Well, I've spent a small fortune on a new Dell XPS 420, with a 650GB HD, 2GB RAM, and 64-bit Vista. I have had it for about 4 weeks now, and I absolutely HATE Vista. I can't use my printer, or my scanner, I can't transfer my emails, and I don't like the features or the looks of Vista. No matter what I try to do or install, it stonewalls me. So tonight, I finally gave up and tried to wipe the HD and install my trusty XP Pro. I set the bios to boot to the CD, put the DriveWasher CD in the drive, and started it up. It booted to DriveWasher but refused to allow the program to run. I tried again. This time it said there was no boot device. I went into bios, the only boot drive available was the CD drive, so I tried again. No boot device. No matter what I try to do with this monster, I can't do it. Its like dealing with a giant malicious trojan. Any ideas of how to wipe the HD and start over, or if I'm going to end up with even bigger headaches? And I can't believe it doesn't even have any wireless capabilities! I guess I shouldn't have assumed. It doesn't accept anything but USB add-ons or firewire, I am in a maze of buying adapters, and different cords only to find the drivers won't work, no wireless, I can't network, can't do anything. Dell really let me down. They take days to answer even the simplest question, and then give a useless answer. Same thing from HP on trying to get my printers and scanners to work with Vista, they offer a few convoluted work-arounds that don't work, and that's it. There are thousands of people experiencing the same thing, and there are cries for help all over the net. Why does everything have to be so complicated? Anyway, after paying for this whirling jenny I can't afford to go out and buy new EVERYTHING, printer, scanner, software, etc. Eveything I have worked perfectly in XP, but it seems with Vista, no matter what you want to do, you can't get there from here.
Ideas and sympathy appreciated,
Edited by dustman, 02 February 2009 - 12:56 AM.