Here is my situation:
Dell Latitude D620
Centrino Duo T5600 @ 1.83 GHz
2 GB ram (will take 4GB)
XP-32 SP 3, runs fine.
I know it's really showing it's age (more stats below). But I'm really happy with it. I've already replaced the screen (it fell and broke) and the Hard Drive (wore out, 80GB was too small anyway).
1-Will it be OK to run this on the internet after XP support ends? If it's not a big deal I can wait before upgrading.
2-As I have Win 8 on my desktop and can't stand it, will Win 7 run OK on this system? Maybe with 4GB of ram?
3-If I go with Win 7, do I need 64 bit?
Regarding buying a new notebook system my concerns are:
1-I still use Dial-up. No change in that situation for some time. (The Dell has a handy built in Port)
2-I will not buy a new or refurb notebook with Win 8 on it. Win 7 only.
3-As I am a low-speed internet user, many internet or video related features on a new machine might not be utilized. Are there new features I might really find on a new notebook? I don't find I need much speed, obviously.
4-My biggest gripe about my Dell is it's lousy graphics. Would a newer notebook have that much better graphics? The only games I rarely play now are Call of Duty 1-2, Medal of Honor, and Far Cry 1-2. I'm not too interested in any newer games.
5-To get a 'new' Win 7 notebook I'm not adverse to getting a refurb (this dell is) but are there some neat features that I might look to have to consider it being a true upgrade?
Stats on my Dell D620 (as new)
Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83GHz
1GB 533MHz DDR2 RAM (2 x 512MB config)
80GB 5400RPM HD
14.1-inch WXGA screen
Integrated graphics (Intel Media Accelerator 950)
24X CDRW / DVD Combo
Windows XP Pro
Dell Wireless 1490 802.11 a/g and built-in Bluetooth
Detailed Specs and Configuration Choices for the Latitude D620
Processor: Intel Core Solo & Duo processors 667MHz Front Side Bus & (2M L2 Cache)
Audio: High Definition Audio codec 2.0W (4 ohms), integrated omni-directional microphone
Wireless LAN Intel Pro/Wireless 3945 WiFi 802.11 a/b/g, Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g, Dell Wireless 1490 802.11a/g
Wireless WAN (cellular broadband) choices:
o Dell Wireless 5505 Mobile Broadband 3G HSDPA (Vodafone UK, France, Germany)
o Dell Wireless 5500 Mobile Broadband 3G HSDPA ( Cingular US)
o Dell Wireless 5700 Mobile Broadband CDMA EVDO ( Verizon WirelessUS)
Security Hardware: Integrated Smart Card reader, TPM 1.2 Security chip, Optional UPEK fingerprint reader
Dell Wireless350 BlueTooth internal wireless card (optional)
Docking and Port Replicators: D/Port, D/Dock, D/View Notebook Stand, D/Monitor Stand
Chipset: Choice of Intel 945GM or Intel 945chipset PM chipset
Memory: Supports 256 MB to 4056 MB of 667-533MHz DDR2 SDRAM shared
Displays: 14.1"WXGA (1280 x 800 resolution) 14.1"WXGA+ (1440 X 900 resolution)
Graphics Chip: Choice of Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (Up to 224MB shared) or 256 MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M with TurboCache
Hard Disk Drive: 40, 60, 80 & 100GB primary; 80 GB secondary
Modular Media Bay: 24X CD-ROM, 8X DVD-ROM, 24X CDRW/DVD, 8X DVD+/-RW, Floppy Disk Drive, Secondary 6-cell/56 WHr "Smart"Li-Polymer battery, 2nd80GB hard drive, or TravelLite module
Modem: Internal 56K V.92 modem
Networking: Internal 10/100/1000 network interface adaptor
Ports: Serial, docking connector, 4 USB, VGA, 1 PC card slot type I/II,headphone/speaker out, infrared port, RJ-11, RJ-45, AC power
o Primary 4-cell/35 WHr "Smart"Li-Ion battery featuring ExpressCharge
o Primary 6-cell/56 WHr "Smart"Li-Ion battery featuring ExpressCharge
o Primary 9-cell/85 WHr "Smart"Li-Ion battery
o Secondary 6-cell/56 WHr "Smart"Li-Polymer battery featuring ExpressCharge
Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2, Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
Dimensions HxWxD (32mm/1.26"x 337/13.27"x 238mm/9.37")
Weight: Starting at 5.00lbs/2.27kg with 6-cell battery and CD-ROM (depends on configuration and manufacturing variability) --preliminary weigh