post #101 of 207
1/9/05 at 8:11pm
Originally Posted by RISP
If the fans cannot start with the low voltage that was originally planned to start them then it is a fan problem because the fan cannot start with the low voltage. However, your solution would fix the problem.
Originally Posted by Krieger
So here is my latest:
I had not heard anything from Sager regarding my RMA for almost a week since UPS delivered it to them so I emailed them. They told me "the technician flashed it with a new BIOS and that my stuck red pixel was not in the center of the screen" and that "it will be shipped out later today (monday)". I received my system Yesterday (I'm only 36miles from them) with BIOS version 1.00.01b, KB/EC BIOS version 1.00.S3, and I even got some scratches on the top outside portion of the lid.
So in total I lost the usage of my system for 10 days, paid $38 US in shipping, got a new BIOS flashed, denied screen replacement, and 2 very noticeable and large new scratches on the top lid. They did however ship it back in a less molested outter box. Although I can live with that dumb red pixel being stuck, it was pretty darned close to their stuck pixel zone 2inches down and one inch to the left of the webcam. The scratches on the lid are not appreciated at all as every laptop I own is kept in prestine condition. I could have flashed it myself saving 38 bucks and some nasty scratches.
I will say this, the response you get from emailing them is rather nice and quick so I highly recommend that method of communication.
On to the topic at large.
My system temps in a 72f - 76f room have been really low no matter what I do. Basically since the CPU always runs at 3.6GHz (unless unplugged/overheated) it turns on initially with no fan activity. Once the system reaches 60c both fans activate and cool the system to 35c just idling or office/surfing. Once the system turns the fans on they never turn off again, which is fine if you don't mind having a laptop that sounds like a desktop, and from the perspective of fan/component life its better than powering on and off every 10-20 seconds and heating up from 35c-60c over and over. Using headphones or the best laptop speakers i've heard in most cases fan noise is drown out nicely.
Playing EverQuest 1 or 2 the system never went over 49c-50c and the fans never even changed speed, so thumbs up for reliable usage in eventual southern california summertime heat.
Is the BIOS fix worth it? Yes.
This system is running VERY well with a fully clocked desktop processor and even an overclocked graphics card (300/700).
Originally Posted by PackBjammin
Has anyone tried any of the notebook coolers?
Originally Posted by AJHoss75
Just an FYI.. I installed the 'continuous fan' patch and they really aren't all that loud.. much louder than they were before but nothing compared to my desktop.. if you have a TV on or are playing a game with the sound on you barely notice it.. I'd rather put up with a little nose than have my CPU hit 70+ during gaming. on a side note, I was able to squeeze another 200 points out of 3dMark03 after the update. (9322)