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  1. I just started using Vista Business 32 bit recently and wanted you guys to know on the gaming front that Alien Isolation on steam works great even though it lists win7 as the earliest compatible OS. For some reason however the latest version of Malwarebytes acts haywire at times, I ended up just dropping back to 1.75 and it works with no issues and still takes new malware updates.
  2. I was using 4gb of ddr2 800 ram, I don't think the issue was 7 at all-yesterday I had a couple of crashes that seemed to be related to the video card. I'm running a 4gb zotac geforce 730 card that seems to be the source of the problem, not sure what's wrong with it-but it only seems to run in a stable fashion on linux using the nvidia 340 driver (the 360 series has caused issues there as well). Even my old 1gb 620 card was 100% reliable compared to the new card! EDIT: Yep it was the zotac card, I chucked it for my old 620 and it works fine, I ended up going to Vista and everything is working well (with the exception of taking forever to update, but that's done now). New Edit (Feb 26): Guess what? I think my 730 troubles have been resolved after all-after a little bit of googling, I followed the suggestion someone made about strictly sticking to the driver that's on the CD the thing came with and all is well! It's not the latest driver but it works without a hiccup now!
  3. I now have XP home back on my dell, seems to work fine with the quad core processor. I also notice the stuttering issues that I had with Vista/7 are gone now-hooray for old OS's! I may try installing an extra hard drive when I get the cash so I can dual boot with a linux distro to get the best of both worlds!
  4. Due to missing some of my old games that aren't available in linux, I've been giving Windows 7 a spin the last few days on my dell 330, in spite of putting in a Core 2 Quad 2.66 (which worked great on linux), the thing still seems to stutter from time to time when I'm running multiple browsers and video files. I never had that issue in XP and have been considering downgrading to the older, but faster system-also being more compatible with my games. Win 7 has always seemed like just a bloated version of Windows xp anyways. My question regarding security issues is this-if I were to use windows XP again with sp3 fully updated (not sure I would trust going the POS update route due to not knowing what M$ might try to stick in there) along with my usual battery of security programs-how risky do you think it would be compared to your average ubuntu based linux distro? I've run Linux over the last year with no problems, but I've heard some guys say that it's really no more secure than windows in reality-it just doesn't have the large following Windows does and thus is less of a target. What do you guys think?
  5. Well, I'm using Linux Mint 18 right now https://www.linuxmint.com/ Not having any problems with it-but I just use it for web surfing, writing stuff on Libre Office (same as I did with XP) and some gaming so my usage is strictly non professional. I wouldn't recommend Ubuntu due to the fact that the Unity desktop is just plain weird! I always enjoyed Zorin OS, Xubuntu seems pretty good as well. Ubuntu Mate seemed good, but I always got a weird error or two (might have been hardware on my part). While I plan on reinstalling XP on one of my towers for gaming purposes, I do plan on keeping Linux on my laptops. The only thing I don't like is that security programs are in short supply. While I use ClamAV and Bleachbit, I just don't feel I have the amount of protection I had in windows with all of the security programs available for it, if something got by my antivirus, the anti malware caught it and vise versa. With security options so narrow on Linux, it might be problematic if more hackers start targeting it.
  6. No, I didn't try that. After finding out that Play on Linux would play my favorite game in Wine, I switched back to Ubuntu Mate.
  7. Sorry I missed the last post-it was the 32 bit version.
  8. So far so good, just installed and played Kingpin: life of crime and Star Wars the force unleashed 2!
  9. Okay, gave it a spin-I struggled briefly trying to get the device manager to find the thing (I unzipped it in a folder on the desktop). Then I found the 'have disk' option and directed it to the driver file and made a successful installation! There's no nvidia control panel, but after installing VLC, I played a dvd and a couple of video files and the graphics look good. I'll see how gaming works out this weekend. Thanks!
  10. Hi guys, while I have a linux os as my main system right now, I was wanting to redo one of my other towers to play xp games on. Since windows 2003 server (32 bit) always seemed to be a little faster in operation compared to xp, I was planning to use that-however I can't seem to find any compatible nvidia drivers to work with my Geforce 730 4gb card. I tried the xp 32 bit versions but they wont install. Is there any driver at all that will work with it?
  11. Been on cable internet for the last few months, have really enjoyed Linux! Zorin 9, Linux Mint have been the main distros I've dabbled in-however the cost is fixing to go back up so I've started scrambling again to figure out the dialup issue-and now I have for Zorin 9! Thanks to this page for the information! https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-linux/penguin-56k-dial-modem-support-gnu-linux I installed gnome ppp, then went into terminal and typed "sudo adduser (username) dialout" then rebooted my system. Fired up gnome ppp, detected my modem, entered my info and it works! Windows is just a game machine for me now!
  12. France serves notice to Mircosoft on data tracking http://phys.org/news/2016-07-france-mircosoft-tracking.html
  13. Got it! Thanks!
  14. Not long ago I got my hands on a computer my grandmother gave me that had it's hard drive turned into a brick by an automatic windows 10 update. I replaced the hard drive and installed win 7 professional (for gameplay) and turned updates off. This morning I found that updates have somehow been turned back on! How can I permanently disable this? I don't want W10 or any telemetry garbage on my system!
  15. New win7 update package? NO WAY! Let me tell you guys how I got a practically new computer over the weekend-I was talking to my grandmother who mentioned to me she had just bought a brand new system (with Win 10 ) to replace her old one that wasn't working properly. She knows I love collecting computer parts so she offered me the old system which I was happy to accept, a practically new looking Dell Inspiron system. I got the thing home and tried to start it, only to see the windows 10 logo on screen and nothing else, no activity, nothing at all-the hard drive was a brick, apparently a victim of an automatic upgrade. When I broke out my dell win7 installation disk I got from ebay a while back, it couldn't even detect the drive for installation. I ended up swapping the original hd for a western digital drive I had in my old homebuilt system I'm not using and tried to reinstall again-success! Now I have a practically new computer which is my first to have more than 4 gigs of ram (6 ddr3 ram at the moment). Of course the first thing I did before going online was to turn updates off! If this leaves me security holes, I have a firewall, antivirus, etc-I'll take my chances alone rather than with MS!