Sunday, January 18, 2009

Windows 7, it works great so far

I've heard a lot of really good stuff about windows 7 and decided to give it a shot.

I downloaded the 64 bit version and installed it on a new hard drive in my laptop. The install took maybe 20 minutes start to finish. Wicked fact install for 3gb iso.

It found my wireless card and all the other devices except network cards. I installed the dell connection manager and after that it found my broadcom nic, verizon wireless card and modem.

It still needs drivers for the fingerprint reader, SM bus controller and 1 unknown device. I haven't look yet, but I am sure I can resolve those issues.

So far I like it. It's fast, everything is fast. No waiting for windows no spinning circles of death.

Then again, the only loaded on it, is the base install, windows updates, Lotus Notes 8.5 and firefox. I am actually using IE8 right now. So far it works ok.

I downloaded and installed Google Chrome and it came up with some compatibility issues but it did open and run.

Installed Firefox 3.05 with no issues

Installed new version of skype, says it has known compatibility issues. But seems to work just fine.

Here are the specs on the machine I am running it on.
Dell Latitude E6500
  • Core 2 Duo 2.8ghz
  • 4gb ram
  • 250gb hard drive
  • Intel 5300 wifi card
  • Broadcom internal NIC
  • Backlit keyboard
  • DVD burner
  • Nvidia 110 video card

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