With SP2 released and available via Windows Update, I wanted to update all my machines. Here’s my brief summary of how my upgrades went.
Home machine #1: Toshiba Portege R100. Upgraded from XP SP1 to SP2 via Windows Update. Results: Flawless. Install completed without a hitch, the machine is running great, and wireless is behaving better thanks to the upgrades in SP2.
Home machine #2: Dell OptiPlex GX270. Upgraded fom SP1 to SP2 via Windows Update. Results: needed some driver updates. The install process itself went smoothly, but after using it for a day, I noticed that once my monitor power was turned off (for energy conservation, after 20 min of idle), it wouldn’t come back on. I went to device manager and told it to find a newer driver for my ATI All-in-wonder 9700, which it did, but the problem was still happening. So then I went to Dell’s website and looked for BIOS updates — I was a few revs back, so I updated the BIOS, and the problem went away. I wish Windows Update had automatically found both of these for me, but I’m a happy camper now. UPDATE: actually, I am still having video problems, ATI’s Catalyst tool tells me on occasion that the VPU has stopped responding and has been reset — the OS and running apps are never effected, but the screen blanks out and then comes back with video acceleration disabled. I’m trading some mail with folks at ATI now to see if we can’t figure out what’s wrong. Also, it’s an AIW 9700, not 9600 as I had in my original entry.
Work machine #1: Toshiba Portege 3500 (TabletPC). Upgraded from SP1 to multiple internal private test builds of SP 2 (and at least once then reverted back to SP1,) up through RC1, and then RTM. Results: It’s a miracle this machine still works at all, but in fact it does work, and quite well. I love the new Tablet and wireless features in SP2, the in-place TIP really improves the pen input experience. The only glitch on this machine is that when I try to connect to a new wireless network for the first time, I get an alert box saying that some wireless settings could not be saved. But it connects to the network just fine none the less. I might repave this machine to get back to a clean state, since not only has it had multiple SP2 interim builds, but it also lived through a number of Office 2003 SP1 betas, including at one point having I think three different version of OneNote running. UPDATE: It turns out the alert box I’m seeing is actually supposed to be there — apparently Microsoft IT has set some group policy that prevents certain wireless settings from being changed. The WLAN team on Windows agrees with me that the text of the error message ought to be changed so that it’s more informative.
Work machine #2: Compaq DeskPro Workstation 300. Upgraded from SP1 to first RC1 and then RTM of SP2 via corporate deployment/SMS. Result: Working great, no problems at all. But since I had a nice new hard drive ready and waiting (upgrading the existing 20GB drive to a more respectable 120GB), I ended up doing a fresh install onto the new drive, and that worked fine as well.
UPDATE: Work machine #3: Alienware Area 51m. Upgraded from SP1 to a couple different RCs, and then RTM of SP2. Result: Working great.
Overall I’m really pleased with the SP2 experience. On my desktop machines, I’m glad that I have the increased security and the souped up firewall. On the laptops, the new wireless and tablet features are much, much appreciated — especially given that they’re free!