UPDATE: I discovered the culprit of my Ultra CS3 woes. Sony Vegas 7! I installed it on my way to installing Vegas Pro 8 upgrade and it immediately borked Ultra. After I installed version 8, I was able to uninstall version 7 and Ultra was back to working. Soundbooth sucks anyway, so while I don’t know whether it borked and unborked with Vegas, I don’t care!
I have really (really, really) liked Vista on my laptop/tablet (Toshiba Tecra M7). I have an editing workstation with Vista Ultimate on it. I need to do audio and video editing with this machine. It’s giving me more than a reasonable amount of trouble. The most strangeness is coming from Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium. The suite was running OK, though there was a very minor problem with Premiere. It would give an error about starting in Admin mode, but it would still work fine. Now Premiere and Soundbooth are KO’d (Ultra never worked, it gives the same “stopped working” error). I’m trying out Sound Forge 9 and that runs like a champ. The latest Camtasia runs fine, but there is an audio issue. I can only record from the microphone. I can’t record what’s coming out of the speakers (in other words audio from programs that have sound). That’s an issue that TechSmith needs to fix.
So what to do? I like Vista. I like the improvements that it delivers, provided you throw the proper amount of memory at it (2GB is my recommendation). I know people are having driver issues with it. That’s not all Microsoft’s fault. Companies had a year before Vista shipped to address that. However, Microsoft changed some fundamental handling of the audio hardware and it’s wreaking havoc. I need audio to work right in several programs. I don’t even care who is to blame right now. I need the programs to run. Is Vista Ultimate the problem? I have Vista Enterprise available to me. The Camtasia issue is the one that might push me back to XP, it’s just that I am not looking forward to the re-installation. I have the weekend to think it over. I always look at these as learning experiences, well at least I used to when I was doing more tech support. Now it’s a little old.