I took delivery of a Dell XPS M1530 laptop on 31 January 2008. Very pleased with it - ran OpenSolaris almost straight out of the box (sole exception being the Marvell Yukon ethernet, now supported by yge). Things went reasonably well until the SAGE-AU conference last year, when I noticed that the charging function wasn't. Totally unchargable.Dell XPS M1530 Battery,
The battery and AC adapter, it turns out, were under a 1 year warranty, not 2 years like the rest of the system. Got a new 3rd party battery (from laptopbattery.net.au) and a new Dell AC adapter, and the battery lasted until about a fortnight ago.
Got another 3rd party battery, this time somewhat cheaper via a Melbourne-based EBay.com.au store. It arrived 60% charged, and seemed to charge up ok when I plugged it all in. Yay, I thought, problem solved.
Not so. As it happens, my laptop's charging circuit inside the case (not the AC adapter) appears to be unable to recognise any sort of AC adapter, so I get the dreaded "AC Adapter - Unknown device installed" message in the bios, Dell XPS M1210 Battery, Dell XPS M1330 Battery, Dell XPS M140 Battery, Dell XPS M1530 Battery,and under bios version A12, NO CHARGING TAKES PLACE WHATSOEVER.
Rotating the power plug in the socket doesn't help either, even though it's a genuine Dell AC adapter.Dell XPS M140 Battery,
A bunch of searching this evening turned up this thread, which said that it was worth trying to downgrade the bios to version A09, and perhaps run the bios flash program with "/forceit" as an option.
This is about the only reason that I keep the Vista partition hanging around. Though sadly, when you run the 1530_A09.exe program (even with /forceit and /forcetype) in Vista, with the battery at less than 10%, you get an error message telling you to charge the battery to at least 10% before trying again. Very frustrating!
Fortunately, one of the posters in that thread had a link to a Win98 rescue cd image which contains the bios flasher... pulled it down, burned it, booted it, flashed the bios (it's on the logical D: drive) and now I'm sitting here watching the laptop bios battery screen increment the charge status every few minutes.
The AC Adapter is still "unknown" - but at least I'm getting charge in. And I don't have to go out and buy a new laptop (at least, not just yet).
This is the sort of thing which really annoys the heck out of me. Not only is there no opportunity for me to get the bios flashed from OpenSolaris using fwflash but there's clearly some "enhancement" in A12 which is actually a regression and serious functional misfeature compared to A09. Let's not start on the hardware problems in the AC adapter, either.
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Dell XPS M1530 had the look; build quality and size which were perfect for the mobile traveler who needed something a little different it had the larger screen than its predecessor. The body of the Dell XPS M1530 is made of brushed aluminum and magnesium alloy that tends to feel great when touched and this also composes the body to be solid and robust. XPS M1530 is with 15.4 inches screen with Super TFT panel with the use of the 500 nit backlit technology, which is twice the brightness of most standard laptops and with a standard 1280 x 800 pixel display, the Dell XPS M1530 bears out sharp and bright.
The Dell XPS M1530 really comes into its own when watching a DVD or playing a 3D game with the ability of balancing the color contrast far easier. It allows the usage of this notebook for serious gaming, as it comes with the nVidia GeForce 8600M GT card as standard. A good great performance is shown out by the Dell Latitude XPS M1530 with 256MB of its own dedicated memory but, unfortunately, does not support the DirectX 10 games.
As far as taking into consideration the size and weight it goes hand in hand, so this bigger screen adds the weight to the machine with 2.7kg and making it less portable. A longer usage of more than three hours is not allowed with the XPS 1530 as its battery life is only restricted to not over three hours. With the 15.4-inch screen, the Dell XPS M1530 do create a double the strength backlit, which makes the notebook great to watch the movies and of course to play games, but this reason may add up a drain on battery life.
One plus side of the notebook is that the keyboard, which has more space and with the keys feeling more evenly spread gives a good typing experience for longer usage. This machine comes with the Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, which is a 2GHz chip that delivered plenty of power, Dell XPS M1210 Battery, Dell XPS M1330 Battery, Dell XPS M140 Battery, Dell XPS M1530 Battery, especially considering the addition of 2048MB of memory with DDR2 SDRAM that allows having enough power to run multiple tasks at the same time.
Having a look around the sides of the notebook could reveal a slot-loading DVD rewriter as well as an HDMI-out port, which would explain the addition of a VGA-out port for connecting to older analogue sources instead of using a DVI-out port.Dell XPS M1210 Battery,
The networking capacity of the XPS 1530 is very made good with 3 USB ports and one Firewire port, there is one express card with one Ethernet card present in built inside the XPS 1530 notebook. The XPS 1530 have the Fixed 8 X DVD ± RW Slim Slot Load drive, including SW for its DVD slot.
For protection of your data in your notebook, the XPS 1530 comes with a biometric fingerprint scanner on the main body. This is linked to a Trusted Platform Module chip. The dimension of the laptop tends to be 358 x 245 x 40. The Dell XPS 1530 comes with the new Windows 7 Home Premium, making it best suited for the home usage rather than the use in business line. The Dell XPS M1530 notebook is available in 2 variant and bright colors of black and red. The customers are given out with selection to pick up on.