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Vista is Pretty but Also Pretty Frustrating

Vista is Pretty but Also Pretty Frustrating

January 6, 2007 5:55 pmComments are Disabled

Update: Samsung released a Vista driver for the ML-4500 printer on January 29, 2007

I have been running Vista on my tablet PC for a while but just this week I put Vista on my main desktop machine at work.  I have to say that the Aero Glass experience is really nice on a decent machine (and not even something to write home about – just dual core 2.8GHz, 2GB RAM, Intel 945G Express chipset with integrated graphics).  Seriously, Aero Glass really rocks.  It raises the bar for OS X.

But I’m at my wit’s end with all the driver troubles.  Off the top of my head, here’s what I’ve dealt with so far:

1. Display resolution option was maxing out at 1920 x 1080 even though my monitor is 1920 x 1200.  And the little Intel applet was showing 1920 x 1200 as a supported monitor resolution.  Nothing I tried worked and then in the middle of doing something else, the screen flickered and voila! it switched to the proper resolution autmoatically.  (My monitor is a BenQ FP231W and I had to download a driver to get Vista to recognize it – never had that problem with XP.)

2. I can’t install my Samsung ML-4500 printer because it is an NT 4.0 style kernel mode driver (if I understood the error message correctly).  You can enable kernel mode printer drivers in the local computer policy but that didn’t fix the problem (even after a reboot).

3. I can’t install my TASCAM US-122 USB audio interface device.  I’ve been using it to record the Devcasting podcast.  I called TASCAM operational support and they told me Vista is still in beta so they don’t have a driver yet!  I tried to explain that it was released (i.e., business vs. general consumer release) but they said I was wrong.  Uh, yeah, thanks fer nuthin’, TASCAM.  Grrr.  I’m going to need to dual boot XP I guess to record Monday’s show.

4. My motherboard is from ASUS and the ASUS web site has no Vista drivers available so I had to go find them from Intel, Realtek, etc.

I don’t know why I do this to myself.  I should just buy new machines with Vista pre-installed.  Of course my TASCAM and Samsung printer still wouldn’t work.  Ah the joys of early adoption.

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