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Last-minute changes to Windows Vista broke drivers, forcing key hardware vendors to "limp out with issues" when the operating system launched last year, according to a presentation by Dell Inc. that was made public this week.

"Late OS code changes broke drivers and applications, forcing key commodities to miss launch or limp out with issues," said one slide in a Dell presentation dated March 25, 2007, about two months after Vista's launch at retail and availability on new PCs.

The criticism was just one of many under the heading "What did not go well?" Others ranged from knocks against Vista's Windows Anytime Upgrade scheme, an in-place upgrade option, to several slams on "Windows Vista Capable," the marketing program that targeted PC buyers shopping for machines in the months leading up to Vista's debut.

source: http://www.computerworld.com/action/...c=news_ts_head
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Well Dell was one of the first to go and push the whole Vista thing on people after M$ told all the vendors to do so.

Their support for Vista drivers suck.
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Well Dell was one of the first to go and push the whole Vista thing on people after M$ told all the vendors to do so.

Their support for Vista drivers suck.
Far as i know the only company that actually has excellent Vista driver support is AMD. Not even nVidia seams to be doing as good as AMD in this matter. Its not just Dell by far. Sound cards are the biggest pain i think.
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Eh, vista is A LOT better now than it was a year ago.
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Far as i know the only company that actually has excellent Vista driver support is AMD. Not even nVidia seams to be doing as good as AMD in this matter. Its not just Dell by far. Sound cards are the biggest pain i think.
The ONLY complaint I have about my XPS M1710 laptop is that the speakers crackle when playing music, games, or videos. Even when I plug in headsets, there is crackling.

When I switch from Full Performance to Power Saver, the crackling becomes so loud - it completely renders all use of sound useless and unbearable. This is all caused by 1 driver - the stupid SIGMATEL driver for Vista. My older cousin has the same laptop but has XP on it, no problems at all.
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these articles and other publications that bash vista just have to stop now...its been over a year and sp1 is basically out. performance is on par/ above xp. people need to get over it already
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The ONLY complaint I have about my XPS M1710 laptop is that the speakers crackle when playing music, games, or videos. Even when I plug in headsets, there is crackling.

When I switch from Full Performance to Power Saver, the crackling becomes so loud - it completely renders all use of sound useless and unbearable. This is all caused by 1 driver - the stupid SIGMATEL driver for Vista. My older cousin has the same laptop but has XP on it, no problems at all.
Have you tried yelling at a Dell rep until he/she cried? I've seen it done and it seams to be a good remedy.
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The ONLY complaint I have about my XPS M1710 laptop is that the speakers crackle when playing music, games, or videos. Even when I plug in headsets, there is crackling.

When I switch from Full Performance to Power Saver, the crackling becomes so loud - it completely renders all use of sound useless and unbearable. This is all caused by 1 driver - the stupid SIGMATEL driver for Vista. My older cousin has the same laptop but has XP on it, no problems at all.
my sigmatel driver sounds great. I think you just got crappy speakers or sound processing
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the drivers have come along way ,oblivion definately performs better on my vista machine then it does on my xp machine,the same goes for css.
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Still waiting on 64bit vista drivers for my 1720 Dell Printer. I even contacted Dell support and they had be download the vista drivers, then the 64bit XP drivers, and when I told them it didn't work, they told me I was wrong...
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