XP on my Fujitsu U810 is a breath of fresh air

The Fujitsu U810 UMPC device I purchased a few weeks ago came preloaded with Windows Vista Business and I lived with it for a couple of weeks because I really wanted to give Vista a chance on a dedicated device. However, the U810 specs are quite minimal for Vista (1GB of soldered RAM and an 800 MHz processor) and it was working hard to keep up. I thought I would use the U810 (named Ubacca) for minimal on the go purposes, but even with these practices it still hung up a bit when switching applications and wasn’t very snappy. The nail in the coffin happened yesterday when I tried connecting the Advantage to Ubacca to install an application and it wouldn’t recognize the USB port. I then reformatted the hard drive and installed Windows XP Tablet Edition (the DVD came with the U810 I bought from Fujitsu).

I loaded up my 15+ applications (PocketBible, SlingPlayer, Nokia PC Suite, Office, etc) last night and XP seems to fly on this portable device. So far I am much happier with XP and while Vista looked great, it seems to focus more on multimedia and transitions rather than on working efficiently. I’ll give XP a try for a while and see if this is what I stick too. I wish I could upgrade to 2GB of RAM as that may help, but I knew the limitation going into this purchase so will make it work as best as I can.

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  1. #1 by Paul on March 1, 2008 - 00:59

    I had Vista on my HP 2510p which is not an UMPC but a rather small Notebook (2GB Ram and 1,2 GHz Ultra Low Voltage C2D) which I use for my everyday work as an IT security consultant. Dead dogs were moving faster than my Notebook with its operatingsystem.
    After 10 Days I whiped Vista off the HD and installed XP. It too felt like a breath of fresh air. So I gues 2GB would not have done the trick for you…

  2. #2 by ignar on March 1, 2008 - 02:14

    I have a Q1 Ultra which has the similar spec as your U810. Vista was preinstalled on it, and it was quite slow even after turning off many services and eye candies. I considered moving to XP, but Samsung didn’t provide a XP CD, so i chose go for RAM upgrade. The additional 1GB memory made quite a difference, and the performance is now more than acceptable. I can only imagine how fast my Q1u would be with XP, 2GB memory and some optimization, but I’m fine with Vista right now and recommend RAM upgrade to anyone who is suffering from slow Vista performance.

  3. #3 by Jack on March 13, 2008 - 06:44

    How would linux run on one of these devices? I have been tempted to get a UMPC but they seem pretty crippled. Maybe linux would use less resources.

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