Considering 64bit, your opinions please.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by legend0fthefall, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Hey al

    I currently have 32bit Vista Ultimate. I do enjoy it for the mos
    part. If there is any real issue I have, it's the RAM limitation of
    32bit system, other than that, I'd say I am a happy camper

    For all of you that operate on the 64bit system, how do you deal wit
    these issues

    1. Driver support...as long as it's been out, there is still ver
    little support

    2. Wireless support...I am currently on a wireless system, I have N
    access to a land line so I am 100% dependent on wireless. I kee
    reading that Vista 64 has virtually zero wireless support

    3. Driver/program not signed, won't install. Period. Isn't that
    bit extreme? Telling me what I can or cannot install on *-MY- *PC?

    4. I am a Creative fan. Everyone has their preferences, it's why the
    call it individuality, so please no knocking me for my preference.
    have tried to figure I could get by with the onboard sound but I kee
    reading and reading that ulitmately a sound card IS better than oboar
    sound...and I am an audiophile to an extent. Yet I keep reading tha
    Creative and Vista 64 are incompatible...

    What are my options? What are your opinions
     
    legend0fthefall, Apr 15, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    You have answered your own post!
     
    Mick Murphy, Apr 15, 2008
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    stevehaz_uk Guest

    If you are a happy camper with x86 why go x64. The only real benefit of
    x64 is its ability to address more than 4gb of ram (Vista x86 OS
    requirements actually limit to 3 and a bit gb). 64-bit CPUs support the
    so-called SSEx-instructions, a command set that are supposed to be more
    efficient, but as yet theres not much that uses these instructions...
    Also Programs that say x64 compatible might be just that, not optimised
    for x64 if you see what I mean.

    For users like myself I have a x64 bit capable computer so I use Vista
    x64 - dont know why but it works well !!!

    Your queries... driver support is now much better except for very old
    hardware.. you point to creative as a problem .. not now.. I am running
    a x-fi sound card (fantastic) with the Vista drivers from creative.

    I am a sky broadband user, and use a netgear WG111t wireless adapter
    and have had some dropping of connection problems, but resolved by using
    a small prog called WLAN Optimizer which is excellent.

    To sum up why not give it a go... install Acronis True Image Home
    version and Image your present set up, then install x64 and have a play
    for a few days... if you get problems - image your x64 and go back to
    x86. ... you then have both available .... its all good fun I think!!!
     
    stevehaz_uk, Apr 15, 2008
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  4. If the 32bit OS is working well, stay with it. What are you doing that you
    feel there is a memory limitation?

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    Don B Guest

    I installed Vista Ultimate 64 bit about a month or so ago, in a dual boot
    with XP Pro, and have been very pleased with it. I rarely boot into XP any
    more.

    1: There were drivers available, for all my peripherals, including my HP all
    in one printer. I did check, prior to purchasing Vista, to make sure I did
    have drivers available for my hardware.
    2: I use a Netgear wireless router, mainly to have wireless connection for
    my work laptop around the house. I have no issues there.
    3: Perhaps a bit extreme, but that is why I made sure there were signed
    drivers available for all my current peripherals first.
    4: I use a Creative X-Fi Extreme Music soundcard, works just fine for me
    with it's current 64 bit drivers.

    Just do a little research, make sure you have drivers and your main programs
    you use will run in it.


    Don
     
    Don B, Apr 15, 2008
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    I run both Vista x64 and x86 on several computers. I prefer x64 for the
    ability to use more RAM and it seems a little better at multi-tasking even
    with less than 4 GB. The only computer I'm still running Vista x86 on is a
    laptop that only has 2 GB. I will probably be switching it soon as well. The
    rest is answered inline.

    This is much, much better than when Vista was first released. It's actually
    rare now for new hardware to be released that doesn't have bot x86 and x64
    drivers available. That said if you have some old hardware that doesn't
    still doesn't have x64 drivers then it probably never will.
    I have had no problems with wireless support. As long as you have drivers
    for your NIC it works the same as x86.
    This has been debated endlessly. Both sides have valid points. Personally
    I'm on the signed drivers is a good thing side.
    Check out for yourself if your card is supported.

    http://us.creative.com/support/downloads/
     
    Kerry Brown, Apr 15, 2008
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    kurttrail Guest

    When purchasing components for my latest hardware upgrade, I looked both
    for 64-bit driver support and Linux compatibility.
    Don't know.
    ROFL! The friggin' OS decides whether your a pirate or not, and you are
    worried about MS's heavy-handed approach to drivers?

    I actually understand the driver bit. Look at the mess that is 32-bit
    driver support. There are MS signed drivers for 32-bit, that I wouldn't
    wipe my butt with.

    I look at 64-bit more as a workstation OS, not as a home consumer
    entertainment OS, so I understand MS's reasoning behind more strict
    driver control.
    Time to reaccess what you are a fan of.
    Too Late! Though I was more gentle with you than I would be with a
    Symantec fan.
    I use onboard sound, outputted via a digital output directly to my 5.1
    stereo receiver. I have no complaints about sound quality.

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    kurttrail, Apr 16, 2008
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