"david ford" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in
> Just for info
> I am running Dell Dimension XPS (liquid cooled) 710 quad core 3.2.
> with high spec guts, and recently upgraded to vista ultimate.
> Even after installing the latest graphics/sound card drivers etc
> from the relevant manufacturers (which dell alert you to as soon
> as they are tested) I still had numerous blue screens of death.
> Dell have now released the latest bios upgrade for the
> motherboard, and guess what - no more crashes - despite my
> numerous attempts to induce one. Vista is also remarkably
> faster. Amazing what a wee bios upgrade can do.
So many people don't have a clue about flashing the bios on the
motherboard, they are always so quick to blame the OS for issues.
Checking to see if your system motherboard has an update for the bios
before upgrading to Vista or any OS should be top priority. Check
your documentation for your MOBO(Mother Board) manufacture/model
number, go to their web site and do a search for any bios update
(flash bios). Make sure to follow the procedure exactly as
instructed. Always backup your system/personal files before any flash
updates or OS upgrades.
Be certain you are using the correct flash Bios update for your
On a personal note: I wouldn't upgrade any system to Vista that is
older then 1 year just for the simple fact that you might have driver
issues with older hardware ie: video,sound,network cards etc etc.
Many companies discontinue support for older models and do not offer
updated drivers. Make sure to check for Vista compatable drivers for
all your hardware before attempting to upgrade. Do not just rely on
the Windows compatablity test. Go to the manufactures web site for
each piece of hardware in your system and check for the latest
drivers. Also do yourself a favor and do a clean install of Vista
when you upgrade, it will take longer to reinstall the software that
you want.......but it will pay off in the long run.
Software progress is/has always been faster then hardware
progress....If we all want to move forward you just got to let the
old technology slip into the past and can't complain when your old
hardware wont work with new software you want.
DOS 5.0 still works great on a 486 but is that where we want to be?
Hope this helps.