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Re: Windows 7 Beta on mini 12 - 01-23-2009, 01:03 PM
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Re: Windows 7 Beta on mini 12 - 02-04-2009, 12:45 PM
In due time, hopefully. Windows 7 is the next Windows version that I'm very keen and interested in to after WinXP. Vista never catch my eye even for a blink.
Join Date: Feb 2009
Re: Windows 7 Beta on mini 12 - 02-05-2009, 04:27 PM
I am using Windows 7 on my Mini 12 with great success.
The installation was a breeze: simply downloaded the iso, burnt it to a dvd with another computer, and booted it via an "internal" dvd drive connected via an IDE-to-USB cable. You also should be able to make a bootable USB flash drive of it. If you mount the iso as a virtual drive, you can install it from within whatever Windows system you are running - no need to reboot. Presumably this could also work with Ubuntu.
Vista basic was laggy - Windows 7 is not, in general (on the Z530 1.6GHz Atom), though some things do open slower than perhaps they would on XP, sometimes. But in general, it works.
There are certainly glitches (it's a beta!), the ones mentioned earlier in this thread. Most of the Vista drivers work on 7, but the graphics drivers did not. However, a Windows update (in the optional category) fixed the graphics issues. The Desktop Manager error does happen... I don't know why.
Some programs, like Notebook BatteryInfo, don't work because they think the OS is unsupported, but if I run it immediately after install, it works fine: just can't open it later. Hence, to run it, I have to reinstall it (which takes about 10 seconds).
Notebook BatteryInfo gives me an average usage of 6.5W-7W on the lowest brightness setting, even while watching YouTube videos, at 6+ hours of battery life (6 cell battery). The highest brightness setting changes this to 9-11W, but I typically haven't been using this except on AC power.
Windows Media Player works great.
Opera works great.
The highest power consumption I could get was around 13W, when I opened 10 tabs in Opera, five of which were playing YouTube videos, along with NotePad, Calculator, and Paint. The OS handled those programs just fine.
I have yet to install an office suite or Microsoft Visual Studio, or any other more intensive software.
Join Date: Feb 2009
Re: Windows 7 Beta on mini 12 - 02-09-2009, 03:18 AM
I was wondering, is ReadyBoost available in Windows 7 already?
Has anyone tried using it to help with the 1gb limitations?
What kind of results did you get? I guess this would finally convince me to get this system now if that helps...
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