New Dell e1705

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  1. harddoom

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    Wireless is shifty, do i need to upgrade intels drivers? i have intel 3945.

    Also do i only have 49.3 gb of space? Cause i thought 60 gig would have more. Is it cause of partioning, or do i have like a few gb more room?
     
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    Yeah it is because of partition and the natural calculation of mb into gb. Most systems come with 4 partitions:
    1: diagnostics partition
    2: XP partition
    3: backup partition (if you have norton ghost)
    4: restore partition.

    If you reformat, you can delete all of these partitions, but partition 1. Partition 1 is needed to for Media Direct to function properly (or at least it is the easiest way of getting MD to work).

    What do you mean by shifty? It is always good to update your drivers. It could be another problem such as interference from other networks/devices, too far away from router, etc.
     
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    i updated driver, i think all should be fine now.
    And how many gb should i have when i reformat?
     
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    when you format, you'll have about 57gb all together (assuming you lump them into 1 partition for XP - minus partition 1). Minimum XP install takes up about 5-10gb.

    You should see your standard C: drive as well as another drive ( probably labelled d:) The other drive is your backup. Dell created that so that you can store documents on there without having to backup everything up when you format.
     
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    alright, thats not so bad. Would this site be interested in another dell e1705 review? i have these specs

    Inspiron E1705
    Intel® Core™ Duo Proc T2400 (1.83GHz/667MHz/2 X 1MB L2 Cache)

    LCD Panel 17 inch Wide Screen XGA+ Display

    Memory 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz

    Video Card 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7900 GS

    Hard Drive 60GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive

    Operating System (Office software not included) Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005

    Combo/DVD+RW Drives 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability

    Wireless Networking Cards Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 Internal Wireless and Bluetooth

    Primary Battery 53 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

    Hardware Warranty SAVE $50 (after rebate) 4Yr Ltd Warranty, At-Home Svc, and HW Warranty Supt

    Accidental Damage Service (Unavailable in Florida) SAVE 10 %! Add CompleteCare Accidental Damage Svc to 4Yr Lim Warranty
    [412-0358]
    [982-5459]

    Dell Wireless 355 internal Bluetooth. Bluetooth 2.0 with 3 Mbps Enhanced Data Rate.

    Total: $1,374.95

    what you think?
     
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    actually my wireless is still shifty, meaning it will disconnect randomly. I have updated the driver, what else could be wrong?
     
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    do you have another laptop near you that has wifi?
     
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    nope, not even my brothers pc (its off). there should be no interference problem.
     
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    well i was thinking of something to test the router. You might check the antenna connections to the card (located on the bottom side of your laptop), and might even take the card out and put it back in.

    How far away are you from the router?
     
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