*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-DreamColor 2 screen

    96 vote(s)
    35.0%
  2. DreamColor 2 Screen

    114 vote(s)
    41.6%
  3. Dual-core Processor

    64 vote(s)
    23.4%
  4. Quad-core Processor

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

    123 vote(s)
    44.9%
  6. Nvidia FX 2800M

    43 vote(s)
    15.7%
  7. Nvidia FX 3800M

    47 vote(s)
    17.2%
  8. Nvidia FX 5000M

    27 vote(s)
    9.9%
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  1. MobileArtist

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    83bj60 pointed out that the 5000M uses too much power doing simple things, like typing. My goal is to underclock to the point where energy consumption is closer to average.
     
  2. StuckInÐeNearPast

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    I have recently read about a program distributed with Nvidia drivers called NVIDIA’s System Management Interface (nvidia-smi) which should give you very detailed information and access to your GPU (I believe your 5000M is the oldest Quadro this software supports semi-well). Using this program (it is run via the Window's command line) you can control your cards maximum TDP among other things, so while you are just on your desktop for example you can tell it to limit the card to 20W or something reasonable like that.

    Links to explain the software:

    https://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3751/~/useful-nvidia-smi-queries
    https://www.microway.com/hpc-tech-tips/nvidia-smi_control-your-gpus/
    https://cryptomining-blog.com/tag/nvidia-change-power-state/
     
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    Boy, I'm not all that comfortable with command line.
     
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    I have 2 8740Ws, one with the 5000M, one with the ATI 7820. When I had problems with Crysis game on my Windows 10 5000 machine, GOG gave me a number of steps, with the last one being to update the video driver, which I did with in device manager. That was a disaster, causing a serious crash that I could not fix without taking it too tech support.

    Ultimately I solve the problem, but on my Window 7 7820 machine a legacy game, Mafia 1, refuses to run, installing fine, but never opening onto the game. GOG once again gave me the same steps, with the last one being to update the graphics card. According to the HP web site my driver is two years older than the newest one. Does it seem likely that this might be the source of the problem? The guy at AMD told me to use the AMD cleanup utility, which I think I should do in safe mode. Then I should install the new driver. Is this a safer route than what I did before… Installing through device manager?

    The other interesting thing is that GOG suggested I install Directx 9, which I did to no effect. Originally the CD version of this game required Directx 8 or 8.1. I assumed that GOG knows what it's doing with its DRM free version, but maybe they're wrong, and the game needs Directx 8.1.
     
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    Crickets in the night, a lonely dog barking, the distant sound of a train… But no people. Where did everyone go?
     
  6. Judicator

    Judicator Judged and found wanting.

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    Just not a lot to say, mostly. The 850 EVO in mine bricked itself, so I'm back to the old Vertex 2 for now. Still pondering whether or not I'm going to pick up a 2.5" SSD to replace it again or just wait and upgrade to a whole new notebook.

    Sent from my LG-H872 using Tapatalk
     
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    I was hoping someone on this forum would be game cognizant, or graphics card savvy.

    Don't give up the 8740W.
     
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    I appreciate your response, Judicator, but I'm using the downloaded GOG version, not the CD, I think your referring to SafeDisc.
     
  10. luka92

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    Hi anyone tried to insert the gtx870 into the 8740w it's compatible? what I would have to do to work this GPU in 8740w? P&P or maybe another vbios, drivers? GPU is GTX870M 3GB from MSI
     
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