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General Chat Thread, Bye Bye Windows 7 in General; Only issues I have seen so far with 7 were down to drivers on my GFs 1.3 Atom Dell with ...
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    Only issues I have seen so far with 7 were down to drivers on my GFs 1.3 Atom Dell with 1Gb Ram.
    Latest drivers and it was fine altho just a noticable bit slower. So I say once driver support is up to 100% it will be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Surely there can't be any issues with Windows 7 at all? I mean, North Leamington School rolled it out within 2 weeks...

    Microsoft UK Schools News Blog : Windows 7 in North Leamington School in Warwickshire
    Ah, but have you seen anyone from there on edugeek since?

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    7 is indeed wonderful... personally I've not had a problem on a range of machines.

    Other lovers of 7 can be found at Microsoft UK Schools News Blog : What is it like to be one of the first schools using Windows 7

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    Ah, but have you seen anyone from there on edugeek since?
    I live just up the road from this place and work for the LA and by all accounts everything is sweet. Hoping to go visit soon as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo View Post
    There's much more to it than that. My machines have 512Mb but they'll need new graphics and network cards before I can run Windows 7.

    I'm not going to waste school and taxpayers money on buying new PCs so I can do exactly the same as I'm doing now.
    It isn't quite as simple as that. Kids react to their environment when learning. If they're using old, aged equipment, they simply aren't as enthusiastic about the lessons. If they're using cutting edge equipment then they react a lot better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    It isn't quite as simple as that. Kids react to their environment when learning. If they're using old, aged equipment, they simply aren't as enthusiastic about the lessons. If they're using cutting edge equipment then they react a lot better.
    In the first school I managed we still had an old RM 3.1 network runnign along side of the new Windows 2000 one I was rolling out. Guess which one was used the most? IMHO, anyone with machines out there with 512MB RAM on a school network is looking for trouble. RAM upgrades were always a priority job for the summer each year, and even back in 2003 I was ensuring that new machines all had 1GB!

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    IMHO, anyone with machines out there with 512MB RAM on a school network is looking for trouble.
    We have three rooms of P4s with 512Mb RAM and they seem fine in fact they're quite quick. How much RAM do you need for Office, IE and Paint.net?

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    I tried putting windows 7 on a Fujitsu Siemens laptop over the weekend which is a year old, and the wireless card isn't compatible with windows 7. I have also put windows 7 on a 4 year old laptop and it works perfect. Wouldn't you have thought it would have been the other way around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    We have three rooms of P4s with 512Mb RAM and they seem fine in fact they're quite quick. How much RAM do you need for Office, IE and Paint.net?
    Which OS are you running? Which versions of Office, IE and Paint.NET? How meny Office docs are open at once? How meny pictures does the average users word doc contain? How much cache ram does the CPU have? Is the CPU single-core/HT/multi-core?

    IMHO there is more to it than just type of processor and amount of RAM. A combination that is 'fast enough' for one user could easily be dog slow for the next. I tend to err on the side of causion. I'm aming for 1Gb min Ram on all machines regardless and my current min spec for new is Dual core Core2/Athlon X2 with 2Gb Ram. Although I'm tempted to move to 4Gb Ram as a min new.

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    On a positive note, Asus have release the W7 RTM drivers for my Xonar 1.3 Slim HD audio card. Now I can actually install it!!

    bit-tech.net | Review - Asus Xonar HDAV 1.3 Slim Review

    Now for some full on DolbyHD and DTS-HD from my media PCs Blu-Ray and HDDVD combo drive!

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    I've had it on machines at home since the Beta phase and it's lightning compared to my gaming PC with Vista on that's for sure.

    Just replaced my work XP SP3 install with 7 Enterprise x64 so we shall see what happens... as it stands it's running like greased lightning atm, 4GB RAM (doubled up from before as my 20 odd Photoshop documents, 40 internet tabs over 2 browsers and 10 Explorer windows really took its toll!)

    Our minimum spec is 2GB RAM \ Core2Duo, slowest machine is Athlon64 3200 \ 2GB RAM; wouldn't dream of running a machine with 512MB now especially if you're using Office 2007 etc

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    Using the latest version of Paint.net, XP SP3 and Office 2003 SP3 so as I say 512Mb is fine. These machines will never see Vista or Office 2007 they might see Open Office though.

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    Well I think it's KAK - I'm going back to:


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    LOL - let us know how you get on with that

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    May even take the plunge and re-install:


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