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Wait for Windows 7
on 21 April 2009
Boot from DVD, fine. Then it couldn't find the drivers for the SATA DVD drive that it was booting from. Had to connect an old IDE DVD drive and start the boot process fromn that. After the install, bingo! It could quite happily see the original SATA drive and has continued to do so ever since.
Forget Vista for gaming, it sucks. I can now access over 4Gb of memory, but the sheer bloody nonsense with trying to get games like BF 1942 or BF2 to run on Vista is not worth the grief. If you can wait until Windows 7, then do so. My SB X-Fi soundcard has not been recognozed by any of my games as such, and so even though I have the latest Creative drivers, I am left with a sub-standard sound set-up. Utter pants.
Actually seems to function as well as my old XP rig. No better though.
In a word, frustrating. Log on as an Administrator, you aren't actually given Admin rights. You still get nanny-ed by the OS to confirm this or allow that. IT'S MY COMPUTER! Microsoft can go take a running jump for this complete lack of trust in me to run my own system.
Connecting a non-Vista PC to this one involves a bit of Googling to find a usable solution.
To sum up - 64-bit computing is strictly for the geeks at the moment. Stick to 32-bit XP and the 4-gig limit to run anything at the moment. If you want to handle large video or other media - go to Apple. If 64-bit Windows 7 is any good, the reviews will let you know, but Vista is a bust.