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Dell Inspiron 9300 Geforce go 6800 Choppy Video

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September 22, 2008 6:17:49 PM

Hi,

I have a laptop that can't play 720p files smoothly anymore. The laptop used to play the files without any problems. I tried some old shows that I watched in the past and now they are playing extremely choppy. I tried formatting the pc and reloaded everything, and updated the video drivers. The processor usage goes up to 100% when trying to play the video. Overall the pc feels slower but I can't say if it just my mind playing tricks on me. I don't know if it's related but sometimes when the laptop is on for a while the fans turn on and they don't turn off until you restart the pc.

I can't think of anything else to troubleshoot? I'm going to borrow a friend's HD to swap in and see if the drive is causing problems.


2gb of ram
100gb hd (65gb free)
geforce 6800 (256mb)
Pentium 1.86ghtz

Thanks
September 23, 2008 3:24:43 PM

About the fans part, that seems to indicate higher temperatures in the computer, is it possible that there's a lot of dust in there? If you don't clean it out, air doesn't go through the heatsinks and your laptop heats up. In extreme cases, this could cause downclocking of your computer, which might cause choppy video.
September 23, 2008 3:35:17 PM

^Thanks,

I did try blowing out the vents with compressed air. I'll take the bottom panel off and see if there's anywhere I could get a little more dust out of there.

On a side note, do you know if the processor is upgradeable?
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September 23, 2008 5:48:15 PM

If it's socketed, processors are almost always upgradeable.. . with varying degrees of ROI.
September 29, 2008 11:49:09 AM

I doubt the processor is very upgradeable due to lack of BIOS support.
Dell did not offer a Dual Core processor on the 9300 Model.

You may want to checkout the 9400 on Outlet.Dell.Com which is fairly reasonable and comes with nicer processors and a better GPU.

Selling your 9300 could keep the cost down.
September 29, 2008 7:04:26 PM

Pentium 780 is about the fastest you can go.
April 21, 2009 10:50:02 PM

I have the same Dell 9300 17" screen I open it up to find my fan cooler was cloged and not cooling So I cleaned it up but found the cpu on the video card had over heated So new card and BAM no problem spikekaw@yahoo.com
April 21, 2009 11:00:38 PM

zenmaster said:
I doubt the processor is very upgradeable due to lack of BIOS support.
Dell did not offer a Dual Core processor on the 9300 Model.

You may want to checkout the 9400 on Outlet.Dell.Com which is fairly reasonable and comes with nicer processors and a better GPU.

Selling your 9300 could keep the cost down.

The 9300 is a duel processors just not duel core Intel pentium M processor
April 30, 2009 11:51:05 PM

egotist said:
Hi,

I have a laptop that can't play 720p files smoothly anymore. The laptop used to play the files without any problems. I tried some old shows that I watched in the past and now they are playing extremely choppy. I tried formatting the pc and reloaded everything, and updated the video drivers. The processor usage goes up to 100% when trying to play the video. Overall the pc feels slower but I can't say if it just my mind playing tricks on me. I don't know if it's related but sometimes when the laptop is on for a while the fans turn on and they don't turn off until you restart the pc.

I can't think of anything else to troubleshoot? I'm going to borrow a friend's HD to swap in and see if the drive is causing problems.


2gb of ram
100gb hd (65gb free)
geforce 6800 (256mb)
Pentium 1.86ghtz

Thanks



yours lucky didnt blew like mine did, lol ... i was playing a game called 18 wheels of steel , maybe you guys have heard and well my video card blew just like that , and then i have a 64 mb ati express card :fou:  lol
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