Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Windows 7 - getting my geek on

Last week Graham asked me if I was going to try and get a Beta copy of Windows 7 - I told him I didn't have the time or inclination to have to suffer Vista v.2! However - I did feel a bit ashamed that I was being a bit close-minded and I could tell by the look on his face that my geek-cred was slipping so when MS opened the Beta up past the first 2.5m downloads I snagged a copy and installed it on an old Vaio PCG-X1SP (1.5Ghz P4, 1gig RAM, 40gig HD, Radeon 7500 GFX) and was amazed how snappy it was compared to Vista on my MacBook (2Ghz Core2Duo, 2 gig RAM etc etc).

A few drivers weren't there in the Windows ISO but one check of the Windows Update installed everything. The only sub-optimal device is the Radeon Mobility display driver which Windows identified as a generic SVGA device (but got the 1400x1280 resolution correct). It'll do but I wanted to get it right so I have two option;



1 comment:

Graham said...

Good man Phil, your geek cred would NEVER be in question!
I am liking it though, it is all I am doing not to go primetime with it on my work machine ;-)