Vista Casualties – Hardware

May 30th, 2007 by Kat Kingsley-Hughes

Hardware is a big issue for me.  I like my hardware to last and I don’t like to let it go when I’m used to it, so throwing out good kit just because I’ve moved to Vista really goes against the grain! It’s environmentally unfriendly and expensive.  Of course the manufacturers love nothing better than a new OS for just this reason. They want everyone to go out and get all new kit, so they’re not too keen to produce drivers for [tag]hardware[/tag] over a certain age and let’s face it they have the advantage.  They know you’ll probably get a new PC in the next couple of years and it will most likely have Vista on it. 

Still, brand loyalty counts for a lot, so asking about drivers for older products is always a good idea because it lets them know you like their products … and it’s hard to guage the demand for a driver if they haven’t heard from the consumers who want it.

  • The first casualty was my Hauppauge Win TV Go card, which they’ve not released drivers for (at least not yet).  The TV card was an important piece of kit as I work some long hours and it was good to watch TV in the office.  I have replaced it with a WinTV HVR1100 instead but that arrived DOA, so I’m sans-TV card for now. No TV while I’m working for a while! 🙁
  • Another piece of hardware that I’m sad to see go is my Strategic Commander, long since obsolete but still very popular.  There was a ray of hope as it still worked up until the Vista RC1 Beta.  Sadly despite a lot of effort it’s gone from my desk (after being there a long time). 
    Instead I’ve purchased a Logitech G15 keyboard which has 3 sets of programmable keys to replace the Sidewinder keystrokes (which I’ve used for coding as well as gaming for years now).  (You can download the Vista driver for the G15 here.)
  • My Canoscan 650U scanner is also a no-go with Vista, but I’ve simply moved that onto another PC and apart from minor inconvenience I can manage without replacing it.  A little less tech in the landfill!
  • Logitech Quick Cam.  I don’t know how old this is, but I can’t get it to work (and I use it so rarely that I won’t bother replacing it).

And now for the survivors:

  • Microsoft Fingerprint Reader – this will need a free upgrade and comes with a new software version (that unlike the previous version allows you to export your passwords … so it might be worth installing on your old OS before moving to Vista)
  • Wacom Intuos 3 – this driver was a quick download that works well in [tag]Vista[/tag] Ultimate especially with the new Tablet PC handwriting recognition options.
  • Logitech MX 518 Gaming Mouse – download SetPoint driver.



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10 Responses to “Vista Casualties – Hardware”

  1. Hauppauge and Vista » Vexentricity Says:

    […] I’ve mentioned this previously but I came to the conclusion that it was faulty hardware at fault.  When I eventually received a new card I had exactly the same problem.  I was pleased then when Hauppauge brought out a page and a download for installing the PVR but … unfortunately that didn’t work either.  […]

  2. Tim Says:

    I have a Agfa Snapscan E20 for scanning documents, a Minolta Scan Dual DImage III film scanner, and a Epson Stylus 870 photo printer and none of them will port to Vista. The manufacturers of the first two have gone out of the scanner and photo business, while the manufacturer of my inkjet printer, Epson, has apparently decided not to support this printer on Vista (I guess so they can sell you a new printer!). It really sucks not having the hardware you’ve purchased over the years port to Vista! I’ll probably end up buying a new computer running Vista (my current computer is experiencing many problems) and keeping my old XP system around to use with my unsupported hardware.

  3. Andy Says:

    The Canon 650U scanner can be installed under Vista using the Windows XP drivers available from the canon website. Vista give a warning on installation of drivers but works fine after install – well on my system anyway! (i have the 650U running in vista)

  4. Kathie Says:

    Thanks. But I still can’t get it to install for me… 🙁

  5. Vinthar Says:

    Snapscan e20 can be instaled and used under Vista – however instaling and using on vista require some “tricks” (you must FORCE system to use agfa.ini file to install driver, and then you must use scanwise software in administrator mode) – anyway it works fine for me under vista ultimate edition 🙂

  6. Yup, Vista does suck! » Vexentricity Says:

    […] What tipped me to type those words into Google to see just how many other people felt the same way was installing my brand spanking new scanner.  My anger was prompted in part I suppose because my old scanner didn’t work under Vista, but then again I have a shiny new Canoscan LiDE 600F – what have I got to complain about?  It’s a great piece of kit! […]

  7. ee2jhmg Says:

    it is possible to get the strategic commadner to work under visat, it is not to complicated to do either, you’ll need the original software cd or a copy of the install file though. here is the link

  8. pesky newt Says:

    are there Vista drivers available for the sidewinder joystick

  9. Khaiya Says:

    I can’t get the snapscan e20 to work on my vista computer I’ve installed scanwise of the internet just fine and I run as administrator, but still it says it can’t find my scanner! From what I’ve read here, it seems the real trouble should have come while installing scanwise, but that worked easy, and is still sitting there on my desktop… any advise?

    I have a new HP scanner/printer that was $20 with my computer, but its pretty much garbage when it comes to scanning things ($20 what can you expect). My snapscan was so much better!!! Blasted Vista!

  10. wyane Says:

    For some hardware with vista still have problem even the label noticed they are Vista compatiable. That’s the reason why I still stay on XP family instead of Vista family.

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