Geek Girls Rule! #72.25 – Why I am not yet on COH/COV

When I got my laptop, it came with Vista.  Vista and I have issues.  A lot of issues, so we wiped it and installed (legitmately) XP.  Now, I’ve known for some time that some of the drivers weren’t right, but it didn’t affect what I was doing, so I didn’t worry about it.

Not so anymore.

I spent THREE hours updating my videocard drivers.  And would you like to know why?  Because ATI doesn’t support my card for XP.  At all.  Except (thanks to one of the techie forums) at some point Intel made them do it for, I think, Compaq.  So the driver does exist for XP, except I had to download a driver updater that won’t work on my machine, let it try to work, and then go in and install the driver manually from the files the unsuccessful updater installed on my hard-drive.

That is what I did on Saturday night.  For HOURS.  Because like a fool I went to the manufacturer’s site first…  Sigh.

So it runs now, but really, really, really, “get killed in the face before you can say hello” slowly.

In all likelihood I’ll spend tonight figuring out what other drivers need updating, uninstalling a bunch of superfluous crap, and contemplating bumping up my RAM.

I’m also seriously entertaining thoughts of moving over to Linux, because I can’t afford a Mac.  The Roomie*  says according to the forums CoH/CoV will run on it with only occasional glitches.  I don’t know.  We’ll see how this little experiment goes.  Or maybe I’ll just install it on the desktop.

*The Roomie is a Linux programmer.

5 thoughts on “Geek Girls Rule! #72.25 – Why I am not yet on COH/COV

  1. I have sworn not to get a new Windows install on my machine. If my computer doesn’t make it out of the shop, I’ll be considering Linux and Mac boxes, but no way I’m going to Vista. Nuh-uh.

  2. Ok, we need to figure out how to get me on the Geek Sisterhood blog. The invitation you sent me asked me to create one.

  3. Install it on the desktop, as CoX can be a mighty pretty game, and it’s probably best to have your most powerful machine running it.

    And good luck with the driver issues.

    *hates Vista with a passion*

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