Re: 8800 GT
You're really using the wrong tool for the job.
If you don't want to screw around with your home OS, you shouldn't be using a (semi-)bleeding edge distro to begin with.
You're are switching to Windows XP, right? Not Windows Vista. Why not? Because Vista is too bleeding edge and you want a -stable- solution. (As far as Windows XP can be called stable...)
Same applies to Linux. If you're using Fedora/OpenSUSE/Mandriva you are more-or-less using a bleeding edge distro. If you want a stable disto with zero post-installing-changes, you should consider switching to CentOS/RHEL, SLED or Debian stable. Sure, you won't have a chance to play with the latest improvements in the OSS worlds, but once it works, it works. Period.
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