Apple just announced their new 12″ Macbook and personally I am going to be keeping my Dell XPS 13 “infinity display” laptop. Reasons: Extra screen size for similar footprint Higher resolutions available Speaker quality (Apple might surprise here, but judging by their phones and tablets I do not hold out much hope) SD card reader Better battery life USB ports that can be used even when the laptop is charging Easily upgradeable SSD $500 cheaper (with Dell coupons) Areas where the
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UPDATE: The latest Dell XPS 13 BIOS version A04 fixed the processor speed issue on my XPS 13, and it no longer requires SpeedStep to be disabled! You can find the download link here: Dell BIOS DL ORIGINAL POST: MARCH 5TH 2015 I recently purchased a new 2015 Dell XPS 13 “Infinity Display” laptop. Dell has been running some coupon specials and last week you could get the model with an Intel Core i3 processor for right around $700 USD.
Q. I have an unknown device PCI Encryption/Decryption Controller in Windows 8.1, what is the correct driver? A. You need the Intel Trusted Execution Engine driver: (Intel dl link) (Dell dl link) File name: TXE_Win7_8_8.1_22.214.171.1249.zip Version: 126.96.36.1999 (Latest) Date: 02/20/2014 Size: 34.39 MB Language: English Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32-bit)*, Windows 7 (64-bit)*, Windows 8, 32-bit*, Windows 8, 64-bit*, Windows 8.1, 32-bit*, Windows 8.1, 64-bit* -or- DELL version, Intel® Trusted Execution Engine Driver This package provides Intel® Trusted Execution Engine
Q. I have a Network adapter with device ID PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_0036&SUBSYS_020E1028&REV_01 and I cannot find the correct driver for my Dell laptop with Windows 8.1 A. That is a Dell Wireless 1707 wifi adapter. You can find the appropriate driver for Windows 8.1 here: (dl link)
If you have a recent Dell laptop and are doing a clean install of Windows 8.1, you may encounter an issue where the brightness controls (F11/F12 down/up) do not function properly. Specifically, the buttons pull up the Windows 8 brightness control slider BUT the changes do not take effect Thankfully, the fix was simple. Install the latest Intel HD video drivers! As soon as I installed the latest drivers, the buttons immediately started working (I didn’t even have to reboot).
Recently I setup a new PCIt is a nice Dell 660s small form factor (SFF) PC which came Windows 8. The end users needed Windows 7 and that meant it was time to install one of my spare Windows 7 Professional SP1 licenses. Overall the process went smoothly, however, Windows 7 did not have a driver for the 660s’ wifi adapter. Thankfully, I was able to find a compatabile driver that has been working perfectly. Here is the download link: Dell
Recently I setup a new PC for Branson’s Nantucket’s architectural department. It is a nice Dell 660s small form factor (SFF) PC which came Windows 8. However, some of their architectural software is only compatible with Windows 7. That meant it was time to install one of my spare Windows 7 Professional SP1 licenses and everything went smoothly. However, Windows 7 did not have a driver for the 660s’ ethernet controller. Thankfully, I was able to find a compatabile driver
Recently I did a clean Windows install on a Dell 6430 laptop. The laptop has an NVIDIA dedicated GPU as well as integrated Intel HD graphics. The best part is, NVIDIA’s Optimus feature. This cool technology can save power (use Intel graphics) when doing desktop type tasks and then switch automatically to the more powerful NVIDIA dedicated card when playing games etc. Sometimes the drivers can get a bit tricky but I can good success with the following: First, install