I’ve been a busy wee beaver. In Canada the Beaver is a noble animal. No really. And I have been one. I haven’t seen one, but I have been one. I did see racoons the other night though. They are big. Big and fluffy. Completly uncaring of my presence nearby. Anyway I have been busy.
We got a projector a while back. An Optoma HD70. A budget range projector that can handle widescreen. We have been using it for a few weeks but have just returned it because the focus wasn’t sharp enough. I want the supplier to test it and tell me if that is normal, either for the HD70 or for any new HD projector in the budget category. I may have to get a better model but there is a real big jump in price. What to do.
We’ve also decided to get into the new age and get a VOIP handset. Haven’t really given it a run for its money yet, but will probably use Skype to surprise someone this weekend.
Also got a fat ish hard disk. Which I chucked in my pc last night. 320 GB is a big jump from 80 odd that was in there. Next stop Vista RC2.
After puzzling over the inability of my usb keyboard to activate the “Press any key to boot from CD ROM” I finally found a BIOS setting that enabled legacy PS2 support. That was completely un-related to Vista, just a motherboard setting I had wrong.That fixed I set about installing Windows Vista RC2
It went very smoothly. The pre-installer is a lot nicer looking than XP and very streamlined. No issues and no errors and not so long to complete. All in all pretty seamless. I was disappointed with a couple of unavailable drivers. One is for the ubiquitous 3 Com 3C905B NIC which is bound to cause a few headaches for anyone with an older business style desktop. Perhaps the full version will have more comprehensive driver set. Then again perhaps it is considered too legacy.
More disappointing however was the lack of support for my M-Audio Audiopile USB external sound card. I have scoured the web but can’t seem to have any luck with locating drivers that work on Vista. They probably aren’t far away probably out in time for the consumer release of Vista in February next year.
It has been a bit of a shock to discover that my PC really can’t handle Vista’s visual effects. And I an not talking about the slick Vista Aero theme, just the Vista Basic theme. I have a 4 year old Radeon 8500 DV with 128 MB RAM and it seems to be struggling with even the Vista Basic visual effects. I guess it is no wonder I can’t enable the visually intense Aero Theme then.
Overall I am really enjoying the look and feel of it, but it will take a while to find where everything is again. I’ll post some screen shots up over the weekend once I’ve got Photoshop installed etc.