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anyone with computer knowledge please!

Discussion in 'Computers, Home Theater & Technology' started by EidoloN, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. EidoloN

    EidoloN Faces don't get pregnant.

    I updated my E1705 by putting in a 7950 gtx, the best I can get for my laptop. the 90w power supply kept overheating and shutting off, so I went and bought a 130w supply from Dell. Everything started to work fine, then the video card or processor was overheating and would totally shutoff the laptop. When i restart, it tells me the system got too hot and shutdown. it did this 3-4 times, and now when I try to boot, it shows the startup, when it gets about halfway through the load, it completely shuts off. It keeps doing this. When i put the charger in, the charge light doesn't come on. I may have fried something, I dont think its too too bad, since I can at least turn it on and get halfway through the loading. Can anyone maybe throw some ideas at me to what they think is wrong? Appreciate it!
  2. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich

    Did you swap the video card yourself?

    Are all the fans working properly? Is the heatsink clean and free of lint and debris? Is the heatsink correctly seated on the CPU with thermal paste? (That last one is impossible to tell without getting into the machine)
  3. EidoloN

    EidoloN Faces don't get pregnant.

    I did swap the video card myself. The heatsink is totally clear of any debris, when I took off the CPU heatsink, the thermal paste is almost gone. Maybe this had something to do with it. I took the whole laptop apart again to check some things, restarted it and it wanted to boot, but all the lights blink on and off and nothing displays. Still, the power supply unit doesn't register when plugged in to the laptop. Some progress, but still don't know what the next step it to get this thing to POST. Thanks already for the response.
  4. CleveBucks

    CleveBucks Serenity now

    Do you get any lights at all if you're plugged into the A/C adapter with the battery removed?
  5. EidoloN

    EidoloN Faces don't get pregnant.

    Yup. Battery removed and just running off the A/C power, it does the same thing. It turns on but the lights start blinking and nothing displays.
  6. Buckeneye

    Buckeneye I lead, you follow.

    My question, where did you find a Go7950GTX oem?? and how does the battery survive?

    That said, What you need to do, get some epoxy; and maybe some new heatsinks - make sure the CPU, GPU and northbridge are taken care of.

    edit: I found the highest GPU the series comes with from factory is a G07800. - can we get some pics perhaps?
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  7. EidoloN

    EidoloN Faces don't get pregnant.

    Ya, the E1705's highest stock card is the 7800. The 7950 gtx comes from the XPS series M1710. The E1705 and M1710 are identical except for the video card and hardrive. I personally don't have any pics, but I bought the card off of ebay, and a took a pic from there as well that I attached. The battery....HA! Doesn't survive at all. The original power supply unit that I had wasn't even powerful enough for it, it kept overheating and shutting off. Thats why I had to buy a 130w one. I'm wondering if I fried the video card itself. I will put the stock one back in and see if it will work. Also, I just bought some thermal paste that I will reput back on the processor heatsink. If I can get this problem fixed, I will also buy a cooler. Don't know how well those work though.
  8. EidoloN

    EidoloN Faces don't get pregnant.

    Whoops, here's the pic of the 7950 gtx.

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  9. EidoloN

    EidoloN Faces don't get pregnant.

  10. Buckeneye

    Buckeneye I lead, you follow.

    Just thinking; Was it the core temp on the GPU that was the problem? or was it the memory? - Vram rainbow's pretty easy if your not careful.
  11. EidoloN

    EidoloN Faces don't get pregnant.

    Here is an update. I took out everything, and put everything back in. I applied new thermal paste to the processor, and put the original video card back in. Well, it did the samething. So I know the video card isn't causing the problem. I put back in the new video card, switched the RAM around, and started it up. This time, it got past the "Dell" screen and as soon as it loaded, a screen came up that had a message on it, then immediately died right before I could read it. The only word I saw was "configuration". I kept trying to turn it on, and it would turn on and as soon as the DVD drive loaded, it would power off. The battery still won't charge, it doesn't seem like a problem with any drivers, major hardware, I think it has something to do with the power.

    I totally understand that it is hard to diagnose the problem without having the computer in front of you, and I appreciate the responses I have been recieving. I am just trying to get some ideas to try to troubleshoot a little bit and maybe fix the problem myself before I decide to drop the money to either get it repaired or just go ahead and get a new one. Thanks again!
  12. Taosman

    Taosman Your Cousin In New Mexxico

    Is your fan working? These Dells have a history of fans dying among other things. It may be as simple as that. The fan died on my Dell Inspirion. :( I just use it for second Internet access, now. You may wish to think about a new machine. There are numerous great deals out there(I got a new Toshiba A215 for $500 after rebates).
  13. Buckeneye

    Buckeneye I lead, you follow.

    Either your not getting sufficient wattage/amps for your hardware; or the PSU itself might be dying.
  14. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich

    How many more Watts does the 7950 draw over the stock card?

    If the original power supply was insufficient to feed it then obviously it's drawing a good bit more power.

    More power = more heat = need for better cooling.

    Plug in a USB keyboard and try to boot with the integrated keyboard off so that all the bits are open to the air. Have a desk fan or similar blowing across the heat sinks as well.

    If she'll boot up with a lot more air blowing across her you know it's a thermal issue.

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