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    Legacy Free

    Could someone tell what a LEAGACY FREE HARDWARE system is ? Sounds like something is missing that I probably want ? Thanks in advance for your help !

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    Re: Legacy Free

    Not entirely sure but sounds like a PC which *only* has USB ports, no serial or parallel ports. I know some of the bigger manufacturers offer these as an alternative, i.e. Compaq's IPaq thin-client terminals.
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    Re: Legacy Free

    Thanks for your thoughts

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    Re: Legacy Free

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.microsoft.com/hwdev/newpc/>Microsoft</A> says, amongst other things:

    The term "legacy free" refers to the elimination of many elements of the original PC architecture--both hardware elements and firmware interfaces. The move to a legacy-free system architecture is impacting all of the PC industry, from component makers and IHVs to BIOS makers and PC system manufacturers.

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    Re: Legacy Free

    Thanks for the help
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    Re: Legacy Free

    Hi
    On top of all that, it means in practical terms that if you have ISA devices, bin 'em. There are no ISA slots on legacy-free mobos. This won't be a problem for most people, but a bit of a pity for some, as ISA modem cards are ridiculously cheap.
    If the 'standard' ports are also missing, there will need to be a lot more than the usual two USB ports, or you'll need a hub. You'll also only be able to use the latest printers, scanners, mice and so on. In spite of this meaning that your devices are easier to register with the OS, and become hot-swappable, it still seems to me to be a move heavily biased in favour of corporate entities, and not for consumer benefit. ICBW.

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    Re: Legacy Free

    Thanks for the info,

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