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New Dell home laptops soon??

by nreddyk / May 24, 2007 8:43 AM PDT

Hey guys,

Just realized that all Nvidia cards are now unavailable when you try to configure E1505 computers, and seems like ATI cards are 50 dollars off and also they are the only video cards available, not even Intel GMA is an option.

All this points to one thing. Dell is clearing its stock of ATI cards, and will soon bring the Santa Rosa models. So smart buyers, hold off.

Do you disagree or have other explanations?


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Will you want Santa Rosa?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2007 9:21 AM PDT

Let's see. No DOS, no versions of Windows prior to Vista.

Why? Look up EFI BIOS...


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It was my understanding
by benanzo / May 24, 2007 10:43 AM PDT

that 32bit Vista doesn't boot in EFI. So is this suggesting that all future versions of Vista sold by Dell will be enabled for 64bit only? I have been a little confused about that...

What version of Vista is shipping on Core 2 Duo Dells? 32bit or 64bit? Either will work fine, but only 64bit will boot in EFI.

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by benanzo / May 24, 2007 10:45 AM PDT

that is.. that only 64bit Vista will boot *natively* in EFI. I suppose you could just use the BIOS emulation and the MBR to boot.

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Just relaying info from a developers conference.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2007 10:56 AM PDT

If you don't need DOS, won't use less than Vista (Linux will work...) then you'll be fine.

What BIOS emulation are you writing about?


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by benanzo / May 24, 2007 11:35 AM PDT

It is my understanding that the UEFI specification for EFI-enabled mainboards (primarily those from Intel) contain a layer of BIOS emulation to provide reverse-compatibility with bootloaders (Windows' NTLDR or GNU GRUB) not designed to operate in a pure EFI environment.

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Seems we'll have to wait and see.
by 09F911029D74 / May 24, 2007 11:44 AM PDT
In reply to: UEFI

These boards are vapor at the moment. The demo board I saw didn't have DOS boot capability. Much like the MAC boards.

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Macs boot non-EFI systems fine
by benanzo / May 24, 2007 5:06 PM PDT

Apple released a firmware update with 10.4.6 that addes BIOS emulation capability to the EFI firmware on all Intel Macs last year. Any non-EFI OS can boot on a Mac without trouble. You don't need Bootcamp at all...that is just a play by Apple to scrape some cash out of unknowing users.

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