[Vista] Some Things Work - Others Don't
I decided to be brave and installed Vista Beta 2 on my home computer. Because you have to format the C-drive, I made a huge, fresh backup of most of my files and went ahead with the install. Vista installed fine and started up OK with a few issues:
My ATI Radeon X850 XT gets a maximum of 1280 x 1024 - I will look for new drivers and see if that helps.
My Sound Blaster Audigy 2 zs refuse works...almost. I can use the front panel in- and output, but the output from the card on the back of the computer doesn't work at all. I'm currently running my sound via earphones from the front output... I have to investigate this further.
None of the Daemon Tools versions I've tried so far seems to work properly, which is a disaster because I got most software and backups saved as Images. IsoBuster got me going, but it's not as good as Daemon Tools (which I just luuuuuv).
I had some problems getting DNS lookups to work for some reasons. I could get to almost all webbsites except a few really important ones (like ms.com, google etc), which were pretty weird. I'm connected to the Internet via a router/firewall and have automatic IP configuration set up. I thought maybe it had something to do with IP6 or something so I just added my ISP DNS servers straight into the network settings and I've had no problems since then.
When the computer goes into Sleep mode and I want to start from it, it seems to hang in startup and I have to power off fully and press the power button again. When it starts up, it revovers from the hibernate mode, which seems to work well. Not sure why it cannot get going from Sleep mode but I'll have to investigate.
Other than that - performance is great, file copying seems to be faster than in XP (!), but maybe that was because I used a really crappy AV software. Someone blogged about some AV which worked with Vista... Ah here it is, blogged by Kristan Kenney on DigitalFile.
(All of a sudden the Media Player 11 stopped playing in a middle of a song... maybe it doesn't like David Bowie :o) I like the way Media Player 11 minimize to the system tray... I think. It takes up quite some space down there actually...
What else is there to say... it will take some getting used to the new File Explorer though, but I think it will work out pretty well. The Windows Sidebar is something I will explore some more - I'm thinking of developing a couple of (hopefully) useful Gadgets just for fun if nothing else. The CPU/Mem meter is just beautiful, and the RSS feed viewer is pretty cool.
Oh, and all these security allowance elevation dialog thingys which keeps poping up all the time you want to start/remove/change stuff will have to go. If you've decided to be local admin on your box you don't want to keep saying yes, Yes, YES, YAHHH DARNIT! all the time. Once should be enough :)