*HP HDX 9000 DRAGON Owners Lounge, Part 2*

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  1. rogue_ronin

    rogue_ronin Notebook Consultant

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    I move around a lot, yeah, so the option to "fold and fly" is pretty good to me. But I also just like this thing.

    And I do have patience; I've waited a long time on eBay, or for prices to drop on things.

    Let's see what I'm looking at for sure:

    8gb memory: $134 (bought already)
    New batteries: $20 (bought already)
    motherboard: $166.32
    hard drives: $188.20 (bought already)
    LCD Screen: $177.86

    Possibly true:

    NVidia card: $49
    NVidia fan: ≈$35

    Total: ≈$770 (edit -- HD purchase)

    Plus the $400 for the original, and I'm still under $1200 for a top-end Dragon, pretty much maxed out. The machine should do me for at least a couple-three years, so... doesn't seem out of line.

    If anyone sees a better path, show me -- the only one I can think of is to find a Dragon with a bad shell, but good internals and frankenstein them.

    m a r
     
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    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    $1260 17.3" Asus G73JH i7-720M 1.6 8GB 500GB HD5870 1920x1080 W7HP

    2-gens newer technology easily outpaces a HDX9000.
     
  3. RickiBerlin

    RickiBerlin Notebook Deity

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    So SLC SSD makes no sense. I have long thought about it.
    I wrote something here before the MTBF. Also in use as a server hardly amounts of data to be written, which would necessitate SLC.
    Each day without SSD (MLC and SLC), but gave away one day.
    Actually, SSD is not a recommendation but a MUST.

    Since my Intel Bench is from 07/2010, here a current record of today.:

    [​IMG]

    same system: HDX with Win7Prox64, IntelSSDSA2M160G2GC (new firmware), T9300

    Influence of changes from old bench from 07/2010:

    1. "Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.1.0.1008 (formerly Intel Rapid Storage Technology 9.6.2.1001)
    2. T9300 2.7GHz fixed dualIDA. (previously self-regulating MAX 2.5GHz)
    3. Now 8GB RAM (previously 4GB)
    4. Intel SSD Firmware V1.7 (before V1.5)
    5. Intel Toolbox V2.01 (before V1.3)

    As you can see, it is always better. :D

    I make no other tests, as they generate a high write load.
    I would buy again and again IntelSSD.

    EDIT 08/2011 : Link Power Management (LPM) is disabled.
    see the result:
    [​IMG]
     
  4. 2.0

    2.0 NBR Macro-Mod®

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    All I have are close ups and pics that are too far away. I'll see what I can dig up later.

    And yes, you only need to remove the Keyboard, Rear cover, and Top cover to expose the motherboard. You do not need to take the motherboard out of the bottom shell. Once those parts are removed, you will see the BIOS chip which sits in the area under the left most part of what the keyboard covers.

    Also, you may already know this, the service manual link is on page 1, 1st post of this thread.

    EDIT (found one of my pics):

    See lower left of following picture where the large Intel chip is. Then to the immediate left. That's where it is located. This pic is of HDX with top and rear covers removed and keyboard removed.

     
  5. pies666

    pies666 Newbie

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    Hi guys,
    I found this topic recetnly as i got problem with my dragon. My HD2600xt card just died. Ive got question to You - if anyone of You tried to replace Hd2600XT card with anything else. Im from Poland and I cant get this card but there are many HD2600 and HD2600 pro, I can also find cards like 8400/8600 by nvidia. All of them MXM 2 of course. I dont wonna buy new motherboard and nvidia 8800, i just want to replace foulty card. Thanks in advice
     
  6. rogue_ronin

    rogue_ronin Notebook Consultant

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    Certainly faster, probably smoother. From a purely mathematical perspective, it makes sense.

    But I don't feel the love... :D And I don't see a 20" screen, either. My last machine was a 17 incher, and I don't think I could go back to such a puny thing. Heh.

    I'd also have to do that all in one chunk. I'm only able to justify this to myself if I do it a piece at a time.

    I just realized a few minutes ago that I had a 10 percent coupon on eBay; I managed to get two Seagate 750s for $188 shipped. So, I'm knocking that estimate down by $22 to $770.

    I bet I find a few more bargains as I go.

    m a r

    ps: just realized I forgot a new CPU... But also that I can sell off the old pieces as I go...
     
  7. ferchusolima

    ferchusolima Notebook Enthusiast

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    Watch this!!!! hp hdx 9000 20" notebook - eBay (item 330541032082 end time Mar-21-11 10:15:11 PDT)
     
  8. 2.0

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    No, you can only replace with HP's ATI 2600XT. No other card will work.
     
  9. paparon

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  10. 2.0

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    It works. Where did you read it wouldn't?
     
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