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Vista tests leave us all in the dark

We await the Nvidia test with interest
Mon Sep 11 2006, 09:25
IT LOOKS like there is still a lot of confusion about what software and hardware combinations Microsoft's super soaraway operating system Vista will run on.

We have already mentioned how Vole has tried to be helpful and released a little program that scans your system and tells what you need to get an upgrade, and over the weekend we saw another one from ATI here.

However, both of them are confused about whether my new computer will be ready to take the top of the range version of Vista.

The ATI software is easier to use and does not require any serious installation. It tells me that although I can manage to run the basic versions of Vista my system is let down by its Nvidia GeForce 7300 GS graphics card. Apparently, this is good enough for the minor versions of Vista - it is not good enough for the bells and whistles version.

The ATI Vista says to get it all running smoothly I will need to buy a card that supports a PCI Express bus type that would offer greater bandwidth at higher frequencies over AGP or PCI bus types. Maybe ATI know something we don't because skimming through the Vista literature, no mention is made of needing PCI express support.

The VoleWare version is clunky, it requires you to download .net, but it does tell you which types of software will not work under Vista at the moment too. In my case Nero 7 Premium Nero will have to be uninstalled as well as a little thing called Sun J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 Update 6.

However, Vole says I will have no problem with any of my hardware and I will be able to install Vista's premium packs just as soon as I have mortgaged the house and sold the wife and the cat into slavery to afford it.

The question is, which one is right? It seems that ATi want me to dump my Nvidia card and Microsoft wants me to abandon Java. We wonder what they are really trying to say? µ


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