Reply 32780 of 34932, by cyclone3d
Got a decked out Dell Precision M60 for $25 shipped. It arrived today. The CMOS battery recharged but the regular battery is toast.
The video card is the Quadro version of the Geforce FX 5700. I think this is the highest end Geforce FX based card ever put in a laptop. Kinda low clocks and the cooler really sucks but it should cool a lot better with the shim mod as opposed to the dumb thermal pad that was in there. The Geforce Go 5700 has way higher GPU clocks (not sure if I believe techpowerup on that) but only has 32MB RAM.
I have copper shims on the way but wanted to get it going before that.
Uggghh.. the cooler is sooo horrible. Basically a plate of aluminum with a heatpipe mounted on the very edge and a very small fan to cool the very small fin array. How is that ever supposed to work? I wonder if I could find a heatpipe that I could use to move heat from the GPU area over to the area where the stock heatpipe is. It would need to be super flat and short. What about using one of those crazy thermal pads that has super good lateral thermal conductivity... hmmm.
Removed the aluminum shim / pad for the CPU heatsink and used good thermal paste instead.
Should I make this into a Win98SE laptop or XP? Any games that use palletized textures that won't run in XP or would run bad in XP?
If I did use XP, that would allow me to also use a PCMCIA Audigy 2 which would be nice.