Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th May 2009 12:30 UTC
Windows The geek world might be all over Windows 7, and the rest of the world might be sticking to Windows XP for now, but there is also this Windows Vista operating system lingering around. Microsoft has just released the final version of the second service pack for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

I'd at least think the mobo maker would post drivers on the site though. Since the audio is integrated on the mobo, the responsibility is the mobo maker's to provide the necessary drivers.

None of the mobo makers use SoundMax AD1888 anymore so all the drivers are already outdated and don't have the required signature. Believe me, I spent several hours googling and trying every single driver I could find. Still none of them worked. There's plenty of those for Vista, but as said, they're outdated. It'd be nice if I could somehow make Win7 accept non-signed drivers, but alas, there is no such thing.

That's one thing that I've always disliked about Windows; it tells you what you can and cannot do, not vice versa. I still might use Win7 if I just could get audio working, atleast to have some touch with it if I ever need to repair a Win7 installation.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I do not understand this fetish in some oses with requiring signed drivers. I don't mind if they warn me, but whether to install the driver or not should be my decision, no one else's. My computer, my hardware... my choice to make that hardware work or not. What's next, only allowing signed applications as well like some smartphone oses have already done? Look at some of the latest Symbian versions, trying to get around their signed application requirement can be a royal pain.

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turrini Member since:
2006-10-31

One word,

Monopoly.

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ameasures Member since:
2006-01-09

I do not understand this fetish in some oses with requiring signed drivers. I don't mind if they warn me, but whether to install the driver or not should be my decision, no one else's......


Personally my experience of this is that a few unvetted drivers together can make a system unreliable when they don't quite mesh. This can be almost indistinguishable from hardware gremlins. The result is a frustrating loss of productivity for the user and a bad impact on the reputation of the operating system.

Secondly, if they are beta testing the operating system then they have good reason not to be interested in getting sidetracked by bugs in grotty drivers. Maybe the RC or full releases will carry a different viewpoint.

Thirdly, in the Microsoft PC world computers are sold, too often, on price alone when one has fully tested and supported drivers and another doesn't. Stability and reliability don't happen by accident - testing and debugging cost time and money. As time goes on computers are becoming appliances that should need less and less tweaking,

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