bw_777
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Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

I hated the doors covering the CD drives on my 435T so much that I removed the front cover and then took out that section. I then replaced the front cover and am much happier. It doesn't look as nice but at least I now have normal access to the drive's eject buttons.

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mbenghaly
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Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

I have updated Windows Vista(x64) to SP2 and I think the boot up is actually slower now than with SP1. 

Anybody else have anything to share about this?

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Truc88
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Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

Mbenghaly, I have a 435 MT, Vista X64, My first reboot after SP2 installation took a long time. But I did an immediate second reboot right behind the first reboot, and all reboots after that gave me basically the same time (than when I was on SP1) until I got to my desktop.

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fishnbanjo
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Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

Managed a couple of days of run time using the 2 setting in Multiprocessor but then the media reader disappeared and would not load the driver and freezing screens began again. The only way I could keep things somewhat running was to set it to 1 in Multiprocessor which simply is unsatisfactory so I logged a ticket.

Tech I got was very good and had me pull the CMOS Battery and reinsert it then power it back up which immediately found the Media Readers. Then she had me reset the Multiprocessor to ALL and less than 20 minutes later back in the freeze we went. Had me pull 6 Gb of RAM and make sure 3 Gb were populating sockets 1,3 and 5 the power it back up and reboot it several times. Then she had me reset Multiprocessors to ALL and asked me to monitor it until she calls back on Sunday to see how things have gone. So far things have gone exactly as they have, i.e. the PC freezes in about 30 minutes, I'm guessing either the CPU or the mobo is the problem but we'll see what happens come Sunday.

435T i7 975 3.3 GHz Extreme, 12 Gb RAM, 1.5 Tb SATA x 2 internal,Patriot Warp 256 Gb SSD quick release and 1.5 Tb eSATA drive  Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Blu-ray/HD-DVD/RW combo by LG and Blu-ray/RW, 1000/NIC and  Belkin N+  wireless, X-Fi Extreme Soundblaster, Hauppauge 2250 DTV Tuner card with Media Center remote, Bose Surround Sound 5.1 speakers, LifeCam VX 3000 VidCam, Logitech Wireless Desktop Kb and Performance MX Mouse, Bamboo Pen Tablet,  XFX ATi 5870 XXX Edition driving a Vizio 37" HDTV using  Optical Toslink from the X-Fi Extreme Sound Card, also have Pioneer SE-DIR 800C Wireless Dolby DTS Headphones

 

Black Alienware M17X Q9100 2.26 GHz Extreme, 320Gb HDD0 and 160Gb SSD1,Blu-Ray w/ DVD/RW, 8Gb RAM, WUXGA  Screen, ATI 4870 Crossfire-x,  Alienware TactX Mouse Windows 7 64 Professional.


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goldfish1
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Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

That ain't right... which model to you have?  435MT or 435T/9000?

Anyhow, I see you have the 965, which presumably runs hotter than the 920.  If the freezing is happening at "idle" (you're not maxing-out the CPU with games), and temperature is not an issue (try the free Real Temp), something is flakey.  Using my rather dated HW diagnostic mind-set, I'd suspect, in no particular order:

  • Motherboard
  • Power supply
  • Memory

Note: I'm assuming you have a rather plain vanilla system (you've not added a "tangle" of device-drivers), and the problem is HW.  You may care to try running the diagnostics CD so that you completely rule-out software, but it sounds like the Dell tech has already taken the HW slant.

If it was me, and a simple return of a defective PC was not an option, I'd run it on the Diagnostics CD to get it to fail there, with the minimum memory possible (to rule-out a bad memory chip).  That would pretty-much point to the motherboard or power supply.  I'd sooner suspect the motherboard, if I had to "bet".  One subtlety, though, is I've seen a motherboard that didn't like more than so many RAM-chips (or Gb).  If the problem is addressing the higher-order address space on your RAM, removing some RAM might make it LOOK like a RAM problem, when it isn't.  Had to replace a motherboard last year with this problem.  Could look at memory usage on Task Manager to see if it dies when physical memory usage reaches a certain point.

Managed a couple of days of run time using the 2 setting in Multiprocessor but then the media reader disappeared and would not load the driver and freezing screens began again. The only way I could keep things somewhat running was to set it to 1 in Multiprocessor which simply is unsatisfactory so I logged a ticket.

Tech I got was very good and had me pull the CMOS Battery and reinsert it then power it back up which immediately found the Media Readers. Then she had me reset the Multiprocessor to ALL and less than 20 minutes later back in the freeze we went. Had me pull 6 Gb of RAM and make sure 3 Gb were populating sockets 1,3 and 5 the power it back up and reboot it several times. Then she had me reset Multiprocessors to ALL and asked me to monitor it until she calls back on Sunday to see how things have gone. So far things have gone exactly as they have, i.e. the PC freezes in about 30 minutes, I'm guessing either the CPU or the mobo is the problem but we'll see what happens come Sunday.

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geordie-geek
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Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

Anyone looking to upgrade their XPS 435 to Windows 7?

I have a copy on it's way to me for launch day and fancy updating my Vista Home Premium 64 but this system is my day to day system so I am just a little worried an upgrade will be buggy as every other upgrade install I have tried int the past Smiley Sad

Not sure I can be bothered to do a clean isntall and reinstall everythign either as that will be at least a full days worth of work Smiley Sad

 

 

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robnich
2 Iron

Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

Anyone looking to upgrade their XPS 435 to Windows 7?

I have a copy on it's way to me for launch day and fancy updating my Vista Home Premium 64 but this system is my day to day system so I am just a little worried an upgrade will be buggy as every other upgrade install I have tried int the past Smiley Sad

Not sure I can be bothered to do a clean isntall and reinstall everythign either as that will be at least a full days worth of work Smiley Sad

An easy way to do this is to install a second internal hard drive (they are cheap - you can get a 1-terabyte drive for less than $100.)  Install WIndows 7 on it, and then you can choose between Vista and Windows 7 on startup. I have done this for months.

Bob N.

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fishnbanjo
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Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

Ran the Diagnostics early-on when the freezing and BSOD's were nearly immediate and it ended up being the Hard Drive which they replaced right away. I believe the tech is trying to see if it's memory by having me downgrade from 9 Gb to 3 Gb but it's still doing it and I am not running anything it's freezing just idling. I did notice one of the CPU's during the Diagnostics was running quite a bit differently than the other 7, i.e. it lagged behind a good deal, it was CPU 1, 2-8 were practically in sync but 1 always lagged often as much as 20%. Memory usage has been consistent at about 4% which would be about right with no load. When the thing runs right with ALL CPU's it's phenomenal and would love to be able to really use it, this has been very frustrating considering I end up doing most of what I need to do on a Gen 1 XPS laptop instead.

I am leaning toward the mobo as being suspect at this time myself.

435T i7 975 3.3 GHz Extreme, 12 Gb RAM, 1.5 Tb SATA x 2 internal,Patriot Warp 256 Gb SSD quick release and 1.5 Tb eSATA drive  Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Blu-ray/HD-DVD/RW combo by LG and Blu-ray/RW, 1000/NIC and  Belkin N+  wireless, X-Fi Extreme Soundblaster, Hauppauge 2250 DTV Tuner card with Media Center remote, Bose Surround Sound 5.1 speakers, LifeCam VX 3000 VidCam, Logitech Wireless Desktop Kb and Performance MX Mouse, Bamboo Pen Tablet,  XFX ATi 5870 XXX Edition driving a Vizio 37" HDTV using  Optical Toslink from the X-Fi Extreme Sound Card, also have Pioneer SE-DIR 800C Wireless Dolby DTS Headphones

 

Black Alienware M17X Q9100 2.26 GHz Extreme, 320Gb HDD0 and 160Gb SSD1,Blu-Ray w/ DVD/RW, 8Gb RAM, WUXGA  Screen, ATI 4870 Crossfire-x,  Alienware TactX Mouse Windows 7 64 Professional.


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IrvSp
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Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

Managed a couple of days of run time using the 2 setting in Multiprocessor but then the media reader disappeared and would not load the driver and freezing screens began again. The only way I could keep things somewhat running was to set it to 1 in Multiprocessor which simply is unsatisfactory so I logged a ticket.

Tech I got was very good and had me pull the CMOS Battery and reinsert it then power it back up which immediately found the Media Readers.

Hmm, interesting about the media reader?

For the last 4 months I've had problems with the Media Reader. It keeps disappearing, but not completely. The USB port on it always works.

First time it disappeared I called and they sent a new device. I posted here and was told some had bad electrical connection, but that for the 19-in-1, not the 15-in-1 in the 435T. I opened the case and looked and tried to check the cables. I tightened the screw, turned the system on, and the unit was working. Called Dell and canceled the call.

About 3 weeks later, same thing... Dell sent a new part and now suspected the cable, so a new cable as well. It was installed and the system immediately 'found new h/w'? and all was well. Odd I thought it would find new h/w, but...

OK, 2 weeks later, it was not found again. Called Dell, told me to open the case, and reset cables. Did that, and it was back... The said 'we will monitor this and if it happens again, we will replace the motherboard'.

2 days ago it happened again.

At first I got the story it had to be the OS and they wanted me to do a CLEAN INSTALL... I protested and didn't even want to do an in-place re-install. After the phone person consulted a 'area specialist' she agreed to replace the motherboard, but if it happens again I must do a clean system install.

Why am I bothering to tell you this? These could be related to a bad motherboard 'run' possibly. I also have 8GB's of memory, originally called 'triple channel' when I purchased in early May. 4 2GB cards, laid out in slots 1-4. Well, it actually was Dual Channel.. complained, waste of time. Later the web page was changed to Dual Channel for 8 GB's. I found out later that slots 2, 4, and 6 if used would have those run as Triple Channel and I could put the last card in 1 and it would run dual channel by itself (some sites say that they all run Triple channel). I never had the bios set to anything but ALL though.

I suspect one of 3 outcomes from the montherboard replacement.

  1. Within 2 weeks it will fail again.
  2. It will work properly 'forever' and I then would suspect a bad cable socket.
  3. It will work forever and it might have been a heat buildup problem.

I will look and see if the board are the same or different 'engineering' levels though.

I find it interesting that removing the battery brought back the media reader though? Sure rules out the OS, doesn't it?

 

 

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bdgates
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Re: XPS 435 Owners Thread

I can only repeat what I have said so many times. When you but a Dell, the very first thing you do before you plug it in is open it up and make sure all the cables are connected and all the cards are properly seated. THERE IS NO QOS on the assembly line. Now look at all the headaches it cause you and an inpoperately seated card might fry you MOBO.

 

Do not assume Dell has properly assembled your computer! Always take of that cover and check everything, only take about a minute.

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