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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:04 am    Post subject: Windows 7 on Eee PC 1000H Reply with quote

This isn't nearly as cool as Aargh-a-Knot's MacBook nano, but I thought someone out there might be interested. I decided to give the Windows 7 Beta a whirl on my Asus Eee PC 1000H and see what the fuss was about. I hate to admit this, but it's a decent operating system. I think it even runs better than Windows XP on my 1000H, which is totally surprising. That single core Atom is far from being a burner. It took a little work to get up and running though. That basically means installing a bunch of drivers. I also had to download and install a special Vista ACPI driver and roll back the Intel GMA driver to prevent a warning from coming up. All the special buttons and stuff work now though.

Here are the links, by the way...

Vista ACPI Driver

Intel GMA for Vista 32-bit

In the end, you'll have something that looks like this. Smile


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's funny to see the Windows' taskbar slowly but inevitably crawling in the direction of Mac OS X dock, every time Microsoft launches a new incarnation of Windows...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now just remove the watermark and crack the time limitation and it will be good to go. Wink

For being Vista, oops I mean a beta, it is very polished and functional on a low spec machine.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hwojtek wrote:
It's funny to see the Windows' taskbar slowly but inevitably crawling in the direction of Mac OS X dock, every time Microsoft launches a new incarnation of Windows...

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That being said, it doesn't completely feel like the Dock. There is some uniqueness.

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Now just remove the watermark and crack the time limitation and it will be good to go.

I'll have to look into the latter. Smile

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For being Vista, oops I mean a beta, it is very polished and functional on a low spec machine.

It's using way more RAM, but I'm shocked with how well it's running. I had a feeling it was going to be dog slow.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much RAM do you figure it is using? Just idling? It is had to measure it running it on VM ware. I haven't gone the bootcamp route yet. The 32bit and 64bit version seem to run about same for me.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How much RAM do you figure it is using? Just idling?

I haven't been looking at it closely, but right after startup it's idling at 650-700MB. That compares to around 200MB or so with XP. What are you showing?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hwojtek wrote:
It's funny to see the Windows' taskbar slowly but inevitably crawling in the direction of Mac OS X dock, every time Microsoft launches a new incarnation of Windows...


Dear Hwojtek.

Do you remember the RiscOS (Acorn Computers) Icon Bar ?

From my POV...that was the Grand~Daddy of all Windows 'crawling'...Wink

 

http://www.blastzone.demon.co.uk/rot/desktop.html

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/07/10/10/road_to_mac_os_x_leopard_dock_1_6.html

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aquafire wrote:
Do you remember the RiscOS (Acorn Computers) Icon Bar ?

From my POV...that was the Grand~Daddy of all Windows 'crawling'...Wink

In the early 90s, I didn't appreciate just how far ahead of its time RiscOS was.

If Acorn's hardware hadn't been so stupidly expensive and a few 'killer' apps had been written for RiscOS, people like me might well have bought an Acorn instead of a DOS machine, and Britain could have held on to its own non-clone computer company.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its good to hear even the beta is running well on a low powered machine like your netbook. If Windows 7 does turn out to be a solid OS, every one wins as competition drives innovation.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If Windows 7 does turn out to be a solid OS, every one wins as competition drives innovation.

It's not like I'm switching, but I feel about the same way. It's better that Microsoft has a good product. This puts Apple back on their toes when it comes to Snow Leopard. I don't think they can afford to release a minor performance upgrade now. We could be seeing a much cooler cat with new features.
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