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Acer and other PC makers lower forecasts for second half 2012 PC shipments

While many PC makers saw the coming of Windows 8 as an opportunity for growth and increased competition against Apple, those feelings are slowly fading.
Acer Inc., Quanta Computer Inc. and Compal Electronics Inc., three major PC makers, have all lost hope in Windows 8 being the savior of PC sales for the second half of fiscal year 2012. This opinion differs from those heard by the same PC makers earlier this year, who were happy to show off Windows 8 laptops, all-in-ones and ultrabooks at the Computex trade show in Taipei. Acer even said that Windows 8 PCs would bring growth to his company once again. 
But these opinions changed as PC makers see no customer enthusiasm for personal computers running the Windows 8 operating system. Another issue, according to analysts and the PC makers, is that Windows 8 laptops and ultrabooks will likely be much too expensive upon release. 
J.T. Wang, CEO of Acer, said he has grown unsure of the Windows 8 ecosystem. His company is lowering its expectations for PC sales upon Windows 8's release.
"Originally, we were expecting very high growth in the second half," said Wang. "We're still waiting for a sign of consumer enthusiasm."
Analysts are changing their sales forecasts as well, mainly due to the fact that some believe it'll take three to four financial quarters for consumers to get onboard with Windows 8. It won't take off right away. Rather, Microsoft will have to seek out developers for more applications in order to grab consumer interest.
While the PC turf isn't looking so hot, mobile devices may not be so disappointing. The price of touchscreens and tablets running Windows 8 may be an issue, especially because there are many cheaper alternatives, but consumers have shown greater enthusiasm for Microsoft's Surface tablet
Windows 8 has been a pretty controversial topic. The main issue seems to be the user interface, formerly called Metro. It features colorful tiles that represent different applications on the home screen. The change was a hopeful move to attract new users (perhaps those normally enticed by Apple's colorful and friendly-looking operating systems). However, Microsoft is looking to change the name of Metro after a recent discovery -- a German retailer called Metro AG threatened to sue. 
Windows 8 will be released to the public on October 26

Source: ETrade

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RE: Sounds there are many like me...
By Schmide on 8/21/2012 3:34:16 PM , Rating: 2
Not true. Video ram has a very small window and would probably not exceed 512mb. The 2gb is still addressable through banked access.

32bit programs on all platforms (xp, xp64 7, 7x64, etc) see similar environments, the biggest difference is x64 bit os(s) can optimize a lot of the buffers out of the 32bit address space. The 32bit environment is still limited, even in a 64 bit os.

PS you're posting from a 32bit environment.

RE: Sounds there are many like me...
By woofersus on 8/21/2012 4:15:04 PM , Rating: 2
I stand corrected on the address space requirements of the video card.

I realize that the 32-bit version of firefox I'm using is limited, although my OS is definitely of the 64-bit variety, so it is making use of all of my RAM. Lots of software is still 32-bit only, so that should be no surprise. Of course if my firefox session were running up against the 32-bit memory address space limitations, that would be an indication that I have bigger problems. ;)

That's not the only issue, though. Regardless of xp's ability to recognize the memory, only 2GB is designated for user space. Without the registry hack xp won't utilize more then 2GB for actually running the OS.

RE: Sounds there are many like me...
By lexluthermiester on 8/24/2012 2:10:48 AM , Rating: 2
Without the registry hack xp won't utilize more then 2GB for actually running the OS.

Actually, that not correct. Ram is allocated on a per-instance basis[IE a per-executable basis]. So each executable can be allocated 2GB of RAM. Though the XP system exe's don't need that much to do it's job, the collective group of system executables could, in real world, take up more than 2GB of system ram, and without hacks.

And FYI, I have seen a 48bit memory manager running in WinXP that can recognize and use more than 4GB of system ram. It was an experiment that was seemingly successful. Not sure how it was made or implemented. But it seemed stable. This kinda proved to me that all of this "32bit 4GB limit" is a load of crap. MS just wanted to push more $h!t we don't need or want.

I've been forcing myself to try out Win8. And with each passing day I grow more weary of it. WinME could be tweaked to work right and stable. Vista was the same, but was still a resource hog. Win8 is not as pliable. On the mobile front, it may find success. But on the Desktop front, my guess is that it will be a disaster. Even if they gave it to me for free, I wouldn't use it. I'm sticking with WinXP and Win7.

RE: Sounds there are many like me...
By 3ogdy on 8/25/2012 1:46:34 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Sounds there are many like me...
By 3ogdy on 8/25/2012 1:45:18 PM , Rating: 2
Look, I'm running XP x64 right now.
I'm using 8.07GB of RAM (a bit more than 50% of the total amount I have).
I have Firefox opened with a ton of tabs, Rockemelt, Chrome, folders , Photoshop, PowerISO, Winamp...etc.
I see Chrome alone using about 4.9GB of RAM after all tabs are loaded.
Yes, 4.9GB worth of RAM - that's why I have:
Chrome, Firefox,Rocketmelt,Maxthon,Opera. Because of the tabs.
So I see no issue with software using my RAM like that - as long as the RAM is there, the software can use it - please remember that software like Chrome actually use a process for each tab you open - I doubt you can make a Google Chrome tab use more than 4GB if Chrome takes up 4.9GB of RAM alone, it's because there are a ton of tabs that take up RAM and if you put everything together...that's the amount of RAM Chrome, as a program, uses when it's run.

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