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XPS M1330 - solved my heat issues!

Discussion in 'Dell XPS and Studio XPS' started by michaelkingdom, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. michaelkingdom

    michaelkingdom Notebook Enthusiast

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    About three months ago, my m1330 began running very hot. Fans full blast most of the time. I began reading about the problems with the video card and the heat distribution. Wow, I really loved my m1330 but I could see this meant I was close to the end with it.

    Rather than attempting to solve the issue, I went out and bought an XPS 15 L502X. Beautiful machine but a little too heavy - really nice though. It went back and Dell gracefully waived the restocking fee because I have been faithful to Dell since 1999. Then the Lenovo Thinkpad X220 caught my eye. I bought one of those. Also a great machine but it had fan whine and a weird trackpad. Both issues were not really solvable so it went back.

    That left me with my m1330. Right now it is sitting on my lap with a CPU temp of 45 degrees. Here is what I did. I am running Vista and I followed these tips to speed up vista to free up system resources: 15 Vista Speed Up tips | BizzNtech

    I stopped all services that I don't use. I disabled all unnecessary startup programs. I turned off some of the aero enhancements. Also, I bouthgt a can of air from Staples and opened up the fan/memory compartments and blew all the dust out.

    It is amazing but my machine is doing great.

    I really love the m1330. The screen is very nice, the keyboard is well designed, it is light and nice looking.

    I like it and I'm happy!
     
  2. HCW

    HCW Notebook Deity

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    you will be lucky to get 6 months out of that ticking time bomb
     
  3. maxwellJF

    maxwellJF Notebook Consultant

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    my m1330 broke the other day. not the heat issue (i had actually got them to give me a high-end model but without the nvidia card, simply because i don't game on it and i wanted to avoid the heat issue). instead the keyboard controller started behaving oddly (typing g5 when i hit g, etc) and most recently it won't boot. diagnostics says it's a drive failure. so glad i backed up everything.

    now i'm in the market for another laptop. have also considered the lenovo thinkpad x220 but i just can't get excited about it. i actually think i'll go for a 13" macbook pro. still weighing my options.
     
  4. Brendanmurphy

    Brendanmurphy Your Worst Nightmare

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    I've had my m1330 since early 08 and its running like a champ. Have done the copper mod and doing browsing it doesn't get hot but gaming it gets to 108c =p but i haven't had anything happen to my m1330
     
  5. michaelkingdom

    michaelkingdom Notebook Enthusiast

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    Three days later and I'm still at 54 degrees. Yay!
     

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