Well Rick. I've had it since Tuesday of this week.
It is currently sitting on my desk with only the basics (one monitor, network) so I can transfer info from my previous XPS Gen 2.
It's been running fine ever since. I've got Office 2007 along with the urgent updates of Windows Vista and the dell software and utilities (Alienware, Thermal) installed.
It's real impressive.
Now the real work will be coming. I've noticed that the CPU is not overclocked from factory (it's running at 3.2 instead of 3.7) I will testing out a few games on it next.
Bios is 1.0.0 from factory and the c-state came disabled from factory too.
I'll let you know if anything weird happens after I complete my transfer of the beasts into its new home (the XPS Gen 2 current location) when I transfer my XPS Gen 2 to my Wife's desk!
I will definately keep my fingers crossed.:emotion-1: I have still not purchased the 730x as of yet. Still waiting for firm assurance that this reboot issue has been resolved, with a permanent fix, not jsut a temp. one.
By the time I get to getting it, windows 7 will be out & intel would have distributed their upcoming 32nm processor.
I want to get everything top notch with it, being I will not purchase another for a few years. That will cost a lot more then their base prices. I do not mind spending the money on a reputable system, not one that will give me unwanted ulsers.
Thank you for keeping me updated & I wish you the very best with the system.
Please keep let me know, once you have transferred. I really appreciate it.
Take care & have a great week Steve!
Since BIOS 1.0.2 has come out the other day, does it fix this problem?
I have not yet downloaded it. I am waiting to hear some of the reviews first.
I haven't tried it yet. It is interesting to note that the "Dell Support Center" does not show this update as a new "alert". So, I can't tell what its significance is. However, it is tagged as a "recommended" level of importance.
One thing I don't see are the BIOS release notes. Any idea where I can see those?
I loaded the new 1.0.2 bios on my machine yesterday morning (early). It's changed the graphics displayed at POST, and a new progress bar. I have not looked to see what the C-State is set at yet...(Been buzy) But I did get a random reboot this morning playing World of Warcraft that I had never gotten since I've own the machine. (Delivered 10 April) It doesn't appear to POST any faster either. Still testing.
I940 (Air cooled)
Radeon 4870 X2
6 Gigs RAM
2 Terabytes Harddrive (1 TBx2 RAID 0)
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (I know...could be part of the problem.)
Trend Micro Internet Security
XPS Thermal Monitor
ATI Catalyst v. 2009.0317.2131.36802
I just downloaded and installed the new Bios, then I enabled the C-State. The computer started rebooting and I had to disable it again. I just can't believe that Dell can't get these computers to work properly
The new bios disabled c-state. Leave it off.
Hey Chris. Do you have the release notes for the new bios?
The download site makes reference to it but there are none provided as far as I can tell.
Maybe they are provided after you install the update I am not sure.
I just whant to lett every body know. When i installed the new bios update. it crasht after 2%. And now my computer doesn't whant to go on any more. Dell is coming to replease my motherboard on monday.
If i tell the technical support about the problems and if theye read the forum they would see that I'am not the only one. They tell me that they aren't notest about tis problem, and everything we tell here they don't take inaccount to do something about it.
Even with the new update this issue is still happing to my system.
And if anyone knows the number to north American tech center can you plz tell me it as i am tired of hearing the script readers in India tell me what i already know.