Asus N56VZ-DS71 first impressions

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  1. TurtleTech

    TurtleTech Newbie

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    So you positive the stock wireless atheros card doesn't support high bandwidth wireless n connections? And you popped in the Intel 6300 agn dual band to have it immediately work at full speed?
     
  2. stormi

    stormi Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm not positive that the card doesn't support the higher speeds of N, what I am positive of is that my card, in my machine did not connect at higher than G speeds.

    In the specs, it's capable of N speeds (not dual band, but N capable), in practice, I didn't see any settings in the device properties with the 2 drivers I tried, that led me to believe that the card in my machine felt that "N" was one of its responsibilities.

    I've seen the intel card work at 200mb/s speeds, full speed I haven't seen yet, but with 2 of 3 antenna cables, we might not see it. The Intel card was literally a pop it in, download and install the driver and go.
     
  3. rickypicky

    rickypicky Newbie

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    I received my N56VZ-DS71 a couple of weeks ago. I purchased from Xotic PC and had them remove the HDD and replace it with a 480GB Intel SSD and do a 'clean install'.

    Before I get into my mini-review, I have a question. The subwoofer plugs in and appears to be working, BUT, when I right click on the Realtek HD Audio Manager from the system tray, the 'Speaker Configuration' is set to Stero and is greyed out (can't be modified). Is this normal? I would have thought with the subwoofer plugged in I would be able to configure the speakers to either 2:1, 4:1, etc...

    Now my mini-review.

    Windows boots in about 10 seconds (from selection on GRUB screen to Windows Login prompt).
    Screen is excellent with very good viewing angles.
    Wireless is pretty good with the stock wireless card.
    Keyboard is very good.
    Ethernet jack is a pain, but it works fine once you get it in.
    Speakers are very good.
    The Blu-Ray/CD cover is not flush with the side of the laptop and doesn't look level (more of a gap on the right top then on the left top). It works, but I would like to fix this. Any advice on how I would go about this?

    Ubuntu 12.04 (I dual boot with about 120 GB allocated to Linux) boots in 5 seconds or less. Intalling 12.04 was a breeze but getting it to boot into it proved more difficult. When prompted for Windows Loader or Ubuntu 12.04, when I selected Ubuntu, the screen would simply go to the GRUB> prompt. I eventually got it working by by Googling my issue and running a boot repair program.

    Once that was fixed, Ubuntu 12.04 works fine. My only complaint is my battery life in Linux is not very good - I've heard that Ubuntu does not have very good power management and I can confirm (at least in my case) that is true.
     
  4. bjammin

    bjammin Notebook Consultant

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    I find it mostly a pain to get out, but if you get something fairly pointy and push the flap down while you pull the cable out it's OK. If you don't do that, it seems the flap will eventually break.

    You can try removing it and realigning. It's a single screw on the bottom (it has a picture of a CD next to it. Then make sure the tray is out, and grab a solid bit with some pliers and give it a gentle tug. You might find just moving it and retightening the screw is all that is necesary though.
     
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    kouske Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yes. The plate has a pin that's a little close to the one tab, but you can convince it, and it will sit flush. Just have gentle hands when you do it, and it will look fine.
     

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    no body have this problem with HDD caddy from ebay??
     
  8. nipsen

    nipsen Notebook Ditty

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    If you get POST, or the asus logo lights up, press esc to boot from the other devices on the laptop. The order is the first hdd (the first sata device on the controller), second sata device (your hdd bay?), and then the rest (like an usb stick) has to be selected from the menu manually.

    Btw, doubt it's the actual caddy that makes the computer not boot. If you have a connection of some sort, there really is no way to halt the other devices on the controller, like it used to be with the ide controllers. No way to somehow prevent the boot either, unless the thing... I don't know.. shorts out and blows up the sata connector or something.
     
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    On mine, using the drivers from the Asus website, it automatically detects the subwoofer being plugged in and switches to 2.1 mode.

    Try this: Play some pop or hip hop music without the subwoofer. Plug in the sub as the music is playing. It should stop just for a moment and then continue with a filter split between the internal(mid end up) and external speakers (low end and low mid frequencies).

    It should be a noticeable change. You don't need to twiddle with the driver settings or software as it will instantly switch from stereo to 2.1 if the sub is plugged in.
     
  10. fushi.tarazu

    fushi.tarazu Notebook Geek

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    Just received my laptop now over a week and I love everything about this laptop except for the size. I've been playing Torchlight 2 for hours on SSD drive and it never get too warm for me to touch. The sound system is great. The 1080p screen is pefect comparing to my old Asus laptop and other laptop I've used in the past. I also like the feel of the keyboard. Definitely no regret.
     
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