admit that thier cards are not designed properly for that system and replace them when they go bad or issue a volutary recall. at the cary least we should be given a very low price for a replacement part...