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#1 34BLEEP00XX

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 03:03 PM

What Windows7 is best for games? 32bit or 64bit?
Can a MIDI connector(Joystick connector) be used in Windows 7?
Can old joysticks be used in Windows 7?

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 12:09 AM

According to our friend Wikipedia:

Microsoft has discontinued game port support with Windows Vista, so it is probable that manufacturers will cease to produce boards with this connector. However, it's still entirely possible to provide third-party drivers that will work with the game port, and some companies that have produced game port cards in the past do so. USB adapters that allow gameport controllers to work have also been available.


So you're pretty much on your own there.

As far as bit goes, 64-bit allows you to have more than 4GB of RAM (which gamers like). But there are occasionally compatibility issues with 64-bit systems (certain drivers, programs, etc. don't work). Personally, I'm a 32-bit guy. 4GB of RAM is plenty for what I do. Your needs may differ, however, and perhaps 64-bit is right for you.

It depends on if you want to upgrade your current system (and if it's compatible with Windows 7 and/or 64-bit), or if you want to buy a new computer with Windows 7 preinstalled.

If you give us a little more info on what your current setup is and what you wish to have with Windows 7, we can better advise on whether or not switching to Windows 7 (or possibly dual-booting) is right for you. :huh:

If you Publish a Snapshot using Speccy, we can quickly assess if your hardware is up to par with the requirements for running Windows 7.
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 03:55 AM

It depends on what games you want to play? Looking at your other two question, can we guess you want to play older games? For older games, 32 bit is sufficient.
Keeping in mind of future games, a 64 bit system is better. More and more games are being designed to keep 64 bit user in mind.

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 01:12 PM

Thanks for the advice. I don't have yet a new computer so this is just a question for advices. I will buy new computer later.

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I have heard a Virtual PC emulator for windows 7. What is it? Is that for windows XP on Windows 7?

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 02:47 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_machine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Virtual_PC

How to Install an Operating System in Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

Notice the difference in MICROSOFT Virtual PC and the WINDOWS Virtual PC that runs XP Mode. Microsoft Virtual PC is the program (free from Microsoft) that everybody can use on any Windows OS to run a virtual machine (vm). Windows Virtual PC (it's also free) is used for XP Mode exclusively for Windows 7 (Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions only). You can't install a regular OS into the Windows Virtual PC because it's only for XP Mode. When you install XP Mode, it will give you a virtual hard drive that already has XP installed on it. If you did it through Microsoft Virtual PC, you would have to install it manually from a disk or ISO image.

If you get a high enough edition of Windows 7 (Pro or higher), and you want to run XP Mode through Windows Virtual PC, no problem. It is supposed to integrate pretty well. I've never actually used it because my laptop doesn't support HAV (something else you will have to have to run XP Mode).

But, there is a [better in my opinion] open source alternative called VirtualBox. Their website can tell you all you need to know about their software. I really like it. :huh:

I recently ditched Microsoft Virtual PC for VirtualBox. Not only does it have more customizable features, but it also runs a lot smoother (less resource intensive).

Do you have any other questions about virtualization? I am all ears. :huh:
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Posted 24 October 2010 - 09:19 PM

I have tried VirtualPC, VirtualBox and VMPlayer. I have to say that VirtualBox is better but VMPlayer is the best. I was pleased from head to toe after using it.

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 11:49 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, Romeo. I'm always itching to try new toys. :huh:
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Posted 07 November 2010 - 11:44 AM

More questions. Can I run these games with Windows 7?

Battlefield 1942
Battlefield 2
Call of Duty
Medal of Honor
Operation Flashpoint
Worms 2
Worms Armageddon
Worms 4 Mayhem
Doom 3
Doom 1(what??)
Rise of the triad
Red Faction 1
C&C Red Alert
C&C Tiberian sun
C&C All other titles

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 01:41 PM

Yes you can run those games and with Doom you will need to install/run DosBOX.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 02:23 PM

That DosBOX is bit shaky. Any other emulators.

Have you heard of this emulator: Abandon Loader.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 02:26 PM

No I haven't but try it out and post back your findings.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 02:36 PM

I have tried it and it's good. You should try it also. I have tried that on windows XP because I don't have Windows 7 yet. I'm in progress to buy a new machine. It supports VDMSound emulator also.

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