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The story of my life... [Apr. 16th, 2009|09:46 am]
Yesterday, I wanted to take my new PC to work, to load Vista or Server 2008 on it (2008 64 bit has HyperV, a *great* emulation program!).

But, first and foremost, I needed a DVI to VGA converter.

(Have you ever pondered why VGA is going out and DVI is coming in? It's simple. You need higher speeds to transmit higher resolutions at high enough speed to keep the screen from flickering. Analog (VGA) just ain't cutting it anymore.)

So I made sure I had one available. And then I got to work and it was gone.

Okay, but, I found another. (This *is* Microsoft!)

So I set up to boot from the network, and ... Microsoft doesn't store a driver for my network card. (Note: I booted from the network; my card *can* talk on the network without additional drivers. But apparently that's not enough.) Okay, but I have a copy of Windows 2008... 32 bit.



And no drivers. Because who's releasing drivers ~6 months before estimated RTM?

(Windows 7 is looking good. I'd say that even if I was running Ubuntu at a small university.)

I finally take it home, and load my Windows Vista Ultimate on my machine...

Crap. I bought the *upgrade* edition. And it won't install, except over a copy of Windows.

(Remember the good old days, where you just needed to insert a valid CD from an earlier version? Times have changed....)

So, load up XP. Load up Vista. Prepare to glory in the speed of a quad core 2.6ghz with a modern (if relatively cheap) video card. Realize it's after midnight.

But that's not the kicker. The kicker is this:

As I was getting dressed this morning, I found my DVI-to-VGA converter.

I'd put it in my pocket so I couldn't possibly lose it.

[User Picture]From: susandennis
2009-04-16 07:30 pm (UTC)
Different software, different versions, different cables but I've lived that story more times than I can count. Which makes your version so much more fun for me. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: phinnia
2009-04-16 11:43 pm (UTC)
enjoy the windows seven beta. i absolutely love it. it's got great features and fantastic uptime and is worlds better than vista.
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[User Picture]From: marypcb
2009-04-17 01:51 pm (UTC)
we're finding drivers for 7 aren't as scarce as you might think; at least try dual-booting it...
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2009-04-17 09:15 pm (UTC)
Nod. I'm sure if I look, I'll find 'em. I actually loaded Windows 7 for a while. But I wanted my machine up and running normally *RIGHT NOW*, and I couldn't find the drivers *RIGHT NOW* so I decided to switch to Vista.

(Given that I spent a half hour trying to load Vista before realizing I had to load XP first, I might have been better off searching for drivers :-).)

And now, I've found some crucial utilities for me don't have 64 bit versions... ah, life!
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From: kightp
2009-04-17 03:23 pm (UTC)
Aiyiyi. That sounds like One Of Those Days, all right. *hugs*
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