I wonder if someone could give me an opinion as to whether Microsoft is recommending that I get a different video card just so I will have one that is compatible with its new operating system, Vista, or if there is another compelling reason I should switch to another video card. Is the video card that I have really that outdated? To clarify why I'm asking such questions, a little background is in order.
I mentioned this in another recent thread, but I am a beta tester for Microsoft's new operating system, Vista. One of the practically inevitable consequences of that has been to discover incompatibilities between my PC and Vista, my video card being one. In connection with that incompatibility, I have received the following correspondence from Microsoft, which reads in part:
The local computer store that custom built my PC recommended the video card, as I explained to them that I wanted to be able to do some video editing with it. I regret that I can't tell you the brand name, but what I have seems adequate for that purpose.After checking the System Information you have attached carefully, I have found out that the Adapter Ram of the graphics card on your computer is 32MB and meanwhile it does not support DirectX 9.0.
Therefore, the major cause of the issue is that the graphics card does not fully meet the basic requirement of Windows Vista Beta 2 Ultimate version. The basic requirement is that we need a 128MB of graphics card which should support DirectX 9 effects. If we donít have such a card, we still can use Windows Vista. However, this may lead to many specific Windows Vista visual effects and functions out of work.
Anyway, I'm just wondering if you think I should really consider buying another video card, and if so, what you would recommend, as well as the approximate price I should expect to pay. Thanks in advance for your replies.