Yeah it's the card reader I can't get the 3D graphics to work aswell, such a pain. I trouble shooted the "base system device" and got the Ricoh card reader to work.
Good news on the M1730 front.
I recently went through and reformatted the main start up disc on the M1730. Installed Windows 7 64 bit.
Only real problem I had was getting the LCD game panel to work. Found out the legacy Logitech software was the ticket. Version 3.067 or something.
This can be located on the Logitech website.
Also, just to report, after I had Windows 7 64 bit up and running for a few days, I upgraded to Windows 8 64 bit.
First time it failed, and reverted back to the Windows 7. Not sure why, but after verifying that it was still working, I tried it again. This time success.
Have been running it for 3 days now, with no problem. The current Nvidia drivers, some of the older 64 bit Vista drivers from the Dell site, and the legacy Logitech game panel software.
So, if you are patient and careful, you should be able to get the M1730 running windows 8 64 bit.
If you have any questions on how I did this, feel free to ask.
I am actually happy to have th M1730 running smoothly with Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit. Both the 64 bit and the 32 bit had problems with the video card. I have to give credit to the Dell tech support. This technicial did not let go and kept at it for weeks looking for the answer and eventually he got it do work.
Is it worth upgrading, do you see amazing differences in speed etc.
I too am somewhat surprised at the lack of support (at this point) for Windows 7 on our XPS M1730 laptops. Being an IT guy, I have no fear of trying things though, and thought I would share my results with you.
I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 on my M1730 last night. I had replaced my original and slower RAID 0 (striped) 340GB 5400 rpm drives, with a pair of 500GB 7200 rpm drives, also configured in RAID 0 for performance. There were several items showing as unkown in device manager, as you have all witnessed. However, using the Vista 64 drivers from the Dell web site, I was able to load suitable drivers for ALL unknown devices. The unknown Base System Device is the Ricoh R5C833 listed under Chipset, as mentioned elsewhere in this thread. This is for the 8-in1 memory card reader.
Here's the list of Vista 64 drivers I used, to make my Windows 7 Ultimate 64 device manager happy...
Drivers & Downloads XPS M1730
In the order I did, or would install the drivers/updates...
BIOS - Dell XPS M1730 System BIOS A10 (mine was already at ver A10 so I didn't update)
Chipset - Intel Mobile Chipset
Chipset - Ricoh R5C833
Audio - Sigmatel STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio (although I think Win 7 had loaded a working driver, I went ahead and upated with this one)
Input Device Drivers - Creative Labs Laptop Integrated Webcam
Input Device Drivers - Dell Touchpad - Pointing Stick
Network - Broadcom 57XX Gigabit Integrated Controller
Network - Intel (R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Video - Ageia PhysX Processor
Video - nVidia GeForce GO 8700 GT SLI Driver
Video - nVidia GeForce GO 8700M GT SLI BIOS (The BIOS on my video card was a bit outdated, so I updated. The download is an ISO which you must burn to CD, then boot from it to perform BIOS update on both video cards)
I haven't had much time to put it through it's paces yet, but at this point, it's running without a hitch. I'll keep you posted if anything out of the ordinary surfaces...
@mpwentzel Thanks for the guide you posted I found it very useful, I just purchased Dell XPS M1730 from ebay. Running Vista 32bit, I want to perform a clean install of windows 7 ultimate.
My question is can I install Windows 7 ultimate 64bit version on my 32bit Dell XPS M1730? Also if I do install Windows 7 ultimate 32bit will Vista 32bit drivers work for WIN7 32bit?
Suggestions & advice will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in Advance!
Your M1730 is designed to run either 64-bit or 32-bit OS. So install the one that works best for you. Mine came brand new with 32-bit Vista Ultimate, But have since upgraded to 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate. The Vista 64-bit drivers will work with the 64-bit Win 7 OS as well. Go to the Dell website for the M1730 and select the Vista 64-bit section. The M1730 was out of production when Win 7 finally was released. I think Win 8 will work with Vista driver as well.. You should get he Dell driver installation disk for the M1730 from eBay or Dell. It will have both the 32-bit and 64-bit drivers on it and a program to install them in the right place. A lot of them will require you to go to the Device Manager and install from there, by selecting Update Drivers. You will have to make sure you direct it to go to the root Dell folder sitting on the C drive where dell put the drivers.
Hope this helps.
@Aeromaster Thanks for the quick reply explaining what my pc is capable off, I will do a clean install of WIN 7download all drivers from dell website then next download and install Dell System detect for any other drivers that needs updating not forgotten to update nVidia GeForce GO 8700 GT SLI from Nvidia website.
Will update you guys on my outcome
I have my laptop working very well with Windows7 32bit. I did have a problem just before my service plan ran out with the fan reving up and down. Dell exchanged a lot of parts without success. I traced my steps and realized that this happened after installing bios version A11. I found a copy of bios version A10 and reinstalled that and the laptop has been working fine ever since.
When I reinstalled Windows7 32bit to a clean install, I still had a Dell service contract and a technician helped me through the entire process with the drivers. The PhysX was the most difficult to install, but he did find a solution and installed it. He did have to go back a few versions to get it to work. I now have the AGEIA PhysX 100 Series PCI Express Card, AGEIA Technologies, Date 06/22/07 Driver version 126.96.36.199
After all these years, I am still happy with my M1730.