-- (deprecated) Microsoft Windows OS (XP/NT/Vista)
---- Had my first experince with Vista
kaled - 9:48 am on May 6, 2008 (gmt 0)
Is your Windows Vista copy legal? I would like to know also the name and versions of the software packages installed in the Dell laptop. Thank you.
My copy of Vista on the Dell is legal - I bought the laptop specifically to run Vista for testing.
The only software on the Dell that might affect performance is ZoneAlarm 7 (which does slow down program start for Firefox and and Thunderbird - but only under Vista) and AVG 7.5
That model laptop has performance bottlenecks, particularly in the graphics, that make it a less than optimal choice for Vista... Dell's are made from cheap no-name components from cheap no-name companies in China so as to come in at the under $999 price points. You get what you pay for.
Graphic performance on the Dell under Vista is fine - no problems at all. The hard-drive is Hitachi - in my experience an excellent make. The Graphics adapter is by ATI The Modem is by Conexant The Network card is by Broadcom
In terms of hardware, the only weakness in the Dell is the keyboard - the IBM is much better.
And while I think about it, under Vista, the LAN card remains on in standby and has a habit of waking the computer - I tried all sorts of things to fix it (but have now gone wireless so it doesn't matter anymore).