Originally Posted by AgresticGuy
Does anyone think that this can be fixed with a driver or firmware update? I'm beginning to think I am making too many compromises on this laptop; buzzing video card, clicking hard drive, substandard display.
No, don't expect an update to fix it.
I'm fairly sure it's a hardware issue, but what you have to understand is, that Dell is not the only notebook maker who’s having problems with this... yes; they could have used higher-quality components, which could have reduced the noise, but nothing comes for free, and it isn't really a defect... just annoying.
I don't know how noticeable the noise is on the XPS2 / i9300, but I have had the exact same problem on my i8200... it was annoying at first, but now I never notice it.Hard drive:
As far as I know, all current 7200 RPM notebook drives have that issue to some degree... actually, all drives have the issue, it's just more noticeable on 7200 RPM drives.
Hitachi is the worst, but they are also very fast and fairly cheap, compared to most other drives. You can't get everything (at least not yet)...
Personally, I would go for the 80Gb 5400 RPM drive... it's a bit slower, which might be an issue in games like Half-Life 2 where content is loaded "on the fly", but when I take a step back, and look at my needs, the it really doesn’t matter if it's 5400 or 7200 RPM...
Also, if you look at other notebooks with 7200 RPM drives, it wouldn't surprise me if they too used the Hitachi drive.
I think we should try to consider the alternatives to the i9300 / XPS2, before we start to talk about compromises…
I haven't found a single notebook, which provides the same bang for the buck… and no, Pentium 4 and Athlon based notebooks are not something I even consider an option; they simply run too hot.