dell xps M1530 graphics problem

Liquid Ideas

Standard Member
The nvidia graphics driver has started crashing causing BSOD and no matter which one i install old or new it has the same problem. When there is no driver installed it seems fine but obviously video playback and smoothness of the screen when scrolling etc are affected.

Have tried new install of operating system both the original vista and now windows 7 but to no avail. I suspect a hardware fault but the display is fine with out the driver just with the limited functionality and when running the dell diagnostic test at boot up the graphics pass.

Any ideas as to the cause?
 

Wez68

Distinguished Member
The nvidia graphics driver has started crashing causing BSOD and no matter which one i install old or new it has the same problem. When there is no driver installed it seems fine but obviously video playback and smoothness of the screen when scrolling etc are affected.

Have tried new install of operating system both the original vista and now windows 7 but to no avail. I suspect a hardware fault but the display is fine with out the driver just with the limited functionality and when running the dell diagnostic test at boot up the graphics pass.

Any ideas as to the cause?

hi,don’t want to be the bearer of bad news ,but the graphics card used in the xps has an inherent defect ,which i believe around the time of nvidia admitting liability dell were offering to replace foc,its quite possible that the card is at fault/is in the process of developing the fault
 

Liquid Ideas

Standard Member
I've had the laptop for over 4 years and it's only started doing it recently so doubt Dell would repair it. It's still usable for browsing etc just not very good for much media playback. The fan is also constantly blowing hard now aswell, its had the bios update from a while back which was for this issue though. Will live with it for now until it totally packs in I guess.
 

Liquid Ideas

Standard Member
Thanks for the link, will look into it.
 

brookheather

Distinguished Member
Liquid Ideas said:
I've had the laptop for over 4 years and it's only started doing it recently so doubt Dell would repair it. It's still usable for browsing etc just not very good for much media playback. The fan is also constantly blowing hard now aswell, its had the bios update from a while back which was for this issue though. Will live with it for now until it totally packs in I guess.

Call Dell technical support - they should fix it according to other members who've had the same issue.
 

marchudman

Active Member
Although the gpu failure is well known for the 1530 it was mostly about total failure.

What you are talking about could also be simply overheating caused by clogged fans.

Have you removed and cleaned the fans?

Also you could change the thermal paste on the gpu / CPU for better cooling.

I had a 1530 for 3 years and didn't have a problem but it did used to get hot under my left palm. Ensuring the cooling worked as well as it could was something I always kept an eye on.
 

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