i got this mod to work. i have been following this project for a long time, since i got my Inspiron 9100 with 3.2ghz P4, 1gb of ram, and mr9800 in august 2004. last thursday i opened up my laptop and used a conductive pen i got from radioshack and connected the pipelines on the core. i used a relatively large blob of ink that completely covered the two dots on the right with the cut but connected no other dots. i then closed it back up and let it sit until friday afternoon...
friday afternoon i booted up and ran the CS:S stress test. normally with the graphics settings i use i get around 85.54 fps. that day i got 102.3 fps, a substancial jump. excited, i then ran 3dmark03. in the control panel i have all setting set to "application preference." at stock speeds, modded 5.6 cats, and normal background crap and dell bloatware, i can get 6448 3dmarks. at 445mhz core and 422mhz mem i can get around 8120. after the mod i get 7925 with all of the above video settings and stock speeds. in the battlefield 2 demo on the singleplayer map, before the mod i got fps's in the 40's while walking through the village and after the mod i get in the 60's with the same video settings...so appearently the mod caused a performance increase...
using i8kfangui i have noticed a slight increase in idle video temps from 45c to 47c with a similar 2 degree change under load.
i strongly believe that success in this mod depends on when your core was made...the numbers printed on my core are as follows:
i am no expert, but i know that these numbers are similar to raelcun's and they might indicate that our core's were part of the same "batch" and therefore have the disabled pipes. later revisions of the card probably have permanently disabled pipes, which may account for the lack of successful reactivation of pipes for some people.
i have stock dell bios for my mr9800 and i did not participate in the suicide flashing experiments. i am running 3dmark03 at the default trail version settings. i did not overclock to get my performance increase. the only thing i can think of was the mod i did last thursday. in the off chance that my success gives you the courage to try this mod and you kill your card, i am not at fault.
p.s. the only reason i got a membership on this forum was to post the results of my pipe mod. if you mods wish to delete my account, go ahead, but for the love of God dont delete this post!!!