Posted 18 June 2009 - 04:41 PM
You suggest running WMP in Vista mode. I confess I don't know what "Vista mode" for WMP is, and I couldn't find anything about it. But in my browsing I discovered information about "XP mode" in Windows 7 under Windows Virtual PC, which I downloaded and installed. I have to say it's more than ungainly (basically an entire copy of Windows XP) and it has lots of oddities (for example, you have to install new copies of all applications that run under it, and there is no access to the installed Windows 7 anti-virus and security software). But it does allow you to do things that are currently incompatible with Windows 7. I have no problem playing DVDs or MPEG videos, my part-time work application with the browser-embedded Ogg Vorbis audio content works, and I could install the XP drivers for my inexpensive scanner--all as long as I stay in XP mode (I'm reminded of the "penalty box" from the days of the 80286). So in a sense my problems are solved, although in a manner that beggars normal logic.
Now I'm back to the Windows 7 driver issues, which as you say is very likely the root of my problem. I can wait for a Win7 driver for my scanner, and for whatever it takes to play browser-embedded Ogg Vorbis audio content. But not being able to play DVDs and MPEG videos seems like a glaring error at this point in the life of Windows 7. Is there a way for me to escalate this to someone at NVIDIA, who tells me I must go through XFX for support, and XFX has basically given me the cop-out that they can't provide full support for Windows 7? Or should I raise the red flag with Microsoft, who has infinitely more clout than I do?
I anticipated some anguish for being an early adopter, but this seems too much.