Re: Windows VistaJan 30th, 2007
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RAM can really make a difference in how a computer operates, even in older pc's which may seem to be past their prime. Most computers sold now come with 2gb of RAM, which is the ideal ammount for running Vista in my opinion.
That's what I have. I have room for 2 more cards, though. Not too up on all the terminology and whatnot but I heard this PCI express helps to speed something or other up too. Also running dual processors is supposed to speed up something. This videocard carries its own - 512 MB it says and that's sposed to help keep the speed up.
Anyway, after all the crap I've had to put up with whichever OS from MS I had at the time, I've managed not to have any problems with speed. I updated my drivers for the sound and promptly ran into problems with sound. It's an Audigy 2 card. I updated my drivers for the vidcard and now everyone in videos is blue and the other objects in vids are weird colors, too. The friggin thing won't recognize an empty dvd disk and that's after an update from MS itself.. Sorry, but once I figure out how to fix these bugs I'm not likely to want to change a friggin thing concerning operating systems, especially installing one with more stupid bells and whistles.
PCI express is has a faster bus, which allows video cards and other add's to have more bandwidth, speeding up certain operations. Most CPU's released now are contain 2 cores on one physical chip, this greatly increases certain types of applications, such as video encoding.
You mention problems with your video & audio card? I can't tell from your post if you have installed Vista yet or not. If you are running Vista, you need to install the Vista drivers for both cards, otherwise you will have problems.