* Official Asus N61JV Owners Lounge *

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  1. Kalmicon

    Kalmicon Notebook Enthusiast

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    Today I updated my sons N61JV to latest (8.15.10.2246) Intel display driver off their website and updated the Nvidia GT325M to the latest (260.99) driver and software from their website. No issues with the driver installs on either device and all is good. Used the clean install option on the Nvidia driver which is a nice option the Nvidia installer offers. Both updates made quite a few changes in the device control panels that allow more user control. I will update the thread on any performance improvements my son experiences from these updates. :cool:

    Still have not used the N61JV on battery power only so I can't report on the battery life we are getting for this model yet.
     
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    Kalmicon Notebook Enthusiast

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    260.99 gives Starcraft 2 some slight performance improvements over the older Nvidia driver version according to my son.

    One thing I have recently noticed is the Atheros AR9285 WLAN card in this computer does not deliver on the mbps that are displayed in network status window, 150 mbps is shown but actual mbps shown by wireless router device info page is between 58-65 mbps at best. My older HP laptop with a Intel 5100 WLAN card connects to our 2.4 GHz 802.11 N wireless network at between 117-130 mbps and those speeds are also shown in the router device info page and network status window.

    Updated to the newest ASUS driver for the AR9285 WLAN card with no performance gains to be seen. A little disappointing but not a big deal as the overall computer performance is outstanding.
     
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    Kalmicon Notebook Enthusiast

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    Has anyone overclocked the Nvidia GT325m?

    Nvidia system tools is now supported by the latest driver upgrade, is this a good software to use for overclocking?

    Could not find info on overclocking the 325m by searching this forum or by searching the internet.

    Any info out there? Thanks.
     
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    Kalmicon Notebook Enthusiast

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    There is a new BIOS version 222 for the N61JV that was released on 1/7/11.

    The description, "Fix there are noises under AC mode".

    Going to stay with BIOS version 220 for now as we have no noise issues in AC mode and the laptop is working as it should. :cool:

    ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Notebooks - ASUS N61Jv
     
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    maon Newbie

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    I have still issue with Optimus, have the latest drivers from Asus or from NVidia, but when I start game (Farmin simulator 2011, Cities in Motion or even 3DMark06), the NVIDIa card only flashed for 1 second and still is used Intel HD graphics. Any ideas please?
     
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    FalconFour Notebook Enthusiast

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    Oof... the poor N61Jv lounge seems like a ghost town. Personally, I was diverted to the main "N61" thread when I first picked up my JV little over a year ago, so most of my conversation went on in there.

    Of note... Optimus is awesome, an unusual "rendering-only chip" setup that is sure to confuse many people (it never takes over the display - the driver merely renders it on the nVidia chip and displays it using the Intel GPU). The touchpad (Elantech) is a total sham, makes me wish they just used Synaptics like everyone else. Poor design with the flashing "eyes" on the side of the PC, unnecessary and distracting at night. Webcam quality is mediocre, average. Build quality is poor, multiple warranty claims with unusually fast wear and tear in "road warrior" role. My inner LCD bezel is cracked at the lower-right edge due to seemingly all-plastic case construction. Performance with a solid state drive is off the chart, no delays in loading at all, just click and done. Needs a Blu-Ray drive as an option. Bluetooth would be nice too. I added both (internal Asus BT module under front-left edge of palmrest), and they work great.

    Biggest concern with this thing right now is heat. It gets stupid-hot, internally. CPU temps of the mobile i5 430 get up to 80-85 C under load almost immediately after beginning load, like the heat pipe can't keep up with the thermal demand. And with absolutely zero shops online that sell replacement heat pipes/heat sinks for this model (literally... zero. unless they're hidden in all the irrelevant Google result noise), I'm stuck with a "hot laptop". It almost never even touches "turbo boost" anymore because it can't keep its temps down. That's even after I replaced the grease with Arctic Silver - and though I'm a repair expert, having performed hundreds of reliable laptop repairs... I can't help but wonder why the grease appears to be dry and separated when I replace it.

    So if anyone knows any sources for a replacement heat pipe, I'm all ears!
     
  7. BJ02

    BJ02 Newbie

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    Hello all. I am new to this forum and so far its been great! I purchased my ASUS N61Jv x-2 last July and I have had some issues with it. First of my my screen became messed up. (Screen would turn all white and my mouse icon would lag big time). I believe the connection between the keyboard part and the screen part became loose and I had to send it in. This was maybe in March or April.
    My second issue with this laptop has been more recent. About a month ago my computer started shutting down without warning at ~40% battery level. Pretty soon my laptop would only last roughly 10-15 minutes and shut down. I knew it wasnt a heat issue so after some googling, I found out that battery issues are quite common with windows 7.
    The main reason why I am posting on this site is to warn you guys of buying any sort of extended life 9-cell battery. Your laptop will not be able to open! I read about this on another thread on this site but they had stated that

    9-Cell Asus N61JV-X2 Compatible Extended Life Battery 11.1V 6600mAh Black - Asus N61JV-X2 Replacement Parts

    This is a bunch of crock!! I purchased this battery and of course my laptop would only open 40 degrees or so. I am so angry with batt pros. First I order my battery and they email me a couple days later saying that it was out of stock and that they had to wait for a new shipment. and now this.... I have emailed them with pictures so hopefully I can get a refund or at least get a regular 6 cell battery.
     
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    BJ02 Newbie

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    *they had stated that the n61jv wasnt stated as a compatible model.
     
  9. Calvin&Hobbes

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    Quick update from me then; I have the core i3 version for over a year now (with an upgrade to SSD) and I am still happy with it.

    ++ Stays quiet when browsing/office
    + the palmrests stay cool and have a nice textured coating (almost rubbery feeling)
    ++ can kick it into overdrive, fan noise and heat output go up of course, but I can play games like starcraft 2 on medium pretty smooth.


    - size, 16 inch is not too portable and that combined with the plastic build quality (I admit only the high end laptops use brushed aluminium) means you have to pack it in good for traveling.
     
  10. jrod220

    jrod220 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just wanted to chime in to help keep this thread alive. I have had my N61jv since last summer and I still love it for the most part. I upgraded to the backlit keyboard with a switch so now it is much closer to my perfect laptop. At first I remember being very disappointed with the speakers, but it seems they just needed to wear in or something because now there are significantly better.

    Just a few problems that have come up for me, when ever the screen comes back on from being off(such as when its asleep or the lid is closed), there are artifacts all over the screen temporarily. This has been noticed by others as well, as documented in this thread, http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus/598618-screen-gitch-after-being-turned-back-asus-u36jc.html. So I was just wondering if anyone else here has had this problem?

    My biggest problem right now is that my battery has died. Overnight it went from being fine(2.5 or so hours on a full charge) to barely lasting 15min and windows telling me I should replace my battery. I can only imagine it is defective, as this should not happen with a healthy li-ion battery, so I am hoping to get it rma-d.

    So far I am pretty darn happy with this notebook, but in the future I may look at other brands because of customer support, build quality and such
     
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