Sunday, June 07, 2009

Windows 7 with an old notebook

This is an IBM Thinkpad with more than 5 years of life. It was ok for making PowerPoint presentation but for other things and after many many Windows XP upgrades the computer was really a headache!
That kind of Notebook includes many drivers and strange things that were difficult to find in the case of a "cleanup format". Without the original drivers the keyboard would work bad and the wireless would never work fine. Even installing the original drivers would make conflicts with the Windows drivers for netwroking.
I have used the 32 bit version of Windows 7. Here what I found:

  1. Setup was very fast
  2. Options for formatting, deleting, etc the previous system were clear and explanatory.
  3. When the computer finished and restarted for first time the resolution wasn't the correct one (even looked so good that I wasn't sure).
  4. Sound and wireless not working... it was not surprising. Then I connected the network cable to look for the drivers online.. and:
  5. An automatic update got all the drivers!! after a suggested restart the computer was working fully! The special keys on the keyboar all working fine, the volume controls are really good, wireless network offerd no pain.
So add one more line to your list of options for "what to do with my old computers?"

Some notes:
  1. Avast Antivirus (free edition) works well with Windows 7
  2. Lotus Symphony works well with Windows 7


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