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Windows 7: Windows 7 vs. Windows XP?

23 Dec 2009   #21

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pentium3 FTW View Post
..I am sick and tired of having to re-install Windows XP every year just so that the computer is acceptably fast...
Your Other Option is to get an External Hard Drive and learn how to "Image" your system(s) for backup/recovery purposes.

I can recover back to a fresh install, mostly updated, loaded and running in about 15 minutes...
With the computer doing all the work.
Best Free Drive Imaging Program
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing...cts/trueimage/

I'm not too sure .. (It's a little early yet ) ...
If Windows 7 will need an occasional fresh install to tune it or fix it also.

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23 Dec 2009   #22
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by clementejak View Post
If you're windows xp is working fine and meets all your needs in your computer works I suggest stick with it until this damn windows 7 is perfected.

I have two laptops with both windows vista, a 32 and 64bits had both upgraded to the much touted windows 7.

I am not happy at all, its unstable, text are overlapping, windows 7 media player wont play my files which I used to play with vista.
Please start a new thread for your issues to be resolved.

Start by right clicking your desktop to change Screen Resolution for overlapping text.

The issues you're experiencing are the install, not the OS.

We who beta tested it for over a year watched it being perfected.
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23 Dec 2009   #23

Windows 7 x86, Mac OS 8.6
 
 

Alright, this is very bad...

I installed Windows 7 successfully and it runs just as fast as XP, but the graphics card is not recognized. The greatest resolution I can run the machine at is 1024x768, the monitor just says "input signal out of range" if I try to go any higher. Does anyone know of a fix for the Radeon 9200SE card?
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23 Dec 2009   #24

 

Installed driver?


there is the solution for you:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...c-53b676692d3c

quite clumsy but seems to work
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23 Dec 2009   #25

Windows 7 x86, Mac OS 8.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MyWin7 View Post
Installed driver?


there is the solution for you:
will my ati radeon 9200 se work with windows 7

quite clumsy but seems to work
I'd rather not be using a hacked driver; part of the reason I wanted to move to Windows 7 was because of the increased stability it offered compared to Windows XP. I'll try this and see if it works, but I'm still kinda pissed that the upgrade advisor didn't tell me my graphics card was completely unsupported; all it says is it will not support Aero. Nice trick for Microsoft to increase their sales no doubt.
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23 Dec 2009   #26

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pentium3 FTW View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MyWin7 View Post
Installed driver?


there is the solution for you:
will my ati radeon 9200 se work with windows 7

quite clumsy but seems to work
I'd rather not be using a hacked driver; part of the reason I wanted to move to Windows 7 was because of the increased stability it offered compared to Windows XP. I'll try this and see if it works, but I'm still kinda pissed that the upgrade advisor didn't tell me my graphics card was completely unsupported; all it says is it will not support Aero. Nice trick for Microsoft to increase their sales no doubt.
Please be aware that this is an issue regarding the manufacturer (ATI/AMD in this case) not providing AT LEAST a Windows Vista compatible driver...

I am just directing where to place your blame here...
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23 Dec 2009   #27

Windows 7 x86, Mac OS 8.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Please be aware that this is an issue regarding the manufacturer (ATI/AMD in this case) not providing AT LEAST a Windows Vista compatible driver...

I am just directing where to place your blame here...
This is quite true, I'm not normally one to bash Microsoft... however, even if AMD prematurely dropped support for what is still a perfectly fine video card, the Windows 7 upgrade adviser failed to notify me of that. Sure, Aero won't run, but I don't care; even on my T400, I run Vista without Aero. But if it can't run above 1024 x 768 and the upgrade adviser said everything was kosher, then we have a problem.

I tried the graphics card hack, and at first it caused the OS to blue-screen (something which I have not seen since the days of Windows 98), then got it working for a little while, then had it blue-screen again when I tried to run Unreal Tournament 2004. I still need this computer to do some light gaming, so if it crashes in a 5-year-old game that is not too impressive.

I could buy a new video card, but I'd like to have DirectX11 support, and any decent one is over $80. I've already spent $64.99 on the hard drive (which I now consider to be a sunk cost) and $224 on Windows 7. I might just cut my losses, return Windows 7 to the store and have the Pentium 4 run Windows XP, like it was designed to do.
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23 Dec 2009   #28

Windows 7 ultimate (build 7600 32bit)
 
 

this is the reason i cant have windows 7.
Cuz i have the same G-card as you, and it does not support Aero.
(which btw, are you getting that horrible grey tasbar instead of a clear transparent one?)
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24 Dec 2009   #29

 

When you guys run a fairly dated piece of hardware then it would be unfair to blame anyone - looking up the Windows 7 Radeon driver support it starts with the Radeon 9500. It's quite inexpensive to just get a newer card and all is well and happy.
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24 Dec 2009   #30

Windows 7 x86, Mac OS 8.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scotteh View Post
this is the reason i cant have windows 7.
Cuz i have the same G-card as you, and it does not support Aero.
(which btw, are you getting that horrible grey tasbar instead of a clear transparent one?)
Yeah, I have the grey taskbar, but I really don't mind it that much.

Anyways, my friend says he found an old GeForce FX5200 card in his basement. This is not the greatest card in the world but it should allow Windows 7 to operate at a decent resolution. I am not sure about Windows 7 support, but does anyone know if this card at least has Windows Vista support?
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