Archive for the ‘Vista’ Category

How to install Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 5 from inside Windows

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

is is a step by step guide. As always I take no responsibility for anything that goes wrong.Step 1: download the ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 5.
Step 2: burn iso file to cd as an image.
Step 3: put cd back into tray and run umenu.exe.
Step 4: click on the button install in windows
Step 5: Put in your credentials to be used in your Ubuntu installation, as well as the hard drive space, hard drive and language.
Step 6: Click next
Step 7: The ubuntu installation will create an image, and start copying files.
Step 8: reboot.
Step : Yep it is that easy!

Civilization IV having trouble on Windows Vista?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

I have read a lot about Windows Vista Compatibility issues, but when I installed Civilization IV on Windows Vista, a pop up box came up saying that “this game has some known compatibility issues.” I said what ever thats okay since I can probably run it anyways. So far it works fine with Vista, there has been no slow downs, nothing wrong with it at all. When you install it on Linux, it may be harder to install but in the end its worth it, as you can play it for less of a payload on your computer, when running on Ubuntu then on Windows Vista, so that you can enjoy it a lot more. Believe me I like Vista and all, but its been a year and a bit since Vista came out for household users and they cannot get a patch out to make it Vista compatible? There are lots of other games out there like others after it, most likely beyond the sword so that people have a better experience on Civilizations IV.

Overall Civilizations IV on Vista works quite well. If you have any problems just leave a comment.

Windows Vista ….. Again….. What Am I Thinking?

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Well since my sister got her new laptop I decided that I may as well try out Vista again. I know, yes, I know that I have tried it before, though if my sister needs my expertise, which she will not ask for?!?, I will need to learn more about Vista. Her laptop is pretty good, (better then mine :( ,) but I will need to use it for learning as well so I can get farther into networking. This is going to for a short time, I hope, though until I go back to Linux I will have to go to school using Windows.

That is all for today. I will try to post more then once a day this week,

Ryan Orser.

Ryan Orser’s Windows Vista Review

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

I have been using Windows Vista for over a week now. Why I chose to review Windows Vista I am unsure, but for reasons unknown I installed it. In the future I will review Windows Vista SP1 even though it’s likely the changes will be small.

The specifications of my laptop are as follows:

  • AMD Turion 1.6 GHz tl-50 Dual Core,
  • NVidia Geforce Go 6150
  • Broadcom wireless
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 80 GB Hard Drive

I’ll be covering these topics:

  • The Hardware
  • How does it run?
  • What I like and dislike

I was not surprised to discover that Vista is a resource hog. It takes about 2 minutes to boot the OS, log in, then load wireless, sidebar, and a whole lot more stuff. The Windows side bar takes the longest to load its five widgets. I use a clock widget, weather reporter, CPU usage monitor, calendar, and currency converter. The CPU usage stays over 10% all the time, even when I’m not doing anything. That makes me sad.

Vista: a turtle could probably crawl up and down the stairs a couple of times before it loads. There is nothing that is clearly slowing it down, except maybe all the sidebar widgets. The overall visual theme is a lot better in my opinion than XP’s and previous versions. Applications seem to load quickly, though they should be with all the RAM and CPU power this computer has.

Here are my likes and dislikes about Vista:

First the good:

  • The default wallpapers are very nice
  • The visual theme is pleasant to the eyes.
  • It runs smoothly, without any stability problems.
  • No BSODs!

And now the bad:

  • Takes almost 2 minutes to load.
  • The lack of visual customization makes the interface get boring after a while.
  • Microsoft need to find a way to get it to run faster.
  • The Microsoft help line always asks you to restart your computer.
  • The wireless can get screwed up after waking from hibernation.

Overall, Vista is better then XP but does not beat Linux. I may be biased individual, but I think that Linux loads and runs faster as well as being more customizable. I do like Vista and I may come back to it, but I can’t help liking Linux a lot better after all the problems that I have been through with Vista and other Windows versions.

The ratings:
3/5 for usability
4/5 for GUI
1/5 for customizability
3/5 for performance

Overall rating:
11/20. An okay OS, but it can’t beat the competition.

If you would like to give feedback, please use the “leave reply box” to leave me a comment.