Precision M4400 Owner's Lounge *Part 2*

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by BatBoy, Oct 14, 2009.

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  1. Jonty

    Jonty Notebook Consultant

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    Yeah, I'd second thus. I don't have any DCP software installed and everything works perfectly with the native drivers, save for the fingerprint reader, but that's pretty useless regardless of what's installed :)
     
  2. Offshore tiger

    Offshore tiger Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks Jonty and lptp-lvr, I will give it a try.
    Incidentally, a few months ago I bought a Zalman ZM-NC2000 cooler and can't speak highly enough of it. My 4400 used to run warmish with the fan coming on frequently. Now with the cooler there, the fan never seems to run and the cooler's own fans are incredibly quiet. Plus it lifts and angles the computer up a useful bit.
    Note I am not running games etc and have the 1770 GPU.
     
  3. Pitrs81

    Pitrs81 Notebook Geek

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    If you want to lower your temperatures, fan noise, and power consumption even more then try undervolting via RMClock. I am getting about 15C (60F) lower temperatures.
     
  4. Pitrs81

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    I found interesting thing. It seems that some drivers from M4500 are compatible with M4400 hardware but they are newer. For example yesterday I downloaded and installed new nVidia and Touchpad drivers on my M4400 :)
     
  5. UncleSpam

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    M4400 System BIOS version A22 is available from Dell. It includes the following changes from A19:

    1. Updated Intel(R) Active Management Technology firmware.
    2. Enhanced setting of keyboard repeat rate when docking/undocking
    3. User interface change. Show warning messages to prevent user from clearing TPM when TPM is deactivated.
    4. Updated PXE OPTROM.
    5. Enhancement on Serial Over Lan support.
    6. Enhanced USB mouse support in BIOS setup.
    7. Enhanced the capability between Bluetooth card and NUM-Pad.
    8. Updated PSA build 4127.

    It's been one day since the update and I'm not seeing any adverse effects.
     
  6. afhstingray

    afhstingray Notebook Prophet

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    haha yea i agree completely. anyone found a way to clean them? mine are pretty clogged up with dust now
     
  7. UncleSpam

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    I have a question about the Free Fall Sensor.

    If the computer has a built-in free fall sensor, does the hard drive need to have one as well for the system to work?

    If so, is there a specific driver/application for the M4400 that I need to install?
     
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    afhstingray Notebook Prophet

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    the free fall sensor is on the hard drive as far as i can tell. so just buy a hard drive that has one.
     
  9. theZoid

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    Just wanted to say hello to my old m4400 amigos....my m4400 is still in the family, my son has it so I get to say hello everyday....:) :) :)
     
  10. UncleSpam

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    If anyone is interested in the dual-boot Windows 7 x64 and Fedora 13 partitioning scheme, here it is:

    Bought a new HDD (320GB) and did a fresh install of Win7. This created a 100MB hidden system partition AND a 90GB Windows 7/Software partition.

    After installing Windows, I created an additional primary partition for Linux (unformatted) and then several extended partitions for my Data and the Linux /home and /swap partitions).

    Installed Fedora 13 in the 2nd primary partition. This installed GRUB on the 2nd (Fedora) partition and modified the MBR on the 100MB hidden partition.

    All the time, the 100MB hidden partition was left as the Active partition. Because of this, the hibernation feature in Windows 7 works correctly (make sure it is of a size that properly matches the RAM in the computer; Windows 7 may incorrectly set the hibernation file size).

    Hope this helps out someone...
     
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