Usacomp2k3 wrote:you don't even really need the latest drivers
I got my dell laptop w/ home and the second it came out of the box, i threw in the xp pro cd I got from my university account and reformatted... didn't even need any drivers, I don't think (except my wireless card which I added later) i updated the video drivers w/ omega's but other than that, XP is good to go
That is a VERY bad idea, xp has stock drivers that are ok if you can not find new (or old) ones but you are missing, ide, modem,nic,touchpad, and pretty much every other driver you could use that is going to make the laptop 50% more responsive. Just loading xp onto a laptop is something you do with an older laptop because you *think* it is not going to matter one way or the other because it is slow to begin with. *Not* with current laptops, not only do you lose about 50% of its speed, but also a lot of shortcuts. Also that little bit more of power you get from that omega driver.. does it let you power down (clock down) the videocard to save battery life?