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coolduderyan07

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#1 10 years ago

Okay, i'm sick of vista but I love dx10 support. I want an OS that won't take up 2GB of my RAM just to operate. I was thinking about dual booting with a MicroXP system where it uses under 500MB and games run smoother. I'm in this for gaming. Smoother gaming with a simple OS. Ive looked a linux and saw the capability of WINE and playing my casual games like stalker, counterstrike, fallout, half life.. etc. I was wondering if any of you had any luck with other operating systems, but I was more inclined toward trying linux. Does it support normal programs like azureus, aim, steam etc? I keep those running the most. If linux is a shady area for gaming performance, than would you be kind enough to lead me towards a better OS.. preferably a free one?




Von II

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#2 10 years ago

Out of my experience with linux, (see the thread on the tech discussion- linux?) it isn't a good OS for gaming, altough it doesn't use much RAM.




Junk angel

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#3 10 years ago

To be honest some distros are just as big resource hogs as vista. Since a large portion of vistas performance is taken by explorer, and window effects.

You could try removing all window effects, kill explorer on startup and replace it with something like xplorer^2.

Plus you can use rocketdock to minimise stuff to. Although not necessary as they actually do minimise.

The only functionality you might loose is win+r and win+d buttons. But that can be ammended by some script most probably.

And desktop icons, but again, you have a) the xplorer2/total commander/whatever + dock




Dark Saint

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#4 10 years ago

I agree. Linux isn't for gaming and some of the flavors just aren't that good either.

Your best bet is to use either WinXP ( Home or Proff) and tweak it with some of the many tweak guides that are out there. My suggestion would be BlackViper.com.

You could also use microxp but there have been some issues in the " driver support " for it.




Mr. Pedantic

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#5 10 years ago

If you know about WINE, this should be a no-brainer. Vista will be a lot better than some Linux distro + WINE.

As for a replacement for Windows, if you still want full compatibility for DirectX games, then you're pretty much out of luck, as far as I know.

Out of my experience with linux, (see the thread on the tech discussion- linux?) it isn't a good OS for gaming, altough it doesn't use much RAM.

It depends which distro you have.




coolduderyan07

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#6 10 years ago

Honestly, at this point. DX10 can blow me. Barely any of my games take advantage of DX10s capabilities, with that being crysis and stalker clear sky. They most definitely don't even scratch the surface of what DX10 can do and only represent a higher level of what DX9 is capable of. Disregard what I said about dx10.

I took a look at rocketdock and xplorer2 lite, and while they are effective.. I think XP will suffice. Thank you for the advice, ill probably dust off my old xp disk and throw vista across the room until I get 2gb more of ram/and or grind up the vista disc into confetti and gather palm leaves for when windows 7 makes it's grand entrance :].




*The.Doctor

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#7 10 years ago
Mr. Pedantic It depends which distro you have.

Yep. My Kubuntu install uses nearly as much ram as my Vista install does just sitting on the desktop, and that's with KDE 3.5. I can imagine KDE 4 would use even more for the extra effects. I have to say though, it may use as much ram, but linux is a hell of a lot snappier even with tons of programs open. Everything just seems more reponsive.

Honestly, at this point. DX10 can blow me. Barely any of my games take advantage of DX10s capabilities, with that being crysis and stalker clear sky. They most definitely don't even scratch the surface of what DX10 can do and only represent a higher level of what DX9 is capable of. Disregard what I said about dx10.

Some new DX10 games actually run slightly better on Vista then they do on XP/DX9.

If Vista is using to much ram, try using AlacrityPC:

AlacrityPC

It will automatically kill all the extra processes and services that you don't need, kill explorer.exe, and defrag your ram to free up space. Once you exit your game, it automatically starts everything back up and restores all the services/processes.




jjz-

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#8 10 years ago

By "defrag" your ram you mean page it to disk, thus slowing the computer down. That is what programs that advertise themselves as able to free ram actually do. They page it to disk. They degrade performance.




Chocu1a

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#9 10 years ago
coolduderyan07;4775175Honestly, at this point. DX10 can blow me. Thank you for the advice, ill probably dust off my old xp disk and throw vista across the room until I get 2gb more of ram/and or grind up the vista disc into confetti and gather palm leaves for when windows 7 makes it's grand entrance :].

Wow...I only have 2 gigs of ram & run Vista Ultimate with no tweaks & it runs perfectly fine. the only thing I have turned off is the side bar. In fact, it runs smoother than XP pro did on the same hardware. In case you didn't know, Vista isn't ACTUALLY using all that ram...it is still there when you need it. 2 gigs is more than enough for a smooth Vista experience.




*The.Doctor

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#10 10 years ago
jjz-By "defrag" your ram you mean page it to disk, thus slowing the computer down. That is what programs that advertise themselves as able to free ram actually do. They page it to disk. They degrade performance.

Well, since all the extra programs and services are shutdown, what does it matter if they are paged to the disk? Its not going to degrade the performance of programs and services that are not running anyways, but will help by freeing up more physical ram for the game to use.

Trust me, the way it works (however you wish to describe it), it definitely does increase performance. Even on the system in my sig it can make a noticeable difference.