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Can anyone comment more on what you think of the screen? I just bought an Inspiron 6000 and am currious about the screen... (more)

Confuse (Dec. 09, 2005 @ 12:08p) |

I just got my 6000.....i def. should have upgraded to the SXGA or UXGA...i saw my friends new <a target="_new" href="/re... (more)

makvaf (Dec. 18, 2005 @ 6:35p) |

After receiving the I6000 yesterday, I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend upgrading to WSGA+. The WXGA screen is not UltraSh... (more)

blahsome (Dec. 22, 2005 @ 9:00a) |

what kind of RAM does 6000 takes and wheres the cheapest one???
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I am going to return mine as the performance is unsatisfactory.
My specification is : 1.5Ghz, 512M, 60Gb, integraeted video card.
As I need writing some journal papers so I installed office xp on it with some other software like sigma-plot, mathtype, and endnote, chemdraw on it. It seems it can not handle the editing job. When I open a word file with some images, the images failed to show and the word is very slow to scroll up and down. And it keeps giving me lots of unknown character if I use endnotes for citations.
The machine is slow.
I have 1150(2.8G P4),700m(1.6Ghz,centrino),8400(1.7G) before but never have such problems.
Seems 6000(1.5Ghz) is a troublesome model.

I have (going to have once shipped) the one with 1.6 Sonoma, Media Center OS, 128 ATI video card, 512 meg memory, 80 gig HD, and USB2.0 TV Tuner.


Is the USB 2.0 TV Tuner worth it ($149)?
Is the "base screen" (LCD) good enough?
Will it be slow like the person who posted above? I know that his is the old processer while mine is the new one w/ a faster bus speed.

Thats a lot of money for usb tuner!! whats the model anyways??

bestjudge said: [Q]Thats a lot of money for usb tuner!! whats the model anyways??

Yes, it is, but I had the get the price up to 1899 to use the 750 coupon. I missed the 750 off 1499.
There was no name on it is the options. If I remember, it was just called Single Channel USB2.0 TV Tuner .

dullkily said: [Q]I am going to return mine as the performance is unsatisfactory.
My specification is : 1.5Ghz, 512M, 60Gb, integraeted video card.
As I need writing some journal papers so I installed office xp on it with some other software like sigma-plot, mathtype, and endnote, chemdraw on it. It seems it can not handle the editing job. When I open a word file with some images, the images failed to show and the word is very slow to scroll up and down. And it keeps giving me lots of unknown character if I use endnotes for citations.
The machine is slow.
I have 1150(2.8G P4),700m(1.6Ghz,centrino),8400(1.7G) before but never have such problems.
Seems 6000(1.5Ghz) is a troublesome model.

That's confirmed ! Dell 6000 is a bad, bad machine. My friend brand new 6000 is acting up just after 2 hours. Slow slow and super slow! Her 6000 even came with 64MB Video card and SLOW!

delta901 said: [Q]dullkily said: [Q]I am going to return mine as the performance is unsatisfactory.
My specification is : 1.5Ghz, 512M, 60Gb, integraeted video card.
As I need writing some journal papers so I installed office xp on it with some other software like sigma-plot, mathtype, and endnote, chemdraw on it. It seems it can not handle the editing job. When I open a word file with some images, the images failed to show and the word is very slow to scroll up and down. And it keeps giving me lots of unknown character if I use endnotes for citations.
The machine is slow.
I have 1150(2.8G P4),700m(1.6Ghz,centrino),8400(1.7G) before but never have such problems.
Seems 6000(1.5Ghz) is a troublesome model.

That's confirmed ! Dell 6000 is a bad, bad machine. My friend brand new 6000 is acting up just after 2 hours. Slow slow and super slow! Her 6000 even came with 64MB Video card and SLOW!

I haven't picked mine up from the South Carolina UPS store where I sent it to save on taxes. Oh, I just can't wait now that I know it's a crap machine....

Dam you Dell. Dam you!!!

ive already had problems with it and ive only had it for a week...the computer seems to reject all install files, including AIM and winamp. i get different error messages for each different install file.
on top of this, the computers not very quick (and i got 512 mb of ram)

also the text on the screen looks blurry...does anyone know how to fix this? the computer automatically popped up this thing that supposedly fixes it automatically, but i dont see a difference... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>

Not having any of the probs listed here, but I think it is too big.

Try new video drivers from here - better then dells.

What kind of notebook cover bag will be good for 6000? any link.

For the last few days, I have noticed that whenever I am trying to load s/w, the cd drive simply hangs the first time. I need to restart then it works fine. I will try to re-create the problem and see whether it is happening on a consistent basis or not. Otherwise I need to get a call to Dell.


How about the screen of the 6000? Is it the same with 700m?
Thanks!

No.
lzang said: [Q]How about the screen of the 6000? Is it the same with 700m?
Thanks!

i ordered my 6000 with 64MB Video card last week. I used the $750 off coupon, 10% DPA coupon, and a $30 bigbicks coupon. Free shipping and no tax for me. final price: $658. also, 3% FatCash will bring it down to $639.

This will be my first-ever laptop, and you're all really scaring me with the "crap" comments.

anyway, i upgraded the hard drive from 40 GB to 80 GB. i didn't upgrade the RAM, so i'll have only 256 MB. i'll probably add another 256 MB to it, especially since everyone here is saying it's a slow laptop.

Interesting thread. I have had my 6000 for about six weeks now, and haven't had any problems at all. I run MS Office 2003 and Visio and it works fine. Guess I need to keep my fingers crossed!

Cheers.

Same Here,

I got the 6000 with the 750 off 1499 coupon. 1.6GHz, 533bus, 512MB, 60gig HD, 128 ATI card and have had no problem with it. This is also my first notebook, always been a desktop guy. I never thought that they were worth the 3-5X desktop equivalent in price. But getting this for 767, dang NC taxes, it's been everything I thought and more.

I have own 2 laptops so far. This is my second laptop that is from Dell. My set-up is a 1.6ghz, 512mb (2x256), 40gb, with 64mb ati pci express x300, and a SXGA+. The screen is amazing. It's perfect for watching dvd. For the people that have the integrated video card. I have heard many problems with it. I also tested this out with Half-life 2, HL Source, CS, and running Office xp. I have no problem with it. HL Source however I only getting about 30-40fps. That is pretty good for me. Counter-strike I get about 70fps. I think it's a good laptop. I use to have a 600m with a same set-up (1.6ghz, 512mb, 64mb ati, SXGA+, 40gb). Compare with my 600m vs 6000d. I think the 600m is a little bit faster to load. Maybe because 6000d has a lot of junks that is pre-installed. I dont' know. I have to experience with it. I just got this laptop last week.

I just ordered my first Dell 6000 laptop last week when the 750$ off sale was on and I am now wondering if I did the right thing!!!
Is it really that bad? Should I cancel my order?
Which one is the latest? How is 600m or 700m?

Please post your views.

Thank you

I got the 6000 and I really like it. I got it with the $750 off coupon so it was cheaper than anything else that I saw with these specs. I guess that alot depends on what you are doing with it. I use the internet and microsoft office and it works great for me.

cbhari said: [Q]I just ordered my first Dell 6000 laptop last week when the 750$ off sale was on and I am now wondering if I did the right thing!!!
Is it really that bad? Should I cancel my order?
Which one is the latest? How is 600m or 700m?

Please post your views.

Thank you It's not that bad. I use to have 600m. Let me tell you. The screen is kinda small for watching dvd movie. I did not like it at all. The keyboard is cheap. When your playing counter-strike. You can't really press more than one key it will beep on you. The good thing about the 600m is that it's light, and small. I guess depends what you going to use it for. If your planning to watch dvd movies. I highly recommend you keep your 6000d. For probably get the 700m. The 600m is for like bussiness.

I haven't found anything wrong with it yet except the mouse isn't as sweet as the one I had on my compaq. I need to try a dvd it in though. It's a huge machine but I kinda like it.
bf has the 600

Hi, does anyone know a way for me to change the contrast on my I6000? Mine is configured with the WXGA screen and ATI 128mb. There's an option in the monitor settings, but it's greyed out. Any ideas?

I've own 600m, 700m, and 6000. All with 1.6 Ghz & 512 Ram. I've reformat all of them, and the 6000 is the best out of all three. Compared to the 700m, the 6000 has bigger screen & bigger keyboard(700m has weird keyboard configuration.) Compared to the 600m, the 6000 is build more solid and runs much cooler (the palmrest on the 600m is hot to touch.) For you people who complain about sluggish performance, upgrade your ram & your harddrive (from 4200 rpm to 5400/7200 rpm.) I'm getting adding a gig to my i6k for $132 shipped from Newegg. My 600m & 700m both run sluggish with the 4200 rpm hard drive. The 7200 rpm hard drive is out of stock and cost about $135. The hard drive is very easy to replace. Just remove two external screw & two internal screw to swap out the hard drive.

What do you guys think of this bag for the 6000

Ebags

came across this thread while searching how to pay for my DPA transaction?

I bought this i6k with DPA account, how do heck do you pay for it? Will they send me a bill? Have not received anything yet and it's been 2-3 weeks.

Go to dellfinancialservices.com and register with your DPA number. You can send e-payment on the website.

thanks. I'm just surprised the Dell doesn't provide any info in this regard. Don't look like they're in a rush to get paid.

Does 6000 come with built-in mic? I know most IBM laptop do but not sure if Dell laptop have built-in mic or not.

I was about to post this when I got disrupted (by a Staples PM over the phone <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0> ). Anyway, I have confirmed VERY POSITIVELY that I6000 does NOT come with a built-in mic. I was shocked to find that out when I tried to do video conferencing the other day. I actually called the technical support for a replacement (as it's still with 21 days of purchase) when the technical support told me that it does NOT have a built-in mic.....

What a disappointment!!!

I have a I8600, T42 and T40. All have built-in mic. I thought it's a default feature of all the laptops nowadays. I was told that it costs to develop those "feedback/noise" suppressing techniques, so, better not include one.... cheap Dell.

Is there a way to get a widescreen dvd to fill the screen during playback? I can not believe that with the big 15.4 screen I have to watch a small swatch of video? I hope I have set something wrong? And ideas???

dealdoug said: [Q]Is there a way to get a widescreen dvd to fill the screen during playback? I can not believe that with the big 15.4 screen I have to watch a small swatch of video? I hope I have set something wrong? And ideas???

It's PowerDVD. It's cheap and not very well written. De11 use it to save money. WinDVD has a better fill but still not the whole screen. I use Zoom Player Pro on top of PowerDVD. It fills up the whole screen.

likethemcheap said: [Q]dealdoug said: [Q]Is there a way to get a widescreen dvd to fill the screen during playback? I can not believe that with the big 15.4 screen I have to watch a small swatch of video? I hope I have set something wrong? And ideas???

It's PowerDVD. It's cheap and not very well written. De11 use it to save money. WinDVD has a better fill but still not the whole screen. I use Zoom Player Pro on top of PowerDVD. It fills up the whole screen.

Thanks, I'll give it a try.

Got mine with upgraded video card but not upgraded screen.Got it with 2 year warranty for $715 shipped including tax.Seems like the screen is not that clear....anyone else? Haven't had a laptop for about 5 years so not sure if I am spoiled by my 1905 fp or what.Just doesn't seem that impressive.

hey guys I've got a i6000 with one hynix 256mb pc3200 400, Can I use the hynix 256mb pc4200 533 I pulled from i9300 on it? Don't mind losing dual channel mode, I just don't want to waste both memory sticks.

batichavez said: [Q]hey guys I've got a i6000 with one hynix 256mb pc3200 400, Can I use the hynix 256mb pc4200 533 I pulled from i9300 on it? Don't mind losing dual channel mode, I just don't want to waste both memory sticks.

It should work as pc4200 will act like pc3200 at 400Mhz.


It should work as pc4200 will act like pc3200 at 400Mhz.

Thank you, I'll give it a try.

I have the lowest resolution offered on this model and interested in trading with someone who does not like the higher resoultion LCD and is regreting their choice.

I am in Los Angeles.

My specs are PM 1.6, 512 mem, 80g HD, Bluetooh, 1200 x 800 res LCD, DVD burner, 128 meg ATI Video card, 9 cell extended battery, Windows XP Media Center, etc.

Total cost of config was $1900 minus the discount of course i.e. $750...

TIA

I got my 6000 from the first $750 off deal and I am loving it!

I got the WSXGA+, CD-RW/DVD-ROM, 64MB x300, and I took out the crappy stick of 256MB PC3200 that came with it and put in a 1GB stick of PC4200 (533Mhz) from Kingston. The HDD that came w/ mine is 5400RPM so I'm just going to leave that alone.

Overall I am very satisfied with it. The screen is just stunning. The wifi works great. It's very fast running all the programs that I need to run. The battery life is very good, 3 hours w/ no activity, and just over 2 hours with normal usage.

It's a little bit heavier than I would like, but still very managable.

I'd highly recommend the 6000 to anyone looking for a nice widescreen laptop!

***UPDATED***

Here's my original config: Inspiron 6000d 1.6GHz Sonoma, ATI x300 64MB, 60G Hitachi 4200rpm drive, 8x Sony DVD+-/RW burner, 256M DDR2 RAM, WXGA 1280x800 screen, 802.11b/g wireless, Bluetooth card. Total was $757 after the coupons. I have since replaced the HD with a 5400RPM Seagate, and added a 1GB stick of DDR2 RAM from NewEgg (total 1.25G RAM). I spent ~$270 (including shipping) on the upgrades, and they were worth every penny. This is a *much* faster machine now. This one is a keeper.

Compared to the flimsy case on my 8-month-old 600m, the 6000d feels rock solid, and the new case design looks great, IMO. The Inpiron 600m is damned quick in benchmarks; but the SXGA+ screen is hard on the eyes, and the hot left palmrest is pretty annoying. In the summer, it gets too hot to touch. Not acceptable, IMO.

I like the 1280x800 WXGA screen. It's bright, easy on the eyes, with very good contrast and no dead pixels. The SONY 8x DVD+/-RW burner is fantastic. Keyboard feel is solid, track pad works great, with lots of adjustability for gestures, scrolling etc. Battery life is 3+ hours for the 6-cell unit.

There are a few issues with the 6000, however. The PC speaker made a 60hz buzzing noise, and had to be muted with the Volume Control panel. The fan on the 6000 is very loud; but I8kfangui.exe (fan control utility) is doing a great job of keep the fan turned off most of the time. I was pretty pissed when I tried to create a back up of Windows using the Dell-provided OS Recovery utility. Hey Dell: Stop being so damned cheap! Include a 20-cent restore CD with your $1700 laptops, will ya? Sheesh!!

R

does anyone else notice their mouse is a pain in the butt?

the material won't let my fingertip keep smooth solid contact with the touchpad and so the cursor arrow isn't landing where I lead it, for playing stratedgy and the like. I can ignore it most other times.

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After receiving the I6000 yesterday, I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend upgrading to WSGA+. The WXGA screen is not UltraSharp and looks awful. My five-year-old Inspiron 3800 looks better than it!

I will return the unit as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it was supposed to be a Christmas gift, and Dell does not want to re-apply any of the coupons I used toward a replacement system. Maybe I'll let my gift recipient play with it around the holidays and then return it. Sigh...

BTW, none of my I3800, I700m, and I8600 had this awful screen. It's embarassing.



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