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Vista Transformation Pack 6.0 Final

By mopar man
Jun 12, 2007
  1. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    I have a 10 year laptop it only has 256MB of RAM, PII 266MHz, 512KB L2 and 2MB of Video Ram for NeoMagic 256-bit. What I am doing on that is this as you have mentioned. The transformation pack is okay but on some older systems you just can't access all fhe features. You need a system with min 512MB but 32MB of RAM for video for the sidebar. Check out below:

    http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?p=554724&posted=1#post554724

    Battery pack is going on that one if you only get 10 mins out of that. I have a few with dead batteries, memory 64, 72, 96, 128 and 256MB. New ones have 512MB and 1GB. I don't run them all but they all work.
     
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    hmm thats a sad laptop but thats weird. It works? mine doesn't. It tells me DirectX could not be initialized when i try to run winFlip. I think i have v9.0c i THINK but its harddrive died and that was a pain, might not have remembered directX... anyway i got it working on my other comp and its nice but isn't quite like the vista version, the windows are at a different angle, they hide the windows behind them.

    oh yeah, my graphics card is some weird EMACHINE s3 Unichrome Pro 3D or something and my drivers are about 4 years old. Anyone know where to get them?
     
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    The way I get the older laptops to work with XP is that I ditch the old slow HD for a 40GB or better, of course flashing the BIOS also helps to support the HD. Those video drivers can be got from MSI web site or S3 itself since their still be used well somewhat for onboard. Check the MOBO maker it should be on the system board or the code. WinFlip you don't have DX9x or c. Winflip can change the angle depends on your video card features. But I use alt-tab instead.
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    At this point I really don't want to mess to much with the laptop. It's 4 years old and it's my workhorse. It's been around the world several times. 6.0 works good enough for me and I don't want to bog the system down anymore. It's already reaching the upper limits of what it can do. But I am thinking about installing it once I get my home computer from my military shipment.

    I'm still trying to figure out how to turn off thumbnail preview in the bottom toolbar. Anyone know?
     
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    Change views to details, but are you talking about the icon to the right of the screen or all the icons showing thumbnails of pictures and video? I just details in views. You can turn off thumbnails to icons (folders only) Under View from the Files Explorer or when you open up My Computer. You can make it set in place by clicking on tools, folders options, view then apply all settings. But make sure you have the view you want on the folders prior to pressing that button.
     
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I'm just referring to the pop-up thumbnails on the bottom toolbar on the desktop.
    I want thumbnails when I am looking at a folder with pictures, just not on the desktop bottom toolbar.
     
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    Hmm.. Can you do a screen dump of what you see?
     
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    Nope, that just affects thumbnails when exploring files. I referring to the pop-up windows on the bottom toolbar on the desktop. These pop-ups show active windows and only pop up when you are close to or near the bottom tool-bar.
     
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    [​IMG]

    You're talking about the task bar icons next to the active object? As shown above?
     
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    nope. Like I said, a mini-window (thumbnail) pops up on the very bottom row of the screen. These windows are the windows that are currently active. I don't know how to explain it better. I am not sure how to capture the screen to post.
     
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    Yeah, i think your talking about one of vistas things, live thumbnails and crap.
    if you press windows + t on vista, it cycles through the windows on the taskbar bringing up a live thumbnail of the window. Also when you put your mouse over it, i think. I think thats waht your talking about.

    Anyway nice media center theme. I dont have media center but i have that theme, called Royal and a black setting for it called Royal noir (french for black).
     
     
  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    1. display the object you're refering too on your desktop
    2. now press the print screen key (on your keyboard)
    3. click on start, then click on run, type: mspaint
    4. cut and past or edit the shot you want to save as mydesktop.jpg
    5. upload the attachment to your next reply.

    Note if you don't want to use MSpaint you can use MS Word instead. then save it as a mydesktop.doc, might have to zip that up for this forum to be sent.
     
  13. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    Yeah you really don't have to have MCE 2005 to run that theme. So that's french Royal Noir..I use that now. Everything else just hose the system. WinFlip not 100% yet but when it works it works.
     
  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

  15. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    alas, tried to upload, but even the zip file exceeds the 100kb limit.

    I will email it to you.
     
  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    send it to:
    tipstir@yahoo.com
     
  17. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    will do. emailed. check your spam box too.
     
  18. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    [​IMG]

    Now I see what you're facing with.. Third Party Plugin is running...


    [​IMG]
    Called Vista Taskbar Thumbnail Preview..

    There is a tool for it, but you should have that with Vista Transformation Pack GUI

    Other Tool --- [​IMG]
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/get-vista-taskbar-thumbnail-previews-in-windows-xp/

    Actual Software here for XP/Vista Only
    http://www.chrisnsoft.com/visual-tooltip/


    Vista Transformation PACK GUI
    [​IMG]

    Uncheck the box above for VisualTooptip (taskbar Thumbnail) click apply then reboot the laptop or desktop..
     
  19. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    thanks! For the life of me I couldn't figure out how to turn it off! I don't know how this extension got loaded. It must have been a part of the original download.

    I would like to have windows aero flip, but I have not been successful in getting it installed in either my desktop or laptop.
     
  20. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    Your welcome! Gets installed by default... But doesn't always get loaded if your graphics card can't support the features or doesn't have enough memory.
     
  21. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    Although, my desktop is about 3 years old, it has the top end video card for it. I know it can handle the graphics.....

    If I remember correctly it is a 7800 GS....
     
  22. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    Not bad! I've install it on older DELL and some graphic stuff doesn't get displayed. On newer ATI XEpress Video Laptops everything loads..
     
  23. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    Yeah, it was the top of the line AGP card at the time. I think since then there has only been 1 card that can beat it for AGP. I am quite surprised windows aero flip didn't load on the transformation pack.
     
  24. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Ok, guys, I am going to write a review for 8.0, with the same format as the one I did here. I am uploading images now, so give me a few hours.
     
  25. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    still can't get aero flip to work. I figured my 7800 GS would work.
     
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