There are 25 entries for the tag Vista
How BabySmash kept me loyal to Kensington

The 2nd most popular article I’ve had on this blog has nothing to do with programming.  While that could be depressing under a certain light, I think it’s actually quite telling of an interesting situation.  I love my Kensington Expert Mouse, but it’s not supported under Vista.  I wrote an article that shows how to get the programmable buttons working again, minus the chord functions.  This article gets more traffic than all but one other post on my blog. The article has also received a large amount of feedback.  I think this says a lot about Kensington customers and...

posted @ Thursday, November 6, 2008 5:46 PM | Feedback (1)

My first Virtual PC under Vista or x64

It’s been quite awhile since I created a virtual PC; a couple of years probably.  This is the first time I tried to create one under either Vista or x64.  Here were some interesting findings… I used the wizard to create the first virtual PC and its hard drive.  I booted to a Vista x64 install and walked through the first stages of the process with no problems.  After an hour to an hour and a half, it rebooted and I thought I was going to be well on my way to having my virtual PC ready to use. ...

posted @ Monday, July 14, 2008 2:23 PM | Feedback (1)

Assistance Needed: TV & Home Server/Media Center

As Kelly and I plan our move, we've decided that now is the time to invest in a television.  We're a little behind in technology here.  Okay, more than a little, a lot.  Our "big" TV is a 27" CRT that is about 10 years old.  In our new (and small) digs, we thought it would be wise to go ahead and get a flat screen TV to save space.  In Cincinnati, we have a living room (sans TV) and a family room (with the 27" TV).  In Redmond, we'll have a single living space, so it'll need to house...

posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2008 9:30 PM | Feedback (4)

Still no go... back to 3GB RAM

After installing Vista Service Pack 1 things seemed to be running pretty well.  Both ATI cards were functioning and looking good.  But after a couple hours of use, system performance degraded, especially relating to video.  Then the ATI drivers crashed and restarted successfully, just like the nVidia drivers did. So, back to 3GB RAM.  I will submit a ticket to Microsoft when I have the energy.  Otherwise, I am considering this case closed.  I cannot use 4GB RAM and 2 video cards on this Dell OptiPlex with Vista 64-bit. Technorati Tags: nVidia,ATI,Vista,64-bit

posted @ Thursday, February 21, 2008 5:53 PM | Feedback (1)

Video Card Update - Vista Service Pack 1

I installed Vista Service Pack 1 today.  I put my stick of RAM back in, and I have no distorted graphics.  Still using the 2 ATI cards.  I'm going to keep my fingers crossed.  It feels good to have that 4th GB of RAM back. Technorati Tags: ATI,Video Card,Vista,64-bit

posted @ Tuesday, February 19, 2008 1:44 PM | Feedback (0)

VS.NET Find In Files Hangs on Vista

Today, I am embarking upon my global search and replace to change 13,000 lines of code.  But I have had a problem with VS 2003 on my Vista machine -- it likes to hang when I use Find in Files or Replace in Files. Google to the rescue.  I very quickly found that Visual Themes is the problem.  Fortunately, you can just turn Visual Themes off for VS 2003 without having to turn Aero off completely.  Excellent! I would have NEVER figured that out myself.  I freaking love Google! Technorati Tags: Google,VS.NET 2003,Vista

posted @ Tuesday, February 12, 2008 8:22 AM | Feedback (7)

How To: Cause a Vista BSOD with VS 2008

Just in case you want to do this, here's a step by step guide. Start VS 2008 (no need to open a project or file) Click on Tool->Attach to Process... Select wininit.exe and click Attach Wait for the debugger to initialize Click the Stop Debugging button When you attempt to attach to w3wp.exe, but it's not running, the keystrokes that you zip through in less than a second can cause you to be attached to wininit.exe.  Once...

posted @ Sunday, February 10, 2008 4:25 PM | Feedback (0)

Video Card Woes - Finally Over

I believe that my video card woes have finally come to an end.  As I discussed, the key ended up being my RAM, and not the cards.  Ultimately, I guess I can't use 4GB RAM + 2 video cards on Vista 64-bit.  This is good to know since I have 4GB RAM installed at home too, but only a single card (for now). After dropping my RAM down to 3GB, the displays look great, but I kept getting messages stating, nvlddmkm stopped responding.  This is the video driver for the nVidia cards.  I saw this a lot when I'd...

posted @ Thursday, February 7, 2008 12:04 PM | Feedback (0)

Video Card Woes - Up to 3 screens, down to 3GB RAM

I said in my last post that I was going to try yanking out a stick of RAM.  I had seen some mention of this in some message boards.  I'm either really happy or really sad (undecided) to report that this seemed to address the issue (for the most part). I am up to 3 screens, but down to 3GB RAM.  Apparently, Vista 64-bit cannot manage 4GB RAM as well as 384MB video memory.  I am still seeing the video driver "stop responding" but "restart successfully" every time I lock my screen and then log back in.  But while...

posted @ Monday, February 4, 2008 5:59 PM | Feedback (0)

Never-ending video card woes

I gave up on the ATI cards.  I went back to the GeForce 6200LE PCIe card that I bought for my XP machine.  This gives me dual monitor using the DVI-I and the VGA ports.  Then I bought a GeForce 6200OC PCI card to get to 3 (or 4) screens. After Dave Yardy gave me the clue about multi-monitor support in Vista, it looked like the PCI/PCI combination would not work.  And PCIe/PCI only works if the 2 cards use the same WDDM driver.  I was hopeful that 2 GeForce 6200 cards would run the same driver and I'd...

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2008 7:20 PM | Feedback (0)

Ditching the DVR

I mentioned in my post about 24 that we've ditched the DVR.  Any time I mention this to people in conversation, I get the immediate, "WHAT!  You were the first person I knew to get the DVR!  How could you get rid of it?"  So I figured I should provide my response here too, with a little background as well. I was quite possibly the first consumer in Cincinnati to get a Time Warner DVR.  I read about TW offering the DVR service in other cities/states, like NY, in October 2002.  I later learned that they were rolling it...

posted @ Saturday, January 19, 2008 1:53 AM | Feedback (0)

Print to PDF on Vista (x64)

The tools that I've previously used for printing to PDF haven't been working for me in Vista.  Upon a quick Google search, I found this article that links to CutePDF.  I had CutePDF installed and working in Vista x64 in less than 2 minutes.  And it's free.  Excellent! Technorati Tags: Vista,64-bit,PDF

posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2008 12:13 AM | Feedback (0)

Video Card Update (still unresolved)

ATI wrote: These are only troubleshooting steps to assist to try and resolve the issue at hand. There are two possibilities here: 1) one of the video cards; 2) the system. Since you state that the cards work fine individually, the issue could be system related. However, can you get the video cards replaced and try, do you have the same issue? I am responding with: This is a brand new Dell machine with brand new video cards (which came from Dell too). ...

posted @ Friday, January 4, 2008 4:44 PM | Feedback (0)

Notepad++ in Windows Explorer Context Menu (Vista 64-bit)

I had noticed that Notepad++ wasn't showing itself in my Windows Explorer context menu.  This was only the case on my 64-bit Vista install. Donn Felker provided a solution that made me happy again. Technorati Tags: Vista,64-bit,Notepad++

posted @ Thursday, January 3, 2008 7:58 PM | Feedback (6)

Video Card Woes, continued

Well, I wrote VisionTek on December 21, and I haven't heard back from them yet. So, I just sent the same message to ATI directly.  We'll see if they have the courtesy to respond. The box for the card touts the ability to run 2 of the cards and control up to 4 monitors.  I am thinking that in order to do that effectively, I'll need to be running off the DVI ports only and not one of the VGA ports.  This would require a DVI-I to dual VGA splitter Y cable.  I hunted around a bit and...

posted @ Wednesday, January 2, 2008 9:02 AM | Feedback (0)

Video Card Woes

I sent this message to VisionTek: I purchased 2 Radeon X1300 cards for use on a new Dell OptiPlex 740 with Vista 64-bit.  The machine is running an AMD 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ 2.20GHz processor and I have 4GB RAM.  I have 3 Dell 198FP 19" flat panels. I have been having a hard time getting drivers running with a quality display.  Screen painting is slow and as I move things around, there is a lot of "pixel poop" left behind. If I remove one of the cards, everything works great on 2 monitors (one hooked to the DVI with...

posted @ Friday, December 21, 2007 2:10 PM | Feedback (0)

Tweaking Registry for Taskbar in Vista

This post is proving useful.  It didn't solve my root annoyance, but it did help.  Here's what I wanted to beat... I like using Toolbars as quick menus on the task bar.  You can set them up like this:   But when you turn on "Lock the Taskbar" things get repositioned and it looks like this: From what I understand, the configuration of the taskbar toolbars is stored in binary in the registry.  I haven't yet found a way to manipulate it to get rid of the little gaps...

posted @ Wednesday, December 19, 2007 11:27 AM | Feedback (5)

Vista Explorer Niceties

I've started using a couple of nice features in the Vista Explorer.  First is the 'Favorite Links' area.  This is similar to the 'Favorite Folders' area in Outlook 2007.  Second is 'Use checkboxes to select items' from the View options. Here is a shot with both items in action: To turn on the checkboxes, hit Organize->Folder and Search Options.  Then on the View tab, there's an option for "Use checkboxes to select items."  I have only been using this for 10 minutes, but I already love it. Technorati Tags: Vista

posted @ Wednesday, December 19, 2007 1:32 AM | Feedback (0)

Kensington Expert Mouse on Vista (or Windows 7)

Not long ago, I wrote about how I love my trackball.  Unfortunately, Kensington isn't providing software for configuring the Expert Mouse in Vista (or in 64-bit XP from what I can tell).  However, I did find a solution, for the most part. Install IntelliPoint for Vista. Select "Microsoft Trackball Optical" as your device Install X-Mouse Button Control Double-click the icon that is added to your system tray. "Left Button" = Lower-left button "Right Button = Lower-right button "Middle...

posted @ Tuesday, December 18, 2007 11:46 PM | Feedback (62)

Visual Studio 2003 on Vista

I'm just now getting around to installing Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Architect on my new Vista workstation at the office.  I haven't been worried about this too much, because I have this setup working at home without problem. But of course, I ran into a snag here.  When I ran the setup, it highlighted the Pre-requisites task as the only available step.  Then when that opened up, I got this lovely message: I tried a few things to get past this, including installing the FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions for IIS 7 (RC1).  But I...

posted @ Tuesday, December 18, 2007 6:47 PM | Feedback (0)

Barracuda IM Client on Vista

I have to use Barracuda IM for one of my clients*.  I typically only sign in when we're shipping a new release though.  Today is one of those days, and I tried to install the client on my Vista machine, but I'm not having any luck. Needless to say, this machine has never seen Barracuda before, so the installer must be making some sort of a mistake.  My client is going to check to see if there's a 64-bit install. * This is by NO means an endorsement of Barracuda IM.  I'm not a fan myself,...

posted @ Tuesday, December 18, 2007 3:51 PM | Feedback (0)

Vista 64-bit Installation (part 3)

I took 2GB RAM out of the machine (to take it to 2GB), then finished the installation, ran Windows Update, and added the RAM back in.  All seems well.  That was a LOT easier than slipstreaming my own Vista installation! Here are the details for my Vista score: Processor = 4.9 Memory = 5.9 Graphics = 3.4 (haven't installed my aftermarket cards yet) Gaming graphics = 3.0 (same as above, but I don't really care about this one) Primary...

posted @ Friday, December 14, 2007 12:04 PM | Feedback (0)

Vista 64-bit Installation (part 2)

I got the blue screen again.  This time I had enough time to see the error message: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. I found the following knowledge base article: Error message when you try to install Windows Vista on a computer that uses more than 3 GB of RAM. This article states: To apply this update, you must use the files that are included in this update package to update the Windows installation source files. For information about how to do this, see the OEM preinstall kit (OPK) documentation or the Automated Installation Kit (AIK) documentation. ...

posted @ Friday, December 14, 2007 10:50 AM | Feedback (0)

New Workstation - Vista Business 64-bit Installation

I got a new workstation at the office yesterday.  Shiny new Dell Optiplex 740 with an AMD x64 processor.  I decided to make the leap and install Windows Vista Business 64-bit. So I assembled the computer this morning and fired off the installation.  I'm not off to a great start though... when Vista got to the "Completing installation" step, I got a blue screen of death and the installation cannot continue.  Starting over. Technorati Tags: Vista,64-bit

posted @ Friday, December 14, 2007 10:26 AM | Feedback (1)

A problem prevented the document from being scanned

I've been running Windows Vista Ultimate at home for several months now.  Overall I've been satisfied, but I only use my home PC for a handful of hours per week, and I don't get to do much development from home. We have been using my Lexmark X5150 to scan and print, and that's been going okay under Vista, even though we can't use the Lexmark software for scanning.  A few weeks ago though, Windows Photo Gallery stopped scanning for us.  We kept getting the error message, "a problem prevented the document from being scanned."  By wife tried several things...

posted @ Monday, November 12, 2007 8:41 PM | Feedback (9)