View Full Version : operating systems and TR games: win2K vs XP
03-01-2003, 05:27 AM
i've just bought myself some new components with which to build myself a new computer. i now basically have my pick of OSs, as my new cpu is an Athlon XP 2100+ and will run whatever i throw at it. on my current setup i'm running Win98SE (no problems), so clearly i'm not going to be going any earlier than that.
anyway, this is not a tech thread. basically, i'd like to hear some opinions and experiences regarding each of the aforementioned OSs (2K vs XP) with running TR games (not that i really want to sully my system with any ver of windoze). i'm familiar with both OSs, so please don't send me any "oh XP is better because it's got green in it" replies. i just want intelligent, considerate opinions and experiences.
03-02-2003, 04:19 AM
From what I read WinXP is the better "gaming"-OS of those two for the simple reason that it has a better driver support when it comes to the entertainment-hardware you need for gaming.
03-02-2003, 08:32 AM
hi, and thanks for the reply.
i've ended up going with 2K, and for some very silly reasons. ok, i've dealt with it previously and the disk was beside me on the desk, which made the decision easier ("what? walk to the other side of my room to get XP? fsck that, 2K it is" i think is how it went). and these past couple of weeks, while researching and asking questions of people ("but what is XP like *without* all those lame features? give me a sensible answer, someone!"), i'm so utterly sick of people telling me i "have" to go with XP, "because it's cool." wtf? why should i care if you think it's cool? and i don't *have* to do anything.
mate, i think you've actually given me my first XP-related answer that is sensible - thanks. i'm giving 2K a two-week limit. if i can't get it running in a way that i think is acceptable, then XP it is.
once again, thanks for your reply. i'm actually going to monitor the driver support arena rather carefully, and see what i can see.
03-02-2003, 01:06 PM
First, here is how to install Tomb Raider 1 (http://members.cox.net/antisnipe02/tr1howto.html) on XP or 2000. It runs great. The only problem I have found with this is if you have a SIS chipset on your mainboard and install the SIS AGP driver. It will completely stop TR1 from installing or running by removing certain VGA modes. More info at the link above. The other TR games may or may not need compatibility mode to run (I think TR2 runs without it).
Here is where the problem comes in from my experience. Microshaft recently removed the Compatibility Updates from Windows Updates site and they ARE NOT in the service packs! So on a new W2K install you will not even have the compatibility option anymore. IE: MS has sabotaged Windows 2000 to force XP sales. The compatibility updates are still available if you search the downloads area and find them yourself.
XP is good to go for Tomb Raider games....but it's XP, the spamming, nagging, bloatware, AOL of operating systems. I partially agree that XP is better for gaming, but only IF you spend many, many hours turning off much extra junk in it. System Restore, Auto Updates, many "services", the "pretty" themes, all off!
03-02-2003, 02:55 PM
Originally posted by Elvin Presler
....but it's XP, the spamming, nagging, bloatware, AOL of operating systems. I partially agree that XP is better for gaming, but only IF you spend many, many hours turning off much extra junk in it. System Restore, Auto Updates, many "services", the "pretty" themes, all off!
I really don't know what are you talking about. What spamming, nagging and bloatware do you mean, and system restore is actually a very useful tool, btw, and the auto-updates save you from checking the update website every week or so, plus, you can set them so they only alert you that the new updates are available, without downloading them. (It's a different matter that MS released XP with so many holes to be patched, even now.) Services require only 10 min to tune (mostly disable some of them), and I don't think an OS should be ugly to work good, I even have 3rd party theme software and I can play TR and enjoy my desktop the rest of the time.
I agree with the rest of your post.
03-02-2003, 08:45 PM
the spamming, nagging, bloatware, AOL of operating systems... mate, you are a champion! great observation! and thanks for the link, i'm checking that out now.
that was a big point against XP - i know XP might be a superior OS, but damn i didn't want to install an OS only to have to disable 90% of the garbage. it didn't seem worth it. still, i spose i'll use it eventually.
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