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traax On January 24, 2008




Melbourne, Australia
#1New Post! Feb 20, 2007 @ 04:01:21
WELL. With the resent release of Windows Vista I've heard some horrible stories and even experienced them on other peoples computers so I've come to the conclusion that I should abandon Windows altogether incase they have a sudden urge to update XP with copyright protection etc. in the future. So Ive gona ahead and chosen linux, installed it on another computer for testing and only have 2 probelms. 1 when I transfer my files over none of them work, realised that they were in 2 diff. file formats (being NTFS and FAT) so my first question is is there some way i can covert the files as i havent been able to find a converter. 2. im a gamer SO I need games to work on the computer, but none of my games will install, anyone know how to deal with that issue?
thanks
lvl5geek On May 25, 2008




Somis, California
#2New Post! Feb 20, 2007 @ 04:04:42
.... Windows XP has always worked fine w/ me... You have to get Vista through Windows, as it's not an automatic update... (I checked. )

Yeah, I'm also a gamer. have you tried making sure that the licensing is agreeable to lenox???

(I don't know about your file formants... good luck!)
oreo_man On March 12, 2009




North Vancouver, Canada
#3New Post! Feb 20, 2007 @ 04:08:52
i wouldn't get vista until everything is compatible with it.
jonnythan On August 02, 2014
Bringer of rad mirth


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#4New Post! Feb 20, 2007 @ 04:13:08
Your transferred file problems have nothing whatsoever to do with NTFS or FAT.

Specifically what types of problems are you having accessing the files?

As for games... no. They won't work. You will need Windows for any remotely serious gaming.

Linux is not the answer for you. BTW, Linux is *not* UNIX.
lvl5geek On May 25, 2008




Somis, California
#5New Post! Feb 20, 2007 @ 04:16:01
... I can't believed i spelled linux wrong..

Anyway, I checked it up. Windows XP is best for gaming. Sorry, bud!
young_nick On December 11, 2010
The Dude





Auckland, New Zealand
#6New Post! Feb 20, 2007 @ 06:02:37
Yeah XP is best for games. Personally I'd get a Mac...cos I don't play games...but if you're going to be a gamer than windows is the way to go.

Chances are the games you have won't work on a Mac either.
rafael On September 10, 2008




Heaven, Mauritius
#7New Post! Feb 20, 2007 @ 06:40:05
@young_nick Said
Yeah XP is best for games. Personally I'd get a Mac...cos I don't play games...but if you're going to be a gamer than windows is the way to go.

Chances are the games you have won't work on a Mac either.



Yeah,Windows is ther best OS to play games..
traax On January 24, 2008




Melbourne, Australia
#8New Post! Feb 20, 2007 @ 12:28:54
Aiight, so Windows its best for games, Ill stick with it then. Um the file thing....lets say for music, none of my MP3 file will run also exe files I have wont work either, I downloaded limewire for linux and I tried to run the exe but it just came up with some error...I cant remember it exactly, same error came up when i played the mp3s
jonnythan On August 02, 2014
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#9New Post! Feb 20, 2007 @ 14:13:57
EXE files are executable files. In other words, they are programs.

Linux is a completely different operating system from Windows. Windows programs do not run on Linux, and likewise, Linux programs do not run on Windows. MP3 files may or may not work "out of the box" depending on which particular distribution of Linux you installed and which options you installed it with.

There's a big learning curve with Linux, as you're finding out. Installing programs isn't as easy as downloading an install file. Generally speaking, these "installation executables" you're used to on Windows simply don't exist. The most common installation method goes like this:

Download foobar.tar.gz from foobar.com
Open a terminal window
Type: tar xvzf foobar.tar.gz
cd foobar
make
make install

Then the program is shoved somewhere in your file system. Could be /usr/bin or /usr/sbin or /usr/local/bin, with some files in /usr/lib or / or somewhere else entirely. You won't get a nice little desktop icon because there are so many different desktop environments it's almost impossible to program with them in mind. So you have to make your own desktop or menu icon.

Sound card doesn't work? Uh oh. Finding and downloading the right sound card driver is a huge pain and installing it can be even harder. This will almost always involve opening large cryptic text files and changing some options or perhaps even recompiling your core system kernel. You'll need to download the appropriate kernel and system source into /usr/src.

Linux, at this point in its lifetime, is simply a gigantic pain in the a** for a desktop user. It's very good as a server, and if you're willing to invest a lot of time to learn a lot about the actual function and construction of the operating system, then you can get by with it.

But, for you, there's absolutely no reason to move away from Windows. Especially since, as a gamer, you *need* to retain Windows anyway.
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