wiggo
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

Bit the bullet and ordered a 730x H2C (965 OC, 300GB Velociraptor, HD 4870X2, Blu-Ray burner) last night (couldn't pass up the $750 off). Estimated ship is 1/28, so lead time appears to be down to one week if you avoid the "may delay" components. Will report back when it arrives.

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pat51
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

Wiggo ... You must not have read this forum re-random shutdown for this same 730x h2c unit ... and the lack of Dell comment in the recurring problem. Remember you have only a 21 day grace period to return the system. You'll probably use it.

buckdeer5
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

thanks Bernard46; I'll have a look at the site...

wiggo
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

I read it, and cancelled my first order. And if necessary I'll return it. But I've been doing this a long time, and these high-end systems tend to be idiosyncratic, so I'll wait and see if it's even an issue (there aren't that many people reporting the problem) with the one I get (kinda like hoping to lose the lottery). My current rig won't boot with a USB printer turned on, and we never did figure that one out (changed printers, changed ports, etc.). But there's an easy workaround for that. Random reboots is a killer, I'm just hoping I dodge the bullet (two different bullet metaphors in two posts).

XPS730X
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

I have noticed on Chris's profile that his XPS 730x has the 1.0.1 Bios - does anyone know when the Bios update is suppose to be released as all that is on my Drivers and Downloads is the original 1.0 version.

LoveReason
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

Don't know but I got my motherboard changed after the Random rebooting issue that I had and it had the newer 1.0.1 version as well so I can attest to that. I also no longer had any issues with random rebooting.

mikebeatrice
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

Anyone happen to compare boot times between 1.0.0 and 1.0.1?  1.0.0 takes *** forever.

On a related note... I didn't notice any way to disable the stupid OEM bios screen.  Is there any way to get a "verbose" POST instead of the silent one?  I really hate OEM boots and was really happy that Alienware (that was my last comp... from before they were affiliated with DELL) allowed ditching their logo for something that was actually worth looking at.

mmab63
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

My first BIG complaint with my i7 965 XPS 730x.

It's the eSATA connection.   The connection is an eSATA 1 connection, not a eSATA 2 connection.   Virtually all of the eSATA external hard drives that are available are eSATA 2.   Virtally all of the eSATA cables that are available are eSATA 2. 

The problem is that the eSATA 2 cable ends will not fit in an eSATA 1 connection.   The black tabs on the side of the connecting ends are too long, and the connection will not go all the way in.    Unlike the shorter tabs of the eSATA 1 connecting ends that will fit perfectly in this system I have.

WHY DID DELL DECIDE TO USE THE OLD eSATA 1 INSTEAD OF THE NEW eSATA 2 CONNECTION WHEN VIRTUALLY ALL OF THE EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ARE eSATA2?

mikebeatrice
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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

The problem is that the eSATA 2 cable ends will not fit in an eSATA 1 connection.   The black tabs on the side of the connecting ends are too long, and the connection will not go all the way in.    Unlike the shorter tabs of the eSATA 1 connecting ends that will fit perfectly in this system I have.

From what I know of eSATA, asides from the slower transfer speed, the electrical connection is the same. . . so just bust out a dremel tool and you should be in business.

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Re: XPS 730x General Hardware Discussion thread

Concerning the reboot issue, we have had success with a captured CPU by changing the Dynamic CPU Vcore Offset from 120mv to 140mv.