Archive for the ‘vista’ Category

Windows Vista R2 aka Windows 7

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

I installed it on a Dell XPS Gen2.
The installation took +2h (I guess because of 3 different Visual Studio I have installed and who knows what else).

After restart my display resolution was capped at 1280x1024. This happend because my graphic card (Geforce 6800 Ultra, Dell-branded :( ) was detected as Standard VGA Adapter.

First I called at Microsoftie and complained. Then I started the Device Manager, chose the Standard VGA Adapter and clicked Update Driver. Couple of minutes later the NVidia Driver was downloaded and installed. Know the system works.

Experience so far:

  • Math Input Panel is as cool as I expected. Outputs MathML. Need to check how to integrate this with MediaWiki and I can't wait to get a Latitude XT2.
  • Explorer died once during file copy
  • New task bar is nice.
  • Had to upgrade to Skype 4.0 beta - confusion!
  • Daemon tools is NOT working anymore

Windows CE 4.2 on Windows Server 2008

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

environment: Windows Server 2008, Mobile Device running Windows CE 4.2, Visual Studio 2008

problem: Develop something for the device and deploy it.

solution: Download and install Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 for Windows Vista. Attention: 6.0 crashed on my machine.

Nokia Software Updater – Internal error 2738

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

environment Windows Vista

problem Installation of Nokia Software Updater failed

solution run "regsvr32 vbscript.dll"

Sony VGN-S2HP + Vista = NO MemoryStick!

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

environment Sony VGN-S2HP, Windows Vista, Sony Memory Stick Reader

problem No drive


  1. Get Windows XP Preinstalled drivers from Sony
  2. Extract MemoryStick\
  3. Go to device manager and select Update driver and navigate to the extracted files from

Sony VGN-S2HP + Vista = NO Audio!

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

environment Sony VGN-S2HP, Windows Vista, SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio

problem No audio


  1. Get Windows XP Preinstalled drivers from Sony
  2. Extract Audio\\
  3. Right click Setup.exe/Properties/Compatibility/Run this program in compatiblity mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
  4. Install using Setup.exe
  5. When prompted for Driver, provide location:\\SMAXWDM\\W2K_XP

All in all: *sigh*

Emacs, Emacs Speaks Statistics (ESS) and Vista

Monday, May 21st, 2007

environment Vista, Emacs, ESS, R

problem Getting Some Emacs with ESS (Emacs Speaks Statistics) running on vista

solution Install GNU Emacs and follow ESS installation guide.

Create c:\\_emacs.el (start Notepad elevated = Run as Administrator) and insert

(load-file "C:/Tools/emacs-21.3/site-packages/ess-5.3.4/lisp/ess-site.el")
(setq-default inferior-R-program-name "C:/Tools/R/R-2.4.1/bin/Rterm.exe")

Adjust the paths to your need (and I don't have a glue if it works with c:\\Program Files)

Many thanks to Georg Gutjahr for his help.

SAS 9.1 and Vista

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

environment Vista, SAS 9.1 (Learning Edition)

problem Turning off UAC and marking the setup.exe with "Windows XP SP2 Compatiblity Mode" gets you through setup, but SAS won't work. You can't even create a dataset.

OpenVPN Server on Gentoo, Vista Client and ISA 2006

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

environment OpenVPN Server on Gentoo, Windows Vista Client, ISA 2006

problem Establish VPN tunnel from Vista to Gentoo


Server Install

  • emerge openvpn and read the output about /etc/init.d
  • Make sure you got CONFIG_TUN (details)
  • Create keys and /etc/openvpn/hostname.conf files. A sample can be found here.

Vista Client Install

  • Install at least OpenPVN 2.1_rc2 download because of this
  • copy client.crt, client.key, ca.crt and optionally ta.key from your server /usr/share/openvpn/easy-rsa/keys/
  • create hostname.ovpn in C:\\Program Files\\OpenVPN\\config and make sure to run the editor as administrator due to UAC. A sample can be found here.

actual problem I'd like to publish OpenVPN with a "Web Publishing Rule" on ISA 2006 and have ISA 2006 forward to the right machine
based on the domain. It sniffed the traffic and OpenVPN doesn't send a SSL "Client Hello" message at the beginning, but some other message tagged as "SSL Continuation" in Wireshark.

After thinking a little more, the scenario I'd like to implement wont be possible anyway, because ISA 2006 gets the domain from the HTTP traffic (details) and not from the SSL/TLS layer. Maybe a something similar to Apache/OpenVPN port sharing would be possible with a custom filter in ISA...

CodeGear JBuilder 2007, Vista

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

environment: Windows Vista RTM

problem: Installation of CodeGear JBuilder 2007

solution: Goto


Properties, Compatibility Tab, Check "Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)" and "Run this program as administrator".

Run jbinstall.exe, ignore the warnings. done.

Netgear FM 114P + Vista

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Environment Windows Vista, Netgear FM 114P router incl. printer port, HP Deskjet 720C

Problem Printing from Vista using network printing port of FM114P

Solution DON'T install the Windows XP/2000 Netgear drivers. Don't work and mess with your Windows Vista.

You want Unix Print Support from Vista (Control Panel\Programs and Features: Turn Windows features on or off): Print Services\LPR Port Monitor.

Then "Add Local Printer", "Create a new port", select "LPR Port", enter IP address of your router and L1 as the queue name (see FM 114P Reference Guide).

Finally I had to select the appropriate printer driver.