M6800 Owners' Thread

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by billxt95, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. Aaron44126

    Aaron44126 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Highly likely that you will have to modify the INF. Which means you will have to disable driver signing or sign the driver yourself. (I have directions for signing a modified driver in my M5000M upgrade thread, linked in signature.)

    I recommend UEFI with secure boot turned on. You can switch a legacy installation to a UEFI installation with the mbr2gpt command. https://www.windowscentral.com/how-convert-mbr-disk-gpt-move-bios-uefi-windows-10
     
  2. JEAMN

    JEAMN Newbie

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    Well, one step forward, two steps back.

    The good news was that I installed a 980m and was able to boot into Win10 just fine and install drivers with no mods. Awesome! Ran a quick benchmark on battery; performance was on par with AC powered K3100m.

    The bad news is that when I was taking the palm rest off, I noticed the socket for the power button board was bent over. The bracket holding the socket to the motherboard was broke loose and it was just being held in place by the solder joints. I bought the laptop used, so the prior owner must have given it a good yank when they disassembled it and broke it loose. I carefully tried to bend it back in place, intending to epoxy or hot glue it down for support, but the solder joints snapped off.

    I managed to repair the solder joint, but a few of the pins on the socket had broken off short, so it was very difficult to get a good connection. I must have bad connections on a few of the pins yet, because the power button works, but the rest of the LED's don't work and the touchpad doesn't appear to be getting power. Or maybe I shorted something out and zapped the motherboard. =(

    Anyway, I have a replacement motherboard on order now. (GDMGC) .
     
  3. JEAMN

    JEAMN Newbie

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    Got the motherboard replaced and everything is working well. I wondered if the different BIOS would matter at all (replacement is at A11, my original MB was at A19), but didn't seem to affect windows at all. I re-installed drivers just to double check, but didn't have do any driver modding. This thing is all set.
     
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