goldfish1
2 Iron

Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

Same noise here.  I have the desktop on the floor, and it is only noticable when I get my head close to the power-supply.  It is VERY high-pitched, so the ability to hear it may be a factor of age and your ears.

When reading about the cheezy power-supply Dell uses in this computer (which I otherwise am quite happy with), I learned that the type of power-supply used (PFC?) is actually a "power supply within a power supply".  Essentially, to smooth-out the power-draw, these power-supplies (required in Europe) add a second "switching" layer around the core power-supply.  I'm guessing that the "outer layer" is always on, and the conversion of 50/60Hz to a higher frequency is what we're hearing.

To those who didn't see the earlier posts, remember, Dell says you have to use a "true sine-wave" UPS with this computer...

I have the same high pitch noise as well.....

 

ANYWAY.. this is my spec... i7-920 1.66ghz
12GB ddr3
GTS 240

Shouldnt this beat my previous q9300, 4gb a little more than i expected?

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goldfish1
2 Iron

Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

Do you run Real Temp, or anything to show the temperature?  I'm very interested in your experience, since I've not yet run any CPU-intensive jobs.  Since the i7 920 runs hot, and since Dell only has the "stock" Intel heatsink/fan, I was worried about heat and the fans going into "leaf-blower mode".

Mine is absolutely silent  and I have 4 collaborative computing programs running maxing out my system 24/7 while it is under warranty and until I need all this power. As I said it is a small furnace, but silent and the processors are running flat out.. I can't hear a thing, not even the hard drives (RAID1) or the cpu fan. I7 3.06 12GB DDR3

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goldfish1
2 Iron

Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

1. Same problem here with progress indicator freezing for a minute or two on startup (usually too dim to see clearly).  I recall seeing posts "way back" about the ATI CCC.  I have the low-end "base" ATI card.  I recall seeing people here talk a lot about Vista startup-time; didn't pay too much attention, but those posts may be related. I've never had startup fail: just the delay as you describe.

2. I've not seen that on any system.  Do you have another mouse you can try?

3. N/A for me (only one monitor).

4. I've not seen that.

5. I've not seen that.

I believe that Windoze 7 is essentially the "bug-fix" version of Vista, with some cosmetic changes.  Everything I've read suggests that Windoze 7 is better, but I'm going to wait before installing, perhaps until Windoze 7 SP1.

Hello XPS435 Owners,

I am the proud owner of a new XPS435.  It's a great PC, but I have been having some small problems.  Has anyone else experienced these?

1. Has anyone experienced a start up problem with Windows Vista where the Microsoft Progress indicator freezes right before it fades up and plays the scanning animation?  It freezes for a short while and then fades up and Vista starts normally?

2.  I have had a couple of problems with my mouse where suddenly it sticks on the upper left of my screen and can only be moved a couple of inches diagonally?  Tapping my mouse on the desk fixes this.  Do I need a new mouse?

3.  On occasion, after Vista starts up and the desktop loads, I start up my browser and another application.  As the second application (which I open on my seconday monitor (I have a dual monitor configuration) opens, my mouse hiccups when I move it.  By hiccup I mean it freezes and moves and then freezes and moves.  This happens just a little bit and then goes away after a few seconds.  What's going on here??

4.  Has anyone experienced in Vista the recycle bin not responding when you are in the middle of working with an application and you try to open it to delete it's contents?  The cursor twirls for a long time and eventually the recycle bin opens to show it's contents.

5.  Has anyone experienced Vista's Sidebar starting up with a solid white background instead of it's normal translucent one?  Logging off and then on Windows fixes this.

Does anyone expect that problems 1, 4 and 5 are just glitches with Vista?  Does anyone expect that Windows 7 will be a better OS?

Any input appreciated!

- Michael88R

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bdgates
2 Iron

Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

Wow I am not a tech but really odd problems. First as I often suggest, open the case and make sure everthing is seated/inserted nice and tight.; No QOS on the assembly line. If that does nothing I thing you need to re-install vista BUT don't listen to me. I am not that much of a techie.

 

To answer your questions, 1 Yes, to avoid this use the original Dell keyboard that came with the computer, save that keyboard. It is the only keyboard that seems to allo you into the setup scree, I live with the delay and use my awesome backilite keyboatd, In fact I have two keyboards, bith from logitech. 2. I have mouse problems, but the are lightech wireless and I get RF gremlins in my apartment no and the. I suggest againt you use the original Dell mouse and see if it works 3.Never happened, sounds like the mouse, but are you sure you have installed the hundreds of Vista upgradaw. Keep running widiws up date, restarting afeter every bunch, till there are no mor. Also if it is noe a Dell mouse looks for the latest drivers. There are hours and hours of Vista upgrades to install. 4. Again I am not a techie. Sounds like you have a memory leak. Run a good cleaning program like adaware or Registry mechanic or I think crucial may have a freebie on their site. Try to defrafment you memory. Sounds like something is not releasing your memory when it is done. 5 Never

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bdgates
2 Iron

Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

Wow I am not a tech but really odd problems. First as I often suggest, open the case and make sure everthing is seated/inserted nice and tight.; No QOS on the assembly line. If that does nothing I thing you need to re-install vista BUT don't listen to me. I am not that much of a techie.

 

To answer your questions, 1 Yes, to avoid this use the original Dell keyboard that came with the computer, save that keyboard. It is the only keyboard that seems to allow you into the setup screen, I live with the delay and use my awesome backlit keyboard, In fact I have two keyboards, both from logitech. 2. I have mouse problems. also running two, but they are logitech wireless and I get RF gremlins in my apartment no and the. I suggest again you use the original Dell mouse and see if it works 3. Never happened, sounds like the mouse, but are you sure you have installed the hundreds of Vista upgraded. Keep running widows update, restarting after every bunch, till there are no more. Also if it is not a Dell mouse looks for the latest drivers. There are hours and hours of Vista upgrades to install. 4. Again I am not a techie. Sounds like you have a memory leak. Run a good cleaning program like ad-aware or Registry mechanic or I think crucial may have a freebie on their site. Try to defragment you memory. Sounds like something is not releasing your memory when it is done. 5 Never

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bdgates
2 Iron

Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

FYI, a new headline

 

Dell said Wednesday that it would close a manufacturing plant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where it manufactures desktop PCs.

 

Closing the facility will result in Dell laying off about 905 employees, the company said, when the site closes in January 2010. The company will pay the affected employees an undisclosed amount of severance.

Dell currently manufactures PCs at four U.S. sites, including Miami, Nashville, and Austin, Texas. Dell also manufactures PCs at six sites elsewhere around the world, including plants in Brazil and China. It also partners with ODMs.

"This is a difficult decision, especially for our North Carolina colleagues, but a necessary one for Dell customers and our company," said Frank Miller, vice president, of the Dell Public Business Unit Supply Chain, in a statement. "The efforts of our team members there have been significant and we're committed to helping them through their transition. Of course, we'll continue to honor all agreements with North Carolina, Forsyth County and Winston-Salem."

Dell beat expectations in its most recent quarter, but the company has also aggressively cut costs. "Our cost reduction programs have never been more crucial than during this weaker demand environment," Brian Gladden, Dell's chief financial officer, said during the call.

More importantly, desktop unit sales at Dell were down 23 percent, with revenue declining 33 percent, Gladden noted.

Overall, however, the balance of PC shipments have favored notebooks over desktops since 2008, when more notebooks were sold, versus desktops, for the first time.

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GWB84
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Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

Just took delivery of a new XPS 9000.

A few issues:

1. If the cover for the DVD drive is not seated just right, it triggers the tray to try to open every 10-30 seconds. A sub-issue is that when this happens the tray is not strong enough to push down the cover so it just opens and closes instantly. Pretty annoying. Goes away if you can get the cover in the right position (there's enough slack to move it around a bit), but I can see this getting old very fast.

2. The "My Dell Downloads" site won't register my system. I suspect this is because I blew away the OEM OS and put on Windows 7 Ultimate retail. I assume this is where I would download PowerDVD or whatever BD software Dell uses. The "Register my System" button pops up the ActiveX control, but then nothing happens after clicking on "Allow". I wish there was a manual option that let me enter my service tag any some other identifying information to authenticate my system.

3. I also have the high-pitched whine from the PSU when the system is off. I am not too concerned about this because I don't plan to spend much time in my office when the computer is off.

Other than these issues, the system seems to be pretty good, everything else seems to work with Windows 7 right out of the box.

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bdgates
2 Iron

Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

The PSU whine is not normal and there are many many complaints. I would fight to get it replaced. Mine is silent and I also would not tolerate the DVD door issue. You just paid a lot of money for that thing. As for the Dell support I don't know if that is a blessing or curse. I deleted all the Dell bloatware. It mostly feeds data back to the Dell engineers who get you to do their field testing for them.

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ispalten
2 Iron

Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

GWB84,

1. If the cover for the DVD drive is not seated just right, it triggers the tray to try to open every 10-30 seconds. A sub-issue is that when this happens the tray is not strong enough to push down the cover so it just opens and closes instantly. Pretty annoying. Goes away if you can get the cover in the right position (there's enough slack to move it around a bit), but I can see this getting old very fast.

My 435T has the same 'door' problem on my second DVD R/W drive. First drive is fine. I even had the 2nd drive replaced due to another reason and it didn't solve the problem. Tech who installed it was surprised when it happened, but this was in May and the systems were 'new' then. Well, I don't have exactly the same problem now, I did before the drive was replaced, now mine opens and closes immediately.

That thin strip on the right presses a bar that goes over the actual eject button on the drive and it probably either 'bounces' or keeps pressure on too long. I suspect it keeps it partially depressed though. I use Nero to burn DVD's as well as DVD Flick, and with both of these programs, sometimes, but not always, when the DVD burn is completed the draw opens and closes immediately, even when the opening is done by these programs.

I've had instances when I open the draw, it stays open, and then while I'm inserting the DVD the draw closes, and a few times the door will not completely close as the DVD isn't seated correctly and blocks the door from closing. I assume just touching the drive tray is enough to trigger the close bar enough that it closes the drive. Sometimes it works correctly and I have to close it manually?

I've tried removing and re-aligning the front cover. Never solves it completely. It might work fine for a day or two, but it always comes back.

I assume this is a common problem, is it? Anyone have this problem and have Dell FIX IT for good?

Irv S.

Thanks,

Irv S.

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bdgates
2 Iron

Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

Mine has worked perfectly since day one INSIST Dell fixes it! You deserve better than poorly manufactured or assembled parts! Dell ships out really bad product and hopes no one will complain. Cheaper for the to fix the ones that people really make a fuss over. Call them daily if you have to. Have you removed all the plastic wrap that protects the surface in production, not missed any little bits. That might be your problem

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