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If you?ve been beta-testing Windows 2000 on a notebook PC, what kind of specific advice do you have for your fellow TechRepublic members? For example: What?s the magic incantation that makes ACPI work flawlessly? Is the Offline Files folder really an improvement over the Briefcase? How can you find out whether your notebook has what it takes to run Windows 2000?

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by compaqer In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

>>>what kind of specific advice do you have >>>for your fellow TechRepublic members?

I would advise my fellow TechRepublic members to check out Paul Thurrott's Win 2000 supersite at:

http://www.wugnet.com/wininfo/win2000/FAQ/faq_2000.htm

The faq addresses at least 1 of the issues you asked about (ACPI), and has a pointer to the W2K hardward compatibility list which might answer the question about notebooks.
And of course there is much more as well.

regards,
Jerry

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by gglaze In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

This is a pretty simple tip, but definitely one that can save a lot of time. If you want to dual-boot Windows 2000 with Windows NT 4.0, it is possible, and pretty easy to set up. For instance, I had a scanner with drivers that won't work in Win2K, so I needed to dual-boot a system to still be able to use the scanner. The problem I encountered was that if you format a drive in Win2K as NTFS, it uses NTFS5, which is not compatible with NT4. So in order to dual boot, you need to have at least one drive with either FAT or the old NTFS4, which works with both OS's.

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by btriefus In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

My experiance of Windows 2000 is fairly recent and none too extensive , however I have found that getting a clean install is easier if all the hardware is mentioned in the HCL. Another doozey for new players like me is to have all up to date device drivers , Bios upgrades and plenty of spare time. Don't expect it to work using NT4 drivers, and don't expect help from OEMs until after the 17th Feb.

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by vbailey In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

The magic is in the BIOS! The first thing I did was to upgrade the laptos BIOS. ACPI needs control for Win 2000 to really work well & truth be known...Win2000 in some cases will not load unless this is done!
Jump on the web to be sure.....
http://www.hardwareupdate.com/en/upgrade/
Now As for the Hardware check http://microsoft.com/windows2000/upgrade/compat/ready.asp has the new readness analyzer created by Microsoft to test your hardware on-board! But as always HAVE A SET OF NT4 DRIVERS READY JUST IN CASE!!!A lot of Win 2000 drivers are on the CD but your on-board
hardware may be among them!
vbailey-MCSE

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by patrick.innocent In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I have a Sony laptop F450 and I loaded Windows 2000 professional including Windows 98. So far, I did not encunter any problems by using the two OSs at the same time. My DVD is working fine which is great when I am on the air plane. You must have thelatest drivers from Sony if you are using Windows NT4 for DVD to work.

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