I’ve been using Vista for several months on four different computers. Out of all of those computers there have been no issues (well, file transfers are a little slow but this fixed that), and I’ve only seen one blue screen of death (BSoD). Sometimes it sounds like my experience has been far too pleasant with the operating system when comparing it to what some people have gone through.
I was reading an article by Ed Bott this morning that detailed the root of his problems: the Nvidia graphics cards. He mentioned that Nvidia just released another drive update for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Vista last week, but there are still a full 10-pages of open issues remaining (read about them in this PDF).
So what did he do to fix his problems? Have a look:
Over the weekend I yanked Nvidia cards out of both systems. On one, I went back to the onboard Intel GMA950 graphics. On the Vista Media Center PC, I installed an ATI Radeon X1300 Pro card with the most recent ATI drivers (Catalyst Version 7.7, released July 19, 2007).
The difference is night and day. Sleep works perfectly again. I can switch effortlessly between Media Center and the Windows desktop on the HDTV, and the full desktop is visible. (ATI’s drivers aren’t bug-free, but the list of known issues with Windows Vista is dramatically shorter – one page, not ten.)
This actually explains a lot because every system I own is using an ATI graphics card. And looking back at some of the problems I’ve heard about regarding Vista have been from people using Nvidia cards.
So if you’re having troubles with Vista and you’re using a Nvidia graphics card, you might want to get an ATI card. I’ve got a Radeon X300, Radeon X1950, and two Radeon Mobile X1400. I’ve had no problems with any of those on Vista.