Embarrassing benchmark results.

Windows Vista contains a handy little benchmarking utility; the idea being that games and stuff will be released with a minimum rating on them. Anyway, since I have Beta 2 of Vista in my possession, I installed it on my old rig and ran it. Here’s the rather embarrassing results (click on the image to see it in all its glory, or lack thereof):

It didn’t even pick up my TNT2 graphics card. I doubt there’s even any Vista drivers for it.

I was planning on running it on my new machine, but there aren’t any Vista RAID drivers for my motherboard (Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro SLI). I did e-mail Gigabyte asking about the availability of such drivers, and got the following reply:

Dear Sir,

Thank you for supporting GIGABYTE products and contacting GBT Tech Support. As to the problem you mentioned, since the chipset venders do not yet officially release the driver, we do not guarantee the M/B can support such OS. Therefore, we will suggest you to use the OS which is currently supported. Otherwise, you may contact the chipset vender or refer to the 3rd party web site for further assistance.

If in the future the chipset vender release driver for it, then you can use it on the M/B. If you still have any further question or suggestion about our products/service, please do not hesitate to contact with us directly. We will try our best to help you resolve the problem ASAP.

Best Regards,

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard of a “vender”…

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3 Responses to Embarrassing benchmark results.

  1. Kim van Wyk says:

    Actually, it apparently is a word. I looked it up on dictionary.com to find if it was something obscure so I could make a joke about it.

    Turns out it’s an alternate spelling for vendor. You learn something new every day…

  2. jerith says:

    It’s definitely a minor usage. a google search for “define:vender” returns only one hit from Princeton while “define:vendor” returns lots.

    English may be a living and evolving language, but there are still way too many “alternate spellings” coming into use from people who just can’t be bothered to learn how to spell…

  3. Ron2K says:

    True. As I said to Kim last night, the only reason it’s there in the first place is because of Chinese/Taiwanese/Japanese people trying to write English instruction manuals.