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    yes, but more of it has to do with hardware + cpu + memory
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    Re: BUT.....

    Originally posted by wizardPC
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    anyway, back to my point. I tried XP on the carputer, and they didnt like each other much. ME crashes maybe once every 2 months, XP crashed every day at least 3 times (in the carputer).

    All depends on your hardware.
    this is what I ran into as well. 98se locks up occasionally, but xp crashed all the time on my hardware. and xp did boot up quickly, but no more so than 98, and the suspend to disk feature was quite nice for boot times (~10-15 seconds) but it took ~30-45 seconds to write everything to disk (win98 powers off in about 2).
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    Way to point out the obvious cen. For a slower computer, as long as you disable all startup programs and unneeded services, you should boot pretty quickly.

    I was surprised at how quickly my P2 400 would boot right after a fresh install. That is before I turned anything off. WinXP is a great OS.

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    I got XP running on my MP3 box as part of my entertainment center on a Dell Pentium Pro 200 with 128MB of RAM ... strip away all the useless stuff and drop a good sound card (SB Live 5.1) and it is amazing ... I basically have WMP open all the time and can access the shared drives from any other machine in the house... XP is legit, if you get driver support :-)
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    My copy of windows xp hasn't crashed (as in fully locked up and needed a restart) since october when I upgraded my copy of windows me. The pc is close to two years old (gateway p3-750, 512mb ram e.t.c.) and it boots in well under 1 minute and the pc is full of tv / radio card, scsi card, lan card, sb live e.t.c. If I take the expansion cards out and do a fresh install i can get a boot up of 20 seconds including post. That is quicker than it takes to boot up from hibernation!

    My duron 900 also runs xp and has been 100% stable since it's upgrade. It is one of the few microsoft products I have been absolutely happy about buying... If I get the duron running in the car then it will almost certainly be xp based - the cleartype font smoothing on an LCD looks amazing!

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    Re: Re: BUT.....

    Originally posted by MP3DUB

    but it took ~30-45 seconds to write everything to disk
    how much ram do you got? lots of ram means lots of data written... I think this is the one time when less ram speed up your pc

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    Heh, I think my carpc has 512mb (was the smallest chip I had on hand at the time).
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    i don't think xp is worth having.
    for all that more disk space it uses up i could have more
    mp3s and windows me - it has hibernation support and is
    as fast as xp.

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    Windows XP is much more stable than me - and it does start up quicker, depending on your spec. Don't get me wrong - i am planning to use me on my car pc for the very reason you have stated.
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    Originally posted by jure1873
    i don't think xp is worth having.
    for all that more disk space it uses up i could have more
    mp3s and windows me - it has hibernation support and is
    as fast as xp.
    It does require more disk space.. but not so much more that it will rob you of half your 30G HDD...

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    XP is faster, boots faster, and is more stable.
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