Monday, March 19, 2007

Back to the roots!


Installing Vista did of course (and not surprisingly) overwrite the MBR so I couldn't boot into Ubuntu anymore. I took this as an excuse for doing a clean Linux install and decided to go for Debian Etch. I downloaded a weekly snapshot from here, to be precise "debian-testing-amd64-kde-CD-1.iso". You don't need to download more than the first CD iso depending on your preferred desktop. Choosing the default "CD-1.iso" will leave you with Gnome as desktop. But you may change your mind later on and install one or the other desktop environment. OK, so download one of the "CD-1".iso's, burn it to CD and boot it!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

My Vista Experience, Pt. 2

Vista and current hardware should be no problem. But what about some more ancient piece of hardware? OK, step by step...

Before installing Vista I upgraded my motherboard's BIOS to the latest version (which by the time of writing was "F5" for my Gigabyte "GA-M55S-S3"). I think that wouldn't have been absolutely necessary but I also hoped getting rid of my Linux "noapic-problem" - which I sadly didn't... As already mentioned, installation of Vista was peace of cake and video, sound and ethernet worked right away. As I like to play "World of Warcraft" I did install the original vendors drivers for video, sound and chipset for better performance. No problems so far. Same goes for my Terratec Cinergy DVB-T USB stick and my HP Photosmart printer.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

My Vista Experience, Pt. 1 ½

Today only two screenshots made with Vista's "Snipping Tool" (by the way, very cool)...
This is the new Windows Control Panel with all new icons and the new "Windows Update":



Just to give you some impressions.
Again, to be continued...

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

My Vista Experience, Pt. 1

I finally did it... I told you, the voices in my head... I couldn't resist any longer... Yeah, I'm weak... Argh, what the heck, so I ordered "Windows Vista Home Premium" at Amazon and installed it. In the following I'd like to share my first steps in this shiny new "World of Vista".

First a little more detailed view on my hardware:
  • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200 (Dual Core)
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-M55S-S3 (nForce5)
  • Videocard: Gainward Bliss 7600GT 256MB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Display: Samsung SynMaster 205BW (@1680x1050)
  • Scanner: Agfa SnapScan 1212U
  • Printer: HP Photosmart D6160
  • MP3 Player: Creative Zen Xtra MP3 Player
  • Digicam: Canon Powershot S40
  • Webcam: Logitech Quickcam Express Plus
  • TV: Terratec Cinergy Hybrid T USB XS
Some of it works great with Vista, some doesn't. I'll come to that later.

Installation of Vista went really smooth and Microsoft finally managed it to make it as easy as most modern Linux distros. No ancient Windows NT blue/white installer anymore. With Vista you'll boot into a GUI right away. Answer a few simple questions like entering registration code or partition to use etc. Only one reboot and two or three more simple questions like i.e. user name and you're set. The whole installation process took about 30 minutes and Vista was running. So far so good. I can say that I'm quit familiar with any Windows version prior to Vista, but I have to work my way through this new version. It's quite different and reminds somehow at OSX. I guess you could compare moving from Windows XP to Vista is like moving from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows XP. Especially the directory structure differs a lot from WinXP.