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edh
I was referring to the post above that mention Microsoft wanted to limit Windows Starter 7 to 3 applications. The post mentions "other" limitations but I suspect they refer to the Starter edition of Windows 7. I have the Windows Premium edition. I have since found out that there is an offer from Microsoft to purchase an upgrade to Windows 7 for my other computers but no mention was made when I purchased my Netbook. I'm checking into that now.
Ken in Regina
The restrictions in the "Starter" edition that was supposed to be for nebooks were only in the beta test version. They never made it into the final version. There was too much complaining from netbook manufacturers and consumers.

The only limitation was that you could only have a maximum of three seperate user applications running. It turns out that even that was not much of a restriction when it was analyzed. You could have as many browser windows open as you wanted, or as many workbooks open in your spreadsheet program, etc. And it didn't include things like Windows Explorer (the file manager) and other similar stuff.

One of the beta testers decided to see how much stuff he could have open in the test version with the restrictions and it was some really stupid large number of things. He was able to totally bog down the netbook long before he ran into a situation where he couldn't run anything he might want to.

But the released version does not have those restrictions anyway, so it's not an issue.

...ken...
tcassidy
The only issue I was aware of is you can't change the wallpaper without a 3rd party program. But you are saying you have the Home Premium version anyway.

Terry
edh
Thanks for the information!
Alan_
I recently bought a Toshiba NB 305 Netbook that has 2 gig RAM, 250GB Hard drive using Windows 7 Starter O/S and love running it with my GPS software goodies and BU-353 receiver. If you get the Toshiba NB 305 make sure you disable the HDD protection or you will find it will not let you run GPS software correctly because the vibration from travels on the road will put the hard drive in HDD protection mode. Go to Start, All Programs, Toshiba, Utilities,the HDD Protection and change the selection from On to Enable to the Off to disable. Once HDD Protection is disabled your good to go! Word to the wise is get a netbook with 2 gig of ram instead of 1 gig as I read Streets&Trips 2010 is claiming system requirements on Windows 7 is for 2 gig RAM.
Alan_
If you get a netbook, make sure you get a portable DVD burner. I have one and it's easy to hook it up to one of the 3 USB ports on my Toshiba NB 305 Netbook. A very easy way to back up your Netbook is to use an external hard drive with backup software of your choice.
edh
What do you mount your netbook on? I just lay it on the passenger seat but I intend to either make one or buy one before work starts up this spring.
Alan_
I never had any trouble with putting laptops or my netbook on the passenger seat.
edh
Hi Alan,
I don't have a problem either when I'm alone. Sometimes I have a passenger. The reason I was interested is that if you are using a mount that transmits excessive vibration I want to consider that if I decide to go with a purchased one.
Alan_
I have put my laptops and my Netbook in the back seat while driving and listening to the voice directions.
GadgetGirl
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Originally Posted by Alan_
I have put my laptops and my Netbook in the back seat while driving and listening to the voice directions.
Do you have the audio connected to your stereo system? I couldn't hear my netbook if my life depended on it!
Alan_
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Originally Posted by GadgetGirl
Do you have the audio connected to your stereo system? I couldn't hear my netbook if my life depended on it!
You are correct a draw back to netbooks is low audio without the use of any external computer speakers.
I hook the Netbook up to computer speakers through one of the 3 USB ports to make the sound loud enough to clearly hear the voice directions.
GadgetGirl
I have thought about using a single-ear earphone, maybe bluetooth.

I usually run into problems because I sometimes have iTunes blasting from the netbook too! So, most of the time I just forgo audio instructions.

Remember the days when we just got in the car and drove? With no seat belts. And we were lucky to have the top 30 hits on the radio, usually AM. And paper maps were spread out everywhere? (Not that I remember any of this!!)
Ken in Regina
Karen, at least with AM radio you can get something to listen to when you are more than ten miles from a city.

Alan_, I hope you strap your laptop and speakers down really good when it's in the back seat. If you ever run into anything, they turn into deadly projectiles. It wasn't that long ago that a young woman was killed in a car accident. The accident investigators said she would have been fine because of her seat belt and side airbags and the speed of impact wasn't terribly high. But she had tossed her laptop bag on the back seat and it hit her in the head.

...ken...
GadgetGirl
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
Karen, at least with AM radio you can get something to listen to when you are more than ten miles from a city.

Alan_, I hope you strap your laptop and speakers down really good when it's in the back seat. If you ever run into anything, they turn into deadly projectiles. It wasn't that long ago that a young woman was killed in a car accident. The accident investigators said she would have been fine because of her seat belt and side airbags and the speed of impact wasn't terribly high. But she had tossed her laptop bag on the back seat and it hit her in the head.

...ken...
XM rulz

Wow! And I have a 80lb German Shepherd in the back along with her 2 gal H2O jug and bowl!
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