OK manage to post but typing is laggy. Lets see if this held out. Err, MS (the photo) has nothing to do with this issue. Its just that his photo resides in my PC.
If this test works then it confirms that BitDefender firewall, or for that matter any firewalls other than Windows own will screw up your surfing experience.
After disabling BitDefender firewall, am able to blog but as mentioned earlier, typing is a chore. The machine seems unable to follow i.e. the words took a few seconds to appear with some letters missing at random. Tried to use FireFox instead but unable to load. So, still not as smooth as XP.
Jangan pandang belakang...
IE7 failed again - unable to connect. Now trying Firefox which has to be uninstalled, shut down, restart and reinstalled. Appears to work this time. Typing in FireFox is a bit better than IE7 but not as smooth as in XP. Now lets see if this holds up.
I also learned that Vista Business can be downgraded to XP Pro but will involve a lot of hassle to reactivate by phone etc. Am tempted but does not have the time to do that yet.
Am really getting tired of this Vista business. It slows down a PC which would otherwise be flying if it was with XP. A task like blogging is dodgy. Typing in scripted windows is laggy. Even starting MS Office is nerve wrecking as the "program not responding" appears - leave it alone and it will start a few minutes later. I fail to see any positive point other than its cosmetic presentation. I have contacted Sony asking if it can be downgraded to XP pro and if all the drivers will be available. I expect the answer to be no. My advice for now is DO NOT get vista. If you absolutely must get a new PC make sure it is XP based. Unless if you enjoy tweaking buggy OS (I don't - I thought it was already stable), wait a few years for it to truly be usable.
Thank for your email to Sony Malaysia.
Regarding your inquiry, please be informed that Sony does not have any XP driver for this model and we does not support or give any guarantee for operating system other than the pre-installed one. For this reason, Sony does not recommend the use of other OS on VAIO and Sony does not guarantee that applications (bundled with the original operating system) are compatible with other operating system. Sony only provides support for VAIO computers using the default operating system as shipped from the factory. We are sorry that we are unable to assist you on this matter.
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Sighhhh, stuck with Vista and hopes that MS sorts out all these bugs soon.
Put IE7 in program exceptions for windows firewall. typing becomes better, as it should be, no more laggy. Post new pictures... Spell check OK.
I think its finally sorted. The solution was to make an exception for IE7 in Windows Firewall list. Since I manage to post the MyStream pictures and text, spell check and editing it appears to be as stable as on XP. So, JT, you may go and get that new notebook now. I recommend the Sony Vaio SZ 48 GN with dual core processor and the whole works. Just upgrade the ram to 2GB....