M6800 Owners' Thread

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

  1. PGeary

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    Thanks for such a quick reply :)

    I perhaps should have mentioned that I mainly operate on Linux, that is not to say I would want to be able to boot up Windows 20 Pro WS as a PE install, but, it isn't a priority.

    If I installed a custom vBIOS onto a Nvidia Quadro P5000, would it still work under Linux?

    And, if the Turing Quadro cards have the same issue as the Pascal Quadro cards in relation to vBIOS, would that still be an issue in running under Linux (As long as Linux has drivers for the RTX 5000 GPUs, which I believe it does.)
     
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    The engineering sample vBIOS will allow the card to boot under both Linux and Windows.
    (Pascal cards and higher enforce a digital signature check for the vBIOS so end users cannot load "modified" custom vBIOS'es. Not sure but maybe someone has found a way around this by now. The vBIOS images that work are legit signed vBIOS'es from NVIDIA, just older than the ones that ever shipped on retail cards.)

    Assuming that the situation with Turing cards is similar, you should still be able to run one under Linux.

    Inside of Linux you could boot a Windows VM (Xen, VMware, whatever) and that should work fine. I believe that @JEAMN even got PCI Express pass-through working so he was able to get the NVIDIA GPU card working directly in a Windows Xen VM. (Using Optimus so that the Linux host would run with the integrated Intel GPU.)
     
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    Now we are talking,
    The idea of using a ExpressCard-to-PCIe slot adapter to have an Nvidia GPU working and dedicated to the Windows VM definitely has me interested. Certainly worth trying.
    Either way, GPU passthrough is still a viable option :)

    I'm an Avid user of VM's & GPU accelerated containers so it's good to hear that theres an option in that regard.


    To further my questions, do we have a list anywhere for retailers that would sell either "New", "Refurbished", or, "Second-Hand" parts for the "Dell Precision M6800" in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland?


    I am only aware of "Dell spares UK" as an unofficial source for parts.

    I'm trying to see if I can find a "4K" capable "Slot-Load" Slimline Blu-Ray Disc Drive, currently the standard official options don't support 4K, and, they cost upwards of £90 if you want to guarantee you get an official part, that's 2nd-Hand pricing too.
    I wouldn't mind usually, except that I can buy an external slimline Blu-Ray drive for less money, so it is sort of a toss up between space saving and piggy bank saving lol



    Additional to the previous questions, my M6800 is equipped with a Touchscreen panel, but it feels like the colours could be tuned, contrast, saturation, etc.

    Is there a guide anywhere that someone has listed the settings they used to calibrate the Touchscreen version of the display used on the M6800? I'm aware that the Touchscreen panel is completely different to all other panels but I have no idea who it is made by, what model it is, or where to find such information, using software to find the information would be nice but I'm nit sure what software I would be able to use.


    Thank you again for your time & your patience, it is greatly appreciated :)
     
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    Go review my first post from this morning, I edited in a bit at the end, after I posted it, about the GPU heatsink which you might have missed.

    You do not have to purchase an "official" M6800-specific optical drive. Any SATA 9.5mm optical drive will work. I have a LG BU40N BD-RE drive in my M6700. It is 4K/UHD capable, but it is tray-loading. (Can't actually watch a protected UHD disc because that requires an Intel 7th-gen CPU for the security stuff. I have a separate "UHD-friendly" external drive that I use to rip 4K discs to a media server.)

    I'm not really aware of any good source for random parts (anywhere) other than eBay.
     
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    Thanks for updating me in regards to the Heatsink, I do remember reading about that being an issue but hadn't looked into it much further than knowing that I may need to purchase a different heatsink in order to get it to fit, depending on what heatsink my current system has inside of it (I've never taken it apart and I have only had it for just over a year now).

    Also, for some reason I believed that firmware would be an issue for Blu-Ray Drives but clearly that shouldn't be the case so I'll have a look around to see what 4K UHD Blu-Ray drives I can find that will meet the space requirements (9.5mm).

    No worries about the shop stuff, eBay will do for me, or AliExpress if needed.
     
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