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Dell XPS M1530

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March 7, 2008 7:57:59 PM

SYSTEM COLOR Tuxedo Black
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2GHz/800Mhz FSB, 4MB Cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition
LCD AND CAMERA High Resolution glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LCD(1680x1050) & 2MP Camera
MEMORY 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms)
HARD DRIVE Speed: 120GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive Free Fall Sensor
INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE Slot Load DVD+/-RW (DVD/CD read/write)
VIDEO CARD 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT
WIRELESS CARDS Dell Wireless 1490 802.11a/g Mini Card
BATTERY OPTIONS 56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
SOUND OPTIONS High Definition Audio 2.0
FINGERPRINT SCANNER Finger Print Reader XPS M1530
TOTAL: $1334

Does this seem like a good setup for the price? Also does Vista support 4gb ram? If I wanted to revert to XP, I would need the 64-bit edition correct?

Thanks!!!

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March 7, 2008 8:33:28 PM

Sounds like a good deal.

Vista 32 bit does not support 4 gigs of RAM, it'll get to maybe 3.25 to 3.5, and it can't use anything past that. That's just a fact with 32 bit operating systems. To use all 4 gigs, you'll need a 64 bit OS.

You wouldn't need a 64 bit version of XP, unless again you wanted full use of your 4 gigs of ram.
March 7, 2008 8:36:19 PM

Well it's a $50 difference for the 4GB ram compared to 3GB. Do you think I should just save the money and go with three or get a 64-bit OS?

Also this is what the guy at dell said:

"The 4gb RAM,it's usually around 3.5 GB. The reason for this is not because the OS use up some of the memory for the resources needed to run the OS, the real reason is that , the 4 GB "bandwidth" is the TOTAL memory allowed and can be read by the 32-bit OS at one time."
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March 8, 2008 4:11:20 AM

Yeah, 32 bit operating systems can only address the first 3.5 or so of the memory, it's just a fact of 32 bit OS. No matter what 32 bit OS you use, it cannot address all 4 gigs of memory.

Um...well, I don't know if you should downgrade. It won't be much of a performance hit, but in the future, if you ever upgrade to a 64 bit OS, you'd have an extra half a gig in 'reserve'. It's your choice, if you can spare the 50 dollars, go for it.
March 10, 2008 5:29:33 AM

I think 3GB will be more than enough anyway.

Now which one of these (Same price):

Dell Wireless 1490 802.11a/g Mini Card
Intel® 3945 802.11a/g Mini-card

And is this worth the upgrade for $25:

High Definition Audio 2.0
to
Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy HD Software Edition
March 10, 2008 12:20:43 PM

What company and brand of pc is this information u gave tnnrx6?
a b D Laptop
March 10, 2008 12:58:39 PM

It's in the thread title. It's for a Dell XPS m1530.

As for the wireless, get whichever. They are both pretty much the same, Dell just slapped their name on one of 'em.

I don't think the $25 is worth it since it's only software. It's not like you are getting an actual sound card for the system.
March 10, 2008 1:42:09 PM

Yeah, they basically have the standard Sigmatel card, with the Sound Blaster program on top. They raised a ruckus a while back, because they didn't say it was software edition, so it led people to believe they were getting actual Sound Blaster cards :p 

And yeah, either wireless is good. But to boycott Dell for no apparent reason, get the Intel :D 
March 10, 2008 2:10:17 PM

Alright well after doing some considerations and reconfiguring I came up with this:

SYSTEM COLOR Tuxedo Black
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2GHz/800Mhz FSB, 4MB Cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition
LCD AND CAMERA High Resolution glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LCD(1680x1050) & 2MP Camera
MEMORY 3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms)
HARD DRIVE Speed: 120GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive Free Fall Sensor
INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE Slot Load DVD+/-RW (DVD/CD read/write)
VIDEO CARD 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT
WIRELESS CARDS Dell Wireless 1490 802.11a/g Mini Card
BATTERY OPTIONS 56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
SOUND OPTIONS High Definition Audio 2.0
FINGERPRINT SCANNER Finger Print Reader XPS M1530

Sub Total $1,284.00
Shipping & Handling $39.00
Shipping Discount -$39.00
Tax $79.64

Total $1,363.64

What do ya guys think?

PS. I really want to thank all of you for helping me out with my decision!
a b D Laptop
March 10, 2008 3:02:46 PM

Do they offer the 9-cell battery with that unit? I think I would grab the larger battery for a little more mobility. It's also nice seeing them finally offer a higher resolution screen. I don't have any other complaints than the battery.
March 10, 2008 3:06:03 PM

Yeah but that thing is $130 extra! I would rather just pick it up somewhere else or at a different time. I think the battery it comes with will be fine for my mobility needs as of now.
a b D Laptop
March 10, 2008 3:15:33 PM

Oh wow. Didn't realize they wanted that much for the stupid battery. The 9-cell would have given you 3.5-4 hours based off reviews. I would imagine the 6-cell would be around 2.5-3. Definitely better than mine :D 
March 10, 2008 3:22:54 PM

So you think I should be good to go? :) 
a b D Laptop
March 10, 2008 3:36:04 PM

Yup. looks good to me.
March 10, 2008 4:36:49 PM

Go for it, looks like a sweet deal. Give us an update on how it is when you get it :D 

PS: Things just keep getting cheaper and cheaper, it's nice to see, but it makes me feel sad when I look at how much I payed for now 'outdated' hardware, but I guess that's the name of the game.
a b D Laptop
March 10, 2008 4:40:09 PM

theworminator said:
Go for it, looks like a sweet deal. Give us an update on how it is when you get it :D 

PS: Things just keep getting cheaper and cheaper, it's nice to see, but it makes me feel sad when I look at how much I payed for now 'outdated' hardware, but I guess that's the name of the game.


Join the club and welcome to technology. lol
March 10, 2008 6:41:25 PM

Ordered...won't be here til the 25th though :( 
a b D Laptop
March 10, 2008 6:53:38 PM

2 weeks isn't a terrible turn around. At least it's not the months that people had to wait when these were first released. lol
March 11, 2008 1:38:46 AM

Yeah, I remember that. Dell had a bunch of problems with the paint jobs, and getting parts (for the M1330 especially), and people were waiting for months on end.
March 15, 2008 8:37:14 AM

xp needn't 64 sysytem,get the right sata drive,or use a xp version with sata driver would be work...
March 15, 2008 8:29:12 PM

Just got an update from Dell...will be here Tuesday!
March 18, 2008 4:17:13 PM

It actuallly came yesterday (Monday!)

I must say I'm really impressed.

Dell started off by cutting the turn-around time by almost 10 days.

This laptop performs like a beast! The screen is absolutely beautiful.

I also noticed that the software that was packaged with it is ACTUALLY USEFUL! Back in the day, I always felt like Dell's software and all the extras they put on was junk and useless.

There's still a lot of stuff to play around with, but I wanted to start off by letting you know how it's going so far.

I highly recommend Dell and this laptop with the specs I configured. It's well worth the price.
March 18, 2008 7:54:00 PM

Hahah, sweet deal. Yeah, I remember getting a Dell 4 years back (it's now fried and dead, crappy quality) and holy crap I didn't need all that bullcrap and bloatware on it. Sound like they at least kinda cleaned up their act, at least for the XPS line. Run 3DMark06 on it, and Superpi or something, come on, benchmarks! Go! :D 
March 19, 2008 2:05:00 PM

I'll run 3DMark on it today just for you and post up the results =)
March 19, 2008 4:17:48 PM

3846 3DMarks

Ran this with out of the box setup, no tweaking or anything.

Is that a good score?
March 19, 2008 5:49:16 PM

Sweet, sounds good. It's a good score, means you can play most modern games at mid settings I think. It's about the score I expected, so good luck and have fun!
March 19, 2008 6:10:07 PM

Great! I wasn't really looking to make a gaming laptop, more for work and things such as that. But it's always good to know it can run most of the games out smoothly.
a b D Laptop
March 19, 2008 7:29:12 PM

Yup, you should have fun with that laptop.
March 20, 2008 7:24:56 PM

Congratulations! I'm getting mine in 6 days (26th), and did you check if it came with DDR3 the graphics card? Enjoy yours, soon will be doing the same with mine ^^
March 21, 2008 5:19:44 PM

Grats bullseye...you wont be disappointed.

You getting the same exact specs?

Also how can I check if it's DDR3? I'd be more than happy to check for you.
March 21, 2008 5:32:32 PM

This is awesome, I'm thinking about getting a similar setup and I just wanted to make sure that games such as Oblivion, WoW, Cabal Online, etc can play well on this machine.

My debate is whether to spend like 1400 now and get one that will last a year or two, or spend 3k and get one that will last for like 3 years. But i don't really want to spend the 3k, so if this laptop will play games like oblivion and stuff on even medium settings i'd be happy I think.

Can you guys tell me based on the 3dmark score how it would do?
March 21, 2008 8:17:13 PM

Hey Zental,

I've played a couple games I got including Counter-Strike Source and CoD4. Everything runs great. This laptop is going to last me a long time, but I guess I'm not a huge gamer like you. You can always upgrade the video card later.
March 21, 2008 8:27:57 PM

Ohhh you played COD4 and it runs ok? That's cool I have that game and if it can run that, I think i'd be satisfied. I'm still kinda new to the laptop world, is it difficult to upgrade video cards in computers like this? or processors? I can do all of that perfectly fine on a desktop computer, but I've never tried to upgrade a laptop before except for ram.

Do you have to go through the manufacturer for things like that? or can you just buy the products on newegg and then install them and they will fit?
March 21, 2008 11:30:30 PM

Processors are technically feasible, as long as you have the guts and know how to take your laptop apart. The GPU is usually a harder task, because of all the different slots used by different companies. It's still doable if you do enough research. Either way, it's usually not worth the price to upgrade laptop parts. For example, a T7600 costs somewhere along the lines of 650 dollars...yeah. Not worth it.
March 28, 2008 1:45:52 PM

tnnrx6 I have my laptop, but I'm having some bad problems trying to connect to internet with vista. Already posted here for help:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/50395-20-poblems-co...

Oh i found out how to look if its ddr3 or ddr2, mine is DDR3, you have to download a little program called GPU-Z is very very little and will tell you all your specs.
Mine works just good, even if I had a problem with vista the first day that it needed to shut down, since that no other problem, for now... (well have it when typing this for less than 4 days)
April 1, 2008 12:42:17 AM

theworminator said:
Yeah, they basically have the standard Sigmatel card, with the Sound Blaster program on top. They raised a ruckus a while back, because they didn't say it was software edition, so it led people to believe they were getting actual Sound Blaster cards :p 


yea i remember that, i opened up system information when i got the the thing and saw the stock sigmatel sound card, called them up and they said it was software, my reply was then why dont you tell people that asswipes
a b D Laptop
April 1, 2008 1:14:56 AM

^I think the user Warezme had a similar issue and got Dell to give him the express slot version of it as compensation. They've started to advertise it as what it is now. Wonder how much money they had to lose before they fixed the issue.
April 1, 2008 8:54:42 PM

Well my wireless is fixed now, I managed to fix it myslef, in the comment on top you can check the solution.
Works really nice this XPS M1530, i like it quite much
April 7, 2008 12:44:49 AM

lostandwandering said:
^I think the user Warezme had a similar issue and got Dell to give him the express slot version of it as compensation. They've started to advertise it as what it is now. Wonder how much money they had to lose before they fixed the issue.

yea but i got it before they started offering the ExpressCard version so i was stuck missing 25 dollars. i also use a mobile broadband card 98% of the ime the laptop is on because i just recently got cable modem broadband and haven't bothered to wire up my house yet.
April 18, 2008 5:51:29 AM

Is the creative sound card worth messing with? If you get the add on card with the XPS, can you still use the on-board audio?
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