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Good gaming Operating System?

Postby greytrains » Tue Sep 17, 2002 5:45 pm

Is there a reliable OS that most games will work on other then windows? :roll:

Edit: I am running Windows 2000 pro now. Will most games work on that platform? I really do not wont to shell out $200 for an over rated OS.
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Postby Mr T » Tue Sep 17, 2002 9:36 pm

Either backtrack to windows 98se or upgrade to XP. Win2000 is a very poor OS to run games on.
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Postby Phillipste » Wed Sep 18, 2002 7:36 am

Most modern games that require Directx hardware acceleration will not run under windows 2000. This would include most shooters and other games where frame per second are important. There are plenty of other games that will run on 2000 such as the Sims and Civilivation III.

Windows 98SE is the best for machines with 128 MB or less, Pentium II's or small hard drives. However it is not entirly stable.

Fast processors, lots of memory and large hard drives run great with XP. I have never had a game crash and can switch back and fourth to the desktop with little problem.

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Postby jsc1973 » Thu Sep 19, 2002 10:37 am

The only games I've been unable to run on Windows 2000 are very old games written in the days of 3x and early Win95. They won't run quite as fast on 2000 as on 98se or XP, but they are perfectly playable with an adequate video card, preferably an nVidia one. You're talking about a loss of maybe 5-10 percent of your FPS, that's all.

If you're building a gaming rig, I don't recommend 2000, but I still believe that for general use, it's the best Windows there is.
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Postby Hardware Junkie » Thu Sep 19, 2002 12:07 pm

I don't know. In my experience with Windows 2000, there seems to be very little multimedia support/capabilities. My laptop drivers for Windows 2000 produced speratic sound and graphics.

While I believe its a good applications operating system, I think its pretty crappy for gaming.
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Postby greytrains » Thu Sep 19, 2002 5:28 pm

From everything I am reading, http://www.motherboards.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7534, I am not sure I want to install XP. 8O I am building a new system and I wanted to see if it is worth the money and time to upgrade to a new OS

Edit: I have been running 2000 for about a year now, and I have never had it crash on me. The only problem I have is that my system is too slow for most of the newer games
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Postby Mathwei » Thu Sep 19, 2002 6:23 pm

I went from Win98SE to XP, and am an avid gamer. I have 256DDRAM, maybe I should get more...

Anyway, I crash to desktop much more often than 98SE, and am thinking of partitioning or just reverting back. Playing Mafia, I reboot or crash to desktop about once an hour or so. Just got done playing an hour and a half of Dark Age of Camelot, and crashed to desktop three times.

I have no progs in the background, other than XP's crap, have latest drivers/updates, and have never had a firewall installed or virus program to fudge up my online gaming.

I'd have to say, Win98SE is the best bet right now. I like WinXP, it just isn't cutting it for gaming.



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Postby Johnny Mnemonic » Fri Sep 20, 2002 5:10 am

My vote is for 98SE. When properly installed (with minimal fluff) and fully patched (off windows update) it can be very stable. The biggest reason why Win 98SE is still so populaur is it's relatively small resource footprint. That means more resources for your games.

I'd still probably upgrade to XP someday in the future. Maybe after my next CPU upgrade or after I get a good chance to really look at the OS to see what I'm missing.
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Postby len444 » Fri Sep 20, 2002 10:18 am

My vote is for 98SE. When properly installed (with minimal fluff) and fully patched (off windows update) it can be very stable.


:?: just curious- define "minimal fluff". perhaps you can reference some material/ guides/ tweaks?

:idea: perhaps some os tweak guides/ links should be referenced at the top of the os forum (and indicate slant- ie gaming, office, ect...)?
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Postby Mathwei » Fri Sep 20, 2002 10:24 am

I think he means, excess programs that run in da background. The less you have going on, the more free memory and resources you have. No wallpaper, few icons, no proggies in the taskbar and other places, etc...
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