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Another reason to hate Vista

There are not sufficient obscenities in the English language (or French, Italian, German, Dutch, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, Lingala or Catalan) to express my contempt for Windows Vista or the AMD Turion Chipset.

I just tried re-installing Alcohol 120% (which runs fine on my XP box, thank you) because I have an install file for another program stored as an .mdf image.

And I get a BSOD. Which won't go away. Until I run a system restore.

OK, so Alcohol is not compatible with Vista. Sheesh. I can't check the compatibility of every program I've ever used - worst case scenario, it should refuse to run, not go out into the weeds and clobber my system during the install process.

Hqiz Microsoft yarg snarl snap hqiz. Thank you.

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Jun. 21st, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Dear Old Wolf, I thought Alcohol was not compatible with your beliefs? Maybe Vista is trying to protect you from that choice? [/teasing]

Jun. 21st, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)

Jun. 21st, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Ubuntu ftw.
The only reason I haven't changed to win 7 is I refuse to give them any more money.
Jun. 21st, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
See my comment to SJ below.
Jun. 21st, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
My Windows counterpart at work is very happy with W7, says it's what Vista was supposed to have been. Yes, there are a few suckages, but there are with everything.

If you must have Windows and you can't have XP, skip Vista and go Seven.
Jun. 21st, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
If I had the quatloos at hand, I'd upgrade tomorrow. My biggest annoyance with this particular laptop is that HP caved to the music industry and agreed to cripple the "line in" function on the mixer, and I'm not sure W7 would fix that problem. Still, I'm tempted to make this laptop an Ubuntu box when I have the time and be done with Micro$hit altogether.
Jun. 21st, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
For a temporary solution, the following may be workable:
get a free virtual machine like Oracle's Virtualbox, install XP inside, install alcohol inside, open that .mdf
Jun. 21st, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
This is a great solution. The only drawback is that my XP install disk is back in Salt Lake... right next to my functioning XP system. Oh well, it will just have to wait, but I will definitely play with VirtualBox when I have the chance.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
All you really need is a functioning CD burner, an XP CD image, and a valid XP license key.
(there are a number of places you can find XP CD images online, though if it comes to that, I can send you an image)
Jun. 22nd, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
If you can, upgrade to 7! I loathed Vista with every fiber of my being, but I am thrilled to say 7 is very enjoyable. They got rid of all that crap they had in Vista, got back to the basics.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
[This program?] It looks like Vista support was "officially" added in version Which version are you using?

The problem here might just be that Vista "can't check the compatibility of every program" either. It's possible that a part of the software installs as a device driver (which isn't uncommon for some CD-burning software), and Windows (any version) won't know there's an incompatibility until after it attempts to start the driver. The bigger problem is that drivers get full access to every system resource, so when a driver crashes, there's no telling what else that driver may have taken with it. That's why it's a blue-screen every time.

So if that is the problem here, updating Windows from Vista to 7 might not fix it. Updating the driver itself to a version compatible with Vista (and 7) probably will.

(If it was my own computer, I might be adventurous enough to try booting in safe mode - assuming that works - and delving into the drivers manually in an attempt to identify the problem driver and disable it. Might've been interesting to see what effect that would have...)


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