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Windows 7: Problems with NVIDIA Geforce GT 540M 2GB


21 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Problems with NVIDIA Geforce GT 540M 2GB

Hello guys,

I am pretty new in here and I have some problems with my Laptop which is DELL XPS 15 L502X.

Specs of the laptop are the following

Intel Core i7-2630QM @2.00Ghz
6GB RAM
NVIDIA Geforce GT 540M 2GB
Motherboard Dell Inc. 0NJT03
698 GB Western Digital WDC WD7500BPKT-75PK4T0 ATA Device (SATA)

So here my problem.

Whenever I try to play a game for like random time, for example 5-10 minutes or sometimes on 40-50 minutes my laptop gets freezing sound and this happens on every game and the game is completely frozen and sometimes I can end the process with CTRL + ALT + DELETE and kill the process from the task manager but sometimes I need manually to shutdown from the power button. Sometimes it gives me an error message like my NVIDIA driver stopped working and some kernel version.

Also my battery died long time ago and I've been searching for some solutions on the internet and some of them said that this series of laptops has this problems when the battery dies then when you gaming you'll get constantly game freezing etc .. but before I purchase the battery I want to make sure that the problem is not about the battery.

Also I have cleaned my laptop from dust and changed the thermal compound 2 months ago. I will post a snapshot of the temperatures below.

Here are some of the info that I have in "Problem Reporting" which you can see in "problems.txt"
And the first picture below is the temperatures of my laptop when I don't game.
And the second picture below is the temperatures of my laptop when I game.




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File Type: txt problems.txt (15.1 KB, 5 views)
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21 May 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

your problem is most definitely heat related. 60-75c under no load for the cpu is rather hot. it will soon shoot up to the 90s and be in the relms of thermal cut off.

you could contact dell and they may take it away and see if the cpus thermal paste needs replacing.

or you could buy a laptop cooling tray which may help the problem.

basically this is where the limitations of high performance smallish laptops lie.. cramming hot componentd Into a fairly thin chassis is never good.

on to the battery issue, did you leave it plugged in all the time it was in use and occasionally over night? as this is the quickest way to kill any battery in any device.

you need to cycle the battery to keep it at its peak. fully charge the battery amd then let it run flat till windows tells you to charge it again. if youre gaming for long periods of time remove the battery and just run it of mains.
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21 May 2014   #3

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM
 
 

84 degrees on the motherboard and 74 degrees on the CPU while gaming is incredibly hot.
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21 May 2014   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
your problem is most definitely heat related. 60-75c under no load for the cpu is rather hot. it will soon shoot up to the 90s and be in the relms of thermal cut off.

you could contact dell and they may take it away and see if the cpus thermal paste needs replacing.

or you could buy a laptop cooling tray which may help the problem.

basically this is where the limitations of high performance smallish laptops lie.. cramming hot componentd Into a fairly thin chassis is never good.

on to the battery issue, did you leave it plugged in all the time it was in use and occasionally over night? as this is the quickest way to kill any battery in any device.

you need to cycle the battery to keep it at its peak. fully charge the battery amd then let it run flat till windows tells you to charge it again. if youre gaming for long periods of time remove the battery and just run it of mains.
Well as I mention I have already cooling tray which is Cooler Master Notepal X3 and it keeps cool really good but from the back side and on the top of the laptop I mean where is the keyboard and my hand pointed is somehow warm. And I've bought a thermal compound I don't know what's the brand because it doesn't write on the tube. But it looks like I need to call some computer service so they can replace the thermal compound and thermal pads with some quality ones. And about the battery sometimes I plug out and use just on the battery but those were rare moments because I am a gamer mostly and my AC including with the battery was all the time ON. So, you advice me next time when I gaming or something to remove the battery and play just on the adapter right?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
84 degrees on the motherboard and 74 degrees on the CPU while gaming is incredibly hot.
I don't have warranty anymore and Dell can't help me out. And yeah it's pretty hot and can you look at the problems.txt ?
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21 May 2014   #5

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM
 
 

When I'm at home I'll take a look, I can't open it on my phone.
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21 May 2014   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

the txt file just has hundreds of "video hardware error" entries.

none of which point out the exact cause of the issue.. other than it being your gpu. but the temps are still a concern and most likely the cause.
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21 May 2014   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
When I'm at home I'll take a look, I can't open it on my phone.
Alright. Thanks in advance !

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
the txt file just has hundreds of "video hardware error" entries.

none of which point out the exact cause of the issue.. other than it being your gpu. but the temps are still a concern and most likely the cause.
Yep, I was talking actually with some tech support and soon they will replace my thermal compound.
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