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Why, Vista, why?

Why, Vista, why?

Appropos of nothing, I ended up upgrading to Windows Vista last night. (well, rather, my new swanky laptop which I got for a ridiculously cheap price arrived).

Straight away ran into a few problems. All the fancy graphics are nice, but don’t actually amount to even a ramp of beans, let alone a hill. The much-vaunted security issues seem positively annoying when you’re trying to set up a new laptop.

The worst issue is that my favourite game in the whole wide world, Civilisation 4, refuses to run on Vista. I’ve tried running patches, installing DirectX, uninstalling and reinstalling and each time various little bugs come up. including that it can’t find the DVD – even though I ran it from the DVD in the first place.

Which wouldn’t be so bad if … half the reason I upgraded was so that Civilisation 4 could run comparatively smoothly on it instead of crashing when my old laptop would overheat.

Have you used/tried Vista in earnest and anger? Would I really be sad if I resorted to trying to dual-boot it just so I could run a game?

Should I buy a new laptop?

Should I buy a new laptop?

In eager finger-licking/drooling anticipation of Civilization 4 coming out and watching most of my social life disappear in a haze of “go on, one more turn…”, I’ve been gradually upgrading bits of my PC. The RAM’s gone up, and I bought a second-hand Radeon 9800 Pro card via eBay.

Unfortunately, this card has reminded me just why I shouldn’t buy electronic goods off eBay. With the help of codmate (get well soon!), I’d got the card working enough to play the Call of Duty 2 demo, so I thought all was fine and dandy.

But no. The card freezes up after 10 minutes of play. Of Civilization IV, not only the most important game of 2005, but it’s not exactly a Doom 3 or a Quake 4, is it?

This combines itself with the realisation that in the future incarnation of my life (next year), I may well be spending a lot more time on trains and at the parents’ house, and could really do with a portable computing solution. And next year, I’ll need to edit a friends’ wedding video footage into some semblance of linear storytelling for their DVD.

So the question is, do I spend £100 now on a new graphics card, or decide to go for a gorgeous new laptop?

And if I do go for a laptop, do I go for a power-hungry one with all the bells and whistles that might only last an hour on a train or break my shoulders with a huge battery, or a small and sleek one that’ll last forever but I won’t be able to do much more than emails on it?

And if I do buy one, do I buy one here, pop to the USA for a weekend to get one that’ll be cheaper, or wait till I’m in Hong Kong for one gloriously busy night and see if i can find a bargain there? Because I’m all about the bargains.

Never mind the fact I’m not sure how I can pay for it all in the long run!

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