Hello, Internets.  Let me tell you a sad story about how installing unsupported drivers for new audio hardware can entirely jack up your Vista machine. 

When I bought Serato second-hand from a dude on Craigslist, I was advised to just install the software that came in the box and update it afterward, so that’s what I did.  Yeah, I know, I’m a jackass.  I even do application support for a living and should totally know better.  Ordinarily, I toss whatever driver CD and go straight to the manufacturer’s website for even little things like USB wireless adapters.  But the guy, he said…

So I followed the advice I was given.  To his credit, the seller didn’t know I was running Vista (or he may have offered to let me out of the deal and find another buyer). 

Serato installed fine, the driver installed fine.  It started fine.  I loaded a couple of tracks and played around with the control records, nice.  Then I closed the program.

Blue screen. 

Restart.  Start the program, play around, close the program, unplug the device.

Blue screen.

"Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really.

"How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cannot conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more? Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty.

And yet it all seems limitless..."

- Paul Bowles

reading

You buy them books, and what do they do? They eat the paper!

listening

Forget about your seat -- it's the beat.

viewing

Television will make you dumb. C'mon and get stupid!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Serato Scratch Live and Windows Vista, Not Exactly Nature’s Best Friends

Hello, Internets.  Let me tell you a sad story about how installing unsupported drivers for new audio hardware can entirely jack up your Vista machine. 

When I bought Serato second-hand from a dude on Craigslist, I was advised to just install the software that came in the box and update it afterward, so that’s what I did.  Yeah, I know, I’m a jackass.  I even do application support for a living and should totally know better.  Ordinarily, I toss whatever driver CD and go straight to the manufacturer’s website for even little things like USB wireless adapters.  But the guy, he said…

So I followed the advice I was given.  To his credit, the seller didn’t know I was running Vista (or he may have offered to let me out of the deal and find another buyer). 

Serato installed fine, the driver installed fine.  It started fine.  I loaded a couple of tracks and played around with the control records, nice.  Then I closed the program.

Blue screen. 

Restart.  Start the program, play around, close the program, unplug the device.

Blue screen.

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