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Shuttle SD37P2 and Vista RC2 update

October 29th, 2006

I updated my Vista installation to RC2 a couple weeks back (build 5744 I believe).  I haven’t noticed that much of an increase in stability, or for that matter new bugs, but it seems to be working well.  Obviously it’s quite a challenge running beta software so here are the problems I’m having so far:

  • There are no official drivers for many of my peripherals such as: Epson RX500 printer, Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3100 (Keyboard/Mouse combo), Logitech Quickcam Ultra Vision.  These devices do work either with a Win XP driver or with limited functionality.
  • The Logitech Quickcam Ultra Vision requires us to unplug it and plug it back in every time we want to use it!  I’m guessing this will be resolved when there is an official driver.
  • I just purchased Adobe Photoshop Element 5.0 and it runs but has some weird UI effects.  Scrollbars are about 40% as wide as they should be.
  • I still think the BIOS is not totally kosher with Vista.  Shuttle have put out a new BIOS which I installed which got rid of a BSOD that I was getting.  I think that one of my drives might have an error (I’m running RAID 0) which is causing some issues.
  • The most recent Nvidia driver caused weird sync issues on my monitor.  I had to go back to the previous beta driver as I had to reboot every time the screen blanked out with the latest.  Bizarre.
  • Windows Mobile Device Center is not working for me at all.  This is the replacement for Activesync.  It was working under RC1 but now when I plug in my Windows Mobile 5.0 phone (Qtek 9100) I hear the sound saying that the system recognizes the device but it doesn’t show up in the Sync Center or in the Mobile Device Center so I can’t synchronize any content.

Overall, I like Vista a lot and am looking forward to the final version.  I’m really disappointed in Logitech for not even providing any beta drivers so I hope their final drivers are pristine with no issues.  From what I understand Vista RTM should be as early as November 8 so I’ll look forward to downloading it from MSDN whenever possible.

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