quite happy with the OS up to this point, and was mildly going
about my business, when I noticed that my ISDN modem was only
using one channel. Uh oh. So, I punched in some init strings (Viva
Hayes compatible modems!) and reconnected to my ISP. Again, only
one channel (64k instead of 128k). I called 3Coms tech support,
and spent a good hour or so with one of their representatives
trying every known init string to force the modem to use both
channels...to no avail. It was most definitely Windows 2000 that
was the problem not the modem itself. I checked out the
help system (since the manual obviously was useless to me) and
went through several different troubleshooters with no luck.
out that while Windows 2000 recognizes my modem as the Courier
I-Modem ISDN Ext. PnP it wasnt letting me configure
it for ISDN use. See, my modem is a great one. Its a full-featured
ISDN modem, but its also everything else 56k, 28.8,
etc. And Windows 2000 seems to think that its just a regular
modem. Yeesh. So, I tried using other drivers that were recognized
as ISDN modems, but it just wasnt happening. Oh well.
I decided to use that computer on my network that I was using
as a printer/file server as my Internet proxy. That computer (which
is running Windows 9x) is the one with the modem installed, and
thanks to Sygate, I can use it to auto-dial to the Internet whenever
a computer on the network makes a request. Plus, Im running
some kickass firewall software for added security.
my beef with the OS, but besides that, Im quite pleased
with it. A few things have crashed, most notably Photoshop, but
the system hasnt given me any problems, and Im at
long last freed from the shackles of Windows 9x system resources,
which could be crippling at times. Plus, thanks to the fact that
its got DirectX 7, almost all of my games run on it (be
sure to grab the software compatibility update from Windows Update
it adds support for a ton of games).
III Arena and Unreal Tournament both run great, as both clients,
and dedicated servers (and that improved multitasking means I
can realistically run a dedicated server in the background while
working and not notice any major system slowdowns). Windows 2000
is a bit more complicated for a lot of things, but its not
nearly as complex as any Linux distribution (which is either a
good or bad thing depending on your point of view) and is a good,
solid OS. Would I recommend it for the mass market? Hell, no.
But if you play a lot of games and work on the same computer,
its the only way to go.
install/uninstall cycle that I put most computers through eventually
takes its toll on the system. Programs, and particularly games,
tend to leave excess crap in your system registry, and this can
really screw up your system. Windows 2000 handles this far better
than Windows 9x, and for that alone it gets the thumbs up from
course, Ive only been using it for a few days. Get back
to me in six months and see if Im still pleased with it,
but so far, its been a good (but not perfect) upgrade experience.
Jason "loonyboi" Bergman is the editor-in-chief here