Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Het rijk van Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Re: Worth getting Windows Vista for directX 10?
I've been running Vista for some months now, I was basically forced to migate from w2k, I didn't like XP, but MS stopped actively supporting W2k.
System info: Vista Business, running mostly "home" applications:
word processing, some accounting, lots of internet, mp3, dvds. Bit of gaming.
-Relatively low spec 3GHz 1GB MoBo+ medium Vidcard
-Vista video performance index: 5.9 out of 6
-others around 4/6
Initially the biggest problem was moving lots of files or big files, esp. starting out and refiling some harddrives. Not much of an issue anymore.
BT compatibility: older hardware (luckily I have no scanners/printers)
USB settings on MoBo...hard to troubleshoot, but I managed.
Gaming: used to be able to run Test Drive Unlimited, but has since slowed to a crawl (could be due to Nvidia driver incompatibility)
As I was troubleshooting the (USB/BT) interrupts, I had a close look at the problems my Vista had, in total 180 problem reports:
-45 were interrupt related (MoBo/USB settings) probably some more leading to freezes that weren't logged (hard reset).
-35 were Vidcard related, usually during gaming (upgraded NVidia drivers roughly every three weeks, plus some MS hotfixes)
-22 explorer crashes (of which 11 OLE related and 5 codec, generating icons for xvid-avi)
-19 Windows Media Player (just bad software IMHO)
-18 other applications (not written for Vista)
- 8 IE7 mostly flash related
- 5 windows applications (notepad etc.)
- 14 assorted OS related
the last category is probably the most "core windows" issue, covering the MMC, defender, networking diagnosis and search index.