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Driver Problems Prove Windows Vista Still Isn't Fully Baked

I'm a music guy, and enjoy listening to tunes on my PC. So when the high-definition audio all of a sudden stopped working on my Vista machine, it was a big problem. Unfortunately, my investigation found that my issue was just one small drop in a sea of Windows Vista driver problems, which still haven't been corrected -- a full nine months after the formal launch of the operating system.

Let's take my specific audio difficulties first. High-definition audio is a spec developed by Intel, which is implemented on most of the newer motherboards. Thus, it's likely you'll have it on your Vista PC; not because the box has Vista, but because by definition it's a machine of recent vintage.

You might think it's odd that I'm so concerned about high-def audio, when I don't even take full advantage of its features. The spec, which replaced the earlier AC '97 PC standard, is notable because of its Dolby 5.1 capabilities. However, all I've got is a decent but not-too-fancy set of Boston Acoustics computer speakers. They're stereo, with a separate woofer. (Please don't call a dinky computer speaker a "sub-woofer." Where I come from that'd be a 15-inch speaker in a wood enclosure with its own 100-W amp, preferably tube.). My point is that I use the PC's high-def audio not because I'm high-def, but because it's the default audio on the machine and it's built into the motherboard.

OK, enough nattering. Read the rest of my thoughts here.

Alex Wolfe
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