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Thread: Game support for vista on dell Inspiron 6400/E1505

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    raviNe Guest

    Game support for vista on dell Inspiron 6400/E1505

    I hav a laptop Dell Inspiron 6400/E1505 and was thinking about upgrading it
    to vista. but i'm confused whether next gen games like Crysis, Bioshock,or
    even Gears of War, will work on it properly after I'll install vista. Its got
    a Core 2 duo processor 1.8Ghz - 1.8GHz, 1 gigabyte of RAM and ATI Mobility
    Radeon X1300 256 MB PCI Express card. Pls tell me whether upgrading would be
    a wise decision or not!
    Currently I have XP media center edition and Rainbow 6 Vegas has to be
    played in 640x480 resolution keepin all other graphics options ultra high.

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    Andy Guest

    Re: Game support for vista on dell Inspiron 6400/E1505

    Next Gen games like Bioshock, Crysis and Gears of War are going to require a
    LOT more umph than a 1.8Ghz processor (although a core 2 duo is a good
    start) with a ATI Mobility x1300, your video card, while it is PCI-E is
    basically an integrated video card and not really designed for high end

    Yeah, not all the games you list are going to be playable at 640x480, so you
    might be able to run some of them at 800x600 with low settings.

    Of all the games you list, I think Bioshock will have the lowest system
    requirements, here's the official system requirements, keep in mind the only
    system requirments that have been released.
    Operating Systems: Windows XP (with Service Pack 2) orWindows Vista

    Minimum System Requirements:
    CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz Single Core processor
    System RAM: 1GB
    Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 128MB RAM (NVIDIA 6600
    or better/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550).
    Sound Card: 100% direct X 9.0c compatible sound card
    Hard disk space: 8GB free space

    Recommended System Requirements:
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    System RAM: 2GB
    Video card:
    DX9: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 7900
    GT or better)
    DX10: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or better
    Sound Card: Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ series (Optimized for use with Creative
    Labs EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 or EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 compatible sound cards)

    Important Note: Game requires Internet connection for activation

    If I were you I'd stick to Windows XP, and drop in another Gig of RAM at
    least. Don't worry about DirectX 10, your video card doesn't support it.
    Your video card is a at the minimum, but you have a decent CPU, everything
    else though is min spec for that game, and I know Crysis is going to have
    crazy specs, but I'd wager Gears might be around Bioshocks range. (Unreal 3

    Laptops, unless it's a $3000 gaming laptop just aren't designed for high end

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    TheNetAvenger Guest

    Re: Game support for vista on dell Inspiron 6400/E1505

    Some of the games you like are tough even on the latest and greatest
    systems. (Also don't let the post about the speed of your Intel CPU scare
    you, a 1.8ghz Duo or Core 2 Duo processor is faster than most 3-4ghz
    processors like the older Pentium4 series.

    However, installing Vista should not cause any problems and may allow you to
    get higher quality textures out of the games do to the way the WDDM in Vista
    can virtualize VRAM.

    So you have nothing to lose, and at the most you would lose 3-5fps in even
    the most die hard game compared to XP, and on a lot of games Vista will gain
    you fps, especially with the newer drivers from ATI and NVidia compared to
    the Vista drivers when it was launched that got bad reviews.

    The only thing I would consider doing is since you are a gamer, moving up to
    2GB of RAM will help a lot, even if you stick with XP.

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    Andy [Ex-MSFT] Guest

    Re: Game support for vista on dell Inspiron 6400/E1505

    Dude, change your name to TheMSAvenger.

    More I think about this message from RaviNe the more I think it wouldn't be
    worth it to upgrade. Only game that may require Vista is Gears of War, but
    no announcment about that has been made yet, and DirectX 10 won't work with
    a x1300 video card, so even if you do get Vista none of the games listed
    that support DX10 (all but bioshock) will still run in Dx9.

    So save your money, get the 2 gigs of ram and a cooling system for your
    laptop because you're gonna burn out your mobo pretty damn fast playing all
    those games.

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