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Default Boot times and general performance - OSX 10.6 or W7? - 02-10-2010, 01:03 AM

Hi all

I've got a 10v. When I had 10.5.8 on it, my Dell booted extremely quickly, but never reliably, so it sometimes needed 10 reboots to get me into OSX.

I've now got a 10v with 10.6.1 installed. It boots every time, but I find it takes noticeably over a minute to boot, and when I started a thread on this a while ago I didn't get any suggestions as to what might be causing it or how to improve it.

So I'm thinking of dual booting with Windows 7 but given that I've never seemed to have adjusted to OSX all that well, I'm thinking of just wiping the slate clean and going with Windows 7.

How much faster does Windows 7 boot for you, and how much better is performance if at all? Does video play smoothly unlike OSX? Does Intel Speedstep save much battery time on a 3 cell unit?

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Default 02-10-2010, 01:23 AM

i would say that having had both installed on mine, i prefer osx. and thats coming from a die hard windows guy....this is my first experience with osx and i absolutely love it...

as far as performance? I would say that osx 10.6.2 runs smoother to me than win7, but not by much....win7 def wins in boot times, but osx wins in overall responsiveness.

my advice? give snow leopard a real chance, and maybe look into the 2gb upgrade..

hope this helps...


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Default 02-10-2010, 05:38 AM

I'd have to agree. Give it a chance. I'm also dual booting the two, and the boot time really isn't that bad for OS X. Windows 7 does boot much quicker, however, outside of that they generally perform equally. I find OS X is just better to use in my opinion, and much easier on the eyes.
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Default 02-10-2010, 05:42 AM

Windows 7 on a mechanical hard drive will boot the 10v faster than OSX. Generally Windows 7 runs cooler than OSX. Performance IMO is the same between the two.

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Default 02-10-2010, 03:32 PM

I find no performance difference between OS X and Win7 on my Mini 9. My personal preference is for Win7 but if I was a longtime Mac OS user I might prefer it instead. Each has its benefits and drawbacks.

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Default 02-10-2010, 03:34 PM

I have 2GB of Ram on my 10V and OSX 10.6.2 boots in 40 seconds.
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Default 02-10-2010, 03:53 PM

I do not think that 2G memory makes the boot faster. Do you have your audio functional with 40s boot?

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Default 02-10-2010, 07:13 PM

Interesting thread. My 10v has OS X on it,but I'm thinking of restoring Win 7 Starter and then upgrading to Win 7 Home Premium or whatever it is called.

Reason is that I use my MacBook for OS X and would use the 10v for software which has no Mac equivalent.



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Default 02-12-2010, 04:05 AM

I have dual boot Snow Leopard and Windows 7 Home Premium. Windows 7 boots much faster and processes movies better than Snow Leopard, so I use it for entertainment and Snow Leopard for work. I don't have to install Antivirus program on both Sl and Win 7, that's great.
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Default 02-12-2010, 06:34 AM

SL on partition 1 = 52 sec boot

7 on partition 2= 23 sec boot

I have 2GB of mem and an Intel 40GB SSD.
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