Posted 15 June 2006 - 08:06 PM
So I've been using Vista Beta 2 (5384) since they announced the public preview, and I've so far had few issues with it. The OS runs fairly smooth, and while being a bit heavy on resource usage, it's performed well in most normal usage.
One small issue I've run into, which so far has me stumped is with the new sound controls in vista. I've figured out the different level management (with levels under the play control properties in my SB audigy 2, and the volume controls available via the taskbar icon) but I'm having trouble with some XP-built apps. An understandable hurdle, but it's troubling, as many of these programs are ones that I use regularly.
So far I haven't had trouble getting Ventrilo, Skype and other such VoIP programs to work, but their integrated sound device controls seem to be inaccessible since vista controls it all quite differently. The bigger problem I'm having right now is with games. So far I've tested SOURCE-based games like HL2 and CS, as well as Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, with no problems to speak of, but another title has me stumped. Warcraft 3, once installed (with expansion) and patched, refuses to initialize a sound device at all. It worked decently before patching, but now I can't get sound to work at all. I've tried changing the audio settings in game, as well as running the game in WinXP compatibility mode, but so far nothing's working. I've also had no luck getting War3 to minimize (via alt-tab or ctrl-esc) without crashing. I wouldn't have expected it to run perfectly, but these two problems have got me wondering if there's something I can do to fix them.
Also, I'm wondering if anyone has gotten to testing OpenGL based games like Doom3 and Quake4 on vista, since the games I've tested are all primarily directX based.
Any feedback is welcome, and I hope I haven't broken any kind of NDA (I assume it's been lifted since Vista Beta went public)