*HP dv3t (2XXX series) Owners Lounge*

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  1. John85

    John85 Newbie

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    Can HP ship the battery out of U.S.A ?
     
  2. 09ine

    09ine Notebook Enthusiast

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    So this is my first post, and it's going to be a ranting one.

    I've sent in my HP laptop in twice. Not once everyone, twice, due to fan noise. What's up with my life? I'm a freshmen in college which means I spend time in quiet locations and my laptop doesn't seem ok with that. I specifically remember waiting for my laptop to shut up with its fan noise when I first got it (this was for movies even) and sure enough it did. Then, out of the blue, I hear scratching noise and my fan just won't stop.

    I do the logical thing, I send it in. I received it a week late and they said they replaced the USB board. Why I ask? They don't know, they just did. How about my fan? What fan is what they asked. I then sent it in again for another two weeks. This time, a woman called and said they were specifically REPLACING THE FAN. I receive my laptop with a letter saying that nothing was wrong with the laptop and that it met their standards. So I was, who was this mysterious woman I talked to?

    I have called HP a minimum or 3 times a day (you probably think I'm kidding but I'm not) and they've put in all these fancy accommodations such as testing it in a quiet room and replacing the fan but honestly, three times in a row sending this thing in? They've had my laptop for a longer time than I've had mine.

    The saddest thing about this, as I'm sure all of you know judging from posts, is that this is a tiny thing and almost a bit of a road warrior yet it's making enough noise to make my roommate's 18 inch laptop shut down and hide. Maybe I should just compensate and return this thing in and just get a bigger laptop and just get used to the noise, or should I give HP another third chance? Hell, I have the repair box right next to me here.

    Sorry for the long post, but does anyone have a quiet DV3? How the heck does this thing go from super silent to a noise machine within two weeks? What did I do other than watch YouTube videos and listen to music on Pandora?
     
  3. solmnc

    solmnc Notebook Consultant

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    I feel like I'm the only one with a quiet one, but maybe that's because I may be one of the few who still browse these boards post-purchase and without any issues. I'd like to hear just how loud the fan gets on some of your machines under normal usage. I've heard mind spin at maximum speed for a second during the hp logo boot screen every time I powered it up with firmware F.06, and once for an extended period of time when the cursed F.07 firmware nearly incinerated my laptop...

    I've had mine for over three months now, and it's still behaving pretty much the same. The fan is usually rather inaudible unless I'm doing something more processor intensive and graphically demanding like a Blu-ray or a game... or if I have over 30 tabs open in multiple Firefox windows. :D

    But here's something you can try to deal with fan noise:
    Under Processor power management in the Advanced settings for Power options, set the System cooling policy to Passive when it's On battery and Plugged in and see if that helps. You could also cap the maximum processor state to a certain percentage. Core 2 Duo P series processors (1066 MHz FSB) won't clock lower than 1.6GHz, and T series (800MHz) won't clock lower than 1.2GHz.
     
  4. AmericanGal

    AmericanGal Notebook Geek

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    I've had my DV3T for over a month now and thought I'd give my two cents on how it's performed as I see some have had a few issues.

    I am still running Vista Premium but will upgrade to Windows 7 soon. I changed the fan setting from the "always on" setting in the bios. That did make a difference on how much the fan runs but when I have it plugged in it does cycle on and off frequently--it's never off for a long time. I used to have a Dell Studeo laptop that did the same thing. I wish it didn't run so much but I have gotten used to it.

    I think that fan noise loudness can be subjective. I would describe this laptop as having fan noise equivilent to the the Dell Studio 1535 I had. You can definitely hear it but I wouldn't describe it as excessively loud and thankfully it doesn't sound like a hair dryer or anything. It is more noticible though than the later model Dell Studio I recently sold (1555). That laptops fan was very quiet (barely noticable).

    I don't have a dedicated video card so maybe that makes a difference in how the fan works. One thing I have noticed on the laptop is that the palmrest gets hot on one side when using Bluetooth. I switched to a regular wireless mouse and it's better.

    I have used Pinnacle Studio 12 on the laptop and it rendered a video just fine with the integrated video card but when rendering the display of the progress on the screen is slower than the speed of the actual rendering. Maybe this will be different when I install Windows 7 or maybe it's just a limitation of the integrated card.

    I wish the lighted keyboard would turn on automatically when you reboot like the Dell Studio does--that was a neat feature of the Dell. I find I have to turn the keyboard light on manually every time I use it.

    The touch buttons on my DV3T work fine. Some people have reported issues. Is this perhaps related to the version of driver installed?

    I have noticed that the battery does lose some charge when sitting (I have the 9 cell). Is there something that can prevent that (other than removing the battery when not in use).

    Which bios is best? I don't know which version I currently have--laptop was bought in October.

    Other than these the laptop has worked flawlessly and I am glad I bought this model. The size is perfect and the only thing I wish I would have done is gotten an integrated video card and a P series processor (couldn't afford these at the time).

    I don't think I would describe it as the equivilent of the higher end models but overall its a good general purpose laptop.

    Anyway, just thought I'd share my observations...
     
  5. kitzuki

    kitzuki Notebook Consultant

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    Was very Interested in customizing this item over the summer from reading a few post in this thread I am glad i waited since they discontinued the item
     
  6. FuGGer

    FuGGer Notebook Enthusiast

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    the DV3 will be back with a touchscreen soon.

    right now they trying to sell the dm3 with crappier processor and no optical drives ;)
     
  7. kalte

    kalte Newbie

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    Hi! I've come to you because at HP no one could help me, they suck :(

    Hi, I bought a Pavilion dv3t recently with Intel P7550 (@2.26) and Geforce G 105M dedicated graphics card. I think my machine's having some kind of problem with temperatures, because at idle works at 45 °C on the processor and 38 °C in GPU. My brother has the same machine but with a slower T4200 processor (2.0GHz) and runs at 31 °C in idle (it was suposed that P series had lower TDP than T series).

    My worst problem begins when running 3D intensive software. Using a stressing suite (StressMyPC for processor and rthdribl for GPU) makes it go up to 94 °C on CPU and 88° on GPU. Playing games I've seen the GPU at 94 °C. On the other side, running StressMyPC on my brother's notebook makes the CPU work at 58 °C. The main difference between his and mine is that his doesn't have dedicated graphics.

    Is someone around here with a dv3t with dedicated graphics that could tell me please his temp reads on idle/full. i've used HWMonitor and SIW to read them.

    I couldn't find any info about expected temperatures for dv3t with dedicated graphics and upgraded processor (or just the processor/graphics alone)

    Thanks in advance!
     
  8. FuGGer

    FuGGer Notebook Enthusiast

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    CPU Type Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo P7350, 2000 MHz (7.5 x 267)
    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce G 105M (512 MB)

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    my temps from everest...not doing anything intensive...just running utorrent and web...

    my idle temps are higher :p

    ive seen my cpu temps go up to 100 celcius when i encode videos...
     
  9. kalte

    kalte Newbie

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    Thanks for the info. I contacted HP about the issue and acording to them it should not be running hotter than 65 °C (wich would be almost imposible considering that most processors can go higher than that with intensive tasks).

    Some other guy at HP told me to not worry because ANY processor can go as high as 1000 °C (yes, 1000) and as long as the chassis is not hot everything's fine.

    Just for you to know, acording to Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors can die when higher than 105 °C. That's why i'm worried...

    Isn't there someone else more that could give a reference temperature reading? Just to be sure if this is normal operating or both of us have a defective cooling system.
     
  10. quantum28

    quantum28 Newbie

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    hi i'm new to this forum. i bought my dv3t in the fall and am preparing to upgrade to windows 7. has anyone done the clean install method and been able to have the original "hp games" installed as well? or is upgrade the only way to preserve that?

    thanks in advance
     
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