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Maximizing Your Laptop Performance & Battery: Tips and Tricks
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This guide lists some tips and tricks that you can use with the Dell XPS, Inspiron, Latitude and Studio line of products such as M1210, M1330, M1410, M1530, M1730, and M2010 models notebook to give you a richer experience. I got my Dell XPS M1210 from Dell Singapore, so configurations may slightly vary.

Many of these tips can also be applied to other laptop brands such as HP, Lenovo, Acer, Gateway, Sony, etc.

Dell M1210

A Mini Review of my Dell XPS M1210

Good Things

  • Star Performer
  • Dedicated buttons for music playback that can be used with Winamp (see tip below)
  • Batteries can last up to 6 hours with Internet usage and low brightness using 9 cell
  • Quiet operation with Quiet Acoustics mode
  • Excellent quality display, although reflections can get in the way with low brightness
  • Excellent Tech Support, never had to wait for more than 1 minute for my calls to be answered
  • 180 Degree Rotatory WebCam (Actual about 100, since the top part is blocked)
  • 7200rpm HDD customizability support
  • Huge Customizability Options when purchasing (who needs 4GB RAM anyway?)
  • MediaDirect

A few things that surprised me

  • It is Heavy and Thick (with a 9 cell and the Geforce Go 7400, the weight comes to 2.4kg)
  • The built-in speakers
    suck.
  • The screen is too bright even at the lowest level (when all the lights are off)
  • MediaDirect is actually a variation of Windows XP. It does not save any power. I expected it to be a one-button touch to play media. Well, it is, but not the battery power saver kind I expected.
  • There are no protective covers for the once-in-a-while used VGA port.
  • The Media Buttons are not exactly easy to press, but then, it could be because they were meant to be like that
  • The Webcam (camera) sucks power even if you are not using it. Dell Support says that this is by design. You will notice that it gets noticeably warm even though its not used. BIG waste of battery.
  • The laptop gets hot and fans spin even under light usage (just surfing web). No amount of meddling with the clock speed could stop the fans from spinning up every once and then.
  • Not able to underclock the graphics card to save power. The nVidia applet keeps telling me that tests fail when I try to apply the settings.
  • "Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy™ HD Software Edition" .. the software edition was added later so early birds who opted for it were surprised to find that it came with a Sigmatel sound card instead of a Creative one.

Tips to Maximize your Dell Laptop Portable's Performance

All downloads mentioned are free!

  1. Monitor temperatures and Control Fan Speeds (For Dell laptops)

    I8kfanGUI

    Download I8kfanGUI. You can view all temperatures, including CPU, RAM, chipset, hard disk and even the fan speed. Heck, you can also increase/decrease the fan speed and set it blasting away at full speed!
  2. Speed up loading times

    stopwatch

    Defrag your hard disk regularly. Disable unnecessary services (run > services.msc), items in Startup folder and items set to auto run (run > msconfig) on Windows startup.
  3. Force the CPU to work slower if you don't need the power

    CPU throttling options

    Use SpeedSwitchXp to force the CPU to a lower speed to conserve power, or force to high speed for highest performance. It can even automatically switch depending on whether battery or direct AC is being used!
  4. Use the latest BIOS version available

    As of this writing, the latest for XPS M1210 is A08 (or A07 if it causes problems) for M1210. REMEMBER TO USE AC POWER with BATTERY as any hiccups during the flashing process can render your laptop unbootable!
  5. Enable Performance Mode in BIOS

    Go to BIOS Setup, Performance, enable Performance mode for HDD Acoustics. Note that this will cause the HDD to be noisier, so you will need to decide if performance or noise is more important to you.
  6. Face the Reality (For Dell XPS M1210 laptops)

    Even though it claims to be a 256MB Geforce Go 7400, in reality, it is only 64MB dedicated, with the rest shared from the main memory pool. That is the meaning behind TurboCache. Just FYI.
  7. Reformat, Reinstall and Enjoy a Ad-Free Installation

    Dig out the Windows CD that came with the laptop and reinstall the operating system, deleting all partitions (this will also destroy MediaDirect, recovery partitions and all data on the hard disk including documents and programs that came pre-installed. If you want to save the recovery partition, simply format the drive that Windows is on using the Windows Setup CD).

    Of course, you will need to reinstall all drivers and all necessary applications again - you have the CDs don't you? But now you have a choice on what you want to install as new laptops are known to come with many unnecessary software.

    If you need MediaDirect functionality, you will need to leave unallocated space of 1.5GB for the MediaDirect files, which you can install from the Dell MediaDirect Repair CD. Have the technical support on the phone before installing Windows if you are not sure how to proceed.
  8. Enhance the fonts of your display (for XP users)

    Cleartype difference comparision

    Use ClearType tuner to smooth the fonts of your display. Works wonders when surfing the net!
  9. Use the display at its native resolution

    Use your display at the optimum resolution - 1280 x 800 (for XPS M1210 users) - for the best quality. Try to play games at this resolution, as this is the native resolution for this LCD. Any lower, and it will be scaled to fit the LCD and image quality suffers considerably.

    If you don't want the image to be stretch, this can be disabled in the BIOS setup. Instead, non-native resolution images will be displayed with black borders on the sides.
  10. Enable Media Buttons to use in Winamp

    Media buttons not working with Winamp? Download this plugin!
    UPDATE: Simply enabling Global Hot Keys in Winamp Preferences already work. Thanks to Shaun from the comments below.
  11. Enhance your desktop with widescreen wallpapers!

    sample wallpaper

    Having difficulty finding widescreen wallpapers? Don't fret - click here for 1280x800 perfect sized wallpapers for M1210! For other portables, select your native resolution and knock yourself out!
  12. Access and control your laptop remotely

    Control your laptop from your desktop. Use TeamViewer and you can even control your desktop from your laptop (whenever there is Internet). Alternatively, UltraVNC is another 100% open source tool.
  13. Automatically Shut Down Your Laptop at a pre-defined time

    Have your laptop shutdown at a specified time! Get Switch Off and you can force all applications to close down. Great if you like playing videos/music when sleeping or watching DVDs.
  14. Make use of your laptop's gaming powers!

    unreal tournament 2004

    Yearning for some shooting actions? Make good use of your Geforce card and download Unreal Tournament 2004. Or if you have a more capable system, try Race Driver GRID. All unlimited demo versions free!
  15. Reduce the Gamma For A Vibrant Display (for nVidia cards only)

    Gamma Control

    Access the NVIDIA Control Panel by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop and clicking it. Go to "Adjust desktop color settings". Drag the Gamma slider to the most left. Like it? Hit Apply and enjoy! If not, just click Restore Defaults at the top and settings will be restored.

    Note that doing this will reduce image details and make images appear darker as well. Personally, I switch it to normal when playing games, viewing lots of photos or watching videos.
  16. Use the latest drivers for your portable
    Download the latest XP/Vista chipset, audio, nVidia or intel graphics drivers, etc all here. Choose to enter your service tag, enter your service tag and you are presented with the list of latest drivers. NOTE: The latest version of the nVidia driver for Geforce 7200 for my XPS M1210 actually increased battery power by 25%. It also gave many problems. See update below. Use the driver that came in your Dell CD.

Tips to Minimize your Notebook's Power Usage

All downloads mentioned are free!

  1. Disable anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall when not connected to a wireless network

    This will save some CPU usage and make your system respond faster. Be forewarned, if you connect to any wireless network, you should enable them back.

    Also,if you are doing risky activities such as using a friend's thumb drive or installing a program from dubious sources, be sure to enable your anti-virus
  2. Defrag your hard disk



    As mentioned above, defrag saves the hard disk from going all over the place to retrieve a file. When defragging, use AC power as it is a hard disk throttling process.
  3. Disable unneeded programs from starting up

    Using Start > Run > msconfig. Some programs may be essential, but most others just take up memory and CPU cycles; i.e. more power



    Yet another more powerful utility is AutoRuns. Autoruns allows you to explore in more places where a program may start up, such as Services (Start > Run > services.msc).

    Remember, if you are unsure, Google. Don't just disable programs. Disabling programs may cause some features to not work. One example is Bluetooth. I disabled the Service from starting up automatically. The tradeoff is that I had to manually create shortcuts in the start menu to load the required software when Bluetooth needs to be used.
  4. Disable and/or remove hardware devices that you don't need

    Except for the webcam - it sucks power even if you disable it in Device Manager. You can manually remove the DVD-ROM (or writer) to lighten the laptop as well as to save a bit of power there.

    You can disable the following devices that you don't use in Device Manager (Start, Control Panel, System, Hardware, Device Manager)
    1. DVD-RW drive (manually remove it to lighten the laptop and to completely cut the power connection)
    2. Bluetooth devices
    3. Modem
    4. Network card
    5. USB ports
    However, I can't assure you that disabling the devices saves considerable battery power. The best way is to physically disconnect it from the system, which is what I recommend for the DVD drive. The other devices are built-in and are harder to physically remove.
  5. Stand by the system rather than using Hibernate or Shut Down



    If you are very likely to use the system again in the next 3 hours, I would suggest to put the system in standby mode. While in standby mode, only the following devices are turned on

    1. CPU (in a very low power state)
    2. Memory
    3. Power LED indicator
    That is all to the best of my knowledge. No hard disk spins. No fans. LCD is turned off. Booting up your system requires lots of CPU and hard disk activity. By the way, a quick shortcut for XPS M1210 to standby is to hit the Fn and Esc keys on your keyboard
  6. Switch off Wireless and Bluetooth when not needed

    m1330 wireless switch
    XPS M1330 Wireless Switch (1) indicates the wireless switch, (2) is LED indicator, while (3) is Wi-Fi Catcher

    The above image shows the Dell XPS m1330 wireless switch on the right side towards the front. Similar switches exist for the other laptop models. Simply push the switch to the off position and the power to the wireless card will be cut off.
  7. Enable PowerMizer (for nVidia card owners)

    Access the NVIDIA Control Panel by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop and clicking it. Click 'Change PowerMizer settings' under Mobile. Make sure PowerMizer is enabled as well as 'Extend battery charge by using less power for the display'. This will reduce refresh rate to 50Hz and MAY cause problems with games or 3D graphics applications but does extend battery life if you don't use such applications.
  8. Standard Stuff That Doesn't Need to be Said (Or has been mentioned above)

    Run minimal programs. For example, when you are done with Outlook, close it. Don't minimize it to the system tray or taskbar.

    Use SpeedSwitchXP to force throttle the CPU to the lowest speed when on battery. Relying on Intel's automatic SpeedStep may cause the CPU to go to full speed without you knowing and taking up additional power.

    Avoid using CPU intensive applications like games and encoding tasks when running on batteries.

    Configuring Speedswitch Display Timeout

    Use the lowest LCD brightness where possible. When display is not needed, either close the lid or set SpeedswitchXP to switch off the display in one minute. Or use MonOff to manually trigger the LCD to be switched off.

Problems With My Dell XPS M1210 So Far

UPDATE 12 May 2007 - Random Problems
Having major problems with the Dell Logitech QuickCam that is integrated into the laptop. Ever since I have got this laptop, I have had these intermittent problems:

  • gets stuck with a black lit screen after the Windows XP logo shows with a blinking activity LED
  • refuses to show the screen after closing and opening the lid.
  • activating the webcam can freeze the whole system (with new webcam drivers)
  • sound and usb does not work sometimes on booting up (with new webcam drivers)

After countless power off's, installing of logitech software and updating drivers, I have just disabled and removed the webcam device in Device Manager. As of now, the first and last two issues are not there. Will update this section on how it goes with the 2nd issue.

UPDATE 25 May 2007 - Webcam
Found out that it was a webcam problem after installing XP to the second partition and the problem persisted. Dell offered to replace the webcam for me and it has been working properly for now. I wonder whether the time I use this laptop affects the life of the webcam, since the webcam is always-on whenever the laptop is on.

UPDATE 27 Jan 2008 - 99% CPU Usage
New problems! The system boots up with the System process at 99% CPU usage. This does not occur if I switch off the wireless before powering on. Even enabling the wireless after switching on the laptop brings the System process to 100 percent. Does not always happen though. Disabling the webcam seems to be resolving the issue for the past 3 days. Monitoring...

UPDATE 31 Jan 2008 - Random Hanging
The problem came back! Even when the webcam is disabled. Now I disabled the "Dell Wireless 355 Module with Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR Technology" in Device Manager and the problem seems to be gone again. Monitoring...

UPDATE 15 Apr 2008 - Webcam Torture
Restarting the laptop is a risk. Why? Everytime the XP progress bar disappears and just before it switches the LCD resolution, about 75% of the time, it will hang there. Tried replacing the webcam, same result. Disabled Logitech Webcam and Quickcam Microphone. Same result. Living with it for now, now rarely shutting down my laptop and leaving it on stand by.

UPDATE 8 May 2008 - Bluetooth Culprit
Narrowed it down to either a rusty bluetooth module (the left side where the screw is, is rusted) or a wireless switch that turns itself on depending on the stable environment. Dell replaced/fixed both without much questions. Now the system is working fine and stable.

UPDATE 9 July 2008 - No Stereo Mix
It has been rumored (confirmed with my XPS M1210) that Dell laptops using the Sigma audio chipset (that includes XPS models) are missing a "Stereo Mix" aka as "What You Hear" recording source so users are not able to record whatever that is coming out of the speakers due to RIAA influence.

Also, another rumor is that Dell’s XPS M1330 and M1530 laptops using the Geforce 8x line of mobile chipsets have a high rate of failure.

UPDATE 3 October 2009 - VGA output to projector fails
Recently, I had been having problems outputting the display to an external projector with my XPS M1210. The funny thing is, when I went back home and tried it on a CRT display, it worked without any problems. Perplexed, I thought it is the motherboard problem and Dell replaced it for me without much questions. The problem still persisted. Morever, I noticed the battery usage is much faster than before (3 hours vs 5.5 hours on 9 cell), with the fan almost always spinning.

Today, with the goal of getting to the bottom of this problem, I did some troubleshooting with the projector. Long story short, turns out that the latest nVidia Geforce Go 7400 driver was the cause. Installing the nVidia driver from my Dell CD solved the issue, and the fan started spinning less frequently. A case where updating drivers can make things go wrong.

For those having this problem, the driver I used can be downloaded from Dell's site here (or from our site here). Note that this is ONLY for XPS M1210 with Geforce Go 7400 cards. And for those having a display refresh rate stuck to 50Hz and games like Unreal Tournament 2004 spewing errors on startup, this driver will also solve that issue. Just uncheck ''extend battery charge by using less power for the display'', under 'Mobile' > 'Change PowerMizer settings' in the nVidia Control Panel once this is installed and you're good to go.

UPDATE 24 November 2009 - Electric Shocks from Webcam and Back cover when powered via AC
Despite multiple replacements of the Logitech webcam and back cover, I still get electric shocks when touching the back of the LCD, especially the back of the webcam. This happens only when connected to a direct power source. The laptop is now out of warranty, but even if it was, I would not have asked for repairs as this has been done many times.

The issue has been brought up to Dell multiple times and each time they would replace the webcam or back cover. However, the issue still exists. Living with it for now...

UPDATE 20 July 2010 - Dell Sony DVD-RW DW-Q58A Firmware
Recently I bought some Verbatim 16x DVD-Rs. However, Nero reported that it can burn data at only at 2X. This was a disappointment as the drive should at least support 4X. So I Googled around and long story short, I flashed the drive's firmware to an unofficial UYS4 from the current version of UDS1 without backing up. What happened was that the drive now refused to burn the DVD. Nero showed that the disc can only be burnt at 1X but attempting to burn even at that speed fails with a "illegal disc" error.

With more Googling for about two hours, I managed to locate a backup firmware from this thread [ mirror ] and reflashed the DVD writer back to UDS1 using MTKFLASH 1.83 for DOS. For those of you looking for UDS2 firmware, it can be gotten from Dell's website here. It still did not work for me at burning the 16X Verbitim media though but it's better than not being able to burn at all.

Questions, Errors and Queries?

Please post any queries you have in the Comments below.

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Last Updated 20th July 2010.

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Unregistered Anonymous I can tell all this, my girlfriend knows I am a pc nut so at a yard sale she bought me a Dell XPS M2010 for 5 dollars. For less then 40 dollars through the wonderful WWW I repaired it and added a 1 tera as 2nd HDD and have been enjoying this thing for 5 months now and will never give it up or use anything else and when this one dies I will try to find or rebuild another.

P.S. The remote is on the way for 32 dollars and I have everything else except the briefcase which I am ok with.

Just my 2 cents, thank you all for listening.

Ron
posted 20 Sep 2013 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous OK, yes it's me, again! I got rid of the incompatible system configuration error by SAVING my changes to the boot list. (Duh) I also disabled fast boot. The machine turns on, I get the Dell screen with the white progress bar at the bottom. The machine does look to the optical drive (I can hear it
Click once and the LED for that drive lights up....but, no joy. The light goes out after a few seconds and after the progress bar completes I get a black screen with a blinking cursor at the top left hand corner. I reran the Dell Diagnostic through the optical drive check and NOW it says it is passing the test! I don't believe it because if the drive was actually WORKING it would be making more spinning noises. The only other thing I can think of us that maybe the new HD specs are incompatible with the MOBO or Chip? I checked to be sure this drive was compatible before I bought it. So, I will check again, but it still looks like it is the optical drive, right? Would the system even have let me partition the hard drive if it was incompatible somehow? System requirements for this drive seem to al be met (but I don't know what the 3 GB/s on the Seagate box refers to....

Enough for tonight! Help!

:(
posted 5 Jul 2013 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Admin Administrator Admin The optical drive has failed in my system before and was within the warranty period although it was heavily underused. Dell Diagnostics was not able to detect the optical drive failure and i found it out when trying to boot my linux boot disc

You may want to borrow a USB drive and boot from there but I am not sure whether XP can be installed from USB drive, so do take note
posted 5 Jul 2013 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Me again (last poster). The BIOS setup reveals the new 500 GB HD is recognized so I don't think the incompatibility error has to do with the new HD. Pretty sure it's the optical drive failure causing it but I'm no computer genius so confirmation would be appreciated! All other system setting appear good and Dell Diagnostic detects no other errors. Old HD was working fine, actually it's been a remarkably reliable computer (except for the graphics card recall, but Dell took care of that, even though I missed the deadline for filing)! I had to beg and grovel but they did it! All told I'll be putting less than $100 into the system (sans battery), which seems reasonable given I can't even afford a low end $300 new computer...do you agree?
posted 5 Jul 2013 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Wow, I thought I was the only one still running an XPS M1210! I would love a new computer but alas, I am broke! My original 80 GB HD is full so I purchased a Seagate 500GB 5400 RPM HD on sale. I decided to do a clean install because of all the problems associated with not being able to clone Media Direct and other hidden partitions. So, off I went! I ran the Media Direct Install disc to partition the new HD as instructed in manual. However, when I put the Windows disc in the optical drive thereafter, it didn't respond. This is not the first time this drive has failed, so no big surprise, I was just hoping it would last long enough for the clean install. Confirmed with Dell Diagnostic that there is a spindle failure (code 2000-0147) in the drive. I am getting an Incompatible System Configuration error (go to setup) and the optical drive wont boot the Windows CD. Can I assume that Incompatible System Configuration error message is related to the optical drive failure, or do I have two problems? My batteries are both dead so I've been using AC power only, but this should not generate that incompatiblele system configuration erroe, correct? What are the maximum specs of an external USB drive I can purchase to replace the internal (might as well upgrade the speed as portability is not an issue). And, for good measure, just curious if there is a faster chip worth installing in this system to speed it up?

Thank you so much for any help offered! I need to make this puppy last with as little expense as possible. (Why spend $45 in an internal optical drive when I can get a compatible external/USB with better specs for the same money, right?)
posted 5 Jul 2013 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous My friend has an XPs and has not had it 2 years. On starting up it won't even open and if it does it opens to a black blank screen. It will not allow her to do any Windows updates. I was suspecting a malware virus?? or the battery internal is not up to snuff orit is the updates not being updated?? Can you suggest anything we can do. It has been taken to Staples computer technicians and they said it was fixed but it was not!!!!$69.
posted 7 Jun 2013 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Admin Administrator Admin sorry, this is clearly a hardware issue. could be many issues - it's best to get a new one. Ours is still running fine though - the displays got black patches and the battery is weak, otherwise it's fine
posted 8 Jun 2013 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Hi, My dell xps has a huge problem, it happens mostly when running games. the fan, at random, starts to blow wildly and lags the entire computer, any idea on wht this is?
posted 7 Jan 2012 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Admin Administrator Admin the fan should not 'lag' your computer. Most likely, a process is using 100% of the CPU resource causing slowness and the the fan to spin up the hot CPU.

Find out the offending process in the Task Manager and terminate it.
posted 8 Jan 2012 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Hi, I want to run a new HP s2031 lcd monitor on my dell xps laptop and have the lid closed. I changed the power settings to "do nothing" when the lid is closed but when I close the lid there is still the desktop back ground but all shortcuts and everything else cannot be seen. Any ideas please!
posted 7 Jan 2012 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Admin Administrator Admin Make sure your monitor is not set to 'extend' mode. See http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/display_multi_monitors_overview.mspx
posted 8 Jan 2012 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Hi, my sons dell laptop keeps closing down when he playing a game that has been downloaded to desk top, any ideas why? Thanks
posted 7 Jan 2012 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Admin Administrator Admin The description is very vague. It could be due to overheating - does the fan spin when playing the game?

A general solution is to perform a factory restore and try the game again. Note that when you do this, all data and documents will be erased.
posted 8 Jan 2012 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous SIR I HAVE A DELL XPS M1330. problem is the laptop's display gets suddenly blank while playing games.alt+ctrl+del didnt work here...so i have to long press the power button to turn it off. and after restarted if i play any game ..same thing happens ...can u pls tell me really what problem lies here???
posted 6 Jan 2012 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Admin Administrator Admin May be a hardware issue. Try performing a factory reset and trying the game again
posted 8 Jan 2012 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Hey there. I have a Dell XPS M1210. The problem is the laptop's display is blank, but the power is still on (the "On" button lights up, and the battery signal)

Any ideas on what went wrong here? I have read forums and someone suggested to OVEN the motherboard. I am seriously considering this, since I have tried dissembling the laptop and reseated the RAM, but to no avail. Please advise. Thanks.
posted 12 Oct 2011 - show 3 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Admin Administrator Admin Try connecting it to an external display such as LCD monitor or projector and hitting the fn and change display key. if it works on the external display, then your display has a problem.

otherwise your best bet is to bring it down to Dell or a qualified notebook technician. baking the motherboard is not something we've done or recommend.
posted 12 Oct 2011 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous DELL had a 5 year extended waranty solving the Nvidia chip overheating. Give them a call for details
reparcost mine was quoted 578= Euro;s.

Had thw chip reballed ( there are some vids on youtube), for only 11= euro's
posted 22 Feb 2012 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Sorry it's not 11 euro's but 115

Even that figure is cheap compared t Dell prices
posted 22 Feb 2012 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous I had the VGA output problem and thought it was the video card. I was trolling for ideas when I stumbled into your site and followed your suggestion to revert to the older driver. My external VGA now works! I was thinking of buying a replacement motherboard and now I don't have to. Thanks much for the tip.
posted 12 Sep 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous I've had my M1210 since Feb 2007 and I bought it from an ebay seller, it was from Dell Outlet originally.

It has performed flawlessly since then, both as a laptop and as a desktop (with external KVM). The battery has now died since it is usually connected to the AC adapter 24/7. I'm now about to get myself an Alienware M11x (i7 version) and the M1210 will become my wife's laptop, I'll get a cheap battery from Hong Kong for it.

The only bad thing I have to say is that it generates lots of heat when under load. However, until we move into the realms of bio-eletronics, that's to be expected!
posted 15 Jul 2010 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Did u try upgrading your Ram?
posted 31 May 2012 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous Hi,
I just replaced my motherboard - old one had the nvidia chip, new one has the integrated graphics, but the performance has severely degraded - start up, openning an application, using an app are all way slower. Ran diagnostics and everything is fine. Any thoughts on why it's gone from hero to zero?
posted 29 Jun 2010 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous I can actually see through device manager that the video controller drivers aren't installed for this motherboard (with the integrated graphics). Does anyone know where I can download them from? Many thanks, Stephen
posted 30 Jun 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Admin Administrator Admin Try Dell's official site - the file was named r153830.exe for me
posted 1 Jul 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous i got my xps m1210 and it only have a very little amount of video card is it possible for me to upgrade the video card (512mb) and the hard drive as well? and in video card can i replace it with other video card coz it is running nvidia
posted 23 May 2010 - show 1 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Admin Administrator Admin No, you will need to replace the entire motherboard if you want to change the video card.
posted 28 May 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Unregistered Anonymous I've had my M1210 for nearly 3 years now. With the warranty I've had the lcd, motherboard, and fan replaced on seperate occasions. All were done in a speedy manor and I've recently upgraded the hd, ram and windows7. I carry this to work in my kitchen every day, not the most ideal of conditions for a laptop and it's done the job perfectly. Love the size and power of this little machine. I've extended the warranty another 2 yrs because of the great service i've received from dell.

Thanks for sharing all the information on this site, very helpful.
posted 12 Apr 2010 - show 2 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
Johnyutas (2 posts) Johnyutas Hi, Would you please tell me where to download driver for windows 7
posted 16 Apr 2010 - Reply - Permanent Link
Johnyutas (2 posts) Johnyutas Would you please tell me where can I download the driver for windows 7 for my XPS M1210?
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