I’ve recently been whining about Vista blue-screening on me. Just after wiping it off the affected system, Tim Heuer from Microsoft offered to help me troubleshoot the problem. After re-installing and having another few blue-screens, I passed him the MEMORY.DMP files (~150 MB each via TransferBigFiles.com, a great free service). And guess what he found?
While Vista told me that the problem was with the video driver, it turns out that the problem was… my unsupported RAID driver from Intel. When I first had a blue-screen, it occurred to me that was the problem, but since Vista so confidently diagnosed the issue as a video driver issue, and since the RAID array has seemed to work perfectly (i.e., no data corruption), I stopped worrying about it.
Tim assures me the problem is with the RAID driver so… not only do I feel stupid for whining publicly about an instability caused by a RAID driver not designed for use with Vista, but I’m going to have to once again wipe off Vista and install a different OS since Intel makes it clear on their site my hardware is not supported under Vista.