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New Dell Vostro V131

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by wii, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow Super Moderator

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    Sometimes Dell won't allow for the option for upgrade even though the machine can accept it. I think when the new Vostro line they only advertised 6 GB RAM, even though the machines will do 8GB+.
     
  2. PikaTux

    PikaTux Notebook Enthusiast

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  3. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow Super Moderator

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    7200 rpm doesn't mean it will be loud. I have a Scorpio Black 750 GB, 500 GB, 7200 rpm Seagate, I don't really hear my drives. My Latitude 13 with the original 5400 rpm Toshiba hard drive was replaced with an SSD, and honestly no difference.
     
  4. ileung

    ileung Newbie

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    Thank you for the help

    I will order a i5-2410 V131 with backlit keyboard and upgrade it to 8G, the price for two 4G modules here is equal to the upgrade price from 2G to 4G on dell web site..:D
     
  5. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Notebook Evangelist

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    Well I popped in an SSD drive this morning and... Windows 7 is asking for a driver (Probably for the AHCI). I then tried another 2 drives with the same result. I haven't had to supply a driver like this for years.

    I grabbed the AHCI driver from Dell, the installation found the driver but... nope. It simply will not see either SSD drive or standard drive.

    Please Dell, don't tell me that we can no longer change hard drive! (Unlikely) Can anyone else confirm? (Will try other options later on plus see if one of the DVDs has a driver or maybe even use the re-install dvd if that provides a clean install)


    This got me thinking until:


    Solution: When installing Windows 7 from a USB source, be it dvd or usb stick, DO NOT USE the usb 3.0 slots as Windows would need a driver to use that type of connection. I changed to a usb 2.0 socket and.... all is fine.
     
  6. PikaTux

    PikaTux Notebook Enthusiast

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    How is it with noise when there is no HDD? And which SSD do you use?
     
  7. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Notebook Evangelist

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    I'm installing the Crucial C300 128Gb SSD (Would have gone with M4 but that has an issue with super fast bios boots). In the last 4 three hours I've only heard the fan at boot time.

    Installing now...

    Update:
    After the first desktop appeared the first boot from off to desktop happened in 19 seconds with zero tweaks. The machine is currently sitting there running windows update and is 100% silent. (I've also set every option to maximum battery in the Balanced power option and cpu max to 10% - To surf the web you really don't need it to be higher)

    I've installed the updated Intel chipset/Wireless driver from the Intel page and that's about it. No synaptics driver installed as yet and all function keys work as intended (apart from the touchpad. Not installed the accelerometer as the SSD doesn't need it)

    44 running processes and the entire machine is pretty much working as intended with nearly all options. Onto the tweaking now (Why would anyone want a machine with so many pointless services over and above the standard clean install?)

    After tweaking:
    23 running processes and I can still do everything a standard user at home can do. Wireless, networking, sharing files... etc. The main objective of my tweaking is to make sure that the CPU sits at 0% when idle. If it isn't then the battery is being used and I'm aiming for better battery life, speed and stability. 526Mb used at idle. Still 19 seconds boot to desktop. The ACer 1820ptz remains the top at 15 seconds.


    Next: Battery life tests
     
  8. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Notebook Evangelist

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    More information: (Vostro V131 Celeron, 4Gb ram, Crucial C300 SSD)
    Room temp: 20c
    V131 temp: 29c

    It's now running silent and cool. Will post back later as the room heats up.

    25 minutes later
    Room temp: 21c
    V131 temp: 34c


    Update:
    I've been playing the Battleship HD trailer (1280x720, played from the desktop) for over 3 hours now and the fan hasn't turned on once. Fantastic.

    Final Update:
    The laptop will play full screen 720p media (lowest brightness and audio via headphones) for (from 100% power to 7%) 6 hours. Not bad but nowhere near 12 hours or even 9. I don' t think that the machine will reach 9 hours even after tweaking, heavy max battery plus wireless off.
     
  9. AboutThreeFitty

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    When you say V131 temp, what are you referring to? (The CPU, bottom of the laptop, etc.)
     
  10. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Notebook Evangelist

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    The temp is whats reported by Real Temp so I'd say that it's the CPU only. Mine stays quite cool but nowhere near as cool as the HP 5330m

    Real Temp - CPU temperature monitoring

    Seeing as the GPU is on the cpu and the hard drives an SSD the only temps possible are from the ram or CPU so I'm okay with the single reading.
     
  11. DIFORT

    DIFORT Notebook Enthusiast

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    Can V131 runs Street Fighter IV with the Intel GMA?
     
  12. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Notebook Evangelist

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    here's the minimum requirements for that game:

    OS: Windows XP
    CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz or higher
    RAM: 1GB or higher
    HDD: 10GB of free space or more
    Video Card: DirectX 9.0c/Shader3.0 or higher compatible: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 series or higher; ATI Radeon X1600 with 256MB or higher VRAM
    Sound: DirectSound compatible, DirectX 9.0c (or higher) compatible
    Input Devices: Mouse, Keyboard


    Intel graphics:
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 - Notebookcheck.net Tech

    An answer:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m14x/597613-gaming-intel-hd-3000-a.html

    Not sure about the HD2000 on the celeron though :/
     
  13. DIFORT

    DIFORT Notebook Enthusiast

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    Is it good 67 fps ? :)

    I'm from Spain and I will be able to buy this:

    • Intel® Core™ i5-2410M 2.3GHz
    • DDR3 de 4096 MB (2 X 2048) a 1333 MHz
    • Pantalla LED antirreflectante de alta definición (1366 x 768) de 13,3"
    • LCD Back Cover : Red WWAN
    • Disco duro Serial ATA de 500 GB (7200 rpm)
    • Batería principal de iones de litio de 6 celdas y 65 W/h
    • Camera : Integrated HD Webcam
    • Tarjeta combinada Intel WiFi 1030 802.11 b/g/n/BT3.0
    • 1 año de garantía básica, servicio al siguiente día laborable

    594€.

    Is it good? I can't see if it takes HD 3000.
     
  14. Elixir909

    Elixir909 Newbie

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    Great discussion here, a lot of my questions have been answered so far!

    I'm looking at this machine mainly for remote support sessions (RDP/TeamViewer/logmein etc) and web browsing at a desk, but also need something thats going to go for a while on battery when I'm out and about.

    Does anyone know if the external VGA and HDMI outputs can be used simultaneously, using extended desktop on windows (dual display)?

    Can anyone offer any advice on real-life battery consumption between the Celeron 847 ULV and i3-2310M processors?

    Thanks
     
  15. Elixir909

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    The intel site indicates that the HD 3000 graphics chip is on the i5-2410M processor Intel® Core? i5-2410M Processor (3M Cache, 2.30 GHz)

    That model is over £799 (over 900€) in the UK - looks like a good deal to me!
     
  16. DIFORT

    DIFORT Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yeah, I think the same.

    I would like with SSD but the price increase to 800€ :(
     
  17. excalibur1814

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    "The laptop will play full screen 720p media (lowest brightness and audio via headphones) for (from 100% power to 7%) 6 hours. Not bad but nowhere near 12 hours or even 9. I don' t think that the machine will reach 9 hours even after tweaking, heavy max battery plus wireless off.

    Celeron: Max TDP, 17w
    i3-2310: Max TDP, 35w

    Maybe drop 1.5 hours or +- from my info above but someone else can confirm as I'm not really sure.



    As for remote working it's a shame that the Elitebook/probook range are as thick as they are because the super extended BB09 battery manages to play non-stop media for 14+ hours.
     
  18. Elixir909

    Elixir909 Newbie

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    If you don't mind doing some of the work yourself, you could save a bit of money fitting an aftermarket SSD and reinstalling Windows (or taking and restoring an image from the original drive). You would still have the original SATA drive from Dell to put in a usb caddy too?
     
  19. Elixir909

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    Thanks for this, I don't think TDP is directly related to battery runtime, as its a thermal measure, but at such a big difference i'd expect the Celeron to run longer here. I'm wondering if the i3 can somehow work 'smarter' to stretch out the life a bit more. If the runtime was only an hour or so less for the i3, then its extra grunt might be worth the cost in battery life.
     
  20. DIFORT

    DIFORT Notebook Enthusiast

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    OK, my fault, Vostro costs 700€ with IVA (uf :/).

    EDIT: Ok, let's see, with 2GB RAM, It costs: 606€ (100€ less!!!). It's quite good price I think... I need to know if I can buy 2GB Ram and if i will be able to put in Vostro.
    EDIT2: I found that: http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sna/PopupProductDetail.aspx?cs=esbsdt1&l=es&c=es&sku=A5277753 and If you purchase this and the Vostro with 2GB the finale price would be: 640€. I don't know if it is good but I think it is the best price I can find.
    EDIT3: I wonder about the screen because some people speak bad about this, is it a problem?
     

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