HP 6930p owner's lounge

Discussion in 'HP Business Class Notebooks' started by przemke, Oct 16, 2011.

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  1. mikespears

    mikespears Newbie

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    Ahh okay. I think I'm gonna buy a more recent elitebook when I get my tax refund. Needs dedicated graphics or an Intel HD4000. I'm also open to a Dell E-Series. i-series proc would be great, but I need ddr3 ram so I can drop 8gb of ram in for cheap.

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  2. stumbler

    stumbler Notebook Enthusiast

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    Save $30 on a new bezel.Locate center of webcam on bezel and drill hole with sharp pointed knife just slightly larger than cam lens.If you spend a lot of time in the rain,glue a small piece of cellophane to the inside of the bezel.Clean and replace double sided bezel tape to keep your rig "All Weather".Waterproof.


    Cheers!
     
  3. przemke

    przemke Notebook Geek

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    sorry doubled post
     
  4. przemke

    przemke Notebook Geek

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    Hi there guys again,

    I have a question but first i see no one replied to mikespears questions
    From my experience of occasional laptop repair you'd better get whole display, not worth the hassle&potential screw-ups (assuming about the same prices on used)
    Regarding battery on ATI it should last much longer in battery-saving mode conditions (like 3-4hours i guess, check specs)
    But that's on a new one. I recommend ultra-capacity battery - if cost is acceptable for you - you can charge it independetly too

    Do you have any experience in replacing these gelly thermal pads from gpu/chipset ? Anything like that below serves the purpose ?
    Fujipoly Thermal Pad High Quality for Laptop GPU Shin Etsu Thermal Paste | eBay
    today I just used thermap paste on everything, hope it will be fine. Not sure if i asked this question long ago, but this forum works so slow ;)

    By the way watch out for the ZIF connector for the cable of the front button (wifi volume etc) - it broke easily on one side without a good duck tape that is a problem!
     
  5. przemke

    przemke Notebook Geek

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    Looks like those gelly thermal pads are needed. From today I get artifacts and then screen gets messed totally when I launch a game and the gpu reaches about 50degrees celsius

    edit: regarding the pads, looks like originals can be obtained only through cooling, processor and mobo replacement kits so way too expensive. So universals are available. But problem is no manual says about the default thickness for them. Same for HP support when I called them ;)

    Anybody has a clue more or less what the thickness of the pads should be ?
     
  6. przemke

    przemke Notebook Geek

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    Coming back to the topic: don't use thermal paste instead of the thermal pad !. My ATI graphics broke just after I got the thermal pad and was replacing it lol (no boot).
    Got it replaced cheap by local service but with no warranty because to the guys experience these chips may not last long after replacement (can work just couple of days or months). So far it's about 2months with games and no problems for me.

    Another thing you need guys to be aware with this model: HDD password set from bios on this model is linked with the mobo's TPM chip. You won't be able to use it with a different (at least older) HP or other laptop - the password will not work ! I tried on HP 6910p and nc6400
    HP representative on the phone line in my country claimed it won't work at all unless its exactly same motherboard, but fortunately he was not right (I was able to enter& clear password on same 6930p model ). Anyways they don't warn you that you risk no access to your disk when you set the password without same laptop! Shame on them !! In my case it was couple days of unnecessary nerves & additional hassle with current work unavailable.

    Now another thing: screen flickering issue. Unfortunately the same model I got as a replacement (before mine ATI was fixed) developed this and I've seen many people on the net saying it's the lcd cable. Did you encounter the LCD to be glued to the bezel or in other ways problematic to replace the cable ? Vids on YT suggest it shouldn't, I'll give it a try :)

    The second piece I got also is older and it was true in some reviews that the battery is loose there ! I guess a proper thick piece of tape will fix this ;)
    Will update the main thread post about those.
     
  7. EA1DDO

    EA1DDO Newbie

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    Hi all,

    I have bought this nice HP 6930p some months ago, second hand. I like it as I am coming from his small brother 6910p, so this one is some improvement.
    First thing I did was to replace the keyboard for a new one, from my home country (Spain).
    Then I removed all RAM and installed 4 Gb from Crucial. A few days ago I got 4Gb for a total 8 Gb RAM.
    It is running Win7 Ultimate SP1 x64.

    Next step will be a new hard disk, larger than stock one. Perhaps I go for a Seagate Momentus XT hybrid 750 Gb.

    The graphics card ATI Radeon HD3400 is running last Sw version with OpenGL v3.3

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    Regards, Martin
     
  8. przemke

    przemke Notebook Geek

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    Hi Martin,

    Depends on the budget but if you didnt know there are sata adapters that fit the dvd drive (1 screw or without ;) and you can put a larger hdd for data there when system is installed on an real SSD in the standard slot.
    The GL driver that you have on that geeks 3d app might be outdated. My catalyst 13.1 shows 6.14.10 as the GL driver (8.97.100... no. of the driver ) package

    By the way when my 6930 developed a bad fault: the screen locks are actually locking it too hard ! I had to damage the case a bit to get it open :mad: though the screen survived fortunately.
    I'll probably remove those locks completely, not so essential ;]
     
  9. EA1DDO

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    Hi Guys,

    I knew about those HDD adapters for the DVD bay, but sometimes if I need something from a disc... I could´t do that, I mean, I´ll loss the DVD bay, isn´t it?
    So, I am not sure about that option.
    I think the Momentus XT Hybrid is performing good, at correct price and 750 Gb is a good size.
    But I´ll think about.

    About the drivers... I´ll have a deeper look on it. I had to update the OpenGL drivers some time ago because they were obsolete and unable to run a graphics software with minimum OpenGL v2. So, now v3.3 it is good.

    I use my laptop as main computer at home, attached to a 23inch HP monitor LA2306X, plus docking port, and I am happy this setup. Perhaps a DisplayPort would be great...

    Thank you

    Regards, Martin
     
  10. przemke

    przemke Notebook Geek

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    You keep the dvd bay and swap them with the sata hdd when necessary (laptop off). So if you need to do that often it might be inconvenient, for me works great.

    Don't know which docking hardware you are using but the older standard nc series station that I am using has a DVI out.

    The drivers from HP are very old now, the "Catalyst Legacy" driver from AMD is probably the newest (at least official) available. This one I guess for you:
    Legacy
     
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