I was going to write up a walk through of how my Vista install went, and the pros and cons of upgrading, but I came across this write up that seems to have said everything I would want to…
For everyone playing around with MCE I found some interesting links from Aaron Stebler’s blog that I thought should be shared…
Here is an interesting video showcasing what XGL can do. For the uninitiated its… “an X server architecture designed to take advantage of modern graphics cards via their OpenGL drivers.” (XGL wikipedia page).
Although the demo is mostly eye candy and would not be helpful in a real world environment, like the bouncing windows and matrix style animated backgrounds. some would definetely increase productivity especially when they move into multiple cubed desktop.
Here is the video…
Finally got Vista installed using the x86 version.
Actually the final install took less than an hour, since I could leave my motherboard’s caching and shadowing on.
MCE looks really pretty on it, although vistas system performance rating, rated my system as only a 2.0. This was because I have only 512MB of RAM and a far from stellar video card. The detailed rating was as follows…
|Processor||AMD Athlon 64 3000+||4.1|
|Memory||512MB RAM||2.9||No surprise here.|
|Graphics||GeForce 5200 128MB||2.0||No surprise here either, but this puts me in the no aero category.|
|Gaming graphics||GeForce 5200 128MB||2.5|
|Primary hard disk||40GB||5.0||The primary HD is only 40GB but the rest of the system totals 850G|
It doesn’t average the scores but rather takes the lowest common denominator which is a 2.0. MCE does crash on me sometimes when i’m doing multiple things at once, like watching a DVD and browsing music album cover art, which is of-course unacceptable for an HTPC (I guess I wil be shopping for RAM and a new video card this black Friday after-all).
On another note, I just got back from Best Buy since I needed a DVD-R to write Vista on, and it seems the PlayStation 3 is coming out tonight at midnight. There were a lot of people in line outside the store. I must be getting old if I kept my eye on an Operating Systems launch date, but not a next generation console.
Update 11/17/06 3:21PM
After about 20 hours of downloading, I finally got it written on a DVD and started the install. The first time it booted up it showed a blue screen almost immediately. But for once the blue screen was informative enough for me to fix the problem.
10min later, after I turned off shadowing and caching in my bios there was no blue screen and the install started. Its going really slow though, but i think thats because its reading everything off the dvd and not my harddrive yet. More updates to come soon…(hopefully)
Update 11/19/06 7:46PM
No news is not always good news, the install went smoothly but somewhere in the middle of the first boot up (and every subsequent one) it reboots. If I try booting using safe mode it seems to reboot right after trying to load “crcdisk.sys”. Googling it seems to find a lot of people having a similar problem, but the solution is not that straightforward.
I did try to do all this using the x64 version since my desktops processor is a AMD Athlon 3000+. I might try to install using the x86 version sometime this week.