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    Which OS should i use?

    Hey ppl,

    So i am building a new car pc, here is the spec:
    32GB SSD Hard Drive
    Jetway mini-itx motherboard
    INTELŽAtom Dual-Core 330 CPU (45nm,FSB 533MHz,1.6GHz,1MB L2 Cache)
    2GB DDR2 RAM

    So i am wondering which version of Windows to install.

    I will be using either Road Runner or Centrafuse.

    USB:
    Touchscreen
    BU353 GPS
    USB Audio Converter Thingy

    I have heard that win2k can give some amazing boot up times and i would like to keep boot times small, i think the SSD should help this. I was also considering win 7 but am unsure if it will have all the drivers i need?

    So what's peoples opinions?

    Thanks!

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    I've been happy with winxp - minimally slimmed down, using minlogon, ewf, and horm

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    i have heard of minlogon what is ewf and horm

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    Win2k is better than xp in boot times.

    Win2k is 32 bit
    Windows 7 can be 64 bit...

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    64bit would be faster boot?

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    no, not necessarily, there's also little reason for a 64-bit os in a carpc. not going to use that much ram, and there are no 64-bit apps for it. All it does is complicate driver compatibility.
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    I would second the recomendation for a stripped down winxp. Best boot times possible if you go with the EWF/HORM route (basically, as long as it takes to read your amount of RAM from the harddrive and reset driver states, and you're up). Also, guaranteed same state every time... much more 'appliance' like.
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    sound like ill be going for stripped xp then, would you recommend nlite?

    i figure that the ssd will allow me to get fast times, especially from hibernate. Is it the power settings in windows i need to change so that when the opus 90W powers down it hibernates insted of shutting down fully? thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraziFuzzy View Post
    no, not necessarily, there's also little reason for a 64-bit os in a carpc. not going to use that much ram, and there are no 64-bit apps for it. All it does is complicate driver compatibility.
    I beg the differ.

    Boot times are better on 64bit system. (Atleast on my Quad Core 2.67Ghz)
    I have not written down the exact numbers, but tested it on the beta of win7

    Linux wise... I have not tested it yet... Perhaps Kev can answer this better?

    There's perhaps, no frontend system that is 64bit... yet... but there will be soon.. My own will be 64-bit only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummerian View Post
    sound like ill be going for stripped xp then, would you recommend nlite?
    nLite is not a stripped-out version of XP. IT is a tool to create an XP install CD that is customized for your needs.
    And unless you know what you're doing, I would start with a plain installation of XP first, and start removing things as you go. Once you get it stripped down to the way you want it, then use nLite to create an install disc.

    i figure that the ssd will allow me to get fast times, especially from hibernate. Is it the power settings in windows i need to change so that when the opus 90W powers down it hibernates insted of shutting down fully? thanks!
    Correct. There is a setting for what you want the computer to do when you press the power button.
    Make certain your video drivers are properly installed first. For whatever reason, Windoze doesn't allow you to enable hibernation if the proper video drivers aren't installed.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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