[Cialug] Buying a new PC

Matthew Nuzum newz at bearfruit.org
Sat Oct 6 15:43:32 CDT 2007

On 10/5/07, Todd Walton <tdwalton at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/1/07, Brandon Griffis <brandongriffis at gmail.com> wrote:
> > In my experience Vista is terribly bloated memory-wise, but otherwise
> > works fine and the built in driver support is finally catching up.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista#Hardware_requirements
> Vista requires 512MB for the stripped down version.  1GB for the
> regular version.  XP required 128MB.

XP Run's barely adequately with 256M, with this amount of RAM its best
to turn off a lot of its "extras." I've been using XP in a 256M VM to
test websites with IE7 and it's a pain.

Interestingly, I decided I don't trust the wine version of IE6 to
render sites the same as IE6 in Windows so I installed Win2k in a VM
with 2G disk (barely enough after all updates) and 256M RAM. It is
screaming fast. As a matter of fact, IE6 in a win2k vm is as fast as
IE6 in wine and it still uses less ram than firefox. :-)

Matthew Nuzum
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