So, earlier this week, I finally got everything that I needed to put together my new computer. I had a couple of odds and end before I got it to boot (improperly seated RAM, weirdness mounting the HSF, backwards SLI connector), but it didn't take too terribly long. I, of course, decided to install Vista on it since it will by my primary gaming computer for the forseeable future. I have to say that the machine is really quite a beast. It runs may things (LEGO Star Wars, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast) at max settings and native resolution (1600x1200) at over 60 fps. It is at least twice as powerful as any previous machine that I've had.
It does, however, have one major
irritation: mouse problems. Now, I have a working MX 1000 Wireless Laser Mouse
. I know it is working because I have it connected to a KVM switch, and the other 3 machines with GUIs work fine. Basically, it goes like this. First, the mouse will start jumping around and clicking randomly on screen. Usually jamming the buttons some will fix this. After it does that a few times, the mouse will simply stop responding in Vista. I've tried using it as both a PS2 and as a USB mouse. The only difference is that the former always requires a reboot to fix while the former can occasionally be coaxed back into working without one. I fear that I will have to have a seperate mouse just for the Vista box or that I will have to purchase a new keyboard and mouse (mine are a combo with a common receiver).
I must say that, of all things, failing to properly write a mouse driver should be embarassing for Microsoft. The failure is even more disgusting when coupled with the fact that this same mouse works fine in Windows 2000 and XP which means that it is their re-write of an existing driver that is broken. Hell, I'd bet that if I hooked up my Windows 98 box, the thing would work just fine.
In other news, I've started watching Battlestar Gallactica. So far I've watched the first 5 episodes and I'm rather impressed. It is good stuff. I've also been watching a new anime: Murder Princess
. It is suprisingly good. It reminds me slightly of Scrapped Princess, so if you liked that, you might like this. The show is coming out as a 6 episode OVA, the last of which is to be released in a couple of weeks.
I also watched the first episode of Powerpuff Girls Z
. Note that the "Z" is pronouced as "Zed". I haven't seen enough to decide if it is good, but it does make several interesting breaks with the original PPG universe. I am sad that the PPG are no longer comprised solely of sugar
, everything nice
, and chemical X
. I suppose it is a silly premise, but still, it was the
main premise of the show. Every episode started with a reminder of it!
Ah well. I think that's enough of that.
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