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Question Vista ready computers..Any problems??

Picked up a Gateway MX6931 laptop today that includes the Vista Premium upgrade after the first of the year.

Will wait to buy software when it comes out as 64 bit as opposed to the current 32 bit.

Any problems with going this route rather than waiting until the Vista loaded computers are available?

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You have a load or RAM? My guess would be 1 or 2GB sounds about right and good graphics card.

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Picked up a Gateway MX6931 laptop today that includes the Vista Premium upgrade after the first of the year.

Will wait to buy software when it comes out as 64 bit as opposed to the current 32 bit.

Any problems with going this route rather than waiting until the Vista loaded computers are available?

I am running Vista release now for 4 days. And there are two MAJOR observations:

a) RAm, RAM, RAM, RAM, .... 512MB as the M$ minimum tells you the whole story. Don't start in less than 1GB or you won't be happy

b) you *NEED* a *GOOD* graphics card. Preferably a 3D graphics card from Nvidia or ATI with again 128MB as a usuable minimum. If you are going to try to run this in the supported minimum configuration of 32MB graphics card, again you will NOT be happy.

Bottom line: Vista run nice and even seems to be a tad faster than XP on the same hardware *I*F* you provide RAm and a decent grpahics card. The current run of the mill PC's though, just one word or advice: fugetaboutit



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Picked up a Gateway MX6931 laptop today that includes the Vista Premium upgrade after the first of the year.

Will wait to buy software when it comes out as 64 bit as opposed to the current 32 bit.

Any problems with going this route rather than waiting until the Vista loaded computers are available?

There will be some teething problems. You may have software issues - right now Garmin Mapsource program and GoToMyPC Java applets will not run under Vista on my machine. Printer and other hardware installations designed for XP do not work properly and the Garmin USB drivers do not work.

You can count on the developers for Garmin and other companies working with the final release of Vista trying to resolve any issues, but there will undoubtedly be some.

I would always advise waiting as long as you can, to allow the rest of the software and hardware developers to catch up with the new O/S.


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b) you *NEED* a *GOOD* graphics card. Preferably a 3D graphics card from Nvidia or ATI with again 128MB as a usuable minimum.
The MX6931 has an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with up to 128 MB shared video memory.

Okay for non gaming activities?

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA

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