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Subject: RE: Driver installed in Win2000, now what ?
From: "Marc Valentin" <mvalent,AT,abeditions,DOT,com>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 00:47:38 +0200
In-reply-to: <200105161349390449.8077A1E9@mail.rcm.bm>

I can imagine what the development of this kind of software can be, but
Windows2000 is really the more stable windows operating system existing
today, a lot more stable then NT4... Win2000 works very well on a Pentium II
computer too.
I don't understand why you are developping on (and for) this old NT version.
Right, Microsoft is changing everything all the time (I have the same
problem with their database system DAO->ADO), I don't like that too when
this is not necessary but in this case it was really time to replace NT4 by
something else. (No USB support, no DVD support, no ACPI support, etc.)

Something else : this software really needs an uninstall system. I tried to
remove CIPE and to reinstall it and now I have two network adapters in the
CIPE dialog box ! (not in "network connections"). This is very weird.
How can I delete one of them ?


-----Message d'origine-----
De : Damion K. Wilson [mailto:dwilson,AT,ibl,DOT,bm
Envoyé : mercredi 16 mai 2001 18:50
À : mvalent,AT,abeditions,DOT,com
Cc : cipe-l,AT,inka,DOT,de
Objet : RE: Driver installed in Win2000, now what ?

The buggy NT4 uses half the memory, half the disk and about 70% of the
processing power. I'm writing this stuff on my trusty 266mhz PII, and the
only time I crash it is when I get the driver stuff wrong.

Listen, I think that making something more reliable is a good thing, but
adding more code isn't the way to do it ! I really wish that Microsoft would
just fix the broken things and stop changing things around all the time. Let
me tell you, there was a ton of crap I had to go through to find out how to
write device drivers on NT/2000 and there are all these special case things
that you have to avoid so that you can be compatible with both. I've never
seen anything so strange in my life. The APIs are all convoluted, the
documentation is inconsistent (if it exists)...

Sorry about that.

Having administered Windows NT on the desktop for a long time, I've figured
out the ways of making it pretty reliable. Not as much as my Solaris and
Linux boxes, though. :-)


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On 5/16/01 at 6:33 PM Marc Valentin wrote:

>On which windows version are you testing ?!
>Don't tell me you are still using this buggy NT4... :(
>-----Message d'origine-----
>De : Damion K. Wilson [mailto:dwilson,AT,ibl,DOT,bm
>Envoyé : mercredi 16 mai 2001 17:48
>À : mvalent,AT,abeditions,DOT,com
>Cc : cipe-l,AT,inka,DOT,de
>Objet : RE: Driver installed in Win2000, now what ?
>I already have a whole bunch of docs. What I don't have is a Windows 2000
>setup (anymore) to test on. If I could learn where the thing is croaking, I
>could fix it...
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>On 5/16/01 at 10:35 AM Marc Valentin wrote:
>>Unfortunately I don't have VC++'s debugger, I have Borland Delphi 5 Pro
>>I am not familiar with the debugger and I don't know if it could be used.
>>I have found a web page with a lot of links about drivers, maybe it can
>>: http://world.std.com/~lword/work/links.html

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