I have recently bought a nice shiny new desktop PC. It came highly recommended in a magazine, so I thought it should be great.
The kit came with Win XP 64-bit preloaded. Now I'm not very tech-advanced, but I realise that I might have some problems with drivers not being available because XP64 is brand new. So, I ordered 2Mb broadband, so that I could get on the net and download what I needed (I previously only had dial up internet, which was pants for downloading stuff).
My fears of driver problems were realised when none of my existing external hardware would work. My digicam software, printer and USB TV-tuner all do not recognise XP64-bit.
Next, my broadband software wouldnt play with XP64, so I cant even get the thing connected to the net to download updates. I do have a dial up connection, but as my Norton Antivirus is not compatible yet with XP64-bit, I am reluctant to go online with it (my last PC was wiped out by viruses because I didnt have adequate security).
To add insult to injury, I cant even get my games to play on the new PC. Doom3 (half the reason why I bought the new PC in the first place) will not recognise the OS and fails during the installation.
So far, the only thing that I can actually get to work is my girlfriend's copy of The Sims 2, so now she has taken up residence on the thing. If I hear her giggle one more time as she buys some new wallpaper or something for her 6th generation virtual-Barbie, I'm gonna go nuts!!!!
Is anyone else out there experiencing a problems with Windows XP Professional 64-bit edition?
Main thing I need is an antivirus software that will allow me to go online and start getting updates. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
I'll point out that I blew most of my budget on the PC, so I'm not keen on forking out for a copy of standard Windows XP to dual boot. I think I'll have to persevere with 64-bit. But please, someone, save me my nightmare - surely my new PC is not only fit for playing virtual dolls houses!?!?
For info, the kit I bought is as follows:
JAL Jacinda (www.jal.co.uk
) Intel 2.8Ghz P4 820-D Dual Core, 1Gb 533Mhz DDR-2 Memory, 200Gb SATA Hard Drive, GeForce FX 6600GT PCI-X 128Mb DDR