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    Welcome to our N61JQ Owners Lounge.:wink: Please review this page before posting questions.
    Greg Woodfill,
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    Driver update thread provided by Stevedogg. http://forum.notebookreview.com/asu...250-asus-n61jq-driver-thread.html#post6388295
    NOTE: I take zero responsibility for this update thread.
    Unless it helps you and then I take all the credit for directing you to it! :D
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    Here are links to three N61JQ resellers who contribute to this forum and are recomended by many in it.
    PowerNotebooks @ Custom Laptops by PowerNotebooks.com™ - Custom Built Gaming Laptop Computers (Member name: paladin44)
    XoticPC @ Gaming Laptops - XOTIC PC - Gaming Notebooks - Custom Laptops - Custom Notebooks (Member name: Justin@XoticPC)
    GenTechPC @ GenTech PC (Member name: GenTechPC)
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    Specifications
    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
    Display: 16-inch HD LED-backlit Widescreen (1366 x 768)
    CPU: Intel Core i7-720QM processor (1.60GHz Turbo-Boost to 2.8GHz Quad-Core)
    Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 1GB DDR3 VRAM
    Wireless Data Network: 802.11 b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz) , Bluetooth v2.1+EDR
    LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
    Memory: 4GB (2x2GB DDR3 - up to 8GB) Mixed RAM capable.
    Storage X1: 320GB 7,200RPM hard drive
    Storage A1: 500GB 7,200RPM hard drive
    Optical Disc Drive: Super Multi DVD drive
    Camera: 2.0 Megapixel
    Speakers: Altec Lansing speakers with SRS premium sound
    Microphone: Digital Array Microphone
    Card Reader: : 1x 8-in-1 card reader (MMC/SD/Mini-SD/XD/Memory Stick/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS-Pro-Duo)
    Input/Output: 1x Headphone-out jack (SPDF support), 1x Microphone-in jack, 1x Express Card 34, 1x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x E-SATA
    Battery Pack: 6-Cell
    Dimensions: 14.98 x 10.33 x 1.08 (W x D x H)
    Weight: 6.38 lbs
    Color: Brown/Black

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    Frequently Asked Questions
    (Some of these Q&A's were copied from this Lounge, And some were provided by owners).


    Q: What is the difference between the N61JQ-A1 and the N61JQ-X1?
    A: The A1 comes with a 500gb HDD and a 2 year warranty. The X1 comes with a 320gb HDD & 1 year Warranty. Both come with a 1 year Accidental Damage Warranty in the US & Canada only.

    Q: Can I use an external monitor with this Laptop?
    A: You can run 1 external monitor and the laptop display (extended or cloned) or you can run 2 external monitors (one D-SUB, VGA and one HDMI) and no laptop display (extended or cloned). With an external adapter, such as ViBook Plus, your laptop will support up to six external monitors with the adapters using a USB Hub, plus one external monitor and the laptop screen (or two external monitors without using the laptop screen) for a total of eight screens all running in extend mode.

    Q: Does it support switchable graphics?
    A: No it does not!

    Q:How does the ATI 5730 compare with other graphics cards?
    A: It is almost equivalent to a Radeon HD 4670 desktop card. 3DMark06 score is 8000. It seems that a single 8800 GT card is faster than this card. In terms of screen resolution, as this is a lower resolution it would run similarly compared to a 8800GT@ 1650x1080 for example. Use this link for comparison. Notebookcheck: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730

    Q: How well Can it run heavy photoshop and adobe CS4 suite?
    A: It should be able to handle all of that with ease. If the images you are working with are extremely large, you may want to upgrade the RAM. Other then that, the graphic capabilities and processing power are fantastic for the price. The Core i7 processor has a very powerful integrated floating point unit and the ATI video card supports OpenCL (SDK needs to be installed though).

    Q: Does eyefinity work?
    A: No. The N61 and most other notebooks out there don't have the horsepower to run games at the extended resolutions offered by eyefinity. If you read up on it more, ATI is trying to make it abundantly clear that eyefinity is a purely optional feature and it's up to the companies that use the 5xxx series chips if they want to implement it or not. On slower cards it's a nice solution for productivity software, etc. that doesn't require super pixel-crunching power. The lack of lag jumping windows between screens is certainly a nice bonus.

    Q:What about the low screen resolution?
    A: Obviously this is subjective. Most Owners report some dissatisfaction with the resolution and or viewing angles. But almost all will follow this up with they otherwise love this laptop. If you asked everyone that has a complaint about the screen if they would return it most would say no. I am in the minority when I say the screen does not bother me. The screen is the main concern of anyone interested in this laptop. But you can't get everything for $1000. If the screen is at the top of your needs list this laptop is not for you. Only you can decide if you can live with this resolution. I suggest going to a store and looking at a similar screen. This resolution is not uncommon in this size screen and you should be able to find one to look at.

    Q: What about gaming performance?
    A: Most reviews so far report exellent performance on high settings when plugged in, not as good on battery.

    Q: What about the Battery life?
    A: Generally you get about 2 hours with a 45 min. swing either way depending on the power mode and your usage.

    Q:Can I do upgrades without voiding the warranty?
    A: You can upgrade the Hard drive, memory, optical drive and wireless card without voiding the warranty.

    Q: Will it void the warranty if I apply thermal paste to the cpu or gpu?
    A: Yes, It will void your Warranty unless applied by an authorized ASUS reseller.

    Q: Is the RAM on the N61JQ 1066 or 1333?
    A: It is supposed to be 1066 but sometimes is shipped with 1333.

    Q: What about the wireless performance?
    A:The stock wireless card is a low grade card. But it seems to perform real well with no drops. It connects in 2.4GHz but not in 5.0GHz. If your router supports 5.0GHz it is easy and inexpensive to upgrade this card.
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    SSD Upgrades & Reviews
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    SSD upgrade information posted by 2MNY http://forum.notebookreview.com/asu...asus-n61jq-owners-lounge-533.html#post6446394
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    Backlight keyboard modification of an N71JQ implemented by Turbogear http://forum.notebookreview.com/asu...ight-keyboard-implementation.html#post6567857
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    Hardware and Software Issues
    Keep in mind this is a small complaint to post ratio for an Owners Lounge.
    Be sure to read a few pages after the complaint to see owners feedback.

    BSOD
    If you have a BSOD this link is recommened by Lounge Owner Risco. Laptop Forums and Notebook Computer Discussion - View Single Post - * Asus N61JQ Owners Lounge *
    And Lounge Owners LordDavon and Adamal have offered to help get to the bottom of your BSOD.
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    Returns
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    If you need to RMA your N61 read this post first. http://forum.notebookreview.com/asu...asus-n61jq-owners-lounge-397.html#post6221159
    UPDATE- Tony finally has a working N61!! h[SIZE="4"][/SIZE]ttp://forum.noteb...asus-n61jq-owners-lounge-478.html#post6363160

    Squealing Sounds
    Here is a squealing fix posted by elkind.
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    Here is a possible solution to help with the squealing posted by Lounge Owner phantom37.Laptop Forums and Notebook Computer Discussion - View Single Post - * Asus N61JQ Owners Lounge *

    Protective coat peeling
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    Dust in screen
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    Freeze up
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    Screen viewing angles
    http://http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5937023&postcount=1161

    Dead pixels
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    WARNING to Starcraft 2 players, read this post on over heating and a possible solution before playing on your N61.
    Blizzard Confirms StarCraft II Overheating Bug - News - GameInformer.com
    Possible fix- http://forum.notebookreview.com/asu...asus-n61jq-owners-lounge-570.html#post6541961

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    ASUS BLOATWARE GUIDE LINK- Asus Utility and Bloatware Guide
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    ASUS INFO GUIDE http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/122632-asus-info-booth-read-before-posting.html
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    Service Manual (Provided by Ken@GenTechPc)
    http://go.notebookreview.com/?id=52...nges/456659-asus-n61jq-owners-lounge-397.html
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    BIOS update guide for ASUS notebooks http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/174395-bios-update-guide-asus-notebooks.html
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    ASUS RMA and Warranty Guide http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/487940-asus-rma-warranty-guide.html
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    ASUS Warranty Info:
    ASUS Notebook Extend Warranty
    ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty
    ASUS 360 Notebook Service Program
    ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Support-
    ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Support-

    ASUS Product Registration & Member Login:
    ASUS Member Login

    ASUS Support: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Support-

    North American Notebook Support:
    Customer Service: ASUS - North American Live Support
    Technical Support: ASUS - North American Live Support
    Email: ASUS Online Service
    Notebook ONLY Hotline: 1-888-678-3688 - option 3, then option 1, or 510-739-3777 ext. 5110

    Global Service Centers:
    http://support.asus.com/contact/cont...Language=en-us
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    Just a reminder to everyone about the ADW:
    1) You only have 60 days to get your ADW paperwork in.
    2) Go to ASUS Member Login and registering your laptop. Go to ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty and fill out the ADW information for your laptop (per Customer Service, this is your receipt). ASUS will send you a confirmation email that you will need to print and send in with the receipt/invoice copy.
    3) Your warranty starts from the date of purchase. Not the date you received the laptop.
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    Good Deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D
     
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    So I'm curious... how'd you get it to recognize all the RAM?
     
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    Even if it doesn't work, I appreciate the effort.
     
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    Allyw how is yours running so far ?
     
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    It was not me but he started to send me private messages asking about my model. His last message said its fixed and recognizing all the ram.
    He is in Singapore, thus the strange model #.
     
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    Mine is running great! I love this thing. I am so glad I returned my HP DV8T
    and switched to this N61JQ-X1. I was so hesitant with the lower screen resolution on this thing. But honestly I can't tell much difference between this and all the 1080p's Iv'e had.
    Most people will want the A1 model for the larger hard drive. But if you are like me and planning to upgrade to ssd eventually than just save the money and get the X1 for $999.
    One problem with ordering the X1 or A1 from newegg. The Wifi card does not
    support 5ghz. If your router does you might want to get it from the resellers so you can upgrade to the intel 5100.
    I wish someone could give me some links for some tests I could run so I could post them. Not being a gamer I have never really looked into any benchmark tests.
     
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    Thank's. I hope we can make it work.
     
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    A SuperPi 32M test would be interesting if you're looking for tests to perform. Most other tests have already been done, by other people, though. You could also run HD Tune to find out how fast your hard drive is, if you're curious.
     
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    I didnt upgrade my WIFI card...I left the stock one. I ordered the A1 from powernotebooks.com. How big of a deal is it ?
     
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    The Wifi card seems to work fine. But some of the newer routers support both 2.4 and 5.0 ghz. This card only supports 2.4 ghz. If your router doesn't support 5.0 then it won't matter. Mine does so I'm going to look into changing my Wifi card to the Intel 5100. If you do upgrade get the Intel 5100 not the Intel 5300. The 5300 supports 3 antenas and this laptop only has 2 so it would be a waste.
     
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    Hmm...I am trying to find my router right now. It was a high end router at the time I bought it...1.5 years ago. I think it supports Wireless N...I bet it has 5ghz support.
     
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    Thank's I will give it a try.
     
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    Not necessarily. I think most of the 5.0's started coming out about a year ago and not all the high end ones have it.
     
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    Aye...well I will just keep the stock card then. With 5ghz...it will transfer faster ? less drop outs ?
     
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    http://compnetworking.about.com/od/wirelessfaqs/f/5ghz-gear.htm

    I think people are making far too much out of the wireless card. I ended up paying for the intel upgrade because all my machines have intel wireless cards so it makes it easier for me to manage. The default wireless card in the laptop should be fine.
     
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    Thanks for that link bro...good read.
     
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    Passmark screenshots for N61JQ=X1
     
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    allyw123 could you post some pictures of the screen with internet explorer open on the main forum webpage? Also a pic of the back, I want to see how brown it really is! Cheers
     
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    The memory marks seem slow to me, but again, I might just have sweet RAM. Can you run CPU-Z, go to the memory tab, and screenshot it? That'd be helpful (I might even have an idea to get more performance... maybe).

    You can set your monitor to any resolution you wish and see it exactly... or you could use the Web Developer Toolbar to set just your browser to any resolution.
     

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