HP ZBook 17 G3 Owners Lounge

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  1. Padraig O Cuinn

    Padraig O Cuinn Notebook Consultant

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    I have a heat sink available to anyine 2ho wants it. Free of course all you need to-do is pay postage
     
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    I owe an G3 17" with the ATI M6150W graphics.
    Did someone installed Linux and managed the graphics switch discrete (ATI) / IGP (Intel HD 530) ?

    The only option I've in order to use the ATI graphics is to set "Discrete Graphics" in the BIOS.
    But in this case, the computer get much more warm (about 15°C more, and 63°c idle).
    I might have trouble with the graphics drivers (i've tried open source AMDGPU and RADEON kernel modules) --
    Unable to install any proprietary AMD drivers for this card. Did someone found a way to install them ?

    Running over Fedora 27
     
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    Padraig O Cuinn Notebook Consultant

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    Has anyone had any issues with the new TPM upgrade not installing or something
     
  4. Verklärung

    Verklärung Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey guys. Just read through this whole thread and boy there's a lot of interesting data points here. I'm just commenting to add some of my own experiences. I'll just do it in bullet points to keep things straightforward.
    • GPU related stuff:
      • Someone mentioned the ZBook 17 G2 could be upgraded to a 980M if it does not have a DreamColor panel. While I can't confirm this, I can confirm that my experiences so far do not contradict this either. One of my friends has a G2 with a DreamColor panel and the system would boot with no graphics (we could hear system audio w/ a black screen) when my GTX 980M (which works with no issues in my 8770w) was installed.
        • At the time, I didn't know that this may be due to the DC panel. Does anyone know what exactly about it causes this limitation? Is it just the panel that causes the issue, or do DC models have differences in other components (maybe the motherboard) too?
      • Glad to see someone was able to get a 980M to work in the G3, but I see that a modded driver was used. As of several months ago, I no longer had to modify the drivers from Nvidia to get them to successfully install on my 8770w (with the aforementioned GTX 980M installed). (You can read more about this in my numerous posts here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...0m-8gb-they-work.786791/page-18#post-10707347) I'm wondering if this is the case now with the G3 too. Hopefully Nvidia is loosening up on these restrictions across the board.
        • The success here makes me hopeful about my ZBook 17 G4 as well. Has anyone tested one of these? Unfortunately there's no Owner's Lounge for the G4 yet and data about these seems pretty scarce on these forums. Would be interesting to see if any of the nonstandard form factor 10 series cards are compatible (or even fit) as well.
    • Battery recall:
      • Can confirm that the G4 was affected too (though not mine thankfully).
      • Not sure if it was mentioned here and I missed it, but do keep in mind that HP is offering on-site service to anyone with an affected model so you shouldn't need to go too far out of your way to get the replacement done.
    • DreamColor:
      • As there's no G4 thread, I'll mention this here too for anyone who's interested. I purchased my G4 without a DreamColor panel and ordered the 4K DreamColor display assembly (the whole assembly, not just the panel) separately to install myself. Doing so was easy and straightforward, and the display runs perfectly on my system. The only problem is that I could not get the calibration tool to install. I would just get an error saying that an HP system with a DreamColor panel was required to install it. After many hours on the phone with HP support (as I have the business warranty on this system) I found out some interesting things.
        • I didn't specifically mention I made the replacement myself. As they could see from the serial number that the system did not originally come with the DreamColor model, they just assumed the corporation that owned this previously (I bought it used off eBay) had made the upgrade themselves. Apparently though, this in no way affected the warranty on the system, and I was told that if anything ever were to happen that required a display replacement, they would still do so, but with the original display model the system was sold with (in my case, the 1080p touch screen).
        • It turns out that on the 17 G4 (I don't know what other ZBooks this applies to), a feature byte is coded into the BIOS which indicates whether the system was sold with a DreamColor display or not. This is used to determine whether or not the calibration tool can install or not.
          • From the way they were talking (I spoke to multiple people who gave me different parts of the story), it looks like if they wanted, a technician can easily modify the feature byte to enable the DreamColor functionality, but they refuse to do so. After several people first told me that it was possible, and that they'd have to escalate the issue to see if that can be approved, I was then met with several other people who (rather bureaucratically) said that it was not possible.

    I hope this information is useful to someone.
     
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