Windows Vista


I installed Windows Vista on my spare X86-64 box. The interface changes seem nice but unfortunately, I have a GeForce3 Ti200 in that box and it’s not a DirectX 9 part. It turns out that only DX9 and higher video cards are supported as anything better than “Standard VGA” video card. Too bad, since I was looking forward to checking out the “Aero” interface with all of it’s graphical bells and whistles. I hadn’t installed any apps on it before I found this out so I can’t comment on performance. I was interested in possibly keeping Vista on there for “MAME(Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator)”: and some serious “performance”: “gains”: that are coming from running in 64 bit mode.

“Fry’s”: is opening soon in Roseville. Maybe I’ll get a Core Duo 2 with a low-end DX9 card that they’ll be sure to have on sale when they open.

*_Update_*: Turns out I do have a DX9 compatible card, a “GeForce FX 5200”: that was in my Windows box that I pretty much only use for ripping DVDs and “Skype”: I swapped cards and re-installed Vista. The visuals are impressive, but it’s not snappy. I’m sure it works really well with a $400 card. 🙂

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