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9800M GTS gpu instability in gateway p-7805u fx laptop....

\015 I recently purchased the laptop stated above (refurbished)... Here are the specs:\015\012Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit)\015\012Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8400 (2.26GHz, 3MB L2, 1066MHz FSB)\015\01217'' WXGA+ Glossy LCD display at 1440x900\015\012NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS with 1GB GDDR3 memory\015\012Intel 5100AGN Wireless\015\0124GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM (2GB x 2)\015\012320GB Western Digital Scorpio Black hard disk drive (7200RPM)\015\012added a toshiba 250 gb at 5400rpm\015\012DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive with Labelflash\015\0121.3 megapixel webcam, stereo speakers\015\012120W (19V x 6.32A) 100-240V AC Adapter\015\0129-cell 86.6Wh Lithium Ion battery \015\012Dimensions (WxDxH): 15.75\342\200\235 x 11.75\342\200\235 x 1.3\342\200\235 \342\200\223 1.7\342\200\235\015\012Weight: 8lbs 15.6oz, 10lbs 8.8oz with AC adapterI am noticing that every once in a while my computer will temporarily freeze for 2-3 seconds and it has been getting worse. Last time it said the display driver failed and recovered. I am also seeing something similar to horizontal tearing but with lines of noise... (it seems it only happens when something is refreshing on the screen though) It also seems that the gpu temperature increased today... I am not gaming and its really hot on the air output vent currently staying at 70 degrees from the 60 when it turned on... (its properly ventilated). I thought the 9800M GTS was supposed to run at 45 degrees when not under load??? This is my first laptop and ive still got 2 and a half months to return it so let me know what you think is happening... If its a simple fan/heatsink swap I can do that... So far while gaming with games such as GTA IV it hasnt overheated so I really don't know whats up...\015

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Maybe a little late of a response, however... Ive had the p-7805u for quite a while. I had the same problem which I noticed that was triggered specially by old games rather than demanding games like Crysis. In fact, the computer never gave me a problem on the most demanding gpu applications, but crashed within minutes in games like Warcraft III. The screen showed artifacts, crashed and then recovered giving me the "driver has recovered" message, and ultimately and almost always hard froze after a couple minutes. I was getting really frustraded, even got an rma for warranty service, but didnt send it in because i couldnt survive without a computer at the time being.
\015\012I started monitoring my gpu clocks. Almost all gpu's, being more dramatic in mobiles, lower their clocks when they are idling. I finally noticed that the computer started artifacting and crashing when the clocks lowered for idling and lower energy consumption purposes. Simple solution: download desktop drivers from www.latopvideo2go.com , any in the 19x.xx branch, and use their modified inf so that you can install it in your laptop. In the nvidia control panel go to 3d settings and under global change "Power management mode" to "prefer maximum performance". This doesnt allow the gpu to lower its clocks, solves the problem permanently =). Ive run crash free for months, and battery life is only lowered by maybe 10 minutes, which you can always prevent by changing the setting when you plan to go on battery.
I was able to fix the problem by updateding my bios firmware.

Search for: 9C.17.00_x64

I think this fixes the problem because, your gpu is monitored and regulated by some micro controllers that rely on the firmware. I think this is why some of the older laptops experience the problem, and the newer ones don't; since the newer once come factory made with firmware 9c.17.00, and he older ones come with 9c.12.00
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