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ragejg
03-28-05, 12:09 AM
Just wanna see how many people have actually been able to run card after card after card on their present OS install...

My last install was, ummm, last summer... and since then I've run:

MSI GF3
BFG 5800U
PNY 5700NU
MSI ti4200
eVGA 5700U
BFG 6600GTOC
BFG 6800NU

And I have yet to have any card changing problem which has caused me to require reinstalling my OS. :dance:






So, how bout you guys?

LT.Schaffer
03-28-05, 12:20 AM
Well I've Only Had My Rig Since Last July So Here's What I've Had In It
Geforce FX 5200[Had To Put That In While I Waited For 6800 To Arrive]
ASUS V9999"Gamer Edition"6800NU
Hopefully I Will Get A 6800 Ultra Which is What I Wanted To Get But Had To Get The 6800NU Because I Could Not Get Hold Of An Ultra At The Time :(

jAkUp
03-28-05, 12:45 AM
Dual 6800 Ultras :D

I reformat every 2 weeks usually. Keeps things cleaner... Never really had any problems (always use drivecleaner, and cab cleaner) but I just have a better piece of mind when doing a clean install.

I update all my BIOS's, drivers, firmware, the second new versions are released, so I feel better doing a clean install, then installing all the latest versions of everything rather than piling up the updates. Keeps the registry clean, and keeps Windows happier :)

I always tweak Winxp and install all my drivers in a very specific order as well :D

This is my current desktop... told you I like to keep my system clean ;)

wEEt
03-28-05, 01:13 AM
6800GT. Reformated about 2 months ago.

WimpMiester
03-28-05, 01:27 AM
Started with DOS years ago and a Trident, since then:
Windows 3.1/3.11 - ATI Mach 32
Windows 95/98/98se - Voodoo 2 w/ATI Rage Fury 128, Voodoo2 SLI w/Radeon 32 (now called 7200)
Windows 98se/XP - NVIDIA Ti 4200 128
Windows XP - NVIDIA 6800GT (current)

Drive has been cloned and upgraded with each OS install and hardware upgrade. Never had to wipe drive and install from scratch.

stncttr908
03-28-05, 02:23 AM
Just my trusty 9800 Pro on this install. The only other card that has been in this system is a GF3 ti200 when my 9800 was being RMA'd.

ChrisRay
03-28-05, 02:25 AM
Dual 6800 Ultras :D

I reformat every 2 weeks usually. Keeps things cleaner... Never really had any problems (always use drivecleaner, and cab cleaner) but I just have a better piece of mind when doing a clean install.

I update all my BIOS's, drivers, firmware, the second new versions are released, so I feel better doing a clean install, then installing all the latest versions of everything rather than piling up the updates. Keeps the registry clean, and keeps Windows happier :)

I always tweak Winxp and install all my drivers in a very specific order as well :D

This is my current desktop... told you I like to keep my system clean ;)

Format every 2 weeks? yeesh whatever reason would you do that for? It wont make any real difference you know ;p I went with the same Operating System for a year and my system always performed optimally because I maintained it.

However when the nforce 4 arrived. I installed a new Operating system. Actually when my Giagbyte failed. And I installed the Asus board. I didnt even reinstall. Because I saw no need too since they were the same chipset. No problems as of yet.

SLippe
03-28-05, 02:36 AM
Geforce2 MX400 or MX440 (can't remember) 64MB made by Powerball
Geforce Ti4400 128MB made by PNY
Geforce FX 5950 Ultra 256MB (current card) made by ASUS.

Absolution
03-28-05, 02:26 PM
on my old pc i went from a ti4600 to a 6800 GT and didn't have to reformat

ive traded the 4600 and an mx420 around in a few comps without even reinstalling drivers

ynnek
03-28-05, 03:04 PM
I seem to avg about 3 vid cards per computer/OS install..

From now on, I'm going to just buy a computer, and run it how its for 3-5 years, then going out and buying a brand new computer.. since by then, you almost basically have to anyways, at least lately it seems like it... Well, except for minor upgrades like a boost of ram and an extra HD. The way vid cards are priced now though, I don't think I'll be swapping out vid cards as much anymore.

But I also want a laptop.. Figure if I budget at like $3000 every 5 years or so, I can buy a relatively nice $2000 system, and a decent $1000 laptop.

We'll see how that really goes over the next few years though. hahaha

Mr_LoL
03-28-05, 04:18 PM
is reformatting wiping your hard drive clean? No way would i do that if it is. I would lose all my pron and my games. I am currently on my third 6800 since al the other 2 keep on breaking. Must be my power supply.

SH64
03-28-05, 04:20 PM
Do you actually ask about how many cards you ran in your current OS (as in XP , 98 , 95 ..etc)
or how many cards you ran in your current OS without the need to reinstall it ??

for Q1 (winXP):
FX5800NU - FX5900 - FX5900U - 9800Pro - FX5950U - 9800XT - 6800GT - X800XT

for Q2 :
FX5900U - FX 5950U - 6800GT - X800XT

Hint : driver cleaner is your friend ;)

Vishruth
03-29-05, 04:53 PM
Just two:

ASUS v9999 Ultra Deluxe (6800 Ultra, AGP 8x)
ASUS v8170 (GeForce 4 MX440, AGP 4x, 64 MB DDR Memory)

MustangSVT
03-29-05, 06:05 PM
I went from a Ti4200 to a 6800GT on the same windows install which I'm still using now. Haven't installed windows in about a year now I think and no problems so far.

ViN86
03-29-05, 06:45 PM
i reinstall my OS every time i get a new vid card. have had:

Radeon 7500
Radeon 9700 Pro
Radeon 9800 Pro
GeForce 6800GT

i hated the 7500, but every card since has been a dream :super:

wheeljack12
03-29-05, 08:05 PM
I'll do one better. Here is the history of video cards I have had since 3d acceleration was implemented. (3dfx daughter boards included)
I would say that windows xp would come in at the geforce 3 or 4 card.

-3dfx voodoo 1 4 mb pci daughter board(don't remember manufacturer)
-Creative Labs 3dfx Voodoo 2 12mb pci daughter board
-Creative Labs 16mb 3dfx voodoo banshee agp
-3dfx voodoo 3 3500tv (3dfx's all in wonder tv tuner/vid card)16mb agp
-ATI Radeon 7000 64mb agp(worst card I ever had, well before the catalysts)
-Hercules Nvidia Geforce 2 ultra 64mb agp
-PNY Nvidia Geforce 3 TI500 64mb agp
-PNY Nvidia Geforce 4 ti4600 128mb agp
-ATI All in wonder 8500 DV edition 64mb agp
-ATI all in wonder 8500 128mb agp
-ATI all in wonder 9700 pro 128mb agp (bad experience, was released too fast for the 8x agp)
-Forsa Nvidia Geforce FX5800 128mb agp (was the quietest for a 5800, but wasn't a 5800 ultra)
-EVGA nvidia Geforce FX5900 256mb agp
-EVGA nvidia geforce fx5950 256mb agp
-Sapphire ATI Radeon x800 xt platinum edition 256mb agp (best ATI card I ever had)
-and the current ones, two BFG nvidia geforce fx 6800 ultra pci-e.

NemesisChild
03-29-05, 09:23 PM
I've had my rig for about a year now:
BFG FX5500
PNY FX5700 Ultra (returned for 6800GT below)
PNY FX5900 (switched to another rig, still kicks ass)
BFG 6800GT OC (by far my all-time favorite card)
Never had to reformat, I'm compulsive about keeping my rig properly maintained!

shabby
03-29-05, 09:43 PM
Gf2, gf3, gf4, gf6 plus i went from a p3 celeron to a p4 without a reformat, reformats are over rated.

MustangSVT
03-29-05, 10:05 PM
Lol, I haven't reformated my main 80GB Maxtor in like 4 years and no problems so far. :eek:

Joe Public
03-30-05, 10:59 AM
Last time I reinstalled the OS was 9 months ago, I've only run my 9800NP and my current 6800GT on that install. Thinking of doing a reinstallation soon though.

ViN86
03-30-05, 11:32 AM
thats a lot of vid cards wheeljack, hehe. my 7500 had a cold solder problem, whenver the thing would warm up, the connection (wherever it was) would break and i would get artifacts and freezing. guess you get what you pay for, heh.

latinmike
05-05-05, 11:52 PM
let,s see first Geforce4 64 mbs., mx420 apg. 5700 le,6800gt.

ragejg
05-06-05, 10:32 AM
LatinMike, reduce your signature please, it's outlandishly huge...
10 lines max please, not eighteen...

Tr1cK
05-06-05, 11:26 AM
Format every 2 weeks? yeesh whatever reason would you do that for? It wont make any real difference you know ;p I went with the same Operating System for a year and my system always performed optimally because I maintained it.

However when the nforce 4 arrived. I installed a new Operating system. Actually when my Giagbyte failed. And I installed the Asus board. I didnt even reinstall. Because I saw no need too since they were the same chipset. No problems as of yet.

I agree. Ive went through 4 motherboards (VIA, SIS, NF2, and NF3) and 2 video cards (9800 and 6800GT) on the same install of XP with the only hitch being me having to use a PS2 mouse after the initial bootup until USB drivers were installed. All benches and real world usage didnt show me any slow downs or issues at all. Granted it was all done off the same RAID card, so using onboard would probably spring up a slew of issues.

But as far as video cards only, just make sure the system id clean of old drivers and roll on.

MikeC
05-06-05, 05:35 PM
Just wanna see how many people have actually been able to run card after card after card on their present OS install...

My last install was, ummm, last summer... and since then I've run:

MSI GF3
BFG 5800U
PNY 5700NU
MSI ti4200
eVGA 5700U
BFG 6600GTOC
BFG 6800NU

And I have yet to have any card changing problem which has caused me to require reinstalling my OS. :dance:


This is a great example of how consumers benefit from NVIDIA's Unified Driver Architecture!