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That moment when your spare, broken 7 year-old laptop finds new life (Windows 8)

#1StarksPosted 10/3/2013 8:15:24 PM(edited)
Realizing that its cries of "kill me" as I installed Windows 8 were grossly premature.

Inspiron 640m
Core Duo T2050 (32-bit!)
Intel 945GM (GMA950)
2GB DDR2
160GB HDD

I didn't think it was possible that a machine that started with XP and struggled with Vista and 7 could make it all the way to Windows 8 and come out better than ever.

This machine has a shorted out LCD and dead battery that I don't care to replace anymore. So this thing is permanently tethered to the wall and an external monitor. My pitiful setup as my main laptop gets RMA'd for a 3rd time (screw you Sager).

But now the laptop feels newish again.

Drivers are the reason why. Drivers that used to be from 2006 even after Intel and Windows Updates are now dated 2009-2013. Yes, Intel's latest drivers for the chipset and GPU are older than what MS offers standard and through updates in Windows 8.These drivers are exposing functionality never expected of the hardware.

Another factor is how bloated Vista and 7 were. Despite its faults, 8 is very lean and snappy.

Do I dare try Windows 8.1?
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#2mikewu1Posted 10/3/2013 7:58:52 PM
Windows 8 uses less resources than windows 7. No surprise that it runs better with 8 than 7
#3strongo9Posted 10/3/2013 9:27:08 PM
You should have had some fun with the machine and tried Linux out. Old laptops are good for playing around with the OS.
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#4Starks(Topic Creator)Posted 10/3/2013 10:38:09 PM
I've run multiple distros on it. Nothing spectacular in terms of performance but I'm sure something lighter like Lubuntu would fly.
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#5Starks(Topic Creator)Posted 10/4/2013 8:06:42 AM
So far so good. Resource consumption is way down.

I think OpenGL broke, but I really don't care all that much.
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#6Lord_XandrosPosted 10/4/2013 8:51:54 AM
I installed Windows 8.1, and the only issue I've had is the SCP DS3 Bluetooth driver wouldn't install. It was fixed by troubleshooting the installer to install it as a Windows 7 PC.

It looks much nicer than Windows 8, and I think the interface is better in Windows 8.1 in regards to the charm bar. Even though I was against the addition of the start button, I kinda like it there.

I suggest you give it a try! I like having a different colour scheme between my start screen and desktop.
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#7DV8ingSourcesPosted 10/4/2013 8:54:29 AM
The Windows 8.1 release date is October 17 and I'll wait until then. No sense fooling around with a preview version.
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