*HP EliteBook 8740w Owners Lounge - PART 1*

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  1. E30kid

    E30kid Notebook Deity

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    Sounds sweet. I assume that games would look amazing on the DC2.

    Do you know if the DC2 consumes a lot more power than the regular displays, or is the difference minimal?
    I would try to get one of the 2010 refresh models because of the Core i line's TurboBoost tech. There should be a good amount of refurbs on the Apple site in the 17" form factor.
     
  2. Aikimox

    Aikimox Weihenstephaner!

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    According to HP - it requires a bigger PSU (150W) if you opt for DC2 in 8540w, so I assume - yes, it consumes more juice.
     
  3. E30kid

    E30kid Notebook Deity

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    The reason why I asked about that was because of the M5800's lower TDP than the other GPUs. HP requires a 120w power supply, even though the M5800 has a 26 watt TDP. The FX 880M has a 35 Watt TDP and the FX 1800M has a 45 Watt TDP, so both consume more power than the M5800.

    My TDP figure could be completely wrong if the M5800 isn't based off of the HD 5730 after all, or if notebookcheck has incorrect numbers.

    I'll look in the other thread for DC2 battery figures if anyone has one yet.
     
  4. lethial

    lethial Notebook Geek

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    Late to the report party, and I don't have good news to report :(

    My 8740w is either going to be sent back or be serviced :(

    I hope you guys don't have the same problem. But here it is: FREAKING ELECTRONIC INTERFERENCE NOISE from the speaker! GAHHHHH

    I am pretty tolerant to noise (considering that I sleep right next to a loud AC everyday...) but the noise generated is the intermittent high pitched kind that you can hear even when you have the laptop's fan at full speed...

    I don't know about the laptops that you guys got, but I have a feeling that the one that I got didn't have any shielding on the speaker wire at all :( So you can actually hear all sort of buzzing noises coming from it. The high pitched ones comes from the damn USBs...

    Sigh... :( But other than that, the laptop is running great on my own installation of windows 7.

    Oh and my stats (as ordered):

    | 7-10-2010 | 820QM | M7820 | 1x2GB | FreeDOS| DC2 |

    I have on hand 2x4GB Crucial DDR3 Ram, 160 GB Intel G2 MLC SSD, Seagate Momentus XT 500GB. Was hoping to get all of them installed too... sigh... more waiting for me...
     
  5. CrunchDude

    CrunchDude Notebook Evangelist

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    Have you tried turning off CPU power management in the BIOS? I've had this problem on ThinkPad's both on older models as well as on more recent ones.
     
  6. lethial

    lethial Notebook Geek

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    I have not tried that, since it was something easily reproduced by simply plug in a USB device. But I will take a closer look at the bios, and see if there are anything that I can tweak.
     
  7. m8o

    m8o Notebook Evangelist

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    That really blows; I doubt there's anything that can be done in software. I never have outside sound off -- tv or music -- but I'm going to have to try mine in a quiet environment.
     
  8. TechAnimal

    TechAnimal Notebook Evangelist

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    Heresay is that ATI's TDP numbers don't include the memory and so the 'real' TDP is higher than quoted. I can't say whether this is true or not or how much of a difference this makes.
     
  9. lostbuyer

    lostbuyer Notebook Consultant

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    For one thing, the MBP has far weaker hardware and auto-switching graphics, which probably helps a lot.


    Also, MINE SHIPPED!!!
    (Naturally, since I had just gotten some helpful advice from NotebookGrail on how I might be able to get my order replaced with an 840 without losing my place in line. :rolleyes: )

    Of course, the tracking page has this helpful info:
    Carrier: FDE
    Ship Via: BWY
    Package Weight: 0.00
    Package Ship Date: 00/00/0000
    Delivery Date: 00/00/0000
    Freight Charges: 0.00
    Item Part #: <blank>
    Item Description: <blank>
    Quantity: <blank>


    Config status page too:
    Order Allocated / Config Reviewed 06/14/2010 4:46:32 PM 07/19/2010 09:09:30 AM
    Wave (Picking Process) 07/19/2010 09:09:30 AM 00/00/0000 00:00:00 AM
    Staging (Preparation Process) 00/00/0000 00:00:00 AM 00/00/0000 00:00:00 AM
    Configuration Build 00/00/0000 00:00:00 AM 00/00/0000 00:00:00 AM
    Review Hold (see comments) 00/00/0000 00:00:00 AM 00/00/0000 00:00:00 AM
    No Comments
    Bench Hold (see comments) 00/00/0000 00:00:00 AM 00/00/0000 00:00:00 AM
    No Comments

    Total Number Of Business Days In Config 34


    BUT FedEx says
    Estimated delivery: Jul 22, 2010 by 10:30 AM


    This (re-)order is from June 14.
     
  10. knight427

    knight427 theenemysgateisdown

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    I made my rep investigate this same issue when I was considering the 8540w. He took it to the product specialists who took it to the engineers. No real answer came back, my rep was simply told that the larger power source was spec'd for the M5800 so that's what it gets sold with. No reasons were given why.
     
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