- From: Bill <me@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 19 May 2007 11:54:53 +0100
Here's the situation. I have an Acer Aspire 5102 laptop.
For audio, it doesn't work. There are clicks and pops on playback. Record is a disaster with huge gaps, delays and failure of the video display of level and waveform whilst recording.
I've re-installed several times (Acer's suggestion), removed all the graphics nonsense that comes with Vista and that makes the screen almost unusable, but there is no improvement.
The Acer site has a faq that says to install a later driver for the problem. I've downloaded this several times and tried to install it several times. Installation always fails. The problem does appear to be a combination of dud video drivers (it's an Ati Radeon Xpress 1100) and the large amount of eManagement software that Acer adds to the basic Vista install.
I was reasonably happy with the XP that I still use on the working machines. This laptop came with Media Center Edition, which had different codecs and was annoying in that video files that would play on XP would no longer play on MCedition, but was otherwise fairly OK.
The audio problems are different, but still there with external Vista enabled sound devices.
The basic Vista controls for audio - the things that replace the old Windows mixer - seem a complete mess, but I suppose I'll be able to program myself to accept them. I haven't actually found anything of value at all in Vista. It looks very pre-beta software.
So the purpose of this rant is to ask if anyone has audio working properly in Vista yet? My simple test is to take a 100 second wave file of tone, and play it for 100 secs in Media Player. It should play cleanly for 100 seconds.
Not sure where I stand in law, either. It took 3 months for the Vista upgrade DVD's to arrive, so the machine is way beyond the time I feel I can return to dump it on the retailer's counter.
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