Well well well, yesterday Vista decided to lose my mouse. I’m right in the middle of a straightforward image editing session, everything going well (got to say I like the new image editing features in the Vista image viewer) when all of a sudden, pop. Mouse gone. Totally. Logitech wireless model. Took the USB wireless dongle out, padded over to nearby second laptop, popped it in, mouse working fine. Padded back to Vista machine, popped it in again. Nothing. In the end had to place dongle in new USB slot, reboot and it reappeared again. Woo-hoo, haven’t had this much fun since Windows 95.
Last night? Printer disappeared. Actually at first it just stopped working. Worked perfectly for a day or so, then paff. Gone. Samsung wireless colour laser, brand new, installed perfectly. My mistake was to try and correct the problem by restarting the printer and rebooting Vista. BIG no-no. The printer completely disappeared, rather than merely showing as an offline icon. Eventually got it back by going to Add A Printer, using the existing driver to reinstall. Why did Vista remove it? Your guess is as good as mine.
Generally, in the last few days? Discovered that Vista won’t let Acronis True Image Workstation 9.1 automatically back up my machine via a schedule as it used to happily do on the previous XP laptop. Called TrueImage tech support, really nice guy gave me a few tips (e.g. “try running the exe as administrator” – common suggestion this), nothing worked. Still waiting to hear back from Acronis support to see if this is salvageable.
Oh and the wireless connection is still failing to revive after sleep mode. Not sure why. I can get it back if I disable the wireless network adapter from Device Manager before leaving the machine, then enable it again when I return. Sheesh! The odd thing – and this is strange – is that I’ve got the Power settings pointing to Never Sleep. So Vista obviously ignores that for a start and puts the laptop or adapter to sleep. Ho-hum, I’m beginning to enjoy this. It’s like one of those awful movies that gets so bad it starts to get cult status good, know what I mean?
The sad thing is if this goes on for much longer I’m going to have to admit defeat, format the disk and return to the peace and sanctity of XP. I hate being beaten by a terrible bit of coding, really I do.