Tag: "windows vista"

PlayStation 3 countdown gadget

I've just put together a countdown gadget for the European PlayStation 3 launch. Like my Wii countdown gadget.

PlayStation 3 countdown gadget for Windows Vista

Download it here (85KB). I've had an e-mailing from someone asking what a .gadget is. It's for the Windows Vista sidebar, otherwise its basically a zip file with some Java and HTML in.

Windows DreamScene

Earlier this week at the CES Microsoft announced some of their Ultimate Extras, this is a feature in the Ultimate Edition of Vista which periodically pulls down new applications as Microsoft release them. They announced three for launch on the 30th of January; Hold 'Em Poker Game, BitLocker and EFS Enhancements and the one I'm most interested in Windows DreamScene.

Video: Demo of Full Motion Desktop

Basically it allows you to use an MPEG2 or WMV as your desktop wallpaper. Microsoft ship both HD and standard resolution videos which seamlessly loop with the software too.

Windows Vista selling faster than expected

From ZDNet:

The sales outpaced the first month's tally for Windows 2000 [...] Commercial revenue from Vista in December was 62.5 percent above that racked up by Windows 2000 in March 2000, its first month after launch.

The marketing muscle behind the consumer launch should allow Vista sales to businesses to start eclipsing what Microsoft saw with Windows XP.

"Sometime after January 30, when Microsoft makes Vista available to the general public and ratchets up the marketing campaign, I suspect that we will likely see sales of Vista in the commercial channel begin to meet or surpass levels previously set by XP," Swenson said.

Well that's encouraging.

Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista

With the CES underway now in Las Vegas, Yahoo! have just announced their new messenger client for Windows Vista.

Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista

It's built from the ground up for Windows Vista and makes use of the Windows Presentation Foundation and also Sidebar Gadgets. It is pretty slick looking. There's a video going over some of its features on their website.

I'll talk about some of the things Microsoft has already announced; Windows Home Server and the Ultimate Extras like Windows Dreamscene over the next few days too.

Windows Vista shows its resilience to bad drivers

So as I mentioned in a previous entry I've started using nVidia's Vista drivers instead of their XP ones on my Tablet.

nVidia drivers stopped responding and Vista restarted them

This is with the new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM), which takes advantage of Windows Vista's capabilities. One of those capabilities is running drivers in user mode instead of kernel mode, even the video driver.

In a previous operating system this crash would of brought down the whole system with a blue screen, but Windows detected the driver had stopped responding, shut down the video driver and restarted it, all within the space of about a second.

It does however mean I'm still waiting for better nVidia drivers.

Windows Vista vs Toshiba M200

As regular readers know I've been caught in a battle between Windows Vista and my Toshiba M200 Tablet PC.

The root cause? nVidia's Vista drivers not turning the screen back on when resuming from sleep. In the whole beta program and up until now with the final version I had been using the Windows XP drivers Toshiba had posted on their website, largely without a hitch, but they are dated 2004, don't support Aero Glass and all the other nice things that WDDM drivers do support.

Anyway a few days ago I fired up Chess, and the system threw up a stop error, you can guess that nv_disp was mentioned somewhere in it. That was it I decided, time to use the Vista drivers and just use hibernate instead of sleep.

So I installed the latest Vista drivers 97.52 (with a modified inf so they actually install), rebooted and the screen wouldn't work at all. I tried some older versions with the same thing. So I System Restored back to how it was until I had time to sort it out.

That time came this evening, after about an hour, a system restore and a purge of everything nVidia I could find, I got the system back up and running, I think an old nVidia control panel was to blame, after installing Vista on my M200 I had gone through practically every driver version to see if sleep worked with any of them, I can't imagine the sort of mess that made of the system, when I installed Windows it only installed the standard VGA driver, I guess it felt there would be trouble ahead. But anyway I thought I was sorted, I was wrong.

Where's my hibernate option disappeared to? It was just gone. The hiberfil.sys had seemingly vanished. So I ran 'powercfg -h on' on an elevated command line, which turned hibernate back on. But that started the investigation as to what had turned it off.

After about 30 minutes of going through in my head everything I had done with the system, I realised this was the only machine I had run Disk Cleanup on.

Windows Vista Disk Cleanup

There it is, delete the hibernation file. I must of checked that by accident when I ran it.

So this round of the battle is over. But I feel more in the months ahead. I want to be able to sleep without having to resort to drivers from the dark ages. Come on I know Toshiba don't support Windows Vista on the M200, but this is getting silly, nVidia I'm looking at you.

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