*HP EliteBook 8740w Owners Lounge - PART 2*

Discussion in 'HP Business Class Notebooks' started by Aikimox, Sep 7, 2010.

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What is your EliteBook 8740w config (select one from each category)?

  1. Non-DreamColor2 screen

    95 vote(s)
    34.9%
  2. DreamColor 2 Screen

    114 vote(s)
    41.9%
  3. Dual-core Processor

    63 vote(s)
    23.2%
  4. Quad-core Processor

    137 vote(s)
    50.4%
  5. ATI M7820 Graphics

    121 vote(s)
    44.5%
  6. Nvidia FX 2800M

    43 vote(s)
    15.8%
  7. Nvidia FX 3800M

    47 vote(s)
    17.3%
  8. Nvidia FX 5000M

    27 vote(s)
    9.9%
  1. remdale

    remdale Notebook Evangelist

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    Then what is the point of using DC2?

    Do DC and regular versions of 8740w use the same motherboard? I checked schematics and it appears that they have different LCD connectors. Did anybody try to do upgrade to DC?
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2018
  2. rahasyavadi

    rahasyavadi Notebook Consultant

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    Yes, the DC uses the same motherboard. I have done the conversion.
     
  3. ja666

    ja666 Newbie

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    Yesterday I got this battery (3-weeks delivery to Europe):
    www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-8Cell-Battery-for-HP-EliteBook-8530p-8530w-8540p-8540w-8730p-8730w-8740w/202253330366
    The battery looks good quality LG Corp product for HP (cells Japan, assembled China) and keeps 4400 mAh according to initial tests, but the point is battery bottom shape: the 'wave' at the bottom, so I cannot attach my HP secondary battery (genuine for HP Compaq nc6320) to the bottom of 8740w.
    The original HP 8740w primary battery (AV08 HSTNN-LB60 manufactured 2010) has flat-shaped bottom.
    Why there is that 'waved' shape - is that to accommodate bigger cells, or simply acts as an additional support for the back of notebook?
    As I already ordered (didn't pay yet) HP AT486AA secondary battery, I have doubts if this additional extended 12-cell battery shall fit together with the new primary acquired :-o
    Also I do not know if this 'wave' allows use of HP dock station :-o
    Any idea about the above points, guys?
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2018
  4. MobileArtist

    MobileArtist Notebook Deity

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    How do I reenable the trackpoint on my 8740W? Even in device manager the track point is no longer listed.
     
  5. MobileArtist

    MobileArtist Notebook Deity

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    I wish you luck with the new battery. Frankly, I'd just like a list of known third party batteries which will work with the Dreamcolor 2 and 5000M model.
     
  6. the_schnifter

    the_schnifter Newbie

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    I've been lurking through 8740w threads on this forum since I picked up my first rig in January of 2016.

    I've gotten to the point of picking up parts and post tested machines (reselling working usually dual core models) to build up a supply of spare parts. I do have a warning for you guys if you're picking up spare parts. Recently eBay has had a few listings appear for new knock-off RAM covers for 8730w/8740w for around $11-13 USD, so I excitedly bought four. Check out what I got:

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    See it next to a genuine part:
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    Needless to say I'm initiating a return. Sorry if this has already been posted, it's been a few months since I've caught up on this thread.

    I'm also going to be embarking soon on my first mod project (not counting swapping an M7820 into a DC2/FX3800M SmartBuy config) - 920XM and K3100M upgrade, provided I can find hard proof it will work with my DC2 box.
     
  7. buttcrackplumber

    buttcrackplumber Notebook Enthusiast

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    Will a GTX 980m work out of the box with a 8740W non dreamcolor unit? I see we had greyscale issues with the dreamcolor. Will it plug and play or is there something else I have to do? I wouldnt mind updating to any GTX 9xx series. Are any of them just plug and play? Thanks in advance.
     
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  8. bassman5066

    bassman5066 Notebook Guru

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    https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?ur...are_pid=10711361&share_fid=33462&share_type=t

    See my post regarding my experience with a 970m. If I were you I'd go with the 780m, I've been using that for months now and it has worked great.

    Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
     
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  9. buttcrackplumber

    buttcrackplumber Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have a 780m but im not sure how to mess with the files to get it to work.
     
  10. bassman5066

    bassman5066 Notebook Guru

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    Is your 780m installed in the laptop and it boots into Windows at least? If so I can provide you with my modded driver file since the same should work for you. Windows 7 or 10?
     
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