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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 4:22 pm 
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Question for techies. :) I'm traveling a lot this summer for work but I want to get a lap top that I can still use blender with. I really don't know what is compatible with what. :roll: I know there has been a lot of problems with Vista but I can't find a lap top that doesn't use it. I'm currently building one through Dell which I have an open account with, so I will get one through them. I'm staying away from the 64 bit, I was told that it doesn't run the older software and I still need to run URU. I need a really really good graphic card and a lot of ram. I would like a second opinion on this lap top. It's a lot more money than I initially wanted to spend and of course the sales person stated I won't do much better.


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The problem isn't the UAC. It's the inherited permissions that Vista imposes on Program Files and its subdirectories. When I installed in Program Files, the game could not create the files in the INIT directory as well as not being able to create the log files in the log directory. Other people suggest setting the program to run as Administrator but if you use ProgramData instead, you do not have to play games with Administrator privileges or directory permissions.. just install it. This works both for Vista and Windows 7. It is very helpful to be able to create log files when you are playing with Python code (of course you need a special program to read those log files :wink: ).


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One of the big differences between Home Premium and Business is the System Restore. Business has better back up and flexible system restore. It is well worth the extra $40+/-.

I'm a big fan of nVidia video cards. I'm not a fan of ATI. You are limited as to which cards will fit in a laptop. Tom's Hardware and Anand's have reviews of video cards. Your real performance edge is going to come from the video card, at least with 3D apps. The newer nVidia cards are graphics & physics calc capable. I have not looked to see if ATI is adopting the PhysX technology or if it is still left up to 3rd party driver writers.

I have looked at nVidia's tech and the newer 200 series cards with CUDA. They make excellent use of the GPU's and dual and quad core CPU's. The GeForce 260 GTX is about the best price/performance ratio you can find. The dual 295 GTX is about 50% faster than anything else.

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