With the launch of Windows 7 Beta today (either upgrade from Vista SP1 or go for a clean install) has anyone tried installing it on their Dell laptop? If so, what are your experiences?
I have Win7 installed on a homebuilt desktop; haven't tried it on my laptops yet. Experience so far bears out what I've read and understood: W7's hardware and driver requirements are the same as Vista. So have your drivers handy and go for it. I always recommend a clean install. When you select the drive to install on, there's an "advanced" button that gives additional options, including format.
My Latitude E6500 will have to wait for a new hard drive and for W7 to go RTM before I risk it on that machine. I'll keep my Vista system handy on the old hard drive until I know the new one is up and running.
I have a Latitude D800 that is essentially retired now. It probably shouldn't run Vista, but it does, with bare minimum video support. I might give that one a try.
So far I like W7, although I haven't done any real work on it yet. Task bar is way different, and will take some getting used to.
I just loaded both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 build 7000 on a new e6500.
Both exciting, as well as disappointing.
Microsoft seems to have gotten it right: very stable, clean load.
Dell seems to have blown it:
- no video driver on the Microsoft DVD; Dell Vista driver won't load on Windows 7 (detects and aborts load)
- wireless doesn't work; Dell Broadcom driver for Vista won't load on Windows 7 (detects and aborts load)
We need help from Dell...
Just the normal nvidia driver issues.
Lattitude d830 with nvidia Quadro NVS 140m
The beta nVidia drivers that microsoft supplied after installing Windows 7 only support 16-bit color. Aero glass won't function at 16bit depth.
The latest drivers from Dell also have the same problem. Both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of windows 7 have this issue.
I installed Build 6801 on my Inspiron 1501 over a month ago and have been running Windows 7 as the OS with no issues. ATI X1150 Video. All of my devices detected and worked out of the box with no drivers having to be installed. Including the Broadcom Wireless; works like a charm. I clean installed the Beta Build 7000 X64 this morning and I am posting from it now. No issues whatsoever.
I installed it last night, and until I read the comment above, I didn't realize that Aero Glass wasn't on. I thought it was odd that I couldn't "peek" and show desktop like I had read about, and win-tab didn't bring up the Flip 3D thing, but I thought maybe it was just Beta issues that hadn't been implemented in this build. As soon as I read that, I realized that the title bars and stuff wasn't transparent.
I did like that it found the video driver and installed it during windows update before first login, though.
Anyway, on to my gripe/issue. Since installing Windows 7 my fan has behaving erratically. it comes on, then stops but before it even slows down it comes back on again, so it's off-high-off-high-off-high which is a little annoying. I have the latest BIOS installed, too.
I went so far as to install i8kfangui which works with he XPS m1330 and Windows 7, but I don't trust it enough to leave the computer running when I'm not physically here keeping an eye on things.
Has anyone else seen this issue with the fan on the XPS m1330 and Windows 7 Beta build 7000?
An update: I checked my display properties and my color depth IS at 32-bit. I then went to the personalize control panel and noticed that the "theme" was on Custom. I clicked the Windows 7 theme, it said please wait, and then after a few seconds, Aero Glass was turned on, flip-3d worked, peek and show desktop all worked as advertised.
Check Windows Update for another updated driver, maybe they released a new one last night right before I installed.
I have an XPS M1730 laptop and i experienced the same issue regarding the fans after i installed Windows 7 a few days ago =/
I installed the 64-bit version, don't know if it is the same with 32-bit? I didnt check if it was the graphics card or CPU fans, or perhaps both? If it is the graphics card fans it migt be caused by the nvidia drivers.. I didnt try the drivers from windows update, i downloaded the ones from Nvidia (179.28).
I hope this gets solved becuse Windows 7 seems extremely sweet besides the erratic fan behaviour.
I have the same laptop (Dell Latitude D830 with nVidia Quadro NVS 140M) and I also have the same exact problem. I had 64-bit Vista on this computer before I wiped it out and installed Windows 7, and Vista had no problem running 32-bit color.
I was able to use the nVidia Control Panel (under its Display > Manage custom resolutions) to set up a custom resolution of 1440 x 900 at 32-bit color by checking "Allow modes not exposed to the display". Trying this at 1920 x 1200 32-bit fails with "Custom mode test failed".
Dell's 64-bit Vista chipset driver for the D830 won't install in Windows 7 - it fails with "This operating system is not supported".
I will keep fiddling with it and see what I can come up with.
I've found I can push the display all the way up to 1 pixel short of the maximum, native resolution (1919 x 1199 instead of 1920 x 1200) and still keep 32-bit color depth.