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What os is right for me and my laptop? Answered

I'm going back to collage and at this point i feel stuck with my laptop. I currently have window 7 running on it since all the driver issues are not a problem, but the boot is incredibly slow, it was that way for xp too. I used linux on the laptop before but I had issues with my video card driver not working and not being able to nativly run office 2007 or somthing that can open docx and pptx files without problems. I'm also able to play mine craft on windows 7 but not on linux becouse of the video driver problem. In short, do I stick with linux because it's faster and lighter with less abilities or sick with slower windows that from time to time will freeze. Just to mention I have an thinkpad t42. (please no comments saying get a new laptop i can't afford it).



Best Answer 6 years ago

I'm guessing you have checked for a driver update. If not do that. It could be that your laptop could have a bunch of useless factory programs on it that you could uninstall. (I know mine does.) If you've had it a while, you may want to try and reformat or defrag the hard drive. I would try these things and stick with Windows.

If that doesn't work:
How much RAM do you have? It wont cost as nearly much as a new computer, but its one sure fire way to speed up your computer. The other problem might be that your processor is slow, but those are much more expensive.

I maxed out the amount of possible ram on the laptop witch is 2GB. I installed this version of windows 7 ultimate. processer is 1.7Ghz I have another cpu that is only 100Mhz faster so not much of a point to upgrade that just yet. Also I found out pray (open source lojack) was slowing it down. Even with what you mentioned was stuff I already checked off it's the best answer.

Find out what video card you have then check the forums on whatever Linux you like. And try some other distros, maybe they'll work better. Download the live CDs and give 'em a spin. I've tried Mint Debian, Mints of other flavors (LXDE, XFCE), Bodhi (Enlightenment, cool!) and Puppy, but I usually end up with Ubuntu, and usually dual boot. Nobody at work notices that I edit their Powerpoints and Word docs in LibreOffice.

Yea, it's definitely the RAM, I'm pretty sure 2GB is the minimum to run 7. I know there is a way to make you computer recognize more RAM, my cousin (once removed I think...whatever) had to do it. It involves changing settings in you BIOS. You can either bump it up in there or turn of some memory switch making your OS be the one to recognize the memory. Any further and I'd need the thing in front of me. Here's a link that might be helpful.
Thanks for the best answer!

the max with DDR ram is 1GB sick I have two slots so 2GB is max. DDR2 was used in the next ver t43. just wanted to point that out.


6 years ago

I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 with the LibreOffice Suite on a five year old Dell M140 laptop and a brand new self built PC with all the bells and whistles. I have had absolutely no problems with the video card drivers on either unit and LibreOffice opens both docx and pptx files without hesitation.
I can't tell you which OS is right for you, all I can suggest is for you decide on your priorities and go with that.

I'm afraid you need to decide what your priorities are.

Personally, I wouldn't bother with Office -- the free and portable Open Office/Libre Office tools exchange files pretty decently with the MS tools, though you might want to try before committing.. (Then again, for school use I always preferred straight Emacs -- and a markup-based text compiler in the rare occasions when I really wanted prettifying.)

If you want to go with Linux, running a Windows session in a virtual machine is not unreasonable these days... though I don't know how much performance you'd lose on an older system. That's my current workaround on my work machines for the few things I can't run under Linux. I wouldn't suggest that as a gaming setup, obviously... but gaming is simply not a priority for me, which is why it comes back to setting your own priorities.

Conversely: If Windows (or Linux?) boot time bothers you, you *could* hibernate rather than shutting down. That will start back up faster since it just needs to reload the system's state from disk... but it also means anything which has gotten walked on or leaked or confused stays damaged until you *do* reboot.

Also, of course, remember that Linux continues to evolve. It's possible that the video driver issue has been fixed since last time you looked. There may also be some variation from one distribution of Linux to another.

Personally, I've seen no reason to move from XP to Win7. But -- again -- that depends on what YOUR priorities are.

Pick one. Try it. If it isn't working for you, back up your user data files and try another. Or set up a virtual machine under either OS to play with the other. Or set up as dual-boot, if you've got the disk space.

(My T40 is running Red Hat Enterprise Linux, since that's what my employer recommends. There were some driver issues early on, but these days my main complaints are the idiots who insist on using Windows-only teleconferencing tools. My T61 also runs RHEL (64-bit rather than 32-bit), but can start WinXP in a virtual machine. The virgual machine's a good enough solution for MY needs that I murdered the Windows boot partition on these boxes and returned that disk space to Linux.)