I guess my hunch was right after all (from an earlier “What’s New in Windows Vista?” post):
ATI has been tweaking its video adapter drivers to optimize them for Vista for a very long time and their hardware undergoes significant verification internally as well. Nvidia makes great cards as well but they seem to have lagged ATI this time around. This may just be my flawed perception.
As it turns out, Nvidia has been asleep at the switch in getting their Vista-ready drivers out. What have they been waiting on? I really don’t know. Microsoft did not exactly shock the world by springing Vista on the market at the last minute.
I’m sure some self-proclaimed Micro$oft H8r will find a way to twist this around and blame it on us fine folk here in Redmond, WA, USA.
What should you do if your computer has an Nvidia card? If it is one of the following cards you should be fine as there are “Vista-compatible” drivers available:
- GeForce 6
- GeForce 7 Series
- GeForce 8800
- GeForce FX Series
If your Nvidia graphics card is not listed above, either be patient or, in true American form, go sue. (I advocate patience.)
How do you find out what video card is in your machine?
- Right-click on your Desktop
- Choose “Properties” (or “Personalize” then “Display Settings” on Vista**)
- Click the “Advanced Settings” button
- Look at the “Adapter” tab
- If you see any of these models you have an Nvidia card 🙁
** – Uhh, if you are running Vista and can see your desktop your video card is working. :confused: