Here's where the nightmare started. The laptop came with Windows 8 pre-installed, and the drive was formatted in a way (GPT) where installing XP wouldn't be possible without completely reformatting it. I was deliberating wiping everything and installing XP from scratch, when I realized that that there may be problems with finding the proper XP drivers. I did a few quick searches and realized there weren't any XP drivers on the ASUS website, and the GPU (GT 635M) wasn't supported by XP either.
I tried to run a virtual XP computer through VirtualBox but my dad's program was running kind of sluggishly with tons of lag because of the slow read/write speeds of the virtual comp. Furthermore, virtualbox seems to be completely unable to utilize the built-in GPU. The laptop has 2GB of VRAM, but virtualbox could only emulate 256MB.
And, of course, when I was just about to give up and return the laptop, I realized that the store where I bought it from charges a 15% restocking fee, meaning I would have to pay an extra $100 to return it.
I need some advice, should I:
A) Return the laptop, lose $100, and attempt to find another new laptop that is compatible with XP.
B ) Reformat everything, making the laptop un-returnable because it would mean deleting Windows 8, and install XP even though I'm lacking the right drivers, or
C) Suck it up and continue using VirtualBox, because finding a new laptop that is compatible with XP is pretty much impossible nowadays?
Also I'd like to add that time is a factor because my dad needs to start working again in a few days.
Edited by Andaroo, 28 December 2012 - 12:07 AM.