Dual screen setup sucks in Vista

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Mark Vergeer
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Dual screen setup sucks in Vista, it really does. On Windows XP it is easy to configure with my Nvidia card without any big performance hit. But Vista just does not like it. It gets much slower and the nvidia control panel 'whites'-out or even crashes when changing the settings. I really really have a hard time getting used to the system. My core2duo machine would operate so much smoother and quicker with XP it is actually painful to use Vista. I may be tempted to retrofit XP on it by obtaining a new XP license.
Vista does remind me of Windows 2K quite a bit with all its processes chugging away sometimes leaving the computer unresponsive. I find the key to a good OS GUI a smooth and solid responsiveness for the user:
dos, windows 3.1, windows98, xp and osx did that for me

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Mark Vergeer
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Upgraded to service pack 1

http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2008/03/18/window...

I upgraded to service pack one and at least file copying isn't surrounded by these mystifying delays any more. I was able to copy around some avi files in a manner very similar to what I expect on Windows XP. That is an improvement. Also none of my drivers had problems with the new service pack.
The system seems more responsive. But hey it could be a placebo effect. The Windows Performance Index remained the same!

:)



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Matt Barton
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adamantyr wrote:

just re-activated recently, the newest patch has made leveling characters SO much easier. A friend convinced me to try an RP server, I've found them to be a bit more quiet than the normal servers, and less populated, which is nice. I do wonder what they were thinking with Rp/PvP servers... maybe they're hoping for a recreation of the RP-PvP wars from Ultima Online prior to the Trammel/Felucca split.

I just moved all my Alliance characters from Uldum (PvE) to Scarlet Crusade. (RP) My main's Jaterix, but I play a slew of alts a lot of the time.

I never played Ultima Online, so have no idea. At any rate, you're on a different server (my chars are on Uther), so I guess it's a no go. My lowest level char at this point is a level 40 horde named Anaximander; the others are higher. I finally have a 70 alliance (pipple). :)

I love WOW, but not having enough friends to play it with has been very frustrating and disappointing. It'd be ten times the fun if you had a good group. I guess it's my fault for not being more popular. ;)

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Matt Barton wrote:

You're on WOW? Geez. What server, etc.? We should team up.

I just re-activated recently, the newest patch has made leveling characters SO much easier. A friend convinced me to try an RP server, I've found them to be a bit more quiet than the normal servers, and less populated, which is nice. I do wonder what they were thinking with Rp/PvP servers... maybe they're hoping for a recreation of the RP-PvP wars from Ultima Online prior to the Trammel/Felucca split.

I just moved all my Alliance characters from Uldum (PvE) to Scarlet Crusade. (RP) My main's Jaterix, but I play a slew of alts a lot of the time.

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adamantyr wrote:

Strange.. I have dual monitors on Vista, and I've not had any OS-level trouble. Most of my issues are with the software; City of Heroes/Villians doesn't restrict the cursor to the game screen, and has a tendency to black-out the second monitor. World of Warcraft works fine.

I have a Nvidia 8600GT, incidentally.

You're on WOW? Geez. What server, etc.? We should team up.

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adamantyr
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Strange.. I have dual monitors on Vista, and I've not had any OS-level trouble. Most of my issues are with the software; City of Heroes/Villians doesn't restrict the cursor to the game screen, and has a tendency to black-out the second monitor. World of Warcraft works fine.

I have a Nvidia 8600GT, incidentally.

Mark Vergeer
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2K was solid but had

2K was much more solid then 9x or NT4 ever was but 2K had unexplainable hiccups in responsiveness on various machines I used both at home and at work. XP never did that for me. Probably has to do with priority given to all sorts of services fighting for CPU power or something. I think a good OS always needs to reserve a set amount % of resources to be able to accommodate the user's input & the GUI. Chosen actions need to take a predictable amount of time. The whole file-copy thing experiencing huge delays or even slow-downs on Vista just baffles me.

I wouldn't know if my computer slows down because of cripple-ware/spyware or other craptoïd software or because of Vista just being Vista. On XP the responsiveness of the computer is fairly predicable and also the amount of time certain actions take - like file copying - is predictable. Vista experiences all sorts of unresponsiveness that is über-craptoïd on single core machines and more bearable on multi-core systems but it just feels like a crap non-responsive old car your driving. No smooth ride.

On XP licenses I can perhaps move an old XP liscense over by moving it off off an old Pentium III machine and install that one on the core2duo and activate it. But I am not sure if Microsoft allows me to do that.



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Wow you liken Vista to 2k? I

Wow you liken Vista to 2k? I preferred 2k over xp. 2K was nice and lean and I never had any problems with it. Vista seems more and more like a dog. Since I dont use windows (but at work) I dont have to suffer it... Do you not have an old XP license you can use on it from your previous machine?

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Matt Barton
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I have the same problems you

I have the same problems you describe. Just inexcusable.

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