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Dell XPS m1730 Graphics issue?

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
April 14, 2013 4:03:08 PM

Hello all

First time poster here, ive seen many people have gotten some really good help from people here so thought i would post my issue.

I have a Dell xps m1730 with the following specs:
Intel core 2 duo extreme X9000 2,8ghz
Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
4gb Ram
2x Nvidia Geforce 8800GTX in sli (512mb each)

Anyway the laptop has been performing fine. Running all the games with no issues. Playing 1080p movies with no difficulty.

The laptop was working perfect with no issues yesterday.

Today i turned it on and attempted to watch lord of the rings extended in 1080p and noticed the video was VERY laggy.

I then loaded up Mafia 2 (which used to run FLAWLESSLY) Now i can barely move in game with so much fps lag.

I uninstalled nvidia drivers, booted in safe mode, ran driver sweeper and removed anything that was left. Re downloaded the nvidia drivers and installed and this has still not fixed the issue.

Im not a pc techie, but im guessing my graphics card hasnt been burnt out, as i have not got a black screen or anything, and the resolution on the desktop is fine.

Can anyone help me out/give me some advice on what to do? Or are the graphics cards need to be replaced?

If they do need to be replaced can i get anything better than the 8800GTX?

Or is there a way i can fix this?

Any help is much appreciated

thanks in advance
a b D Laptop
April 14, 2013 9:17:58 PM

I'm going to suggest a very thorough cleaning. I would expect at the age of your laptop if it has not ben disassembled and cleaned, it is likely past due. Once dust bunnies form in and around the heatsink, they are near impossible to blow out with compressed air. Dell has a Service Manual available here that shows steps of disassembly videos can be helpful also. Alternatively, you can take it to a local laptop repair shop to have it cleaned
You can download coretemp and check your temps to see if overheating is the underlying issue