I plan on buying a HP laptop once the dual turion X2 comes out in may. Right now their video cards are the 128MB ATI RADEON(R) XPRESS 200M w/Hypermemory(TM). This could all change by the time the new lap tops come out, but if they still have this video card, will I have trouble running full Windows Vista with all of the bells and whistles?
From what I have read, I don't think the ATI 200 integrated video should have "Vista" problems. I have read several places that the integrated video is already compatible with "Vista", but I haven't read that it is "Fully" able to run it, so I'm not 100% sure. I would bet $ that the X2 related laptop will be compatible. I hope this helps you out?
I’m not a fanatic gamer, but I have tried on my laptop (1.66GHz dual core, 1GB RAM, nVidia Go 7400) a few racing games like CMR 2005 (medium quality settings). It played ok, so I recommend getting something like a dual core or 2+GHz processor and 1 GB of memory.
The video cards now will be able to run DX10 stuff, but not with it's new features. There are no DX10 cards out yet, so if you want full DX10 support you will need to wait for Nvidia and ATI to release them, which I would assume will be around the launch of Vista itself.
Windows Vista Capable and Premium Ready footnotes Windows Aero requires: DirectX 9 class graphics processor that:
Supports a WDDM Driver.
Supports Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware.
Supports 32 bits per pixel.
Adequate graphics memory.
64 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor less than 1,310,720 pixels
128 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions from 1,310,720 to 2,304,000 pixels
256 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions higher than 2,304,000 pixels
Meets graphics memory bandwidth requirements, as assessed by Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor running on Windows XP
A DVD-ROM may be external (not integral, not built into the system)..
Well these companies make it so complicated with their big talk before product launch, then the delays hit (along with reality), the product gets downgraded to actually work and you have an entirely different beast.