I guess I am on install attempt 10 or more now.
To set the stage here the Vista Advisor found no issues.
You get that?
Clean Install on a blank Seagate 320 SATA drive (yeah yeah yeah, I know
Vista seems to hate SATA drives) with an Upgrade Vista Business DVD.
I started getting through the "Windows Loading," (that took some
interesting peripheral gymnastics, and a lot of time)
I got through the hanging green and blue curtain (hung there once too,)
But here is my favorite......
The DVD drive that got me thus far,
The one through which all was loaded and run,
Vista asks for a driver for it!
Ok, but NEC doesn't have drivers for the NEC 3550 A (its a plug and
Believe me I checked.
Vista offers no options of its own,
in fact the "browse for a driver" comes up with a grey box with no
options, or buttons or text.
So I can go back and forth between Vista having no suggestions, and
Browse to nowhere.
You can't proceed, and there are no options.
I reloaded XP Pro to make certain that the very latest firmware was on
the DVD drive and the newest BIOS is on the motherboard (an Intel
DG965SS running a Core 2 Duo CPU) even though both are absolutely brand
Now I am using the XP Pro disk to reformat the SATA drive so I can make
yet one more Quixotic attept to clean install this deeply flawed animal.
Why do I need to be so reliant on XP to make any headway whatsoever
with a clean install on Vista?
Like that makes sense.
Any ideas or encouragement would be helpful.
I am feeling like the money and time invested in Vista was probably one
of the lousiest ideas I've had in 2007 at this point.
At least on Adam's Starship Titanic you could wander around and hear
Terry Jones voice amidst the pointlessness.
* * * * * * * *
"at the heart of our galaxy, an advanced civilization of which we know
nothing has built the biggest, most beautiful starship ever: the
starship titanic. On its maiden voyage, the biggest, most beautiful,
most technologically advanced interstellar Etherliner ever built
unexpectedly crashes. Into your house."