The fact I’ve been offline for almost 24 hours should tell you how my adventure in Vista land has gone.  I first attempted to upgrade over my existing WinXP installation on the Fujitsu P1610 and that went as well as can be expected.  First blue screen […]

The fact I’ve been offline for almost 24 hours should tell you how my adventure in Vista land has gone.  I first attempted to upgrade over my existing WinXP installation on the Fujitsu P1610 and that went as well as can be expected.  First blue screen (two in fact) I’ve seen in two years.  I finally threw in the towel tonight and am performing a clean install and am to the point I can at least get online and post this.  I am not going to install all of the Fujitsu Vista drivers this time around, the Video driver in particular hosed everything up.  It’s not needed as my video is performing perfectly right out of Vista.  More detail on the upgrade fiasco later, probably tomorrow.

Happy installing!

  1. I feel your pain – I did a upgrade install on my 1610 this morning, and just finished doing a clean install about an hour ago. I’ve done upgrade installs on other machines without any problem, but this is one system that really needs a clean build.

    Happily, everything is up and running now, Office 2007 is installed, and all is right with the world. And my 1GB RAM chip and extended battery arrived yesterday, so it’s been a pretty good week ;)

  2. Forgot to add that the Fujitsu video driver is working fine on a clean install. Not sure it is any improvement over the one Vista installs out of the box, but at least it isn’t causing any problems.

  3. Um, I thought if you bought the upgrade version of Vista you couldn’t do clean installs.

    Are you guys using upgrade or full versions of Vista?

  4. A shame it went so bad for you. Some software is causing blue screens – do you have Notebook Hardware Control, for example? It did cause mine to blue screen, I had to remove it in safe mode.

    Best option would have been to install it on another partition while and keep you work OS safe in the main one :)

    Best of luck, thanks for the blog,

    Juan Miguel Venturello

  5. Mine is a work machine and I’m installing Vista Business, so it’s a full license. But the way I understand the upgrade licensing, you can still choose to do a clean install, you just need to launch the installer from your previous OS.

    My problems with the upgrade install were all with the XP versions of Fujitsu’s drivers and utilities. Even though I reinstalled the Vista versions after the upgrade, the system still kept complaining about driver issues. No bluescreens for me, but Vista kept helpfully disabling various drivers because it didn’t like the way they were behaving. Uninstalling the drivers prior to upgrading may have made things go smoother, but now it’s a little late for that ;)

    As far as partitioning the drive and going dual-boot, that wasn’t an issue for me. I have my Q1 to fall back on, along with a half dozen other laptops and desktops for both work and home – so the Fujitsu is pure Vista. Besides that, I can literally restore my XP image onto the machine in under 10 minutes with the imaging process we’re using, so there isn’t much risk involved.

  6. Well I’m running generally ok at the moment – a clean install of Business using all of the Fujitsu drivers listed.

    Then Fujitsu started to release some apps and that’s a good sign. However the one I need above the rest, Omnipage, simply will not install. There is an updated version on the Softex website that does install but doesn’t see the fingerprint reader as a usable device. It’s definitely working ok as I can scroll using it so that one has me confused.

    My guess is that this is the same problem with version 3.5 which is supplied with the P1610. It runs fine but doesn’t let you enroll a user and take the fingerprint scans.

    Has anyone successfully got an app running to read fingerprints as passwordws in Vista on the P1610?

  7. I’m using OmniPass on my P1610 right now with Vista, and it’s working fine for both the Windows login and capturing authentication to web sites. It’s the one from Fujitsu, so there must be a problem with something else on your machine.

    All I can say is that I installed the FINGERPRINTDRIVER_AUTHENTIC_V7.7.0.22 package first, followed by the FINGERPRINTAPP_SOFTEX_V5.00.10 package.

  8. Hang on… I’ll download fresh copies of both and try this again. Finger crossed it’s me! :)

  9. No joy. I uninstalled the fingerprint reader and driver. Used regedit and deleted any key for Softex and Omnipage. Reinstalled the fingerprint reader without problem. Try to install Omnipage and an told it cannot install on this PC.

    Did you install anything to do with the TPM chip? I am guessing Omnipage is looking for a compatible device and for some reason my fingerprint reader is not one.

    Also Dave what are you using for imaging? Software and hardware? I image to a USB attached hard disk and it is very slow to do – over an hour. I would love ten minutes!!

  10. That sucks – I hate it when you hit one little thing that won’t work!

    When I set mine up I installed Vista Business as a clean install, then went down the list of Vista drivers (in alphabetical order as they appeared in the folder) and installed each one. The only exception to the order was the fingerprint driver and app, which I installed in the order mentioned above. I didn’t do anything else to make the fingerprint reader work, and I never even used it with XP. I don’t see a TPM device listed in device manager, which now makes me wonder if I have something disabled in the BIOS? (I have way too many machines, so I don’t remember what the BIOS options are on this one) After I post this I’ll reboot and take a look.

    For imaging we use Altiris RDeploy (equivalent to Ghost or any other disk imaging software) and bootable USB drives (using BartPE). Taking the image certainly isn’t a 10-minute process, but for most of our machines it takes between 2 and 3 minutes to lay the image back down onto the drive. I am talking about a clean image here, so I’m not trying to restore a ton of video or music files – I keep all that stuff on an external drive so I don’t have to worry about backing up and restoring it every time I decide to reimage a machine. I’m looking forward to using the sync features in Vista to help with that now.


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