I Tried Vista Ultimate x64
Posted 21 May 2008 - 03:58 AM
Well, if you remember, I built a Vista Ultimate x64 system a while back and really only used it to watch cable TV. My XP x64 main system is getting a little long in tooth so I thought it may be a good idea to start the change over before the older system has an unrecoverable problem and all is lost. The Vista system has an AMD 5200 AM2, Gigabyte GA-M55SLI-S4 (rev. 1.0), 8 GB Micron DDR2-667, Nvidia 8500 x 2 in SLI, Seagate 320 GB 7200.10 SATA II HDD, Creative Audigy 4. When the system was set up as the TV watcher, it also had a MSI TV@nywhere Tuner Card. When I went to set the system up as a production system, I removed the Tuner Card and all the software. I also uninstalled anything that was not going to be needed. The system always ran perfectly as the TV watcher.
I loaded Office Ultimate 2007, Microsoft Money Plus, and a few small programs that I use all the time like Paint.NET and Winsnap. Everything seemed to be working pretty good. Nothing compared to the old XP x64 system but overall, acceptable. I restored all my backups to Outlook, Money, etc and all seemed to go in and be usable. Still not with the speed and smoothness of the old system but, like I said, acceptable. I caught up all the Vista updates in that the system had been under a desk for a while. Everything seemed OK but the system would bog down pretty fast. With the CPU that is in the system and 8 GB RAM, I really could not see how or why it would just slow down like molasseses. Not only would the computing slow down but the internet and internal network as well. Then I was notified by the system that SP1 was available. There had been a few error notifications from Vista like "the last problem was caused by the Nvidia graphics drivers". What problem? I had not seen nor experienced any sort of problem. The Nvidia drivers are the ones that have been installed since I installed the two 8500 in SLI. The drivers have always worked well so I have not updated them. There were several odd messeges like that. Then came the time to install SP1 with the thought that maybe (?) some of the problems may be smoothed out. The forever installation continued and rebooted the system. Stage 1, 100%, Stage 2, 100%, Stage 3, 100%, and then the message that the SP1 did not install and all changes were being reversed. The uninstall took forever...again. Then the problems really started. System hangs, graphics distortions in normal use, program hangs, web pages not being found yet hit "refresh" and there the page appears, a very, very slow 6MB DSL connection yet on the other systems on the network, the DSL was normal. There was nothing stated as to why SP1 did not install. No log file. No read me file. Nothing at all except the notification that it did not install. It finally got so bad that I am now back on the old XP x64 system. I guess I will install XP X64 SP2 on the 5200 system since Vista doesn't seem to want to work. I tought about a clean install of Ultimate x64 but there is a great fear that, since it is Vista, nothing would change and I would end up formating and installing XP x64 anyway.
Sorry about the novel here guys but I wanted you to fully understand what went on and see if any of you have a thought or idea or two before I wipe it out and install XP x64. I can at least say that I tried Vista in a production system and it miserably failed. I wish I could go with a 64 bit version Server 2008 like some of you have but that is outside my budget. I know there are trial editions that go to 240 days I think but this is for my main production system so I don't want to risk the reload and honestly I don't have the time for that. Any ideas or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for listening...Bill.
Posted 21 May 2008 - 04:38 AM
Posted 21 May 2008 - 06:15 AM
I was running Vista64bit for a good long while and didn't have any problems, other than games. If I wasn't into PC gaming, I'd still run Vista. Sorry to hear about your bad experiences.
Posted 21 May 2008 - 12:20 PM
Vista was clean installed onto the system and used for TV watching. There was a minimum of apps in that they weren't needed. The TV tuner was uninstalled and Office, Money, etc installed. Still working off the clean install. Then all the problems began and ended with the failed install of SP1. I have no idea why SP1 didn't install it just didn't and Microsoft didn't seem motivated enough to tell me. XP x64 has not been installed but that is the thought in that I am worried that to format and reinstall Vista Ult x64 would be just to repeat the same end result.
Posted 21 May 2008 - 01:38 PM
That happened to me once... I had to reformat and install SP1 on the clean install !
Posted 21 May 2008 - 03:58 PM
Posted 22 May 2008 - 03:00 AM
No, Mo, on this system I stayed away from the SP1 Betas. Nearly all the apps that I installed were Microsoft apps which I know now a days means little, especially when it comes to Vista. Call me dumb but I guess I will format and reload Ultimate x64. The wireless Sager lappy with Home Premium (32 bit) performs well with the same apps. It may well be just the install corrupted somehow on the 5200 system. Does the Server 2008 have the Aero? Just wondering. I'll let everyone know of the progress when I get things going....sigh.
Posted 22 May 2008 - 03:39 AM
Posted 22 May 2008 - 12:42 PM
I guess that is a possiblility or at least an avenue to consider. The Sager wireless lappy is an old 3.06 Ghz P4 (w/o hyperthreading) with 1 GB RAM. It runs Home Premium without any problems or hesitations. It has all the programs installed (Office 2007, Money, Quickbooks Pro, etc) that I tried to use on the AMD 5200 which is many times the system of the Sager (Dual core, 8GB RAM, SLI 8500s). Perhaps I will play with the system some more before I cut it loose. By what all of you have written, the Server 2008 sounds the better choice over Vista. I wish I could do that. Thanks Mo...Bill.
Edited by talker, 22 May 2008 - 12:43 PM.
Posted 22 May 2008 - 03:39 PM
Server 2008 if you must, but XP for a hassle free life.
Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:32 PM
Posted 23 May 2008 - 09:24 AM
Posted 24 May 2008 - 03:15 AM
Posted 25 May 2008 - 05:25 PM
Would it help if you installed Ultimate x64 with Sp1 already integrated into it? Ill put it up on FTP for you
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