I have civil 3d 06 and 07 and want to buy a laptop to run it, (07 preferred), on so I can work when away. After reading the problem with running 06 and 07 on windows 7 pro and home I am wondering if I should just buy an older laptop running on windows xp. What are the advantages of the hastles of installing on windows 7 pro vs. using and older machine with windows XP?
Thank you for the feedback. Around 5-$700.00. I want the minimum size and power needed so I can get long battery life. Any suggestions?
What do you mean..."work when away"?
If you want to get any production out of it w/out tearing your hair out, you'll need amin 17" screen, 4 gigs of ram, an OS that'll recognize 4 gigs (Win 7 64) and a seperate video card w/ at least 500mb of vram.
You might be able to find a refurbished machine with those quals for about $700.
If you're just looking for something you can show contractors details, then a 15" screen will work. There's just too many pop-ups & secondary menus that get in the way of model space to have anything less than 17".
Thanks for the reply Reid. I have the XP pro software. I had read so many problems with 06 & 07 on windows 7, 64 bit that I want to avoid problems. The 8 year old desktop I have now is much less powerful than the system you suggest and 07 works fine. I can agree with the 17" screen if I can get 5 or 6 hrs battery life without lugging around a suitcase of stuff. When I say work I mean not totally not doing any work when I am waiting for appointments or school functions. The previous reply said never buy used, but if you have asuggestion i am all ears. I am really looking for the minimum though. I really miss release 13 if that tells you anything. I really really hate these new releases trying to anticipate my next command. I spend half my time hitting escape. Thanks, dan
I wouldn't buy used either, but I have had good luck with a couple of factory refubished units. Usually a couple of hundred less than the same system new. Refurbished units have been returned for some reason or other, gone through & cleaned up and offered for resale.