Here are a couple Vista service pack 1 related stories.
Vista ReadyBoost Suckage & Vista resume sluggishness Problems with a computer resuming from S3/S4 sleep are related to the encryption key that is created with the Readyboost file. Apparently, the key is created once per windows session, so, sometimes when resuming from sleep, Vista realizes it needs to rebuild the Readyboost file because of the key, so, while it is trying to come out of sleep mode, while it is paging data to the memory, it is also rebuilding the Readyboost file. So, on resume, if you notice your computer thrashing the hard drive and poor resume performance, you know why. This is supposed to be fixed in Windows Vista SP1.
Vista SP1 beta 1 to launch in mid-July Looks like Microsoft is planning on beta testing the Vista SP1 in mid July with a final release date of November 2007.
Microsoft’s OEM catch-22: XP still in the driver’s seat Now more than half a year into the launch of Windows Vista, it’s beginning to look as though Microsoft may have a rebellion on its hands, at least in the corporate world. While Windows Vista continues to sell like hotcakes via OEMs to consumers, businesses are calling up those same OEMs and asking how they can get Windows XP instead.
I’ve posted about Windows Readyboost before, the new feature in Windows Vista that allows you to use USB flash memory to speed up disk reads and writes, while there are motherboards already coming out with this flash memory built in, I bet lots of people are tired of a USB drive hanging off of their PC. Here are a couple devices that you can add to your desktop computer that will allow you to add the flash memory without having to have your USB drive hanging out of the front of your computer. From Channel 10:
You’ve probably seen by now that Windows Vista can be kicked up a notch by using a USB drive to help extend memory and cut the amount of time it takes for your computer to come back from sleep mode. But who wants a USB drive hanging off of their computer and taking up a precious external USB slot? New options are starting to show up to solve this. You may recall the ASUS motherboard that I mentioned in February that comes with Readyboost memory already on the board. Source: ReadyBoost Inside
The devices they are talking about are pretty cool, Innodisk’s Readyboost memory plugs into the USB pin connectors on your motherboard, and save that precious USB port for something else.
Currently there is a large offer of Ready Boost drives but one that will surely get anyone?s attention are InnoDisk’s new internal drives. Instead of taking up one precious USB port, the drives in question will simply connect to the motherboard’s USB pin connectors.
InnoDisk’s Ready Boost Memory comes in 2GB and 4GB flavors and although the are not the fastest drives out there with their 3MB/s for 512KB random read/write and 5MB/s for 4KB, price tags are set to be very attractive – $15 for the 2GB drive. Source: InnoDisk releases internal Ready Boost flash drives
The USB Header Adapter also plugs into one of the USB headers on the motherboard, and you can just plug your thumb drive into it, so if you already have a drive you can use, you can simply buy this header adapter for only $9 dollars and be ready to go.
Read an interesting post from Ed Bott who discovered a way to get numbers when Windows Vista checks a USB drive to see if it is fast enough for Readyboost. You can get the numbers using Event Viewer, if a drive fails the test, click test again, then open event viewer, click the applications and services logs category in the tree to the left, then click Microsoft, Windows and then Readyboost, under the Readyboost heading select operational. The center window will show you performance test results for successful and unsuccessful attempts. He has posted images of the process, follow along here.
To be used as a ReadyBoost device, your flash drive has to pass several tests, including available free space, write performance, and random read performance. When you connect a supported flash device to your system and choose the Speed Up My System option, Windows Vista runs a quick performance test to see if the device meets minimum standards required for ReadyBoost. Those standards are:
2.5 MB/sec throughout for 4 KB random reads
1.75 MB/sec throughout for 512 KB random writes
These results must be consistent across the entire device. In addition, the device must be at least 235 MB in size (although you can designate less than the full space on the drive for the ReadyBoost cache).
If any of these tests fail, the drive is rejected. Source: Is your flash drive fast enough for Vista’s ReadyBoost?
The USB drive out of the 20 or so that he tried was the Apacer Handy Steno 2.0 USB flash drive. He purchased two of those 1GB drives (these are model HT203) for the low price of $24 each a few months ago. Grant Gibson has started lists of the USB drive that pass and the ones that fail
PCWorld did some testing and the end of the year, comparing Windows XP and Windows Vista running on the same machines, from an older Pentium 1.8Ghz notebook to a 2.4-GHz Core 2 Duo E6600 and Radeon X1600 graphics card. As always Microsoft has said Vista will run faster, but they have always said that in the past, and everytime, you usually had to have better hardware to run the same speed. Things to note, at the time of the testing, graphics card manufacturers were still testing and tweaking their drivers, so expect some improvement there, and they used an updated version of Photoshop for Windows Vista, so, it wasn’t exactly the same.
With Microsoft’s Windows Vista finally released to manufacturers and on the verge of making its way to retail, we can at last get down to the business of examining precisely how well the new OS performs. In our first tests, we discovered that while Vista’s hardware requirements may be steep, it should run just fine–even with the Aero bells and whistles active–on machines that meet Microsoft’s Premium Ready specifications (1GB of RAM, and a DirectX 9-capable graphics board with at least 128MB of dedicated memory).
- Vista is generally slower than XP, but it’s better at multitasking on dual-core PCs.
- Your PC should have 1GB of RAM at the bare minimum.
- Aero won’t slow you down if you use a discrete graphics processor and enough memory.
- Apps run slower on the 64-bit version of Vista, but adding RAM closes the gap.
Some of their conclusions say they did not see any improvements with Readyboost, the system actually slowed down some. The Dual Core machine had a big difference in the multitasking tests, Microsoft had already said there would be a difference because Vista was better at running multiple threads of code. The multitasking and gaming tests did not show much of an improvement in going from 1GB to 2GB of memory, but the comparisons to 512MB showed them to not go under 1GB of memory. The real difference will be whether you are using an integrated graphics card, a decent video card or a high end card, they concluded you should not run Aero if you are using an integrated card, while using a graphics card it did not affect the performance of the machine at all. So, PC’s from the past couple years should run it pretty good, but may need more memory if it is less than 1GB.