Windows 7 won’t be officially released to consumers until 2009 or 2010, but with early developer builds making the rounds, we’ve seen that the operating system already runs pretty well on low powered computers like the Asus Eee PC 1000H and the MSI Wind. But those are netbooks with the Intel Atom CPU. How does Windows 7 perform on a netbook with a VIA C7-M CPU? The folks at HP Mini Guide loaded up an HP 2133 Mini-Note to find out.

The verdict? Meh. The computer boots up a bit faster with Windows 7 than Vista, but slower than with Windows XP. The system is reportedly more responsive under Windows 7 than Vista. But the computer wouldn’t go to sleep properly.

The computer could handle most video playback but dropped some frames while watching a DVD rip and sputtered a bit when watching Hulu video in full screen mode. I sold my Mini-Note a few months ago, but back when I had one, I noted that it also had problems with full screen Hulu videos whether I was running Windows XP or Ubuntu 8.04.

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8 replies on “Windows 7 on the HP 2133 Mini-Note”

  1. I took a newer S3 Chrome driver from VIA and it solved the resolution


    1. Please could you post me the link of the driver? I’m looking everywhere for it. Thanks

  2. I’ve been using win7 since beta release with xp drivers originally. due to having sled 10 as standard! bought win7 at release and didn’t need to install any drivers all installed from disc or online update. runs reasonably fast it does what i need it to do at a speed acceptable to me. these aren’t full blown PC’s they are smaller units which work alongside main pc’s. I have no problems with sleep mode watch youtube videos in window not fuul screen and have watched dvd’s when working away from home. this is a great piece of kit for what I need it for.

  3. I you don’t want to get frustrated and feeling sorry you bought it, better don’t by the 2133. I have one and I realy regret that I bought it.
    It looks nice thats the only thing. It preforms worse then a win98 desktop I have and HP did not want to help at all.
    I bought it with Vista, when I contacted HP in one country they said it only runned on linux while in the country where i worked they admitted that Vista wasn’t good on the 2133 and I better downgraded to XP. Which I had to buy myself. I have the 2133 since april this year now and if I didn’t spend so much money on it(extra because of Vista) I would have allready placed it under one of the catterpillar D8’s here at my worksite

  4. sorry to tell you all but i’m owner of a mininote 2133 to and one thing i want to say:it’s the most faillure choice of hp. via cpu???????????? mercy mercy mercy me.the lowest cpu from the last one

  5. If it isn’t sleeping, then it is most likey a video issue – down load the VIA driver, and don’t use the inbox VGA driver. I found that it will also restore the glass effects.

    1. Yup, tried that and it didn’t help 🙁

      Tried the newest Vista driver from VIA Arena right off the bat, and then rolled back to HP’s Vista Driver. They’re just not compatible yet unfortunately.

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