DodgeIntrepid.Net Forums banner

1 - 20 of 45 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
466 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Is anyone here running the new Windows 7? If so, how's it working for you? Is it comprehensive, graphic problems solved, smooth running, etc.? I've got a great laptop maimed by freakin' Vista and I've been waiting for a month to see what Windows 7 had to offer, and I wanted some real feedback before I bought it. Otherwise I'll go back to XP.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
424 Posts
I've been running Windows 7 for about a month now and its stable, but as of right now i'd stick with XP for the time being. If you ask me, its basically an updated version of vista, but actually seems to run a bit faster. I have mines setup for dual boot because i still use xp most of the times because its still alot faster to work with. If your laptop came preinstalled with vista though i'd upgrade it to windows 7, but if it didnt you might have trouble finding some of the hardware drivers for it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
466 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Thankfully, there's a few sites that provide all of the drivers for my particular laptop to write onto a disc, so once 7 is downloaded I can work my way through the drivers and get my laptop up to date. However, the main problem I had with vista was the graphics. I had a geforce 9800 card, and with Vista I'd constantly get the BSOD with anything graphics intensive. I spent hours working on it. Apparently vista stores the original drivers in both a new and old system file, and it causes the card to fail constantly. Regardless, I just want the stability for graphic intensive apps.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
424 Posts
There also seems to be an issue with peoples cdr/dvdr drives being detected but not working properly. It just occured with mines today and is asking for a driver to install my dvd burner. After searched and fiding a fix for this it apears to be very common.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
466 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
Yup. I went through that too. For months I had to run Vista with the most basic ugly theme because even the aero theme was way to graphics intensive for the laptop. I hope 7 is considerably better. Windows is generally pissing me off lately.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
303 Posts
Ive got a laptop running Vista and am using it currently and have had none of these problems with mine and its by no means a high end laptop. Your probably just using it wrong, just kidding. Ive heard many good things about Windows 7 and fully intend to upgrade to it ASAP. Its supposed to be just as fast as XP. Also its designed to run with the applications that Vista had problems with.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
466 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Ive got a laptop running Vista and am using it currently and have had none of these problems with mine and its by no means a high end laptop. Your probably just using it wrong, just kidding. Ive heard many good things about Windows 7 and fully intend to upgrade to it ASAP. Its supposed to be just as fast as XP. Also its designed to run with the applications that Vista had problems with.
I agree that the laptop is probably using it wrong. As I understand it, Vista was meant to be both smooth and aesthetic. But never as efficient as XP, because that obviously lacked aesthetics. However, I found by fiddling with Bios and the NVIDIA controller that a **** ton of RAM was wasted on things and apps that I never even used but were required to keep Vista running. Things that would cause the OS to crash were to remove them. It's rediculous, and its true that Vista was ''pretty'', but never worth the RAM.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,180 Posts
My laptop came with a free windows 7 upgrade. I intend on using it once I figure out how to do it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
466 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
My laptop came with a free windows 7 upgrade. I intend on using it once I figure out how to do it.
Sounds like a good deal. Lemme know how it works out for you, if you do it soon. I'm just going to cave I think. I have nothing installed currently on my good one. My crappy one's got Vista, and my good one no OS.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
603 Posts
I would pull the trigger. I did the beta test and loved it. I am hoping to get it soon so I don't get shut down in the next few months when they time out the beta run.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,258 Posts
I used the beta and the RC on my old Dell Inspiron 9300. Low ram, low HDD space, no graphics card, and it ran very smoothly with the Aero theme. Now I have the full release on my desktop (4GB of ram, 900 GB of HDD space, GeForce 7600 GT XXX) and it runs amazingly well. I had XP x64 on this machine previously, and 7 blows that out of the water. No major issues whatsoever. Only issue I had was the wireless card drivers didn't come packaged with it. A quick forage through my CD/DVD case found the old XP drivers for that card and now all is well.

The only thing is, on the Inspiron, it slowed down considerably after a month of use. Not sure if that was worked out before the official product release, but it's been holding its own very well for the last month on this much more powerful rig.

EDIT: I have run a few graphics intensive video games on the rig, and no BSOD has resulted.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
466 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
That's the answer and response that I was looking for. The BSOD was driving me up the wall, and I have similar specs on my laptop. GeForce9800. 4GB Ram, etc... I'm sold at this point. Now concerning software, does 7 run anything that'll run on XP and/or Vista32/64?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
103 Posts
My laptop came with a free windows 7 upgrade. I intend on using it once I figure out how to do it.
My new desktop came with a free Windows 7 upgrade. There was a code in the paperwork that I entered at http://www.windows7upgradeoption.com -- now my upgrade software is in the mail. Can't wait until it gets here!

That's the answer and response that I was looking for. The BSOD was driving me up the wall, and I have similar specs on my laptop. GeForce9800. 4GB Ram, etc... I'm sold at this point. Now concerning software, does 7 run anything that'll run on XP and/or Vista32/64?
Yes, Windows 7 will run anything that runs on XP and/or Vista. It is designed with even more stability than Vista, and more multicore support. The way it runs processes and use memory make it better able to keep running even if an individual program crashes.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
230 Posts
I've been running the 90-day trial of WIndows 7 Enterprise on several machines (laptops and desktops) that were unable to even install Vista. It is not a regular test. We are just playing to see if our oldest hardware is able to run it.
Some themes and screen savers do not work because of the limited graphic support, but the testers seem to be happy with the performance.
We are testing in a corporate environment. To this day (4th week in the testing) the only issues we found are: (1) Need to manually update firmware on some CD/DVD writers to get them running properly. (2) Some of the VBS login scripts are just ignored (security settings?) (3) Our current version of Symanted Endpoint Protection software does not install on the W7 units.
Other than the mentioned issues, it is good to see really old units (Pentium III, Pentium IV and Pentium M) working on this version.
Of course, we have another group of machines running the test (Core Duo, etc), but the mentioned problems are common to both groups.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
708 Posts
I run Win 7 RTM ( Ready to Manufacturating ) for a long time now and it runs really smooth !! I like it over Vista. I run several games on it and I never had a problem with it !
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,188 Posts
My computer has been running Windows XP Home 32 bit since I built it 3 years ago. My girlfriend's computer which I built last year runs Vista Premium 32 Bit.

I ended up formatting my HD over teh summer and since I was doing a clean isnatlled, decided to give Windows 7 a try since I heard good things about it.

I'm currently Running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit RC. I'm not going back to XP. I love it. THe GUI is fantastic with really handy features that keep the taskbar clean and organized, and you can move applications around. It's much less restrictive than Vista and does';task for permissions as much.

This is all well and good but what really sold me on it was the performance. This thing is blazing. My computer went from a 2 minute boot up and another 30 seconds to be able to launch a program with XP to 55 seconds from power on to launch a program in Windows.

Plus since its 64 bit I can utilize my 64 bit processor, 64 bit drivers for my GTX 260, and all four gigs of my Ram.

It's as stable if not more so than XP as well.

Its also much less of a resource hog than Vista. I've heard people getting it to run on PS/2 machines.

I never had a problem with Vista, but i didn't like it enough to find it worth upgrading from XP. However I've got a copy of Windows 7 Pro in shipment as we speak. Its that good.
 

·
I hit **** with sticks!
Joined
·
37,600 Posts
I really like Windows 7 so far (well most of it), just installed it the other day in my HP Dv9000.....it doesnt like my laptop that much though...having trouble with the audio and HDMI ports now, that I didnt have before. HP does not have any drivers nor plans to make any according to their website for this laptop and windows 7. I installed the drivers from Vista, as they were supposed to be compatible, but they dont work like they used to.

I think it was a mistake to do it, unless I can get the audio working properly, then I will be happy. The laptop serves as a karaoke and DVD player, so having audio output problems is nfg.

Vista was fine, I had a couple minor issues with it, but nothing as bad as Im having now with Windows 7. Hopefully they can be worked out. If not, either new laptop, or gonna order the Vista recovery cds from HP.
 
1 - 20 of 45 Posts
Top