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Mha8649
02-22-2006, 11:13 AM
Ok I went out and bought xp 64 . But now I dont know if I want to install it or not ....My only real concerne is wether or not everything will work in L.W 8.5 or 9.0 when released. Mainly plugins and what not. :help: and any advantages or disadvantages. currents setup is xp pro sp 2
My system specs:
Amd 64 Atlhon 3200
2g pc3200
Gigabyte GA-K8NS Pro
160g wd hd
bfg fx5900xt

gjjackson
02-22-2006, 01:21 PM
Most plugins (.p) won't work. LScripts usually will. It doesn't seem to take too much to compile plugins for 64bit so I shouldn't be a problem for most developers, if they're a mind to.

Mha8649
02-22-2006, 01:36 PM
so basically theres not really an advantage to going to 64 right now.?

manholoz
02-22-2006, 02:08 PM
The main advantage is a very significant increase in rendering speed, and the possibility of handling very complex scenes that will choke a 32bit OS because of all the extra RAM that 64bit can handle

Mha8649
02-22-2006, 02:50 PM
Yes but only 2gig of ram in my system I dont think it will make a difference now maybe if I had 4+ gigs but I dont want to lose any plug-ins.And I think that sasquatch and lite wont work in 64 either.

Boris Goreta
02-25-2006, 02:32 AM
Every plugin works just fine on windows xp 64 bit if you install 32 bit version Lightwave.

RedBull
02-25-2006, 12:40 PM
From my own experiences, i'd stay with Win32.....

XP64 just does not have the support, and because it's an interim OS,
(i.e Microsoft won'y push 64 until Vista) means you don't have much benefit
at the moment.... It's too early.... :(

Parthius
02-25-2006, 04:57 PM
I have XP64 and can say there is no reason not to upgrade to XP64. Then you can run LW in 32 or 64 bit versions. I have 4GB memory with a dual core CPU, so if my LW render will fit in 2GB, I run two copies. There are plugin issues with LW64, but that is no reason not to upgrade to XP64 and add more memory.

Mha8649
02-25-2006, 05:21 PM
Yes but if for now I dont plan on upgrading memory for a while Im wating for the x2 4800s to drop in price and then upgrade mb to pci-x and get a 7800 512 gfx card so thats not going to happen for atleast 6months. so other than lw is there any advantage to upgrading to xp64 because for lw i dont see the need right now but I didnt know that you could install 32 bit so if theres a boost in performance on normal apps in windows such as games then I will install it.

Mha8649
02-25-2006, 07:33 PM
Alright well I just said uck it and formated and installed xp 64 and let me tell you it was a big *** waiste of time half my stuff does not work and i.e 64 is a joke I cant load half the pages. xp 64 sucks maybe in a year when they have drivers for everything but now I'm staying away. :thumbsdow

silverlw
03-08-2006, 07:27 AM
All depends on if you have drivers for your hardware or not. In my case i was lucky to see that i had drivers for everything and i checked this before i installed xp64. Now when i have tried it for a while i'l never return back to 32bit. I havent tried lw64bit only the lw32bit version but among things that gets wayyy faster in the 64bit os is handling of complex geometry. I highly welcome the 64bit lw when it's released.

gjjackson
03-08-2006, 07:42 AM
Alright well I just said uck it and formated and installed xp 64 and let me tell you it was a big *** waiste of time half my stuff does not work and i.e 64 is a joke I cant load half the pages. xp 64 sucks maybe in a year when they have drivers for everything but now I'm staying away. :thumbsdow

You can still use ie32. The biggest thing is you Have to do your homework and be sure the hardware has compatible drivers. I had to do some careful searching to be sure in getting drivers for the video card. I do rather like the xp64. But then I didn't use XP before. There are some nice things but there are features geared for novice users that are a hindrance. If I didn't need some plugins I'd use it mostly.

Mha8649
03-08-2006, 12:27 PM
The only advantage that I can see to xp 64 is the 64 bit capabilities.
I would really like to get the full potential out of my 64 bit amd processor.
but going to xp 64 now is kinda like going to a mac....90% of your programs wont work and about half of your hardware is incompatible...j/k .. :D