So my XPS laptop's motherboard recently got fried and I have been trying to purchase a replacement motherboard. The first one I bought said it was compatible but the actually part number did not match ( my original motherboard part is an MU 716).
Consequently, the new motherboard did not completely work though the person working on my computer says that maybe the motherboard itself is just faulty rather than it being because the product number was different. So should I go ahead and just try another motherboard that is supposedly compatible or should I just give in and pay the extra money for an MU716 motherboard?
There are really two boards - on with an 8400GS chip and the other with the 8600GT chip. Both have known-problematic nVidia chips - these are all failure prone.
I would not throw good money after anything with either of these video chips - put the funds toward a replacement system.
Okay, so the guy who is fixing my computer suggested this motherboard : http://cgi.ebay.com/TESTED-Dell-XPS-M1530-INTEL-Motherboard-F125F-N028D-/390220369486?cmd=ViewItem&p...
So would something like this work with my laptop or will really any replacement motherboard be inherently faulty? Also, by faulty do you mean it simply won't perform as well or will really mess up my computer? ( my first motherboard died due to power problems rather than the motherboard itself I believe)
All boards for the M1530 use either nVidia 8400GS or 8600GT chips - and though nVidia has said otherwise, there are many who believe that both lines of chips are all faulty -- that nVidia didn't (in fact couldn't) fix the basic problem with them short of redesigning the GPU, which it clearly did not do.
Since there's no way to know whether the GPU you buy is "fixed" or "faulty" - and since many believe they're all the latter, and further since no one warrants replacements for more than 90 days, it's a VERY big gamble with a couple of hundred dollars.
It seems Dell is now offering replacement systems to many of those who've extended warranties on the M1530 - so they've either run out of parts, or have resigned themselves to the idea that there's just no way to fix this problem short of replacing the system with a newer model.
If you have to pay for a board for this model, don't bother - put the funds toward a new system.
My laptop is an XPS M1530 and it stopped working the other day. i shut it down and then when i went to use it again later that day it wouldnt power up. The LEDs lit up and then went out , leaving a blank/black screen and just the fan from the Hard Drive whirring in the background.
I find it very disheartening that DELL will only offer replacements to those who have extended warranties , while they were selling defective components on what were already very expensive gaming laptops. Car companies recall defective cars when a known fault is discovered....in my opinion DELL should be doing the decent thing here too and recalling people who bought laptops with defective graphics cards. As i live in the UK , a replacement motherboard will cost me approx. £250 GBP , and thats about $425 USD.....so there is NO WAY i am going to spend that , nor can i even afford to because i am still paying off the finance on my laptop!!!
i am not happy with DELL at all....and this certainly dents my opinion of buying any product of theirs in the future.
I also have the same laptop and have had the same thing happen to me! Very frustrating! The laptop turns on, blank/black screen an I also an hear the fan running. Shame on me for not purchasing the extended warranty! I had a computer tech look at it and they told me it was the motherboard! Dell doesn't even sell new motherboards, they are all refurbished and still cost $200 + not including labor. Very unhappy also!
All M1530 boards interchange - there are really only two of them. One has the nvidia 8300GS video chip and the other, the 8600GT. All of these are known to be of defective design - so you're making a big gamble the board will last.
The money is better spent on a replacement system - not on another board with another of these nVidia gems on it.
I've also been burned by Dell. They replaced my motherboard back when it was under warranty, then they extended my warranty for one year. A few months after that warranty expired the whole thing stopped working. Same description as everybody else on this post. Now I really need my XPS 1530 to work again so I can get all my photos and videos off the hard drive. Very frustrating. I feel really scammed by Dell because they knew this was a problem.
You do not need a working mainboard to read the hard drive. Remove the drive, mount it in a 2.5" SATA USB drive case, and attach it to a working system. You can easily copy your files.
These cost about $10.
i have the dell laptop, and my motherboard fried. it is an xpsm1530
is there any way this is related to the graphic card issue, and is there any way to get dell to do something about it?
my computer is out of warranty. tech support quoted me over $500 to fix and replace. my computer is not even 2 years old.
can i buy the part, and replace it myself?