vista taskbar question

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  1. Perris Calderon

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    so I think I finally found out my vista problem, there is a bios flash that addresses some batery and fan issues with this laptop, this might do the trick, so far it's been a few days and no freezing or blue screens

    that's another thread, I picked up a new laptop for traveling, this one has 3 gigs of memory, is REALLY fast and, the fastest smoothest computer I've used to date, butter smooth

    now for the question, the taskbar has a cool version of that mac taskbar where my icons get big and a mini version of what the tab is, it's really cool

    is this an option I can enable on my old vista laptop?
     
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  3. Perris Calderon

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    I think I found it, it's in the properties applet of the start menue, I in the task bar tab it's "show windows previews"

    I can't be certain that's the feature though, for two reasons;

    first, on my original visat box the option is grayed out, does anyone know what that is and how to I get the option available?

    and second, the option is not cheched in my second vista so I don't know what's gonna happen when I check it and reboot

    these are both media center home vista versions
     
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    show previews will do just that show you a little preview of what ever you are running in a little window when you hover over the bar at the bottom of the screen, think its an aero feature and if the card isn't up to it it wont allow you to do it
     
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    my second box doesn't have aero and I'm pretty sure my first box has a pretty good vido card

    will check under performance for a performance/visual option
     
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    Perris,

    Can you get a screenshot from your machine with the taskbar so we can see what you mean.
     
  7. Perris Calderon

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    ya, will boot it up in a few minutes
     
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    the card is a nvidia geforce 6150...is this a good card?...is it capable of this feature?

    I just went to performance and all visual options are already checked so there's nothing in there for me to turn on
     
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    here ya go

    you'll see bookmarks launched on the desktop, then you see a mini bookmark just above the taskbar as I hover over the tab
     

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    yes that's showing the show previews option :)
     
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    still wondering why it's on my new box without the option checked and why I can't check the option on my old box
     
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    puzzling, isnt there an option in the control panel for windows to test the pc to see what it can or cant do ?
     
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    I have vista business on my compy at work, and it doesn't allow that option to be checked, but on my lappy I have vista home premium and it allows it even without the areo gui running. my laptops is one of those hp 'vista compatible' laptops that can't run the new gui.
     
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    I guess it wasn't avaiable because I wasn't in the vista theme, I have the feature going now

    sadly, my bios upgrade did not fix my bluescreen problem, am sending the box back next week
     
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    My memory is going. Is the blue screen recent or have you had it since you got the box? The reason I ask is the SP RC totally cratered my laptop, blue screen after 20 seconds on every boot. I had to uninstall it. So if you installed the SP RC it could bethe culprit.
     
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    mine's been bad since day one
     
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    Tried the SP RC? Not that I recommend it after my experiece. It can be fairly easily removed if it makes things worse.
     
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    it's still loading, I ususally don't install any sp's for a few weeks after they're released