Thoughts on Vista/What is Your Problem With Vista

By SNGX1275 ยท 520 replies
Mar 29, 2007
  1. Crosscourt

    Crosscourt TS Rookie Posts: 72

    Most of the 64bit issues were with video card drivers and gaming performance plus support of certain graphics features for games.

    Its gotten much better but gaming performance is still somewhat of an issue for Vista in general vs XP.

    There were also audio driver issues,Realtek being one of them.

    My personal experience has been very good with both versions and recent drivers have improved for those who want to make the change.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Today i was able to get the sound in Vista working normally. I reinstalled an earlier version of Creative Audigy SE's Vista driver. Although EAX and hardware accelleration are still disabled in Halo, the sound is good now
  3. laurencestanway

    laurencestanway TS Rookie

    Same as every one else..Have been using vista on Q6600 with asus p5e...I think it's cool! is smooth and with a few tweaks is trouble free...In saying that I still use a Xp64bit to play games as nvidea hasnt got it drivers up to speed yet especially around dual display stuff...try setting up your puty as adual boot...just partion you hd's and make sure you install xp first. Then will have the best of both worlds and nothing to complain about!!! LOL.
  4. laurencestanway

    laurencestanway TS Rookie

    Go the 64 bit os....very cumbasum locating drivers and alot of manufacturors do not support this os...yet.
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    64-bit Vista is very cumbersome or awkward in finding drivers? Then why go to Vista 64-bit Vista in the first place?

    One interesting finding:
    After downloading and installing a Realtek NIC driver my Vista 32-bit installation crashed with a blue screen noting TCPIP.sys. Vista continued to crash when I tried reinstalling the OS. I finally removed the Vista approved PCI NIC, because of the TCPIP hint, and reinstalled Vista. I shut the system down, reinstalled the PCI NIC and started the system. Vista booted normally and found the NIC and installed the drivers...
  6. laurencestanway

    laurencestanway TS Rookie

    Why go to Vista/Xp 64 bit?

    Some people say why go to 64bit os if drivers are difficult and combersome...the answer is this...because I want to...that simple oh and because I well!...I will give anything a try! lol!...
  7. tastegw

    tastegw TS Enthusiast Posts: 188

    hi, ive been running vista home premium 64-bit for allmost a week now.

    i have to say, i really like it. only one problem for me (see below). my sister has a newer quad core running vista 32-bit, the only problem she has is adobe reader.
    but i havnt experienced the same problem she has with that.

    the problem is have is @ the site. it freezes up when checking out their products and clicking on "spec's"

    other than that, its running smoothly thus far. i really like the advancements over xp.

    atfirst, it was running sluggish, but i just had to take off some of the extreme security settings and it speeded up.

  8. Kovi

    Kovi TS Rookie


    the only good things in vista is the grafix isu anything els is about slow
  9. kritius

    kritius TS Guru Posts: 2,084

    Ive had vista home ultimate running for almost a year now and although I was very annoyed about the compatability issues that it had, i have to say that ive really grown to like it.

    My main quibbles were the problems that it initially had with uTorrent but these have for the majority passed, the only problem still being the RSS feeder not seeming to work with it. I dont know that I would go back to xp (although I do use it in work) I find that it almost feels old fashioned when compared.
  10. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    A recent attempt to install vista failed because of an intolerance to devices which it does not recognise. I hate the thing.
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Topic Starter Posts: 10,742   +421

    What devices? SP1 comes out soon, rumors are Feb 15th, Vista Blog says March-Mid April. SP1 is supposed to expand the hardware recognition.
  12. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Hi Sngx1275 - it has to be an older graphics card that caused the problem; a PCI card running as a second card for additional monitors. Took it out and all was well - trouble is this card is important. WIll have to find a work-around for this! cheers
  13. allmightypuff

    allmightypuff TS Rookie Posts: 37

    being a master tech, from my standpoint i think it sucks right now. they definatly need to do some serious upgradeing. once the first sp comes out, everything should be fine, but for now, i always recomend to my customers xp. there are tweaks, diagnostics, hardware configs, etc, etc that are there in xp but not in vista. 60 percent of software and hardware from as little as 2 years ago dont work right in it, forcing u to search endlessly for patches, drivers, and such. i dont meen its terrible as a os, just right now its WAY to new and untested, unproven to be forced down the throats of every new pc and laptop buyer in this country. but, when u think about it, xp was the same way when it came out. this is just another os that has to be put through its paces before it will become the logical replacement for xp. ill get it when the sp1 comes out, lol
  14. matt1522

    matt1522 TS Rookie Posts: 81

    I am not running Vista at the moment, but have worked with it a little bit mostly on laptops and the wireless is great the user can very easily pick up on any wireless network as well as wired with ease it lists everything in the network connections and has an icon in the sys tray for easy accessibility. I agree it gets annoying to have to tell it to continue on things you told it to do in the first place but you can turn that off, My main complaint is that it is a resource hog. But I am sure if i sat down with a book I can figure most of this stuff out on my own.

    Most of the upgrades in vista demand alot more resources but think of what the people who it is designed for want, they want a OS to match the newer hardware that can handle all of these new upgrades. the "average" user wont notice that it uses more memory for certain applications.
  15. HughJass

    HughJass TS Rookie Posts: 120

    I just brought a new laptop with Windows Vista business!!

    I wiped the HD as soon as I got it and put XP on

    XP does everything I want it to do but quicker
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Vista, SP1 is released (May 15)... Many laptops don't seem to be setup hardware wise for Vista. Vista, SP1 should help with hardware recognition as SNGX1275 previously mentioned. I have been running Vista Home Premium for 4 months now. It hasn't been a smooth journey. After 3 reinstalls, and some 50+ MS Updates, Vista is running smooth, and it's networking features, both wired and wireless are wonderful
  17. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,274   +461

    New Vista 64 Ultimate install here (8 GB Ram) and absolutely no problems with the OS at all. In fact, it's blazing fast and everything is almost instantaneous. Most of my drivers are working fine except one very particular issue and I'm not really sure if it's a driver issue. I also run 32 bit Ultimate on my MacBook Pro - and it works almost flawlessly. The problems I have there are the crappy bootcamp drivers provided by Apple - who I think are trying to intentionally sabotage your windows experience on their hardware. I also run Vista Enterprise in some VMs and they run flawlessly.
  18. HughJass

    HughJass TS Rookie Posts: 120

    I know that XP can only allocate 2Gb to any particular program... So how much can Vista allocate?
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,980   +2,527

    I think that Vista will allocate the balance of what is not being used as hardware addresses, somewhere around 3 GB.

    You can Google "3 Gigabyte Switch", since XP can be modified, (via command line), to commit all available RAM to prpgrams.

    Now I have a question. How does "superfetch" materially differ from having too many startup programs running. It seems they have similar results.
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Topic Starter Posts: 10,742   +421

    Well. With superfetch, frequently used programs are partially loaded in the background so then upon launch they open faster. Unlike having tons of startup programs running, if you don't launch that program and something else requires that RAM it gets instantly flushed. So the only 'expense' of superfetch is increased hard drive activity during 'idle' time after boot.
  21. fullmetalvegan

    fullmetalvegan TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Vista is awesome, I recently just had it installed on my third brand new system for my year's usage of Vista and as per usual it runs smoothly without any errors what-so-ever.

    Aside from getting a blue screen of death after the initial installation phase of Vista on my new RAID setup, and then stuffing around for an hour to get it to not freeze at install load up a second time around and work - it's been great. =P

    That was a RAID driver error too, not anything to do with Vista really. Once I reloaded setup and made sure the RAID driver installed properly during Vista install, it ran perfect. =]
  22. HughJass

    HughJass TS Rookie Posts: 120

    but why?

    What can vista that XP cant? (besides DX10)
  23. fullmetalvegan

    fullmetalvegan TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Vista has native multi-core processor support, better memory support, and I've found it to be much more stable in terms of crashing/etc. I also have no trouble installing drivers for simple things, such as it was a nightmare installing an internal modem PCI card and wireless card in XP - but Vista automatically had drivers for it. XP didnt, because these devices existed more commonly after XP was created - I am assuming.

    Just like you would buy a new motherbaord or CPU or GPU to keep up to date, so should you update your OS.

  24. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    HughJass - Nothing! It is less stable, slower, irritating, and everything is moved around. Sound good 2 u? Me either.
  25. mv670

    mv670 TS Rookie Posts: 58

    anyone looking forward to SP1 for vista when its released to the public?
    i never really got the idea of what purpose did they serve...
    before i got vista i had XPSP2 and it was the same as XPSP1 i think.. maybe i did not pay close attention oh well
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