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User Journal

Submission + - Vista's Lack of Driver Causing some Bad Headaches

AkumaKuruma writes: "Copious amounts of users who are taking the plunge into migrating to Windows Vista are still dealing with hardware manufacturers trickling out drivers. The one surprising company that is apparently ticking off a lot of its customers is Creative Labs and their support for their top of the line X-Fi series sound cards. Creative is not planning on releasing finished drivers for the cards until sometime in March. This is mostly due to the new tighter requirements if driver certification as well as the way the sound system works

Many users are seeing this as a lack of support for the gaming cards they just recently purchased for advanced audio (some as high as $300 MSRP for the elite edition). currently the only X-Fi card that has a finished driver is the Xtreme Audio Edition which it turns out doesn't even use the same chipset as the rest of the X-Fi line but instead is closer to the Audigy SE card.Because of this lack of support, many customers are hounding the developers and support forums looking for answers to fix their problems. Some as simple as getting 5.1 sound to work to as far as the card not even being detected by the drivers that creative is supplying.

On a slightly positive note, Creative has developed a solution to the issue of MS completely removing the DirectSound HAL from Vista. Creative has released a program called ALchemy (yes the AL are supposed to be capitalized) which is designed to "transmute" the DirectSound programming calls into native OpenAL calls that by their nature access the sound card directly and completely bypassing the audio stack of the Operating system, helping to regain access to EAX and full hardware acceleration.

Until the driver issues are resolved, I would highly recommend anyone with a NEED to have their high end sound cards and other hardware to be supported under vista to not upgrade to Vista. If you still want to tinker with it, make sure you set up a dual boot situation then so you can dump back to XP for full hardware support. For those that are bold enough to not wait for the drivers to come out, the audio stack in Vista has been redesigned to support much better quality independent of what audio chipset you are using, which leads normal onboard audio to actually sound better under Vista than XP."

Submission + - EU may force iTunes Store to accept returns

Sweet Harmony writes: The European Union may require online music stores to accept returns, according to Ars Technica. A review of European consumer protection laws has highlighted online sales of 'digital content services' as an area where existing consumer protection laws need to be harmonized. 'The EC would like to standardize cooling offer periods along with other aspects of the EU's consumer protection laws. One of the issues being considered is whether the rules on consumer sales should apply to "digital content services" like music.'
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Submission + - Supreme Commander has gone Gold

An anonymous reader writes: After years of waiting, the "spiritual successor" to Total Annihilation, Supreme Commander has gone gold. The demo is also available now.
Linux Business

IBM Launching an Open Desktop Solution 224

DJ_Maiko writes "IBM just announced their intent to release an open desktop solution which they're calling "Open Client Offering." The new offering will make it possible for big businesses to present their employees with a choice of running Linux, Macintosh or Windows software on desktop PCs, using the same underlying software code, which will cut the cost of managing Linux or Apple relative to Windows. If this project succeeds, it will make it unnecessary for companies to pay Microsoft for licenses for items that don't rely on Windows-based software. IBM plans to also roll this out in-house to 5% of their 320,000 employees worldwide. This sure seems like a promising endeavor. "

Submission + - AACS broken for all HD and Blu-ray disks

An anonymous reader writes: Two months after Muslix64 initially publicized his method for getting AACS keys, a user on Doom9 has found the processing key, which is able to decrypt all disks for both formats released thus far. The exploit can even be reused for future keys. This will allow the creation of a one-click backup utility and is a major blow against DRM.

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