I'm purchasing a laptop at the end of next month, and I want to be able to install 32-bit Vista on it. Currently, I'm looking at a Toshiba Satellite M60 laptop with the following specs:
CPU: Intel Pentium M Processor 760 (2.00GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 533MHz FSB)
Ram: 1024MB (512MBx2) 533MHz PC4200 DDR2 SDRAM
Video: ATI MOBILITY RADEON X600 SE PCI-E x16 with 128MB DDR SDRAM
Hard Drive: 60GB HDD (5400rpm)
Are these specs high enough to be able to run Vista, or do I need to go higher? I've read the article on this site about this, but I don't know enough about hardware to really have a firm grasp of what I'm going to need (the above is mostly copy-and-paste).
I would also like to run Aero Glass at a 1680 x 1050 resolution. I understand that this is probably an unrealistic expectation, but I thought I'd ask in case it is possible: Would this video card make this possible? If not, is there a laptop video card currently available that could?
Keep in mind that I don't need resources left for the following things:
- DVDs - I will not be playing DVDs on this laptop
- Music - I will most likely not be listening to music, and definately won't be trying to play visualizations
- Games - I may play some simple 3d games like neverball, but I'd be turning off the glass for this. Definately no modern professional games.
I will, however, be doing programming and compiling with this laptop, as I'm going to be taking college courses to learn how to do this. I haven't owned a laptop before, and I've heard they can get quite hot, so I'm also concerned I could overheat my laptop by doing all this.
I understand that this may be too early to ask these questions, but I'd like to make sure I'm well prepared for Vista if possible. Can anyone help?