So, my mother bought a new HP PC.

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Sorrow, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. Mr. JiB

    Mr. JiB First time out of the vault

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    Jun 20, 2007
    That's where all the tech support goes anymore, I could make some blind assumptions if you want :)

    Just choose the phone in option on the activation screen. You call in and it'll ask you to read off the activation code on your screen. After a few minutes you'll get a live person who will ask you a couple worthless questions such as, "Why are you installing this?", "Is this the only PC it's installed on?", etc. They'll give you an activation code on the phone that you can type in while they're on the line and you're set. In all it should take about 15 minutes total.

    It's about the easiest thing about a microsoft product actually now that I think about it.
     
  2. Stag

    Stag Guest

    Too many people hate Vista...Vista is really very nice. Probably not worth the 200 bucks to upgrade, but if you're building a new rig it's the only OS that makes sense. Even the big driver issues have been solved for Nvidia.
     
  3. Mr. JiB

    Mr. JiB First time out of the vault

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    Jun 20, 2007
    I installed vista on my desktop for about 15 minutes. Then I was angered by the fact that they had no native drivers for a 3com 3c905 netcard which has been pretty much unchanghed for several years.

    After that I loaded it on my laptop only to find there is no support for any pre-DX9 video cards, ie Nvidia Geforce Go 420/440.

    My advise is that if you don't have a brand new pc, forget about vista for now. Personally I'll wait about 6mo to a year as a lot of software is still incompatible with Vista as well.
     
  4. Stag

    Stag Guest

    I was referring to the DX10 drivers, for clarification.

    As I said, if you're building something new, get Vista.
     
  5. Mr. JiB

    Mr. JiB First time out of the vault

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    Jun 20, 2007
    DX10 is nice, built only for Vista and from what I've seen is a hell of an improvement in gaming quality.

    What I was referring to is that in researching Vista and support for video, if you have any video card that is not supported in at least DX9, there is no Vista compatibility. It loads as a standard VGA adapter and shows a Code 43 in device manager (device failure). So any gaming is out of the quesiton. It was an adventure running Majong in vista in this state.

    This in itself is not an issue if you have a decent desktop and can switch the card out with a cheap intel 950 or something, but when you have a laptop like mine, you're screwed.
     
  6. Stag

    Stag Guest

    Yeh, which is why you oughta get a DX10 card...

    DX10, afaik is a major improvement in optimization, so that you can have higher quality, but the new version will do little to actually improve the quality. Note the afaik, though.
     
  7. Mr. JiB

    Mr. JiB First time out of the vault

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    Jun 20, 2007
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  9. Sorrow

    Sorrow So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Feb 9, 2006
    I finally managed to get the damned thing running. It has some interesting functionality. Too bad the Microshaft decided to spoil the whole experience with that DRM shit.
     
  10. Maphusio

    Maphusio Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Sep 25, 2004
    I'm reminded of Family Guy episode mocking Stephen Hawking and his girl friend... Oh.....S...s...Stephen.... You, you're.... ouch going to.... fast.... stop... stop.... your hurting.... me.
     
  11. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    you really need to get informed before spamming whinethreads like this.

    use the fucking telephone. it aint hard... sure you'll have to listen to the activation code twice, but deal with it.

    if you don't want to hassle with that kind of thing:
    1) dont buy HP/Compaq or Dell
    2) dont use Windows OEM
    actually, that's XP Corporation or XP Pro Education copy probably.
     
  12. Silencer

    Silencer Night Watchman Staff Member Admin

    Nov 7, 2003
    Yes, but for the full experience, insert Peter saying names of all the states in ,5 sec there.