Windows 7 and the NXT?
I've recently gotten a scattering of reports of problems under Windows 7... but as a Mac user, I've got no way of testing it, and I'm not sure if these are problems due to working with a new OS, or just the smattering of problems that often crop up. So I'm curious and thought I'd ask the readership what they have heard or seen. Has anyone done a clean install of NXT-G (either 1.0 or 2.0), and what have been your experiences? Do they play together nicely, or have you found any incompatibilities between them?
On Mac, everything works smoothly except for the Mac built-in Bluetooth. The Built-in Bluetooth on MacBooks either don't work at all, or make the NXT-G enviroment freeze up for 10 seconds at a time.
On XP, I couldn't ask for more! 1.1 and XP rocks!
On Vista, no matter what version, it always has problems. Vista itself is very slow, which doesn't help NXT-G, usually it stops responding, and there is a known issue about errors when creating MyBlocks in 1.1\2.0. It happens to all OS's, but most likely Vista.
Since Windows 7 is Vista-based, the same issues should happen except the fact that 7 isn't as slow. That's one thing that improved with 7. Remember though, NXT-G isn't officially compatible with Windows 7 yet.
2 Those background tasks? You can't disable them...even if you absolutely need to! Because of this, I have to convert my simple NXT-G programs to textual code, and there is no decompiler to convert a program from on language to another. I am swapping to ubuntu, and Microsoft can't stop me.
There's also the random crashes.
Your system does not have enough memory to run LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT.
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT requires 256MB of RAM or more.
For more details see your LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT documentation
or visit www.MINDSTORMS.com/support
...and I have 4GB of RAM on my Dell Latitude E6400. Its Win7 Ultimate 64 bit.
I could get it installed and running on Windows 7 XP Mode, but neither USB nor Bluetooth would connect :-(