Yeah, that’s right. I am actually writing this blog entry in IE7 running on Vista on my MacBook Pro. I’m running under BootCamp. I had also created a Vista environment in Parallels, but seeing that I only have 1G of RAM it was a little pokey at times considering I was trying to compile code I have to say though thatÂ Parallels runs very well otherwise. Very respectable. But I wanted Aero glass and window effects and I wasn’t getting that there. So off to BootCamp I went.
To date, my issues are:
- On wake, the machine takes forever before mouse and keyboard input are allowed.
- On wake or out of hibernation, the wireless gives out and locks up. I’m generally forced to force-reboot (as even a reboot seems to hang forever… or up to the limit of my patience).
- The machine runs pretty hot.
- Battery life is not that great.
- My trackpad drivers won’t seem to install, so I get no right-click ability without a separate mouse at present.
- There’s some ‘Unknown Device’ that wants a driver. I think it’s the keyboard backlight. Sorry, little guy, you’ll have to wait.
- It doesn’t seem to dim the screen when it’s set to.
How did I do this, you ask? Well, I had XP installed under BootCamp, so I just mounted the Vista ISO and did an upgrade. Possibly not the best way to do this, but I didn’t have a real DVD to burn the ISO to at the time (otherwise I would have done a clean install). After the upgrade the only thing that didn’t work was sound. It took me a while to get that to work. I had extracted the drivers from the BootCamp driver installation CD (since it doesn’t run right under Vista) per some instructions on the web and eventually found out I just had to reinstall the SigmaTel driver. Voila. But the trackpad drivers still won’t install for me or something. It works, but I don’t get all the fancy trackpad features that the Apple drivers provide.
Someday, they’ll have solutions for the bulk of my issues. I guess I’ll have to sit tight and wait. I especially hope there’s a good fix in the works for the temperature/battery life issues. Those would prevent me from really adopting this as a full-time portable.
Anyway, perhaps I’ll report more as time goes by and things get fixed… but in the end I’m expecting to get a Lenovo X60 Tablet PC soon, so I might not care so much in a week or so
P.S. I’d like to point out that my wireless connection works about 98% of the time under Vista, as opposed to the constant annoying drops I get on Mac OS X. So it can’t be the hardware.