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So I decided to take the advice people mentioned in the previous post, and my laptop is now happily running Vista - I get a WEX score of 3.0 based on the video perf (expected), other than the video, the machine gets a 4.4, and I'm a very happy camper.

Thanks to everyone who suggested solutions.

  • So I guess you used the laptopvideo2go-drivers then. I'm wondering what your opinions are concerning "hacks" of software to make them better or to suite your own needs? Laptopvideo2go "hacks" nvidias signed and unsigned video drivers and make them work on more computers. "DVD-Jon" from norway couldn't get dvd's working under Linux so he decided to make this work by using a hack. However, Jon got sued by doing this.

    There seems to be a movement to make the systems not to accept this behaviour. Just look at Windows x64. You can't run unsigned drivers. That means you can't run laptopvideo2go right? Isn't this a big problem?

    You could argue that hacks that breaks copy protection would not be acceptable. But if there was a hack to xbox that made the xbox able to run Linux but not able to play backups, would it be acceptable?

    Where do you draw the line?

  • Can you tell us why the video is giving you a score of 3.0. Is it because of NVIDIA GPU you have? How much is the memory in the GPU?

  • @August

    There is a difference here. Laptopvideo2go DOES NOT 'hack' the driver. It only 'hacks' the INF file to make ALL of the driver visible. If the driver was 'signed' before the hack, it stays 'signed' after the hack, because the driver binaries are not changed in any way.

    Is it legal? Now, that is a different question. IANAL.

  • If you go to nvidia site and listen to their podcasts, they have already said that the drivers which are unisgned are the ones that are in the beta/testing stages.They would sign them before releasing to public the final version because driver signing is not such a simple process. Also nobody these days care about asking people to pay for drivers. They are busy trying to sell and make profits out of their hardware and they will bundle or make any software available to make the hardware easy to use.

  • Thursday, October 12, 2006 6:59 PM by mastmaker

    > It only 'hacks' the INF file to make ALL of the driver visible.

    > If the driver was 'signed' before the hack, it stays 'signed'

    > after the hack

    How did they do that?  In XP sometimes I was able to hack ATI inf files in order to get working ATI drivers to install, but even just from the inf hacks they changed from signed to unsigned.  In Vista I didn't try it.

    > Is it legal?

    Well, if the putative agreement says that you'll install your download onto one machine, and if it doesn't say what OS you "agree" to run on that machine, then it doesn't seem to be a problem.  I have different problems on occasion, such as some Intel chipset drivers whose putative agreements say that I'll install them on one machine, so all my other machines with the same Intel chipsets can't legally run their drivers.  I need to ask friends to download additional copies of the same files and install them for me ^_^

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