Monday, April 20, 2009

My Windows Vista Experience

I have been using Microsoft Windows VistaTM Business for more then 4 months now and I can not tell that this is my favorite OS. For me the most irritating problem is well known "Display driver atikmdag stopped working..." error. There are many sites and forum pages dealing with this problem and it seems that people are trying many crazy things in order to get rid of this issue (including registry modification or graphic card replacement ... etc). I don't want to spend many hours experimenting myself searching for solution which might work for me (my plan is to switch to different OS once my current project is done anyway). Lately, after many automatic driver updates the ratio of this problem dropped down but did not vanish. Usually I get 3-5 warnings per day. A single warning is OK, some driver crashes and is restarted. But sometimes the problem gets worse when driver restart is not successful - then the system gets into fast self destruction like loop leading to blue screen of death after 5 or 6 unsuccessful restarts. So when I get second warning right after the first one I know I am left just few seconds to system crash.

While this may sound like hopeless situation I found stupid workaround. Even if the system has already entered into self destruction countdown phase and is not responsive at all try hibernating it (most modern keyboards have this half-moon key). If you are fast enough and get the system hibernated then you can immediately bring it back and the problem is gone...

While this technique can not prevent me from disaster while I am away from my computer it keeps my attention, sensitivity and focus at high level while I am in front of my computer. Cool!

3 comments:

Jara said...

I'd blame ATI for this.

Lukáš Vlček said...

The last time I was looking at ATI driver pages I found that I am already using the latest driver version. Anyway, I agree with you, I think the ball is on the ATI side. Just blaming ATI for this would not help me a lot. I need either to fix this permanently or get rid of Vista (there are other issues I am having with Vista which I don't meniton in the post).

Dee said...

try blaming your hw, it helps sometimes. improve cooling, underclock, change ram..