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*HP ENVY 17 & 17 3D (3XXX series) Owners Lounge*

Discussion in 'HP Envy & HDX' started by justinkw1, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. justinkw1

    justinkw1 Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    <noparse><div style="background:url('https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-EcH4RQsxiSM/TtX0gXclV6I/AAAAAAAAARc/dwky3D8_3mM/s75/bg-hpe.png'); background-repeat: repeat-x; background-color: #3F4247"><table cellpadding="3" style="width: 100%; border: 2px solid black; border-collapse: collapse" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr style="background:url('https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-eOCH4Sycxhg/TtX0gcAOU-I/AAAAAAAAARg/a6Uuu8Buqx8/s450/bg-hpe-right.png'); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: right top"><td><div style="position: static; float: right; padding: 2px 10px 2px 10px"><center><img alt="HP" src="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/images/i/logo.png" /></center></div><div style="font-size: 14pt; color: white; position: static; float: left; padding: 10px 0px 10px 5px">Welcome to the ENVY 17 and ENVY 17 3D (3XXX series) Owners Lounge!</div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></noparse>
    This owners lounge is a place to meet other ENVY 17 and ENVY 17 3D (2011-2012) owners and share useful tips/tricks/mods to get the most satisfying user experience from this entertainment notebook.

    If you would like to suggest something that should be added to this post, please PM me.

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    Smile for the camera! Click the thumbnails to view them at full size.

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    Please note that this is the late 2011 - early 2012 version of the ENVY 17 / ENVY 17 3D. A refresh of this series (32XX) is occurring in mid-2012.

    The details:

    • Aluminum chassis
    • Weight: 7.51 pounds (or more, depending on configuration)
    • Processor (30XX series)
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    • Processor (32XX series)
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    • Display: 17.3" (diagonal) BrightView Infinity LED
      • Standard: 1920 x 1080
      • 3D model: 1920 x 1080 with 120Hz refresh rate
    • Memory: Up to 16 GB DDR3 (2 x 8 GB)
    • Graphics
      • 30XX: AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT - 1 GB GDDR5 with DisplayPort and HDMI
      • 32XX: AMD Radeon HD 7850M - 1 GB GDDR5 with DisplayPort and HDMI
    • Wireless: Intel 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, Intel Wireless Display
    • Slot-loading drive
      • Standard: DVD+/-RW drive
      • Upgrade: BD-ROM, DVD+/-RW combo drive
    • Support for up to one mSATA SSD and two 2.5" hard drives
    • USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Digital Media Reader
    • HP TrueVision HD webcam
    • HP CoolSense technology
    • HP ProtectSmart (3D DriveGuard) technology
    • Backlit keyboard
    • 2-year standard limited warranty

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  2. CopticWalad

    CopticWalad Notebook Enthusiast

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    Useful Links! If you have trouble opening PDF links, then right-click on them and click save as.

    HP Envy Deals + Coupons!

    HP 17 3D series - Product Page
    HP ENVY 17t-3000 CTO 3D Edition Notebook PC Support Site
    Official ENVY 17t-3000 CTO 3D Manual (PDF)
    Official DISASSEMBLY Guide for HP ENVY 17 (Updated for 17t-3000) (PDF)

    Official Envy 17 3D HP Partsurfer website (Product Number LY336AV)
    Promotion Code 15% off on parts price in U.S: US21000015

    I'll be regularly updating this Post with Useful Links for the Envy 17 3D version specifically. It's very nice to have them all in one place, especially considering the main Envy 3rd Generation thread is constantly moving fast and even with 50 Posts per page we're already up to page 47 meaning over 2300 posts. Support me by Adding to my Reputation (lower left of this post) and even send me private messages. If a few people are interested I might go as far as making a quick easily accessible blog to help support the new HP Envy (2012 Refresh).

    UPDATED 1/18/2011 (Thanks to the Thread for many of these links)
    NEW HP ENVY BIOS F.05 on 1/4/2012
    Link Directly to ENVY 17 3D 64-bit OS Downloads
    Broadcom Bluetooth 4.0 Driver and Software (WORKING! The Intel BT drivers posted on HP's site are incorrect drivers)
    Intel Autodetect Update Utility (Awesome!)
    Alternative HP Envy Touchpad Mod (See this Thread for Instructions) Another post for recommended settings
    Intel Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300 (Necessary because Windows 7 clean install will not recognize it)
    Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Software for Windows 7
    TriDef 3D 5.0 (Save Program Files folder for HP License so TriDef 3D Ignition works properly)

    Clean Install Tips:
    If using a Flash Drive to install Windows 7, be sure to use the USB 2.0 port, otherwise the USB 3.0 ports will not work because Intel doesn't natively support it yet. Also the USB 2.0 port is most reliable up until you do get the USB 3.0 drivers installed.
    Also, I highly recommend Ninite to really speed up very common installs.
    Here's Ninite site for you to choose what to install.
    Here's my recommended package
    Imagepad Scrolling - most people are not used to two finger scrolling and that seems to be my only unreliable gesture. However a quick fix is to go into the Synaptics settings and allow 1 finger vertical scrolling on the side like the classics. The brilliant part is that it works simultaneously with the 2 finger scroll as well. Easy fix.
     
  3. devsk

    devsk Notebook Evangelist

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    Wow! Only two memory slots on a 17" laptop. That was sad to know (thanks for the manual link CopticWalad) but its a great laptop nonetheless. Bought it some time back. Can't wait to play with it when it arrives. I am excited like a child...:D
     
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    jonc101 Notebook Enthusiast

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    What does CTO edition stand for?
    Sorry didn't google. Spontaneous thread reply.
     
  5. CopticWalad

    CopticWalad Notebook Enthusiast

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    Configure to Order (basically customized) rather than pre-built
     
  6. ADNOH

    ADNOH Notebook Geek

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    not many owners here it seems?
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    I am kinda waiting for some nice pictures of their Envy...
     
  7. lancehudson

    lancehudson Notebook Guru

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    Shipped!!!
     
  8. devsk

    devsk Notebook Evangelist

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    Mine shipped and arriving on 23rd...I am so excited!
     
  9. domoMKIV

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    Mine should be here Friday morning. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning waiting for this thing, my current HP dv9500t is about 5yrs old and still running fine but definitely showing its age.

    Envy 17 3D
    &#8226; 2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2670QM
    &#8226; 1GB Discrete Graphics AMD Radeon(TM) [HDMI, DP]
    &#8226; 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    &#8226; 750GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
    &#8226; 17.3-inch diagonal Radiance Full HD 3D Infinity LED-backlit Display (1920x1080)
     
  10. klas

    klas Notebook Deity

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    I think most of us will be getting it on 23rd
     
  11. fiver5

    fiver5 Notebook Consultant

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    173D arrived today.
     
  12. fiver5

    fiver5 Notebook Consultant

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    So this is always good to find.

    Popped off the bay cover and a loose screw fell out:confused:

    Looking at it, there is a little dab of loctite on it and it's obvious it was never installed anywhere. I don't see any empty holes so probably it just got mixed in by whatever child labour put this thing together. I set the loose screw toward the middle top for the picture.

    Also notice that unlike previous editions, a connector is included for the second drive (yay!).

    Once my current 2nd gen is done backing up I'll be swapping in my SSD's.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. klas

    klas Notebook Deity

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    Slightly disappointed by the screen in comparison to my Radiance

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  14. darkfire107

    darkfire107 Newbie

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    Any idea where to find a cheap HD caddy for the additional drive?
     
  15. fiver5

    fiver5 Notebook Consultant

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    All bad news.

    #1. Drive caddies from Gen1 and Gen2 Envy's are NOT compatible with Gen 3 envy.

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    From left to right: Gen3 bay 1 caddy, Gen2 bay 1 caddy, Gen2 bay 2 caddy.

    However unlike previous generation envy's, bay1 and bay2 appear to use identical caddies, which is nice.

    #2. The Gen3 does not appear to support hardware RAID. Since the Gen2 did, I didn't even think to look into it before I ordered. After dropping in both of my Vertex3's, I went into the BIOS menu and sat there scratching my head for quite awhile.

    If this can do RAID, there is no setting in BIOS for it at present. I'm going to have to sit and think real hard about if I'm keeping it or not. I spent a thousand dollars on disk IO for my Gen2 envy that is freaking useless on my Gen3 :mad:

    I suppose there is always Windows raid <sigh>
     
  16. darkfire107

    darkfire107 Newbie

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    Does the BIOS atleast have AHCI option?
     
  17. fiver5

    fiver5 Notebook Consultant

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    Nope. All you can really do in there is configure boot order.
     
  18. Deihmos

    Deihmos Notebook Consultant

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    I don't even see a need to buy anything for the hard drive. I will just get some tape for my SSD since the plug is already there. I don't see why I would spend anything extra for a caddy.

    Is there no option for raid?
     
  19. fiver5

    fiver5 Notebook Consultant

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    Yeah I forgot to mention that in my earlier post, the RAID thing had me kinda fuming. Unless you are super anal retentive you don't really need caddies, for the few brief minutes I had them in there duct tape and some rubber used as padding seemed like it would be just fine, after closing that baby up I'd never think about it again.

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  20. Deihmos

    Deihmos Notebook Consultant

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    What are you saying? Is there no option to configure raid? There ishoudl be an option in the bios for raid.
     

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