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Review: Phoenix HyperSpace

Feb 23, 2009, 22:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph Moran)

"Achy Breaky Installation
In Star Wars, Han Solo and Chewbacca famously had problems when they tried to take the Millennium Falcon into hyperspace. Our experience getting into Phoenix HyperSpace was a lot like that: Only on the third laptop we tried were we actually able to get HyperSpace up and running, and even then it was with a pretty large snag.

"Assuming you can get it installed and fully functional, HyperSpace gives you a simple environment from which to browse the Web. None of our test systems had the requisite CPU for Hybrid, so we tried installing HyperSpace Dual on three systems that met that version's system requirements: a new MSI Wind U100 netbook (1.6GHz Atom and 1GB of RAM) and a couple of old Dell notebooks -- an Inspiron 300M (1.2GHz Pentium M, 640MB) and a Latitude D600 (1.8GHz Pentium M, 512 MB), all running Windows XP SP3.

"When you run the HyperSpace setup wizard, it assesses your system for compatibility with either version of HyperSpace and proceeds to install the appropriate version. Phoenix recommends you back up your PC before installing HyperSpace, and makes you acknowledge the recommendation by clicking a check box before the installation can proceed. Backing up is good advice in this case, because unlike a garden-variety app, HyperSpace repartitions your hard disk to carve out a 3GB partition for itself, which is an inherently risky activity."

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