I have to tell you and the whole world. I just spent 2 weeks now doing everything possible, thinking its a bad Video Card. Heres the thing, its the heat sink.
Do all these steps and you should have your video card running in no time.
1. Take apart your laptop (may take some time to figure out what disconnects from where), and remove your video card.
2. Useing a star patern screw driver, remove the heat sink from the video card.
3. With a clean paper towel (not damp or wet), clean off the heat sink and GPU processor. There will be some old silver gunk on there from when it was first put together.
4. Once all surfaces are clean, apply a thin layer of OCZ FREEZE Thermal Extreme Conductivity Compound (better then the silver stuff). Make sure you dont put to much on or it will spill over the edge and get on the GPU board. Thin layer all the way around
5. Put heat sink back on and reinstall.
6. Before you put your computer back together, spray out all dust from the fans and heat sink grills.
7. Finally put your computer back together.
Now, once done with the hardware, its time for Software.
I have a Dell M170 Go 7800 GTX Nvidia. Dell assumed graphic driver for this card and so Nvidia doesnt reconize it at all. And by the way, Dell stopped making drivers for it back in 2006
. BUT Nvidia Beta Driver works.
1. Install Nvidia Beta Driver 167.51_forceware_notebook_winxp_32bit_international_beta. Search www.nvidia.com
for it. (sry no time to link it)
This driver is way better then what Dell offers.
2. Install i8kfangui. Google it. It tells you the temperature of you CPU, GPU, Memory, Harddrive, etc... and also, you can control your fan speeds.
What I noticed is that my fan speeds were too low and the heat sink was off the GPU Processor, so I set my fan speeds to "Full speed all the time".
After you do all this, your Graphics Card should be back to normal. (mine was
If not, check you memory (swap out ram with differnt sticks). If that doesnt work, then
, your screwed, sry
. Ebay sells new cards for 300 bucks (sometimes you can see private sellers for cheaper).
Originally Posted by Ndan
Hey whats up? my bad i just realized i posted my topic in the wrong forum... so i moved it, after reading the sticky. sorry bout that first time i've been here
Basically the video
card went out in my dell xps m170 a while ago, bugger was still under warrenty but they said there was a "spill" in it so they wouldn't replace it... fyi it wasn't a spill got a second opinion and a layer of nicotine formed over the video card couple with some pet hair that got in there it caused it to over heat and fry out. but alas my warrenty is screwed. (also i was runnin linux and they said it was "irregular" buggers)
anywho i want my laptop back up and runnin, its a thousand times better then this toshiba satellite
a105 with a broken keyboard but the video card Nvidia go 6800 is like 300 bucks.
I was talkin to my girlfriends brother who works at a computer shop and he suggested a different compatible video card.
inspiron 9400 which has a ATI mobility X1400.
is this compatible with my dell xps m170, he said it looks like it would fit in there and the only major difference is there is one heat sink instead of two. (its not quite as powerful plus side-- better battery life
. i do some gaming like world of warccraft and the ati 1400 seems like it would be good enough for that).
I've built numerous desktops but i've never personally worked on a laptop internally before. I do know the xps m170 was made a little different then some laptops in that nothings integrated and its upgradeable (hell has a guide how to take it apart that it came with.)
any help would be appreciated but u can get the latter video card for under 100 bucks (would prefer nvidia cause ati can be a pain at times on linux
but i got it to work on everyone I've tried with a lil work).
thanks ahead of time