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Waiting to hear the first reports of FSX and VISTA

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I'm waiting anxiously to hear some reports from forum users who bought VISTA yesterday or today....and then "fired up FSX"!I'm sure the reports will soon be plentiful, but I'm absolutely looking forward to threads on the subject. Please talk about how your computer system is configured and whether you bought Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate Vista versions.

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I've been running vista since november with vnidia's 79xx series drivers on 2 different systems and fsx runs terribly along with fs9. Both run at 50-75% of the speed as they do in xp. I hope nvidia pulls something out of their rear ends when they release the new drivers today or else a lot of us will not be upgrading. I will probably install vista on a spare drive this weekend on my main machine below to check out the 8800 performance but i am not holding my breath judging by the driver quality that i have seen so far from nvidia. Make sure that you keep a copy of your old OS or install to a totally different drive if you do it.________________________________________________________________________________________________Intel D975XBX2 'Bad Axe 2' | Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.20Ghz | 2 GB Super Talent DDR2 800 @ 893Mhz | Big Typhoon VX | eVGA 8800GTS @ 575/900 | Seagate 2x 320GB SATA RAID-0 | OCZ GameXStream 700W | Creative X-Fi | Silverstone TJ-09BW | Matrox Triplehead Setup

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I got and installed Vista Ultimate on my laptop (HP dv5020) yesterday night. The install and configuration worked like a charm and I am totally impressed by the performance (and the looks). Vista "feels" more fluid and much more responsive than my previous XP installations. The GUI is much more intuitive and it "just works".My biggest complaint about Vista right now is the lack of 3rd party drivers. For example, my laptop's integrated audio has no driver available. I just chatted with HP and the ETA is "Mid-March". What?As for my desktop: I will install Vista tomorrow (waiting for a spare HDD) and start testing FSX. All my essential hardware is supposed to be supported, with the exception of my Logitech devices and TrackIR.Pat

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Great one Bill and very true... :-beerchug I just wish at times Microsoft wasn't the publisher of Flight Simulator. Maybe then we could get it for OS X and be done with it (it most likely would perform better as well). Problem is Flight Simulator wouldn't be where it is today with any other publisher outside of Apple themselves.

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Are you seeing a large jump in CPU or Ram usage? I've heard it's a resource drain.Dave

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Idle CPU usage is about 10% lower, RAM usage about 20% higher here.Pat

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>As for my desktop: I will install Vista tomorrow (waiting for>a spare HDD) and start testing FSX. All my essential hardware>is supposed to be supported, with the exception of my Logitech>devices and TrackIR.>>PatIf your installing the 32-bit version of Vista, try using the 4.1.030 version of the TrackIR software...

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Both Nvidia and ATI have knocked out new Vista driver releases today so hopefully they will take things closer to final retail performance.I'm not really across the Vista/MSFSX issues but my reading so far suggests that the Radeon drivers are delivering improved performance (in benchmarks, at least) on Vista whereas Nvidia drivers are still delivering lower performance than that seen on XP. Today's releases may change that, of course.As i have an ATI 1950X, i'm getting more and more prepared to switch to Vista but will wait a few more weeks until i've developed a firm view about performance. I've seen Vista's GUI at work and I really liked the look and feel and am happy to hear that Vista suspends Aero when you run another 3d application, thus eliminating it as a resource drain while you're playing/simming.

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