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10% off all Studio, Inspiron & XPS orders over £699 @ Dell !

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#1
Voted hot but I wish Dell would just have decent prices and say here they are and they won't change much except for inflation. Constantly having different discounts on their site and these voucher code releases you never know where you are ! The model I was looking at now has a smaller 'discount' than a few days ago so this voucher code in fact just returns the status quo (for that model.) But over the last month depending on when you might have placed an order and what codes you had the price for the xms m1530 model I was looking at has varied from 610 to 780 !!! And once you've missed the boat on something you could have had for 610 you'd feel a sucker paying a lot more. Think I'm going for a sony vaio fw11e anyway ....:p
#2
Just tried this, code is not valid. Could you re-check it please?
#3
This code doesn´t seem to work. Please let me know what codes can be used I´m just about to get one of the XPS M1730 laptops and could do with as much off as possible.
#4
10% isn't brilliant for XPS and Inspiron to be honest. Their prices have stuck high for a time now, and there were a couple of 20% offers earlier this year.

BRIGHTK, if I were you, I'd keep an eye on the Dell outlet, they get some great (and for that matter rubbish) bargains on there.
#5
The code is missing a number and should be - 7S59V4MSF1B5W9
#6
Agharta;2645277
The code is missing a number and should be - 7S59V4MSF1B5W9


Thanks Agharta - OP updated :)
#7
Just a heads up for those who might be interested in buying an XPS laptop - they are absolutely WONDERFUL, best laptops ever in my opinion.

However, any laptop with an 8400 or an 8600 video card from any manufacturer is at risk of failure.

This is not Dell's fault, or HPs fault, or any laptop maker's fault. Nvidia has made its chips badly.

But it looks like most manufacturers are just trying to keep them from failing long enough to get them out of warranty. In a worst case scenario, an nVidia powered laptop is unlikely to last more than a few months, and will be worthless after the warranty expires.

I would wait and see how this plays out before comitting to a laptop now, unless you don't need 3D performance - in which case, get a laptop with no Nvidia parts in it.

Sources:

http://mobile.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/08/01/0142219

http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/07/09/nvidia-g84-g86-bad

The inquirer article is a bit over the top, but there is obviously a serious problem, and I would strongly advise people to see what guarantees are likely to be offered, before comitting to any new machine with one of these parts.
#8
Dell have released BIOS updates to attempt to address the GPU issue which seemingly changes the cooling fan profiles – See Here.
#9
Agharta
Dell have released BIOS updates to attempt to address the GPU issue which seemingly changes the cooling fan profiles – See Here.


I would personally advise people NOT to update to these bios releases. If there is a fault with the graphics chip the last thing you want to do is delay that until the warranty has expired. This is not something that can be fixed with a bios update.
#10
wild_quinine
I would personally advise people NOT to update to these bios releases. If there is a fault with the graphics chip the last thing you want to do is delay that until the warranty has expired. This is not something that can be fixed with a bios update.

It depends on your situation and how long you have left on your warranty. If you are getting towards the end of your warranty period then it’s probably wise to upgrade the BIOS.

The issue isn’t with the graphics chip itself but with the chip packaging; supposedly it can become compromised due to large variations in temperature. The BIOS fix I assume is aimed at reducing the temperature fluctuations by changing the fan speed profile. It will likely affect the noise level of the laptop.
#11
wild_quinine
Just a heads up for those who might be interested in buying an XPS laptop - they are absolutely WONDERFUL, best laptops ever in my opinion.

However, any laptop with an 8400 or an 8600 video card from any manufacturer is at risk of failure.

This is not Dell's fault, or HPs fault, or any laptop maker's fault. Nvidia has made its chips badly.

But it looks like most manufacturers are just trying to keep them from failing long enough to get them out of warranty. In a worst case scenario, an nVidia powered laptop is unlikely to last more than a few months, and will be worthless after the warranty expires.

I would wait and see how this plays out before comitting to a laptop now, unless you don't need 3D performance - in which case, get a laptop with no Nvidia parts in it.

Sources:

http://mobile.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/08/01/0142219

http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/07/09/nvidia-g84-g86-bad

The inquirer article is a bit over the top, but there is obviously a serious problem, and I would strongly advise people to see what guarantees are likely to be offered, before comitting to any new machine with one of these parts.

I was about to buy a sony vaio fw11e with the following description. Can you tell me if its affected ? (doesn't mention Nvidia, but not sure whether the P8400 means it has Nvidia parts ?)

Efficient Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P8400 processor and ATI® Mobility Radeon™ graphics
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3470
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Cantona
I was about to buy a sony vaio fw11e with the following description. Can you tell me if its affected ? (doesn't mention Nvidia, but not sure whether the P8400 means it has Nvidia parts ?)

Efficient Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P8400 processor and ATI® Mobility Radeon™ graphics
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3470


No, there is no problem with the FW11E that I know of.

The chips with problems are graphics chips by nVidia. The Vaio you're looking at has a graphics chip by ATI.

The P8400 in the Vaio refers to the CPU, made by intel, and the number is just a coincidence.
#13
Thanks wild_quinine, rep added.
#14
Seems good to me, was looking at the Studio 15 line which seem nice - that 10% essentially meant I can upgrade the screen for free... still deciding whether to go ahead!
#15
Could those tech experts out there lend me some advice? :-D


Hard Drive 500GB Serial ATA non Raid (7200 Rpm) [subtract £90.01]


750GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst™ cache [subtract £40.00]
Larger hard disk drive capacity gives you more space to store your data music, photos and videos


2TB Dual Hard Drive Raid 0 Stripe (2x1TB - 7200rpm) [add £180.00 or £5/month1]


500GB Hard Drive capacity with DataSafe Local Enhanced Backup solution (2x500GB) - English [subtract £10.00]


640 GB Serial ATA non Raid (7200 Rpm) [subtract £79.99]


1.2 TB (2x 640 GB) Serial ATA (7200 Rpm) Dual HDD Config No Raid [Included in Price]



they seem to have removed the HD option of the cheaper RAID 0 that was on the XPS 420 a few weeks ago.

Ive heard that RAID 0 is the way to go, due to the fast read/write speeds... but i dont want to pay £260 for it!

Which is the best HD option there? :oops:

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