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  1. freesailor

    freesailor Notebook Geek

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    I'm not an owner but I've read several cases of "crackling sound", here and in other forums.
    For example:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/664468-asus-n56vz-ds71-first-impressions-44.html

    Some said that problem could be solved by removing or re-configuring McAfee antivirus, look at this:
    ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Forum- Sound problem

    If you still have McAfee installed you could try that suggestion, although I don't know is this is enough to get rid of any N56 sound issue.
     
  2. JinKizuite

    JinKizuite Notebook Consultant

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    I have a question. (I'm a computer newbie :( ) Amazon, the only retailer that sells this in my country comes only with a 5600rpm 750gb Seagate HDD. I'm guessing I could easily acquire a 7600rpm from the same manufactor but how do I go about installing this new HDD, as in do I simply switch the HDD and put in the Windows Install CD that comes with the box or some other complicated method. >.<
     
  3. OC-Freak

    OC-Freak Notebook Deity

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    It doesn't come with windows CD/DVD.

    Easiest way it to go through the normal install when you first get it and then use the asus recovery tool to make recovery DVD's. Swap HDD and then install from the recovery DVD's you made.

    The difference from 5400rpm HDD and 7200rpm HDD isn't that big, if you want better HDD performance you should go with an SSD.
     
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    bjammin Notebook Consultant

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    I agree ... it's not worth the hassle unless you swap to an SSD.
     
  5. JinKizuite

    JinKizuite Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks for the information. :) Looks like after a few hours of looking into it I shall be purchasing an 256gb SSD :O Hopefully I can just use this Windows 7 Install disk I got from my Alienware purchase. (Mhuhauhauha) Unfortunately It seems that they don't sell anywhere in all of europe except for in Germany which is shipped with a german keyboard. -_-
    If its taking this long for a UK release i'm guessing it's never gonna happen? ;_; What should I dooooo? D:
     
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    kouske Notebook Enthusiast

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    tongue-tied Newbie

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    I also received my N56VZ a few days ago and experienced exactly the same audio problem (electrical interference...screech etc). Having read somewhere on the board about the possible McAfee suite link, I uninstalled it and have had no further problems. At the time I was also in the process of updating drivers and firmware however it appears that the McAfee installation may have been the culprit. Who would have thunk it :confused:
     
  8. nipsen

    nipsen Notebook Ditty

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    ..ouch. I guess it's possible that the realtime inspection routines might do something to the windows sound component. It's.. basically a service running in an "admin" context that programs feed data to. The service then feeds the realtek "driver" -> that does the hardware translation.

    So if the sound component isn't able to feed the hardware translator/driver in time (and the driver expects data to be there). Then you would get distortion and pops, and so on, since the buffer is garbled..

    I didn't think it was possible that would happen with the new driver model they have had since Vista, though. ...
     
  9. noodles22

    noodles22 Newbie

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    I'm screwed. I finally (after waiting 3 months) recieved my new laptop. This Asus N56vz. Now I useally install bios passwords on my laptops as on this one.

    Now the following happened: I installed my password and well that worked of course. After saving the changes and rebooting I was asked for my password (ofcourse!). Now the problem is, when typing in my password certain character won't show up. I can't type any character which uses the shift key (I.E. ^%$#@!) And those are in my password.

    Now I called the helpdesk of where I bought my laptop and they say bios passwords won't be covered by warranty since I have to remember those myself... Well I remembered it. Now they gave me an option, send it back with a retour form or bring it a to a local repair shop pand have it fixed. ( I can do this probably myself). now they also said that warranty seals cannot be broken. (how can I bring it to a local shop then?!?)

    Now I have to questions:

    1. Does this laptop come with a bios battery? anything like as in a normal computer?
    2. Are there warranty seals?

    If there are no seals, is there a guide somewhere as to how to open this laptop?
     
  10. Kourosh

    Kourosh Notebook Guru

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    The Jury is still out on whether XoticPC is the retailer to go with for the N56VZ. I purchased one with upgrades from them last month. I warned that the unit had to be checked for any defects, but still the unit they sent to me had a defective (buzzing/crackling) left speaker.

    The sales rep., Josh, is communicative and patient, but the XoticPC team messed this one up, and XoticPC is not compensating me for my lost time and money. I had to pay $60 UPS ground shipping (with insurance) to return the unit to do an exchange. Now they're trying again, but I have no ETA on when the new unit will ship. I sent them a list of potential defects to check this time.

    Xotic PC also sent a bad unit to another user on this forum. In his case it seems the production team accidentally used a wrong-size screw when upgrading the hard drive, which put a bump on the frame. He returned the unit for an exchange, and apparently XoticPC is taking better care of him than they are of me. See http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/664468-asus-n56vz-ds71-first-impressions-77.html (Smartician's post).

    Regarding the upgraded screen option, the 95% color gamut screen looks great. The colors are amazing. However, the screen does not get as bright as most new laptops do. That worsens the contrast ratio, but overall, the color reproduction (including whites and blacks) is excellent. One qualification is that I opted for the calibrated color profile upgrade, which makes an appreciable difference. A problem that I encountered is that the color profile frequently flips on and off randomly when programs are opened and closed. Very annoying. If that issue can be fixed, then I would say the screen performance is worth the cost of both upgrades. If it can't be fixed, then the calibrated profile is overly frustrating, and the upgraded screen arguably isn't worth the upgrade fee without functioning calibration. You may have better luck with the calibration than I have had so far.

    The notebook was speedy with an SSD. I opted for the Intel 520 for its fast read/write speeds. Boot up with a clean install took about 28 seconds, if I remember correctly, and I'm hoping that will be cut down with a Windows 8.

    I'll report back on the condition of the new unit that XoticPC sends me, and on the overall level of service.

    At this time I wouldn't advise against using XoticPC, but I cannot yet say I endorse going with them for this purchase, either.
     
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