External Hard Drive – Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500
Video Card – nVidia GeForce 7600 GS
Mouse – Logitch MX Revolution (it just looked so fancy!)
After the upgrades I decided I would install Vista on my system. I did run into a problem during the installation, the Vista installation program was unable to deal with a Dynamic partition that I had created using Windows XP. I had to boot my system using the Windows XP installation CD, remove the partition and then install Vista. Other than that error, the installation was flawless. This does seem like a bad oversight and I should not have had to correct the error like I did.
After the installation everything seemed to go fine. I noticed when I did not use my system for a while, it would go to Sleep. When I would wake my system, I would start having problems with my mouse not tracking correctly. I would reboot and receive a cryptic Previous Fan Failure error. I searched was unable to find a resolution that addressed my problem. There was no error before I installed Windows Vista.
I know that some of our laptops at work have trouble with Hibernation mode, so that made me think of looking at the Power Options. Select Power Options from the Control Panel:
Start Menu > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Power Options
I noticed that my power plan was set to
Balanced – Equal Energy Savings and Performance
I figured it would not hurt to change the power plan setting to
High Performance – Better Performance, Less Energy Savings.
After I made that change, I have not encountered any more issues with my mouse, and I have not received the Previous Fan Failure error message that I used to receive while my system was performing the POST. Apparently when Vista would put my system to Sleep, and it would not wake up cleanly. It is a workstation, apparently it isn’t meant to be sleeping. After resolving the error, I have been very pleased with my installation of Vista.
I figured since I was unable to find a solution that addressed this problem, I would write this up to help someone else out if they encountered this problem.