Originally Posted by almmohd
have had my m1710 for about 2.5 yrs now, installed vista ultimate recently and noticed it runs hotter now especially as i have my desktop set as one of the dreamscene movies. Guess it would be a wise move to extend the warranty another year.
Just out of curiosity, i have a 7950 gtx in it if that goes would dell be able to replace it?
p.s. only just removed the plastic that it shipped with from the cover and a lot of the adhesive stayed behind, what's the best way to clean that off?
almmohd - Vista is a resource hog and has extremely poorly written inefficient code. The result is that it just requires more CPU/GPU cycles for normal operation. Your M1710 is running hotter simply because it's working harder. Of course, you also have dust build-up if you haven't cleaned it per this guide in 2 1/2 years. I'm using Windows 7 RC build 7100 and my M1710 is actually running cooler than XP. That's right, cooler than XP! Because of the Vista fiasco M$ finally
realized that an efficiently written fast executing operating system is what people really want. Unfortunately, there is no fix for Vista. You can try turning off all the Vista eye candy, but my guess is that ultimately you'll simply have to upgrade to Windows 7, downgrade to XP, or switch operating systems entirely (Linux variety) to remedy the problem.
To answer your second question I really doubt that Dell still has replacement parts for the M1710. The forums here indicate that Dell is currently replacing them with M1730 models when major component failures occur such as the GPU. If your 7950 GTX craps out before your warranty expires you'll more than likely receive a new M1730.
Goo Gone brand adhesive remover is excellent. I've used it for years and it works great. It won't harm your lappy and you can find it just about anywhere (in the U.S.). Any automobile cleaner wax also works pretty well, but takes a bit more effort than Goo Gone.
Hope this helps. Cheers!