Posts tagged ‘windows vista’

A Couple of Notes…mostly about OS software (and Ballmer Was Not Responsible)

Remember the ‘Vista Capable‘ bit on machines (with 512 meg of memory, no less)?  If you bought one, you should read that article.  These were basically the machines released before Vista was…oddly enough, there was a backlog (an inventory) on them too.  So they could only run Vista Basic.  Overstock.com even has quite a few of those machines left [I’m noting this because if you ignore the warranty, open the case, and add the memory, they’ll do just fine; the minimum is a gig, sweet spot starts at at least two gigs).  They could only run Vista Basic pretty sluggishly, too (although it speeds up a lot once the eye-candy is stripped).  Anyway, you’ll be pleased to know Steve Ballmer wasn’t involved.  No, didn’t know anything about it, he means.  He means, it was somebody’s–anybody’s–fault but his own.  Hell, it must be the janitor (it was the first link).

Second, and a big second.  When the new Windows OS comes out, DON’T BUY IT.  Wait for at least six months, generally at least a year.  This lets everyone get drivers actually updated and for the true final stage of beta testing to be complete.  Stay with your old one.  Remember Tiger Direct because you can get an old OEM Operating System (you can still buy Windows XP out of the box, legally, from here).

–Glenn

October 7, 2008 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

Vista and No Screensaver, Dell

It happens because of your Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse, version 3–hardware version, mind you–of the sending unit.  If you disable C:\Windows\system32\igfxtray.exe, it works.  Even Psych, my favorite screensaver…works.  In fact, it even goes into ‘sleep’ mode or whatever you want to call the reduced-power mode.  [the name of the file was edited.  What you disable it in is the startup folder.  Probably the easiest way to do this is to just get CCleaner and install it; trust me, the other tools will be immediately useful.  Works with Vista and XP, and I bet it still works with 2000, even ME.  Just disable, don’t delete it (although you could; it is not necessary to run on startup, doesn’t noticeably affect performance except in negative ways, and disables the screensaver at least on the Inspirons]

–Glenn

September 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm 3 comments