Question about Gateway P-7807u Notebook
I recently purchased the laptop stated above (refurbished)... Here are the specs:
I 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...
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.
I 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.
Posted on Nov 13, 2009
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
Posted on Apr 05, 2010
I also have the P-7805u, In both Windows vista and 7 final (64 bit), the screen sometimes started getting glitchy. Sometimes the screen would lag for 3 seconds. And finally, the whole thing would just freeze, needing a hard reboot. My solution is to update to the latest video drivers from nvidia, and also to update the bios to the latest version (July 2009 I think). It has been working for about a day now.
Posted on Oct 27, 2009
The problem is caused by PowerMizer. I have the same problem in my laptop Gateway 7805u, and when I disable the powermizer, the problem is gone. Take a look in a program named PowerMizer Manager (http://somemorebytes.com/wp/index.php/nvpmmanager/). I haven't tried yet, but a read about it and seems works.
Posted on Apr 26, 2010
Had this same problem with windows 7. No driver I installed fixed it. The solution that fixes it no matter what driver you have is to disable nvidia's "powermizer". It's an easy fix - just google disable powermizer. You'll have to redo it if you update your driver, but it only takes a couple minutes. Oh and what powermizer does is down clock your gpu to try and save battery life on your laptop.
Posted on Mar 31, 2010
Like in solution 2, install the dox 182.46 drivers. Google it and download it. These are the only drivers that work 100% for 3 months now. Also check your gpu temperature by downloading furmark
Posted on Mar 14, 2010
I also have the same problem! I sent it in for repair, and received it yesterday. After about 15 minutes of watching a show on abc.com the driver gave out and the computer crashed. Sometimes it crashes with artifacts on the screen (little green w looking lines). I had a horrible experience with customer support and they insist its a windows 7 issue, although I was running fine for a month or two after upgrading.
It is very dissapointing that even though my system is under warranty, gateway doesn't want to help.
Has anybody else have any luck with Solution # 2?
Posted on Feb 23, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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