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No Go on Vista RC1

Posted in General at Saturday, September 2, 2006 9:03 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Well I was very excited about the Vista RC1. I downloaded it, burned it to a DVD, and got ready to install it but instead I got:

Windows cannot be installed on this computer with the current system BIOS version. Contact your computer manufacturer for a BIOS update, install the update, and then start Windows installation again. OEM Name: TOSHIBA; OEM Model: TECRA M5; BIOS Version: v1.50 ; BIOS Date: 20060425000000.000000+000

What? I'm already running Vista. So I file a bug and here is what I get back:

Thank you for reporting this issue. This issue is By Design. The reason why is because Vista is functioning correctly by blocking the upgrade due to the older BIOS. Toshiba is supposed to be posting newer BIOSs that are Vista compatible soon.

What a pain. Now I have to wait for Toshiba before I can install Vista. It would be fine if there really was an update. There must be a way to override this behavior.

When did MS decide that I shouldn't be making this decision?

So now I'm stuck waiting on Toshiba which will release it whenever they feel like releasing it and in the meantime I'm running Pre-RC1. I used to being in this position when it comes to my SmartPhone, but not when it comes to my laptop.

Update: I was able to get RC1 installed. I guess the bios check only happens when you do an upgrade. So I had to back everything up and then do a fresh install which worked. I hope Toshiba comes out with the new bios soon so that I don't have to do this with each RC...

Tuesday, September 5, 2006 3:39:41 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Yep, I have the same problem on the Tecra M3. Microsoft employees already have access to the BIOS upgrade according to <a href="http://blog.danbartels.com/archive/2006/09/01/Vista-RC1-gives-Toshiba-M4-the-finger.aspx">Dan Bartels</a>. But apparently Avanade hasn't the clout to get ahold of them, and Toshiba hates their customers enough not to make them publicly available.
Well, yet another reason to hate these Toshiba laptops.
Devon Rohlfing
Saturday, September 9, 2006 5:00:33 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
What do you mean by fresh install? Wipe out C: and then install RC1? Previously I had XP on C: and Vista Beta 2 on D:....I formatted D: to install RC1 and had the exact same problem as yours. I mounted ISO and didn't burn the DVD...does that make a difference?
Saturday, September 16, 2006 1:57:17 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Its not available at http://www.csdsupport.toshiba.com/tais/csd/support/windows_vista/vista_beta.cgi?lsAction=list_files&model_id=27

USB FDD required for the BIOS upgrade.
Saturday, September 16, 2006 1:58:35 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
I meant now available. I have now go and look for a USB FDD, as I don't have one. The package utility supporting VISTA for BIOS upograde should be available by Sept 06, as Toshiba says. Lets keep our fingers crossed
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