Category Archives: Rants & Raves

Love Vista? Love to hate Vista? We share our rants and raves about the operating system, configurations, installation horror stories (or triumphs!) here. Feel free to comment!

Rude Surprises: Asus P5K Mobo Doesn’t Do VT; Bungled BIOS Flash Hoses Same

In Windows 7, running Windows XP mode requires that the computer support Virtualization Technology (VT). Most modern Intel and AMD CPUs support VT, but I am learning to my woe and dismay that some motherboards — including some relatively new ones — do not. This includes the Asus P5K motherboard that has otherwise proven itself […]

Here goes…something: Win7 Upgrade

Although my recent recitation of Vista system problems has not been altered (and I’ve also lost my ability to interact with my HP MediaSmart Server via the Windows Home Server Connector in the interim), I’m still going to try an upgrade install from Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate on my primary production machine. […]

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Really Shines

I’ve been working with various Windows 7 beta builds for about three months now, starting with Build 7000, which Microsoft unleashed in January 2009. Along the way, I’ve worked with builds 7048, 7057, 7058, and 7068 as well. One of the things that has impressed me most has been how well my tiny little Asus […]

Will I Ever Learn? More Vista Reliability Woes

In my recent return to blogging here, I tried to provide some hard-learned and -earned guidelines on how to keep a Vista system running reliably, and tried to provide some guidelines to help ensure stable operation. That blog is entitled “Uhhh…Is This Thing Live?” and offers these four suggestions to help boost Vista reliability index values.

Machine Clean-up Makes For Rocky Computing

Last week, I swapped notebook PCs with a co-worker, who essentially traded me a smaller, lighter MSI PR200 notebook for a larger, heavier Acer model. Essentially I took over a machine that had been somebody else’s for over a year and had to go through the clean-ups and contortions necessary to make it mine (or […]