07-19-2010 11:58 PM
hi, a newbie here...was planning to buy the Edge 13 (AMD Turion L625).
i have a good impression about ThinkPads.....i once owned a ThinkPad 570 in the 90's.
many laptops have come and gone in my life......and now i'm planning to buy a ThinkPad again.
i'd like to know if I can install Windows XP on this kiddo.
From what I heard, the ATi drivers are outdated for WinXP.
I would also like to know about heat issues and battery life on WinXP.
Is anyone using the Edge 13 with WinXP right now ?
07-20-2010 12:33 PM
07-20-2010 01:55 PM
I'm sorry if I have offended you with my Brabant ignorance.
I just was curious why someone would be so stupid to pay extra money (uplift to Windows 7 Professional in order to get XP downgrade rights) and then go through the extra effort of installing XP on an Edge 13 while Windows 7 is functioning perfectly fine.
07-20-2010 02:05 PM - edited 07-20-2010 02:05 PM
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07-20-2010 03:13 PM
Installing an operating system on a machine wihtout a CD is possible, However it is a bit of technical challange especially for windows xp that does not support USB boot out of the Box.
Windows Vista was an unbearable slow non-operating system that helped the sales of linux and MacOS. However, windows 7 is almost as light as XP + loads of useful functions - BSOD. I would suggest that you have a go on that before dismissing. You can always download a copy and try it for 120 days before you make up your mind and I'm sure you would fall in love with it.
07-20-2010 09:01 PM
Thank you for your reply. Apparently, WinXP can be installed using Novicorp WinToFlash. I've already tested it on another netbook. Moreover, WinXP is blazing fast and gives better battery life than Win7, from what I have seen. The base model of the Edge 13 comes without an operating system (at least in the blessed nation that I live). For now, it would be reasonable to install WinXP. I would certainly switch to Win7 after Service Pack 1 comes out.
07-21-2010 12:26 AM
I don't understand why you would want to downgrade your OS to XP, it's nearly a decade old. Support is just about cut too--for 32 BIT you're SOL. (I'm not sure as to what the RAM is on the Lenovo website...they do seem to short change their units in that department)
As OS's go, XP can be put on nearly any system. The downside not only is the time and effort you have to go through ensuring backwards compatibility in your drivers, but also an assumed understanding that XP can potentially harm the hardware when not certified for the OS.
If battery is a big deal then why not stick with Windows 7 OS, I highly doubt, as resource light as XP is, that it can efficiently run the hardware within the Edge 13, .e.g, benefits from multi core processing, power throttling (which the Edge does natively on 7), consistent performance, et all.
The biggest reason to stick with 7 (or opt in as you mentioned yours being bare) is that you can probably still get the Lenovo optimized Thinkvantage media suite to make Windows 7 even a better fit for the Edge to boot!
I myself own the Edge 14 and am greatly satisfied with the performance, albeit the HDD went after 3 weeks..., WHICH BRINGS ME TO ANOTHER POINT... about the battery (lol), you could also buy a larger cell Li-Ion, also upgrade the HDD to a SSD.
Why not try and work for putting OSX Snow Leopard on it?
Because I would love to dual boot into that.
07-21-2010 05:38 AM
It looks like some of you have turned my thread into an argument on what operating system should be installed on MY lappy. All I wanted to know was how XP is performing on the Edge 13 and whether there are any driver issues. I have already taken a look at the drivers on IBM's support page for the Edge 13. But it looks like there are issues with non-availability of updated XP drivers for the ATi HD 3200 card. Are driver's from AMD's website compatible with this machine under Windows XP ?