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Latitude E6400 Owner's Lounge, Part 2

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by Commander Wolf, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. Commander Wolf

    Commander Wolf can i haz broadwell? Super Moderator

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    Apparently we're trying to keep the size of the notebook owner's threads down around 2k to 3k posts, so I feel it's prudent to split this owner's thread.

    For reference, here is the original owner's thread, which will now be closed.
     
  2. HerrKaputt

    HerrKaputt Elite Notebook User

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    For reference, here's the last message of the old thread, since it's an unresolved problem.

    You might try to contact Dell again, perhaps a different rep will be more helpful.
     
  3. HerrKaputt

    HerrKaputt Elite Notebook User

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    Sorry for the double post, but it's a different subject.

    Does anyone know if the E6400 with ExpressCard works with ViDock 2? If yes, what's the best video card you can use such that the ExpressCard interface is not a bottleneck?
     
  4. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    We have a few ViDock 2 threads (including this one) so you might want to hit up the search function. Considering that it only uses a single PCIe lane I wouldn't expect miracles but it might work.
     
  5. veritas72

    veritas72 Notebook Evangelist

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    can someone reopen the closed thread and link to this thread?

    also, this may be a stupid question, but is it possible to get true 5.1 surround out of the e6x00 without using an external usb soundcard?
     
  6. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Yeah, I'll go do that right now.
     
  7. MDR8850

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    can't since there's no plugs to accept it....
     
  8. veritas72

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    fully aware of that. was just hoping there was some adapter option (possibly for the display port which carries audio) or pc card/express card option.
     
  9. Commander Wolf

    Commander Wolf can i haz broadwell? Super Moderator

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    If you're just looking for a PCMCIA/ExpressCard sound card, there's plenty of options out there. I'm sure even the most basic of them will offer 5.1 surround... just look for "PCMCIA sound card" or "ExpressCard sound card" on eBay or whatnot.
     
  10. nordberg

    nordberg Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just ordered a refurb e6400 from the outlet. My plan is to replace the hard drive with an SSD I had ordered last month. My questions for the lounge:

    1. Are there any guides on the board on replacing the original hdd with your own? I don't know if dell ships OS disks with their laptops.

    2. Are there any "do this first" guides for a new latitude - like things to check, flashing the bios, etc?
     
  11. Commander Wolf

    Commander Wolf can i haz broadwell? Super Moderator

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    Replacing a hard drive in an E6400...

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/late6400/en/sm/html/hdd.htm#wp1180023

    If it's a new unit, Dell typically ships re-installation media with the machine, but it's kind of a crap shot with refurbs. You can use a generic Windows installation disk and the key from the Dell's CoA, though.

    Dunno about the "do this first" guides... I typically just do a clean install and that's that.
     
  12. wsx

    wsx Notebook Guru

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    Use ABR to backup the Windows activation on the original HDD, setup your SSD, install Windows and use ABR to restore your Windows activation. I think the Dell OS discs still have some of the Dell stuff pre-installed so I would just use a Windows disc to get a clean install.

    I believe using the key on Dell's CoA will require telephone activation. Using ABR is much easier and you can reinstall the OS as much as you want without having to call Microsoft to activate it.

    ABR: http://directedge.us/content/abr-activation-backup-and-restore
     
  13. veritas72

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    creative used to make one, but seemed to discontinue it. and ive looked. want to point me in the direction of a card that supports 5.1? i do not want to buy it from a reseller, i want a well supported one that will be getting true win7 updates
     
  14. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    Another option is to clone the existing HDD. This is easy if the HDD is the same size or smaller than the SSD and you can use Acronis True Image as described here.

    However, with Windows 7 only a few days away, a clean install of Windows 7 might be the best way forward.

    John
     
  15. Commander Wolf

    Commander Wolf can i haz broadwell? Super Moderator

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    The Dell Windows installation disk is simply an OEM disk that doesn't need activation on Dell computers. There isn't any bloatware on it. You'll only need ABR or a telephone activation if you install Windows without a Dell installation CD.
     
  16. nordberg

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    Even though the HDD is only 80gb, the SSD I bought is even smaller at 60GB, so I'm not sure how that would work.

    I hope dell or whoever is running the windows upgrade program has a quick turnaround - the SSD bought has a rebate I have to send in before the end of the month and I want to make sure it works before I send it i.
     
  17. John Ratsey

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    Casper can handle downsizing, but costs money.

    Get an enclosure or eSATA adaptor and you can test the disk with various benchmarking programs.

    John
     
  18. wsx

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    Yes. I was referring to a Windows installation using a standard Vista disc. I don't know if Dell ships systems from the Outlet with Vista w/ SP2 discs now but when I received mine 2 months ago, it came with a Vista w/ SP1 disc. A clean install is still better IMO because you can install the latest drivers/DCP without worrying about uninstalling the old ones, etc which is where ABR comes in handy (assuming the user has a standard Vista w/ SP2 integrated disc).
     
  19. veritas72

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    clean install it. oh, and use win7.
     
  20. nordberg

    nordberg Notebook Enthusiast

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    I received my e6400 today - no windows media.

    It does come with a windows vista business license with an XP downgrade. I'm wondering when I do get my win7 discs if I could use my windows XP pro install CD, put it on my SSD using the XP license number from the dell (I'm assuming there is one), and then do a clean install of windows 7 over that. Any reason that wouldn't work?
     

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