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Bleeding Edge January 8, 2007

Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.

vista   I knew I should not have done it but I did anyway. My Computer Operations Support Specialist made the sound decision to pick up a copy of Microsoft’s Vista from the bookstore so he could learn about the tricks of installing it on his dual core laptop. We knew our more adventurous faculty would be asking us questions. The trouble began when I agreed to try it out also.

Soon after inserting the disk, I ran into the first problem. Some programs were not going to function with Vista. After careful consideration, I decided I could do without the two pieces of software, a firewall, and a disk-burning suite. Already I was feeling a little naked.

An hour or two later, Vista was up and running on my machine, a relatively new computer from Gateway. The first sign of a problem came when I could not hear anything through the speakers. To simplify the complicated, my audio card would not function with Vista. Creative Labs still have three weeks to work out a solution before the official release date of Vista, but they are not moving too quickly about it.

The next crisis occurred when I tried to run Second Life and meet a colleague on a pre-arranged island. Second Life saw my graphics driver as some generic inferior chip and refused to work with it. I was flabbergasted.

Exhaustive searches of all the driver sites taught me several things: 1) beta releases of major software can be problematic; 2) it is not always fun being on the cutting edge; and, 3) always have a back up plan.

I am not ready to give up on Vista yet, but I will give it a month and wait for the software and hardware vendors to catch up. Next time, I think I will wait a year or two for the bugs to be squashed before I plunge on ahead of the curve.



1. Jorge Freitas - January 15, 2007

Dude, I tried a beta copy of Vista on my Dell XPS laptop (lots of juice in the machine). Same types of problems. Don’t do anything crazy, like installing Linux, just stick with XP Pro…

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