Monday, February 12, 2007

Continuing Vista Problems

nVidia's latest drivers for the 680i motherboards seem to causing more problems than they're worth.  Since upgrading I've had nothing but problems with the dual NICs.  Whichever one I plug the cable into has it's GW removed by Vista.  Trying to disable both NICs hangs the system.  Trying to add a GW to the NIC with the cable does not allow for network connectivity.

I'm on my second hard reset tonight...all I want to do is get on the Interne and get my email. 

Sure Vista is new, but I also ran 2000 in RC for months and moved to XP ASAP and never had these kind of stability and driver problems.

45 minutes of time wasted on simple networking issues to simply get Vista to not automatically remove the GW from the enabled NIC.

Posted by Steve at 01:18 | Computers-General | Comments (13) | Link

Monday, February 5, 2007

Hardware goodness

On a happier note, I finally started messing around with OCing my system.

I've had my x6800 up to 3.47GHz, DDR2 at 900MHz.  The memory bump pushed my WEI up by 0.4.  Oddly, going from 2.93 to 3.47GHz made no change.

Processor (x6800 @ 3.47GHz)= 5.8

Memory (2GB @ 900MHz)      = 5.9

Graphics (8800GTX)              = 5.9

Gaming Graphics                  = 5.9

Primary Hard Disk*               = 5.1

* 120GB SATAII upgrade is probably to 2 Raptors in RAID0

Posted by Steve at 00:25 | Computers-General | Comments (24) | Link

Monday, February 5, 2007

More Vista x64 woes

While for the most part I like the Vista experience, my optimism is slowly being eroded.

  1. No hibernation or sleep.  I cannot get Vista to wake up again.  I only get a black screen.  I've updated to all the latest BIOS and drivers available for both my video card and motherboard.  This wouldn't be too bad except for the long boot time and #2 below...
  2. Looooooong, long, long domain logins...what's it doing for so long before I get to the desktop?  it's not DHCP or DNS
  3. Odd several second random delays with the spinning "stargate"
  4. Windows Media 11 is horrible 
    1. Winamp 5.3 is not compatible
    2. iTunes runs slowly and poorly and installs drivers that WOW64 disables--there is a Vista compatible version in the works
  5. No 3Ware management utilities for my RAID card, the software installer says it requires 64bit Windows XP or 2003.
  6. No nVidia nTune support for my 680i motherboard
  7. WinRAR isn't integrated into Explorer and can only be launched by double-clicking the program short-cut and then deal with the UAC stuff.  3.70 vista compatible in beta though
  8. No x64 drivers for the MS fingerprint reader
  9. No drivers for my digital camera...come on, it's essentially just a USB drive.

Posted by Steve at 00:09 | Windows Vista | Comments (36) | Link

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Vista x64 troubles

While Vista is working just fine, I've found that I am unable to either sleep or hibernate.  Vista won't boot back up, all I am getting is either a black screen, or no signal to the LCDs.

Vista boot times are DEFINITELY NOT faster than XP.  I don't like the idea of constantly shutting down and restarting my system OR leaving it running 24/7 again.


Posted by Steve at 23:48 | Computers-General | Comments (40) | Link

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Vista Ultimate on sale!!

I'm pretty excited about Vista, now that I've finally gotten all the drivers I needed.  Well, the only one holding me back was one for my eVGA 8800GTX video card (x64, of course).

I' also excited about picking up a retail upgrade of Vista Ultimate from Fry's tomorrow.  According to their ad, it looks like you get a huge amount of "free-after-rebate" stuff with the purchase. 

Posted by Steve at 02:43 | Windows Vista | Comments (11) | Link

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

VPC2007 + Vista: New location for VPC List Shortcuts

When I build a new system or upgrade an OS, I usually keep my file structure the same and as such, the shortcuts for my VMs stay the same.  Since I usually have around 30-40 VMs installed in VPC, it's a pain to manually add them via the wizard or simply double-clicking the short-cuts and launching them.

In XP, Virtual PC stores the short-cuts it uses to populate the VPC List in

X:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Virtual PC\Virtual Machines

In Vista, this location has changed to:

X:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Virtual PC\Virtual Machines

It took me a while to figure out where the new location was...actually, I create a temporary VM with a unique name and searched for it.  Once I found it and copied my shortcuts over, my VPC 2007 list is just as fully populated as it was last night before I upgraded my main system to Vista Ultimate x64.

Posted by Steve at 02:37 | VirtualPC | Comments (19) | Link

Thursday, January 11, 2007

VPC2007 Tech Ref version 0.1 now available

It's finally live.  I started on this in October and just haven't been able to spend much time on it.  It's got some basic info and detailed instructions on installing Windows 98 in VPC.  This seems to be one of the most asked questions in the microsoft.public.virtualpc newsgroup.  Now I can link to here:

Posted by Steve at 03:48 | VirtualPC | Comments (7) | Link

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

1 megawatt-hour generated!!

I was going to post this when I hit 1000KWh, but I was out of town.  We're at 1013kWh as of this afternoon.  It took longer than I expected to hit this milestone.  The weather has been somewhat rainy and gray, so the panels aren't running at their peak.


Posted by Steve at 02:24 | General | Comments (14) | Link

Saturday, December 23, 2006


Only a 3.7 over in the Hayward fault, but it was big enough to feel tonight.  Felt like a truck hit the house.  No damage reported around here though.


Posted by Steve at 02:32 | Today | Comments (22) | Link

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

VPC2007, Intel VT, and M400

Toshiba has released a new bios update (for Vista) that resolves the VT problems when trying to run a VM in VPC 2007 with VT enabled.

Bios version 3.1



Posted by Steve at 15:14 | VirtualPC | Comments (13) | Link

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