View Full Version : Laptop decision

03-10-2007, 05:34 PM

I plan to purchase a laptop soon and I'm looking at two Dell models at the moment.

Inspiron 9400
Intel Core Duo T2250 processor
2GB shared dual channel DDR2 SDRAM
256mb ATI mobility radion x1400 vid card


Precision M65
Intel Core 2 Duo T5500
512 mb Nvidia Quatro FX 350M

Has anyone tried to run LW on either of these or similar?



03-10-2007, 05:43 PM
Well the Core 2 Duo is vastly superior to the original Core Duo chip

03-11-2007, 03:52 AM

I just recently bought (2 months ago) a M90 with Core 2 Duo T7600.

I am really happy with the Laptop, an exception it is the driver support that Dell gives for the Quadro card, old drivers, and try to put another ones from laptopvideo2go.com produced several problems with Speed Edit and Lightwave.

But I went to the Dell orginal ones and problems were out. The only problem Dell drivers doesn't allow you to load especific profiles for LW for example, but looks like LW works fine anyhow.

Best regards,

System Information:
Operating System: Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional x64 Edition
Version 5.2.3790 Service Pack 1 Build 3790
CPU Type: EM64T Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6 GenuineIntel
Number of CPUs: 2
CPU Speed: ~2330 Mhz (2.33 MHz)
RAM: 2.045,97 MB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA Quadro FX 2500M
Display Driver Version: 91.36 Forceware Win XP 64

03-11-2007, 09:25 AM
Thank you both for your replies. It helps me justify the expence of the better machine.

thanks again,


03-11-2007, 10:35 AM
You can configure the 9400 with some better components than the ones you have displayed there.

Is the XPS an in between option?

Not sure how they are priced.

You definately want the Core 2, but you can put a Core 2 in a 9400 for not much of an upgrade.

I ended up getting the XPS with the 7900, UXGA, 7200RPM, and 2GB

Once you go WUXGA you can't go back. (no comments from you 30inch display people)

03-11-2007, 01:32 PM
I've a very pleasant experience of running LightWave together with a 9400. I'd as have been suggested, change some of the components in the 9400 config you listed to make it more powerful for 3D work.

I've been running a Dell Inspiron 9400 since this autumn. And LightWave runs very smoothly on this baby. I changed some of the components from the default config to make it perfect for my LightWave work. I ended up with an 9400 with C2D T7200, 7900GS, WUXGA and 2GB. Couldn't be happier with this setup.