Silent Vista-loving majority?
by chustar - 4/30/08 5:37 PM
Is anyone here part of the silent vista-loving majority? I've used it for close to a year without any problems. Come on people, let's get our voices heard!
by: chustar April 30, 2008 5:37 PM PDT
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I agree with your comments about NVIDIA. I bought an HP Laptop last year that lasted only 6 months before the NVIDIA card failed, and I had to return the laptop to HP because it is integrated into the motherboard. CompUSA did not send it back in a timely manner and ended up simply having to replace my laptop. However, I have noticed that if I have a large number of IE windows open (I often multi-task and keep many different IE windows open to different pages), all of a suddent IE will turn "black" and start flickering and flashing until it fails. I think this is due to the NVIDIA GeForce processor. I have the HP Pavilion dv6675us Laptop, with the NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS processor with 128MB dedicated memory, and 4GB RAM.
Is anyone else experiencing this problem with NVIDIA?
NVIDIA needs to get its act together
Well it sounds like NVIDIA still has not gotten its act together. I bought a Toshiba 5105 - s501 laptop with a Nvidia graphics N card in it that is currently on its way out. This computer was and still is an awesome computer except for the fact that I have read horror stories about this computer and its video card. I actually consider myself a lucky one since i have had this computer for 6 years, i have read forums saying that people have only gotten 2 years or less out of it. In fact my friend and I bought the exact same laptop at the same time and his died about a year and a half later. I wish NVIDIA would catch a clue they have not for the past 6 years it seems.
Too slow and resource-hungry
It may be Ok if you are using expensive state-of-the-art hardware, but for ordinary mortals it is soooo slow. I've gone back to XP out of frustration.
yeah these guys think that we need to buy a computer every time they told so, well sir, NO. Why to waste or spent a lot of money when my system is doing 100% good job in everything.
Some problems getting used to it. Some problems making my printer work but that is because the printer manufacturer doesn't list a compatible download so I had to download 4 different drivers. I think it is a big, big improvement over past os's. Do wish the other folks that make computer equipment would get on board tho.
Loving it since Jan 2007
I've been very happy with VISTA. Generally the problems I had were early on and with antivirus software that was supposed to be built for VISTA but wasn't ready for prime time. Once I replaced it with Norton Antivirus, everything has run at least as well a Windows XP. I think what helped make my experience positive was 1) I thoroughly researched VISTA hardware requirements and built my system based on the information available (with particular attention paid to the selection of video card and building the system with 2GB of DDR2 memory); and 2) I did a clean install instead of an upgrade over Windows XP. Once installed, I refused to use any system utilities until they were built for VISTA. I also made a point to update my drivers (particularly video) early on as they were updated for better Vista performance. While this may be more than a lot of people want to deal with, it did ensure that my Vista experience has been very positive. I even love the Aero interface and find my system at work with Win XP kind of dull without it. I use my sidebar with a selection of gadgets at home which I really miss at work using XP. Given the choice, if I had to select an operating system for a new computer right now, I'd go with VISTA.
Vista gets an A-
There is really nothing inherently wrong with Vista... and I love the dropshadows around windows and UI as a whole (once I customized the annoying soft blue colors). And with enough RAM it outperforms XP. My Dell Inspiron 6000 (PM 2ghz, 2gb ram, ATI X300, not exactly state of the art) got a BIG performance boost when I switched to Vista. Vista's "superfetch" (after a while) is downright amazing. Applications like Visual Studio that used to take 10 or 15 seconds to load for me under XP now load in less than 3 seconds under Vista.
The problem as always is in driver support. For a time Dell posted updated Vista drivers for my laptop... but they're a little hard to find now (buried on their website). This is not Microsoft's fault. Microsoft can't be responsible that so many hardware vendors (like HP, for instance) have notoriously horrible software support. Hardware vendors expect Microsoft to do their jobs for them. This has been the case for 15 years.
My main gripe is with Office 2007 and its horribly inconsistent UI. For instance, some apps like Word and Excel can be set to Blue, Black, or Silver while others like OneNote and Publisher are ONLY blue under Vista. Also, if you have multiple Excel documents open, only one shows up in Vista's Flip3D. Office 2007 is nowhere near as polished as Vista is.
i love vista ultimate!
no problems at all, never crashes, copes with all my games, very intuitive, second guessing all the time, love it!
Vista Home Premium 64 is the first OS I've ever bought ;)
... and it is worth every penny.
It requires powerful machine to run it smoothly though.
Love - hate relationship with Vista/XP
...actually they both suck but each one in its own way. Instead of perfecting XP once the majority of teething problems have been ironed out, we now have a new baby. Maybe prettier and more clever but with teething and potty problems all over again. A bit like DSM diagnostic system of psychiatric disorders. 5th version is about to hit the world that is just catching up with the 4th revised one. You can change computer systems but you cannot change human behaviour driven by greed.
Not so silent and Loving It
Vista is a pretty operating system. After updating my motherboard it became rock solid. What makes Vista great is the Media Center. Being able to record on my system TV shows is worth the price of admission. The system wakes up from sleep, records and then goes back to slumber. Got a full featured remote too.
The enhanced sleep modes is great. Mac users make much of the fact that a Mac can boot in 10 seconds, and that's good. However my Vista box never gets shutdown. It goes to sleep and wakes up in 3 seconds, exactly where I left off and you can't beat that convenience.
Funny thing too I'm able to run applications in Vista that weren't stable in XP, Including some of my old games from circa 98 (dating myself).
Have to say though that Microsoft botched the launch and thanks to vendors with crappy drivers (Nvidia you know who you are) which caused 60% of the crashes, Vista was almost dead on arrival.
But the beast lives.
BTW in a recent contest the Mac was hacked thru Safari, but Vista was unscathed ('cept for Flash).
Stop bashing Vista you mac drones...
We got two computers exactly the same with Vista Home Premium 64 back in March 2007. My husband had no problems with Vista at all, but he doesn't run much other than some games and internet. I had tons of blue screens while trying to run itunes and explorer at the same time. As the months have passed and some updates have rolled in, I haven't had those problems that I had at the beginning, they were solved either by Itunes updates or MS updates. Still I liked Vista from the start, even though I had some difficulty with it, but I know some problems are to be expected when a new OS is introduced. I haven't missed XP at all. I'm pretty happy with Vista. I don't LOVE it, but I didn't love XP either. Everything works ok for me now, I can run all my programs with no problems. I like the aero feature. I'm happy with Vista (64 even).
I got my newest notebook with Vista businees pre-installed. I also use a MacOs 10.5 and an XP SP2 notebook.
Vista is unique in its rate of OS errors and in the number of (MS) application breakdowns per day.
Can't recommend it to anyone.
How I feel about vista
I purchased a new laptop about three months ago that came with vista premium preinstalled on it. My first impression was a total freakout and I wanted to have the vista remove and xp pro put on it but i found out the price of the xp disc even home edition was horrible so I decided to try to learn to live with vista. Thre months of experiance now and I can get the vista machine to do most things for me now but frankly it's still a pain. Compaired to my old dell desktop running Xp pro it's still a lot more user friendly and even though the new laptop is three to four times more powerfull than my old dell desktop and theoretically should be a lot faster it isn't the vista is just slow by comparision so Iv'e come to the conclusion that they made a broken copy of xp and sold it as vista. thanks for your time rich
VISTA? The View is Fantastic!
My experience with Vista began in the early 5000 build beta testing. Despite the horror stories that have run rampant since it's public release I have fallen head over heels in love with Vista. I currently run Vista Ultimate 64 bit and have a full time solid relationship... no BSOD (blue screen of death)episodes to report, in fact I am continually amazed at it's ability to recover from situations that would have killed earlier versions of Windows. I do a lot of beta testing and have been pleasantly surprised at how robust Vista has become. Obviously many vendors have come to the table with compatible drivers, a situation which in the early stages of Vista migration caused many people to report horrendous stories of a new OS that was a nightmare to live with. Over the course of time I have had ocassion to assist users whose systems were more a culprit than Vista itself. The most telling problems lay in installations on systems which were already taxed by XP. Adding Vista to these systems exposed component shortcomings which led to a colouring of Vista as an evil attempt to extort the public into buying new machines for no just cause. Isn't it funny that it's the same people who bemoaned the "power hungry" requirements of Windows 95 who still find it strange that the ongoing development of the "wow" factor computers, boxes which now run multiple applications without breaking a sweat, are still expecting the performance curve to steepen without a concurrent upgrading of equipment? Windows 7, if it develops with a paradigm shift away from legacy Windows kernels, MAY not demand another round of multi-core systems as minimum requirements, but in all likliehood advances in an Operating System will mean that it will address the current state of the art computers and will not look backwards and embrace all the systems that went before... My view may be biased in the direction of users who look at computing as much as an experience to be immersed in as it is a tool, a hobby rather than a requirement of business life, but there are enough of us, I suspect, that we drive the industry as much as, if not more than, business enterprises... I must confess that I have upgraded as I grew with Vista. I run a Q6700 Quad Core CPU, 8 G RAM, ATI X1950 Pro video, 1.8 TB storage, 22" HD monitor, so I am a power user (video editing etc) who loves computing as much for the thrill of the upgrade as for daily use... by the way, did I mention I Love Vista?
VISTA IT'S MORE THAN JUST OK
I picked up a new toshiba A8 preloaded with Vista Business.My old laptop still operating on XP so no real risk... For the first few months a lot of minor driver issues and many bsods...I live in thailand so no chance of competent assistance from vendors... DIY is derigour!! fifteen months later,I have a stable system which is forgiving.. I love it... You do need lots of RAM though.. Once I increased to 4GIG, most problems vanished.Like most things you need to get to know the ins and outs.
Some better, Some worse
Somethings work better in Vista than they did in XP.
I have been using it for 1 year now and here is how it works for me.
Better- My DSL modem works at a better speed.
Worse- After a while on the Internet, my right click mouse menu is no longer available, I have to re-boot in order to get it back.
Sometimes new items put on my desktop are not visable, unless I explore the desktop.
The install size for XP is approx...1.5 Gb
The install size for Vista is approx...6 Gb
I keep hoping that there must be something in that other 4.5 Gb to
be a good reason to use Vista.
Must Be Lucky.....
I must be lucky......because from the moment I installed Vista Ultimate on my 1st custom rig way back at the end of January, I haven't experienced ANY of the snafu's plaguing all the other users out there. Games work great (including titles like Crysis & Call of Duty 4), itunes & productivity software hasn't given me trouble, nor have I had driver issues with ANY peripheral.
Despite the little annoyances like User Account Control and what not, I'd have to say that now I've got Vista, I don't think I'll ever go back to XP again!
Vista x64...works great for me!
I built a new system in December 2007, quad-core, 4gb memory, etc...and this system is running very nicely. I don't have any problems with peripherals or anything, even though I didn't upgrade my printer, scanner, etc. My advice is...if you upgrade to Vista, do it with a new machine. I've noticed over time that software the newest software of a given year matches best the newest hardware of the same year. So keep your hardware and software at the same technology level and you'll be ahead of the game.
Silent Vista Loving Majority?
I was slow to get on board, but have never been happier. I have been running it for almost 3 months now, and it runs better than XP did for me. I have had no driver issues, no slow downs, no crashes...nothing. The new layout, look, colors, everything are just awesome. If you are thinking about upgrading but are leary because of all the bad reviews...don't listen to them...do it!!!
Vista is Cool
I have been using Vista for almost a year now and I absolutely like the way it is speedy. Especially the 64 bit version. I am using the 64 bit version of Windows Vista Ultimate and absolutely love it. It is a joy to use and it is very speedy.
Me against a household!
Yes, I do enjoy Vista. I know that there are kinks to work out in the OS, but that is normal for Any new OS introductions! The interface is very user friendly and really beautiful. Although it needs a lot more resources than they first implied, once you upgrade your system, it has no problems.
I think that what really impressed me from the begining is that when there is a problem, like compatability issues, it gives you the chance to send the info to Microsoft. I know that XP does the same thing, but with Vista, they actually get back to you with the Solution!!! Even months later, my little pop up comes on an says, "we found a solution..." It makes it seem like they really care!
Anyway, that is my two cents...
Vista Home Premium
After using XP for several years I switched to Vista which came with a new computer after my old one died. Apart from a slightly different look and different ways to get to various areas, I find very little difference between Vista and XP. I have had no significant problems since switching to Vista except that I had to increase RAM from 1GB to 2GB...Vista is a memory hog. All in all Vista runs well but also does not produce any earth-shattering benefits. I have had no driver problems and no problems with printer, flash drive, and webcam. Dual pupose DVD drive works well.
As usual with new advances.
I am absolutely certain that the media response to Vista was a premature unworthy reaction. It was based on early observations and geek experiences. Vista was launched a touch earlier than it should have been, but the clever business strategies were at play.
We all knew that there are things that need sorting out. Some of those have been sorted out,obviously it left some bad taste in many ardent followers collective mouth. We are all very impatiently seek newer developments , so we cried foul as soon as we saw less than perfect article.
I never hated Vista, and never thought it as convincing as Microsoft made it out to be. I still do not own one however it just bought a computer for my grandson with Vista Home Premium installed. He has had some driver issues still unresolved. I still run my XP Home on a computer which is quite capable of running Vista. I do not hate Vista, but I do not think it has anything to offer me to embrace it. OK, it has streamlined some of the XP operations, but I do not see anything earth shattering yet.
Yes I am patient and positive but not overwhelmed, I am sure that it is going to prove to be a quite stable operating system. Remember the advent of Windows 95, yes I remember very clearly. It was a new dawn of computer (personal)technology. Vista is no Windows 95, but it will improve with our help and Microsofts ability to listen.
Well, I can't say I love it and I don't hate it but I do wish MS would have put more thought into the program then just pushing it out and using their muscle to push it upon the public. We don't have a choice in new systems as they all only contain Vista. And companies such as HP don't offer any other drivers for their new systems except Vista. And it's not right that they claim that everyone loves it when there isn't a choice. Since I've had the chance to work with it, no matter what compliment the system has, it's very slow when booting, and doing just every day things seem to take longer. I find that Office 2003 works better then Office 2007. Also, some very important programs don't work or aren't ready for Vista and some don't have any plans on putting out another version to support it. There are still many printer drivers out there that are in Beta and do work, but not well because they are at version 1.0. And the service packs are no better in Vista then they are in XP. Moving around is harder and things that use to take only moments, now take minutes. I'm sure Vista will come around, and maybe one day it will be better then XP. I will admit it does have more security but that comes at a very terrible price, the inability to do anything without constant prompts to do so. Vista is a long way from being civil. I do hope they fix it before the deployment of their new OS. Shame that the will bury Vista like they did with ME.
In my experiences, Vista is great. But I am also not (1) trying to run Vista on an old machine that would probably have problems running Win XP, (2) not still trying to run legacy programs from Win 98 or (3) someone who generally hates Windows for whatever reason (read: Apple fanboy/fangirl). I find that the majority of people that have problems with Vista falls into one of the aforementioned categories. Like every other OS, Vista is not perfect, especially for gaming purposes due to poor frame rates derived from immature video card drivers but I am totally satisfied with the appearance, layout, search options, networking changes, backup options and Bitlocker program. Again, not perfect but a great OS.
I admit when i first started using Vista home premium i was annoyed by all this nonsense security pop ups the flashy graphics that hog ur Ram but i must admit ive come to like it and have had no problems what so ever.Its just that will all get used to one thing and when change comes we don't want to accept it.Vista really is not that bad!!!
Vista Is the Best and way better than XP
Windows Vista has much more eye candy thah XP, and if people are saying it chews too much RAM, RAM these days is $AU20 for 1GB, and 2GB DDR2 is a mere $AU25-30. Combined with Office 2007, Visual Studio 2008 and Micrsofts new 2008 Server, the possibilities are endless. Also I have noticed my Windows XP computer has more crashes, more often than my Windows Vista machine. for those who are sticking to XP- Vista is easier, safer, and more user friendly to use.
understandable, but silly complaints.
I don't have anything against Vista. I choose not to use it, because I simply do not have the time to adapt my daily workflow to a new OS.
I think this is really the root cause of so much distaste for vista. People have been used to XP for years and years, have thier systems tweaked and tuned exactly how they want it, and they get this new thing that they haven't figured out yet.
There have obviously been some other bumps in the road, but when you take the hardware/driver issues out of the picture - this is really the underlying issue people have. I remember the same uproar from the same crowd when XP was released, even the same complaints when 95 was released. You can even step out of the windows arena and the same complaints were raised when OSX was released for the Mac.
It's just part of the natural cycle these things take on.
The term "silent majority" was of course popularized during the Nixon administration, used to imply support that wasn't really there. Its use for this is equally disgusting.