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can a Compaq Presario V5000 laptop run Windows Vista?

Hi Everyone,

          I am wondering if a Compaq Presario V5000 can run Windows Vista.  This laptop has an AMD 787MHz chip and running 896MB of RAM.  I am figuring with such limited hardware resources, it will not be able to run this more advance OS.  Currently, it is running Windows XP.

          Any followup to this question will be appreciated.

          Thank you

          George
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GMartin
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mwochnickCommented:
According to this article No. - processor is to slow - RAM is too little unless you run Home Basic
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/products/system-requirements

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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Technically, yes, it will run Vista.  It is possible to load the OS and it will run without hardware issues.

However, I think what you want to know is, "If I load Vista, will the resulting system be acceptable in terms of response time and usability, when compared to the XP system on it now?"  And as mwochnick says, even if it were to be filled with the largest sticks of memory the system can accept, there's not enough CPU horsepower there to run Vista acceptably.
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rindiCommented:
Checking the HP site Vista drivers are available for that model for download (unless I got the wrong V5000, as there are many versions), so Vista will run. But why bother about Vista, Windows 7 runs better on old hardware than Vista did?

Apart from that, are you sure about the specifications of that notebook? According to the service Manual on the HP site it uses processors that run between 1.8 and 2.2 GHz, and it can take up to 2GB RAM:

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00700903.pdf

I have successfully run Windows 7 PIII's/600 MHz, 512MB RAM, although of course more RAM always helps.

If you want to first try it before buying Windows 7, you can always download a trial copy if Windows 7 from the M$ technet site. You just need to register.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Everyone,

            I had an opportunity to look closer at the RAM and CPU specs of this laptop.  It does have 1GB of RAM with some of it shadowed or reserved for system memory.  I believe the BIOS indicated 250MB being reserved for video which explains the 896MB of RAM indicated within Windows.  With respect to the processor, the actual speed of it is 1.8GHz.  Interestingly, when the laptop was wiped and Windows XP reinstalled for troubleshooting reasons, the processor speed then was accurately reported.  I am not sure why the previous version of XP inaccurately reported the processor speed.  If someone has some followup thoughts regarding this discrepancy, I am certainly interested in learning more regarding that matter.  

               Given the limited system resources such as amount of RAM and slow processor speed, I must agree that Vista can probably be installed, but, would run apps and games very slowly.  As such, it probably would not be a good idea to make such an upgrade given the hardware specs of this laptop.

                 Thanks again everyone for the shared input.  All of the information given was well put together and certainly thought provoking.

                 George
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Everyone,

           Thanks so much for the shared insights given to this question.  After reviewing each of the thought provoking responses, I decided to simply wipe and reload XP back onto this laptop.  Due to the limited system resources, such as slow processor speed and low RAM, I decided to give up on the idea of installing Vista or even Windows 7.  As pointed out, even if the upgrade took, the response time for opening and closing apps and games would likely be very slow.  

              Thanks again for the help.

              George

             
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rindiCommented:
The reason XP reported the "wrong" speed was because there are drivers and tools installed that reduce the speed of the CPU when the full power isn't required. On laptops that is an important feature that decreases battery charging periods, and also reduces heat produced. When you re-installed XP you probably didn't include all drivers and utilities, or didn't configure those features.

1.8 GHz should be fast enough to run Vista well and Windows 7 even better, and if you can max the RAM it should be fast enough for most apps. Whether games run properly depends mainly on the game and the GPU. I have no idea of what GPU this PC uses. But in my opinion if you get Windows 7 for this laptop you'll have a good system that runs better than with XP.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi There,

             Thank you so much for the followup explanation and advice.  Everything you said certainly made sense.  With regards to the RAM, I will most likely need to buy 2, 1GB RAM sticks since it already has 2, 512MB sticks.  With that in mind, what would the cost likely be for 2, 1GB RAM sticks for this particular laptop?

              Thank you

              George
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rindiCommented:
That will probably depend on your location. Here in switzerland a 1GB DDR-1 memory Module for notebooks costs around 40 Swiss Francs.
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