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Need advice on Dell Precision M6500

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November 27, 2013 4:31:15 PM

Type:
Notebook
Processor Type:
Intel Core i7 X920 Extreme Edition Quad-Core
Brand:
Dell
Processor Speed:
2.00 GHz
Model:
Precision M6500
Graphics Processing Type:
Integrated/On-Board Graphics
Screen Size:
17"


Video


NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M (1GB Dedicated Memory)
Memory:
16 GB
Product Line:
Precision
Hard Drive Capacity:
256 GB (2x 128GB) Solid State Drive
MPN:
M6500
Operating System Edition:
Professional
Operating System:
Windows 7
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I've taken it to the shop in the last month as I didn't want to spend the money to test a few of the components in the computer. The shop was not very helpful and kind of was guessing around as well. I've read online that these computers often overheat and this has been a problem that I have been having.

As of two days ago my computer blew up, it made the famous POP noise, a lil smoke rising from the keyboard and hasn't turned back on since. I've been using a cooling pad and a program to help and try to monitor the temperature but it was little to no use overall. The computer has no power whatsoever (but it has a battery test on the back and it shows the battery is good.)
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I believe this is a capacitor issue possibly? How do I go about repairing this? Does anyone think this is worth repairing and if not how do I go about testing the rest of the computer to see if the HDs, video card or anything is still of use to put on a new computer. Sorry for the long post , thank you in advance.

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November 27, 2013 6:45:26 PM

You can see if the SSDs are ok by hooking them up via USB to another laptop or PC (should be able to tell if info on them is ok, run a prog-preferably from/recommended by the drive's manufacturer- to check the physical integrity). I think the only way to test the GPU would be to hook it up to a similar notebook/laptop (that has a removable GPU and similar operating specs, they can be tricky I've heard ;)  )
Don't have much experience with notebook/laptop styles but if you aren't 100% sure and would need someone to solder/ remove/ locate and buy the capacitor(s) or resistor(s) in question it would probably be cheaper to get a new one (labour is $intensive)
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November 28, 2013 7:14:38 AM

Dom_79 said:
You can see if the SSDs are ok by hooking them up via USB to another laptop or PC (should be able to tell if info on them is ok, run a prog-preferably from/recommended by the drive's manufacturer- to check the physical integrity). I think the only way to test the GPU would be to hook it up to a similar notebook/laptop (that has a removable GPU and similar operating specs, they can be tricky I've heard ;)  )
Don't have much experience with notebook/laptop styles but if you aren't 100% sure and would need someone to solder/ remove/ locate and buy the capacitor(s) or resistor(s) in question it would probably be cheaper to get a new one (labour is $intensive)


I wonder how others go about this. Unfortunately I have read that manyyyy people experience overheating with the M6500 and I'm hesitant on my next move. Thank you for your post and I hope others will share knowledge as well on the subject. Thank you.
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November 28, 2013 8:10:40 AM

You're welcome. You may also want to post this question in the notebook/laptops forum (or ask a mod to have it moved). Also while you're there do a search about this notebook and see if anyone has discussed this issue (you mentioned this is a common problem and I'm wondering why no one has already started a thread about this and how to resolve it.)
Good Luck with your search :) 
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