Non-Vista-ready hardware creates problems

— 10:12 AM on December 13, 2006

Stocks of non-Vista-ready hardware are becoming a problem for hardware manufacturers, according to DigiTimes. The publication says motherboard and graphics card manufacturers in particular are worried that prices for such products will plummet once Vista comes out next month, resulting in losses. To avoid such losses, the manufacturers are attempting to clear their stocks by shipping more of their hardware to governments and developing markets. Affected products include ATI Radeon 9250 and Nvidia GeForce MX4000 graphics cards, neither of which have Vista drivers available.

The problem extends beyond unsupported hardware, too. DigiTimes says its sources expect demand for products like video cards and integrated graphics chipsets that support only Vista Home Basic to drop quickly, as well. Other versions of Vista include Microsoft's new Aero Glass user interface, which requires a graphics card or integrated graphics with Shader Model 2.0 support and 128MB of memory.

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