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Dell Inspiron 9400 - Nvidia 7900GS Issue


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Well a few months back this happened, one day I came back to my laptop and it had frozen. Upon restarting it, it had artifacts (Even in DOS before windows starts to load).

I sent it to a friend who cleaned all the dust away from the fans in the laptop and re-seated the graphics card and everything seemed to be ok. She then sent it back to me. It seemed to be working fine, so I updated the drivers, installed Left 4 Dead and had 2 or 3 games. Went down stairs for a drink and when I came back - the laptop had frozen and upon restarting.... you guessed it, the artifacts were back.

I took it apart with the help of my friend again, and we put more thermal paste onto the gpu in the hope this might help (we believed it to be an overheating issue).

Anyway, it didn't seem to help this time as the artifacts are still here.

The strange thing is, it won't even enter windows with newest drivers installed, but if I go into safe mode and remove the video drivers - i can then enter windows normally but the artifacts are still there...?!?!?

Here is a video on youtube I made about the artifacts...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIWi1srZusw

Is this video card toast? I can't afford to buy a replacement 7900 GS, they are far too expensive, can get a laptop for nearly the same price!!!

Any reccomendations?

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Sounds like the memory has fried on the card... I know it doesnt have anywhere near the same performance, but for a temporary replacement, look up ATI X1400 for the 9400 on ebay, as long as it is a dell module, it will work fine.

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Sounds like the memory has fried on the card... I know it doesnt have anywhere near the same performance, but for a temporary replacement, look up ATI X1400 for the 9400 on ebay, as long as it is a dell module, it will work fine.

Is there any way of fixing this myself?? (As in replacing the memory on the card)

Prices for a X1400 seem to be around £100£200 is this about right?

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Yes, that is about right. You could change the memory ... but that is ... well... I have no idea how to do it. I just know there are people who know how and can do it.

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Just keep an eye on ebay, a cheap one might come around, i paid £120 for my 7900Gs, so keep looking!

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Very similar problem here with my inspiron 9400 and this card. Second time this is happening and not on warranty anymore. Dell doesn't have the card in stock anymore.

Also cause blue screen of death with page fault in nonpaged area error.

I don't care about the price but I wonder if there's a more up to date card availlable on the market from Invidia ???

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  • 4 weeks later...
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Good luck... It's almost a waste of time to fix this issue.

It happened 2 times on my mother's laptop. The warranty is not expired so Dell will change the card till the end of the warranty, only patching the problem for a short time each time.

I also think that X1400 is not a decent option since 9800gs is by far a better and more expansive card (400$ US stock).

The saddess thing is that Dell doesn't want to admit that it is a major issue involving many owners...

and they even claim that the card is not available anymore when they got many in stock but only for people with valid warranty.

To conclude... Dell sucks...

Well at least they are producing arse kicking monitors!

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