You should have researched whether your CAD program would work with Vista before buying that laptop if it was that important to you.
The CAD company said that they wouldn't develop a patch for Vista either. Although, the company also has a student version available online (which I have tried to download 4 times), and there is inevitably a fatal flaw somewhere in the program that does not occur with XP.
The cost of the program waaaaay more than the cost of the computer so buying the software for Vista is not an option. I recently re-setup my old desktop so I could still use the CAD program.
It just sucks ass when I have to save the file in two different formats (i.e. 2004, 2007) so I can work on the file at home and at school.
ahhh... whatever... you guys know how I feel about the opperating system.
Hubby and I got our E1505 from Dell with Vista in Feb and we havn't had a problem..
We also got an external HD for Pics, so that it wouldn't slow down the memory
Bought a MAC and I will never go back...ever.
My vista Ultimate works just fine. Heck with its compatibility of DirectX10 and video games...It's drool worthy.
IE: Crysis on Vista running in Dx10 mode
[ame="http://youtube.com/watch?v=U27zbb9rdLc"]YouTube - Crysis DX10 footage[/ame]
However, there are some oddities that can be frustrating.
Vista has a compatibility to run applications in XP mode...Right click on the .exe or shortcut and select the run app in XP compatability mode. (This works for some apps but not all.)
Chris have you tried doing this with your CAD apps?
I do love those Mac commercials, and I own one and love it...now if my wife would let me buy the G5 Pro and the 30 inch monitor I would be a happy camper (and out about 5 grand)