Good News: Part 3 – My Laptop Arrived Today!
Yaaaaay .. it’s a beaut! I’ll take pictures when I set it back up again 😀
Bad News: EVDO Revolutionery Obstacles
Naturally, the second thing I did after receiving my new laptop today (the first being me taking it out of the box) was to install the software and check out the EVDO Wireless broadband internet connectivity.
Well .. the light was on the card, showing power, but the software was saying there was no power. Rather than fiddle with it, I decided to just pack it up and take it down to the MTS Connect Center where they promised they would help get it set up if I needed it .. I figured .. why not?! It would probably be faster than me reading instructions, trying to figure out Windows Vista Business, etc etc.
Then they tried it at MTS and .. after trial and error we discovered what the cause was – the drivers do not work for Windows Vista Business (or Home) operating system .. just up to Windows XP. But, there was hope .. because the manufacturer released new drivers and download files for people who use Windows Vista .. so we tried that.
Let’s just say that it did NOT work. We were trying a few things, taking too much of my time .. and all of a sudden there was an option from the manufacturer .. “Try This … or .. YOU CAN WAIT TWO WEEKS FOR THE NEW VISTA-READY PC-CARD …. ”
I took Option (B) … gave back the XP’able PC-Card and documentation, and deactivated my EVDO wireless account. It was funny, I asked “Customer Service” (after they agreed to just cancel and void the activation charge and delete the contract) if they could credit my account for my Tim Horton’s Fund – for all the aggravation they put me through selling me the wrong card and making me take my laptop down to the Connect Center .. they said .. ‘We’ll See’. Maybe they will credit me something .. but I doubt it. You never know – it never hurts to ask, right? 🙂
MENTAL NOTE FOR EVERYBODY
Getting new hardware or new software? Does it work for VISTA? It’s worth asking the question.