Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jul 2007 15:08 UTC, submitted by Uncle Fester
Hardware, Embedded Systems The head of PC maker Acer, Gianfranco Lanci, has hit out at Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, saying that the 'entire industry' was disappointed by it. Few buyers have purchased new PCs specifically for Vista, Acer's chief says "The entire industry is disappointed by Windows Vista," the head of the world's fourth-biggest PC maker told the Financial Times Deutschland in its online edition on Monday. Never before had a new version of Windows done so little to boost PC sales, he said. "And that's not going to change in the second half of this year," Mr Lanci said. "I really don't think that someone has bought a new PC specifically for Vista."
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hp and vista (a bit off topic)
by markoweb on Tue 24th Jul 2007 18:42 UTC
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I helped a client set up her new hp tablet pc, brand new. Took more than 4 hours for the HP preinstall environment to finally complete!!!

My god, I could have set up Vista manually twice within that time.

I wouldn't recommend an IBM either because of all the extra software (I have no trust for those things), although the laptops themselves are top notch.
At the current moment a DELL seems like the best choice... That is if dell is selling vista laptops...

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MollyC Member since:

Thanks for the HP Tablet PC warning. But the HP Tablet PCs seem pretty popular at the various Tablet PC enthusiast sites (like, where HP's is the most popular). But I'll keep your post in mind.

As for Dell, I've kind of sworn off them after having two Dell notebooks die within a year (while my old Mac PowerBook keeps chugging right along after 5 years with no problems) and even moreso sicne Dell began preinstalling Google Desktop. :p

Edited 2007-07-24 18:47

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snozzberry Member since:

FWIW my wife's had a refurb D800 for several years now and while there have been some case-related repairs needed, the system is solid. My C600 is likewise in good condition.

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hraq Member since:

"I wouldn't recommend an IBM either because of all the extra software (I have no trust for those things)"

What do you mean you have no trust.
I would buy IBM just for the software that comes with their thinkpads which no other manufacturer did correctly.

Take Dell:
enter service tag and you would find many downloads for your system that actually doesn't exist on your system

I am certified here. HP support professional, HP preinstallation environment testing software, HP diagnostics, drivers update tool,.... tooo much confusion and crap

a virus still better than their software

anemic software, but your second best after IBM/Lenovo

1. thinkvantage suite which makes life easier on your laptop.(for updates, profiles, custom made keystrokes,....etc)
2. RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu Linuxes support with linux thinkvantage version.

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