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Dell dimension 3000? Win7


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#1 OldPhil

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 10:25 AM

One of the machines I have a faithful old Dell dimension 3000 with XP3, it appears to have the the right stuff to run 7.  Will I run into any Dell specific issues upping it to 7, I am about ton pull the trigger and purchase a full copy of 7.0

 

Intel Celeron D 320 / 2.53 with 2g ram

 

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 11:00 AM

Id stay with xp for that, and if its old faithful Id keep it that way. Youd be better off

just buying a newer computer with windows 7 installed. For that machine to run well

you would have to upgrade the memory, and possibly the video card, let alone the bios

and other issues you'll run into. Given that's a 32 bit processor you be limited there as well.



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Posted 28 December 2013 - 11:18 AM

Yes, Not Dell specific, Intel Video, If it is using the built-in video There are no Video drivers available as I remember it.

 

This is not to say that the video will look bad. It just means no real Video acceleration and any Windows 7 features that require decent video will not work (or be available).

 

Such as Aero http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/aero

 

Aero visual hallmarks include subtle animations and translucent glass windows, which you can personalize. Pick from the included color palette, or create your own custom tints with the color mixer.

There's more to Aero than style. Point to a taskbar button, and you’ll see a thumbnail-sized preview—even for live video. Then point to the thumbnail, and it morphs into a full-screen preview. Shake and Peek cut through desktop clutter by quickly minimizing open windows or turning them invisible.

 

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 07:21 PM

Found some good things, might just give up on XP.

 

http://relenquishedone.blogspot.com/2009/05/windows-7-rc1-installation-on-dell.html

 

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 10:19 AM

It should run okay, but may be a little slower than it ran with XP.  As for Aero, it will determine if Aero will run on it or not.  I took an old Toshiba Satellite 1805-S204, with a Celeron 1Ghz, 512mb RAM and installed Windows 7 Pro on it.  Everything worked, but no Aero.  Did run like a Sloth, when you tried to run IE9 on it.

 

As for the Intel drivers, that is one set that MS does include with the install of any of their OS's.  It is the Realtek drivers for WiFi, that they tend to not include in their OS.



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:39 AM

My Dell has 2g ram and a 2.6 cpu it should do Ok, there is a bunch of links to get the drivers I will need.  Just need to decide if I want to leave it an XP machine, at least for the time being.

 

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:57 PM

It should again pull the proper drivers for that machine, once 7 loads.  Post the Support info from the dell site, showing what was installed at the factory.  To tell you honestly, it would probably run faster with Xubuntu 12.04 LTS, then it would with Win7.






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