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 Posted: Thu Jan 29th, 2009 02:52 am
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Hello forum,   I recently bought a new asus laptop.  I wanted modest to good gaming for a discount price and this laptop looked good (from best buy).   Unfortunatly I have tried Flatout Ultimate Carnage and Shaun white snowboarding to no avail. I have received a few tips it may be the operating system (windows vista 64 bit)  not being mainstream enough yet to be compatible.  SO,  I am considering changing operating systems maybe to xp but they said I will need to find the drivers myself,  and that they will not guarentee that the drivers will work.  Any tips?  ideas? Knowledge?  

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The Vista 64bit Operating Systems sucks!!!  I have had many problems with it.  Try regular Vista (32bit). Before reinstalling, which is an undertaking, go to http://usa.asus.com.  Use the support link at top, and go to downloads.  It should give you all your drivers for your machine.  REMEMBER to save all your drivers before installation onto an external drive so you can load them later. 

If you are not sure, then take to someone local by you to have them do it.  It is labor intensive. 

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The link above to the Asus website is a good place to look for the drivers for XP for your laptop. Look in device manager for all devices and get drivers for them.  If you can find the XP drivers, download them and burn to CD.

You have some things to consider with changing the operating system.

You will need an XP disk and a legitimate key that has not been used on another system. I use XP Pro on most systems -- Home has some issues with networking.  You want to be able to get all the Windows updates as they come out, so a legitamate key that will validate is a must. 

Personally, I would invest in a new hard drive for the laptop to load XP and keep the Vista hard drive in a static bag on a shelf for later. If you decide to sell the machine or if you need to have a warranty repair, you might need to put that hard drive back into the machine.  Even if you have reinstall disks, the machine could go non-functional and you would not be able to put the OS back in case of a warranty issue.  Keeping the drive intact and putting XP on a different drive would be my choice.

If you have an XP disk and key, and you can get the drivers for XP for your specific machine, you can reload it with XP.

It will take a couple of hours to get XP loaded.

Then install the motherboard/chipset drivers, audio, video, possibly a network card driver, etc. from the driver cd you burned.

Then install an antivirus program -- AVG Free edition is good; Avast is good (also free).

Next, go to Windows Update and get all the critical updates and service packs.

Should be good to install games from there -- if you want any programs like office -- you will have to install from cd. If you have already used these install disks on your Vista system, you may not be able to use them again as the keys have already been registered and it will look like you are installing on a different machine.

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Ty guys for these good replys. 

So a question I have is if I use somebody elses product key from a windows operating system)xp or whatever that is illegal right?   another question I have is when I got this computer the best buy guy said its illegal to put xp on it.  (B/C of some crazy law that microsoft has about systems that come with vista now adays at best buy) 

 but,   when I talked to the Asus guy the other day on the phone he said its not illegal.  I have 2 friends that say it is not illegal to do this.  ?????    so I guess the best buy guy is out numbered on this one but I saw something on the web that agrees with him know anything about this issue?? 

I think once I buy an xp copy I am going to try to get the drivers and maybe do an alternative hard drive like you mentioned.  I cant wait to play some games !!!   thats what I got this for in the first place !  b/c it has a nvidia 9400 class graphics card that should hold its own with games right?   anyways.....      It will be interesting to see how the xp drivers are with this considering it was made for vista 64 and I think 32 bit vista works fine on it but I am not sure.

Thank you so much. 


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Yes, it is illegal to use somebody else's product key.  Except for in certain multi-user license scenarios, each copy of XP must be separately licensed.  

Contrary to the Best Buy representatives belief, tt is perfectly legal to purchase and install your own copy of XP on your system.  The confusion probably stems from the fact that Microsoft was trying to stop major companies from continuing to offer XP downgrades from Vista.  Best Buy may not have been allowed to offer XP on the systems but that does not affect your right to install an alternative operating system.

Keep in mind, although it shouldn't affect your warranty for parts and repairs, the company you purchased the computer from may not provide support for a different operating system.

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callpocket wrote: Personally, I would invest in a new hard drive for the laptop to load XP and keep the Vista hard drive in a static bag on a shelf for later. If you decide to sell the machine or if you need to have a warranty repair, you might need to put that hard drive back into the machine.  Even if you have reinstall disks, the machine could go non-functional and you would not be able to put the OS back in case of a warranty issue.  Keeping the drive intact and putting XP on a different drive would be my choice.Then install the motherboard/chipset drivers, audio, video, possibly a network card driver, etc. from the driver cd you burned.

I strongly agree with your suggestion for a new hard drive for the XP installation.  It gives you a quick, easy, alternative in case you have any troubles with your installation.  It also helps if you forgot some important files on your Vista drive that you realize you needed later.

As for drivers, I consider the following the most critical: Video Card and Network Adapter (or possibly modem).  The Network adapter (or possibly modem if you connect through dial-up) is the most critical since it will allow you to connect to the internet to either download missing/updated drivers or research support for any issues you come across.  The video card is important since it will make it simpler to see the screen and since some webpages (because of poor design) may be difficult or even impossible to read.

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