The laptop in question is one of our shop machines that got shuffled home to be a basic e-mail, web browsing, and occasional Word document machine.
It sits on a pneumatic stool in the corner of the kitchen’s dining area providing some convenience as our office space is in the basement.
The Toshiba Tecra S1 is configured as follows:
- Intel Pentium M 1.7GHz.
- 512MB of dedicated RAM.
- ATI Radeon Mobility 9000.
- 40GB hard drive.
- Intel A/B/G Wireless and 100Mbit LAN.
- Toshiba Part Number: PT831C-67CSU.
This was a Canadian only version that can be difficult to find drivers for at times.
During the initial install after deleting the existing Windows XP Pro partition on the hard drive, Windows 7 wanted to create its own 100MB partition before the system partition we designated.
Note that the 100MB partition is actually set to “Active” in the above screenshot.
Once installed, we needed to manually install the audio, cardbus, SD Card reader, and Intel WiFi drivers.
The ATI driver for the Mobility 9000 would not allow Aero transparency as it was not a WDDM based driver.
The above screenshot was produced by one of the new Windows 7 Troubleshooting Packs. In this case, it was the transparency and video problems troubleshooter. Just type “Aero” in the Start Search and the troubleshooter will be one of the top results.
We tried to force a newer ATI Radeon Mobility driver to see if it would pick up. It did not.
So, now that we have the laptop’s setup pretty much complete, we will now see how it handles an Office 2007 install.
The system’s performance is almost on par with the previous XP Pro install. Given that there is only 512MB of RAM in it, we will see if there will be a need to bump it up to 1GB as Monique is the person who will be trained on the use of Windows 7 and its principle user from now on.
If Monique mentions that the laptop has slowed down since the Windows 7 install, then we will upgrade the RAM. Her Windows 7 experience will be a good gauge of how most of our client’s users will adapt to and adopt the new operating system.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book