RE: Buying a new computer.

  • From: "Chris Hallsworth" <christopherh40@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 16:49:31 -0000

Hi, programs that don't install or warns you of possible issues during
installation or usage are generally those that install low-level drivers.
Examples include JAWS (won't install at all), iTunes (will warn you before
installation but will allow you to install if the yes button is clicked),
etc.

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Delaunay Christophe
Sent: 18 November 2009 16:46
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Buying a new computer.

Hi Chris,

Many thanks for this detailed response which definitely helps me have a
better understanding of the situation.

So, maybe I'm missigng something in your explanation but it seems to me
that what you propose is some sort of "a posteriori" diagnostic. Isn't
it?

In other words, I naively buy a new machine with a 64-bits windows. I
proudly come back home with my new machine. And then, I have the bad
surprise to notice that my old app or suite does not install on it.

In such a case, I'd be quite afraid to buy a 64-bits OS.

So, did I miss something in your explanation or is there another more a
priori diagnostic for this? Tools to analyze the app or suite, or
"compatibility list"?

Many thanks. Have a nice day. Chris D

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Chris Hallsworth
Sent: mercredi 18 novembre 2009 17:23
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Buying a new computer.

Basically, if the program appears to install well under a 64 bit
operating
system, then chances are it will run under that system. Each
installation
program verifies what platform you're running, and will display some
kind of
error message or warning if a problem may occur when attempting to
install
or use the program under a 64 bit operating system. A good example is
JAWS.
If you try to run the setup program for the 32 bit version under a 64
bit
operating system, you'll be greeted by Tom that setup cannot install to
this
platform and asks you to contact Freedom Scientific I think. Hope this
helps.

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf
Of Delaunay Christophe
Sent: 18 November 2009 16:17
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Buying a new computer.

Hi Chris,

Please can I just ask a question?

You just wrote:

[CH]
>Also consider going 64 bit unless you require programs or drivers that
>are not available in 64 bit.

[ChD]
I know that some of the plain old 32-bits programs can still run under
64-bits OSes but not all of them.

For instance, the 32-bits version of J2RE, (Java 2 Runtime Environment)
can run under a 64-bits windows. It seemed to be recommended for people
who need the java access bridge.

Then, the first obvious example of 32-bits programs which cannot run
under 64-bits windows which comes to me is jaws.

So, here is my question:

Let's suppose I have a 32-bits application or suite, (Microsoft Office
2003 for instance). How can I determine whether this application or
suite
will run or not on a 64-bits windows?

Many thanks in advance. Have a nice day. Chris D

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Chris Hallsworth
Sent: mercredi 18 novembre 2009 17:01
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Buying a new computer.

Personally stay away from computers running Vista. Even with the maximum
RAM
it's still sluggish. I would get a PC with Windows 7. It should have at
least a 1GHZ processor and at least 2GB of RAM. Also consider going 64
bit
unless you require programs or drivers that are not available in 64 bit.
Good luck in your research.

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf
Of Julie Bentley
Sent: 18 November 2009 15:47
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Buying a new computer.

Hi Listers,  I would love to hear specs and software advise for buying a
new
computer.  I will be using jaws 11 and right now have windows xp pro.

What kind of hardware specs should be the minimum and maxium?

Which software program up grades should I have or stay away from?  I
also
use MS 2003.

Any information would be great.
Thanks!
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