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Those Shoes Are Too Big

The continuing saga. Part Two.

1.

http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/09/11/217236

Regardless of what the itunes application might be doing it should not cause the OS to crash. The application to crash yes... but not the OS. One of the main jobs of the OS is to protect processes from badly behaving neighbors.

This is definitely a bug in Vista.

Except the application installs drivers.

And it's not necessarily a bug in the OS if drivers are causing it, unless you run all drivers in the userland like QNX does.

iTunes is "GEAR powered"; i.e. it installs the GEAR CD/DVD burner ASPI drivers. See:
http://www.gearsoftware.com/support/drivers.cfm [gearsoftware.com]
http://www.gearsoftware.com/wiki/?title ... or_Windows [gearsoftware.com]

Wouldn't those be kernel-space drivers?

I have never had a blue screen of death in Vista ever. Period. This is after a year of using it with many different programs and many different hardware configurations. It's much more stable than it's predecessors.

I have never had an Apple program be stable on the Windows platform. iTunes is bloated at best, absolutely unusable if you catch it at the wrong time of the moon cycle, and just generally not that good. Safari crashes constantly for me whenever I've tried to use it. I've had iPods not work at all when trying to use them with windows.

My money is on Apple being the fucked up one this time. Someone should verify that it requires administrator rights to install, and that will settle the deal. I'm guessing that they have DRM measures implemented in v8 that weren't in v7 and that's what's causing the problem.

Kernel-mode drivers require direct access to your computer's memory and bus, and anything with that level of access can cuse your kernel to panic, period.

You can make non-kernel-mode drivers that are much safer, of course, but at the expense of performance and capability.

The only utter nonsense is that Apple can't write a driver that doesn't crash the operating system. There's tens of thousands of drivers out there, and most of them run great. Apple is big enough to do proper testing. They didn't QA properly, obviously.

2.

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1701063

3.

http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2280

iTunes 8: If Windows Vista displays a blue screen error message when connecting iPhone or iPod
Last Modified: September 12, 2008

Symptoms
After installing iTunes 8 for Windows, some users may see a blue screen error message when connecting iPhone or iPod to a Windows Vista computer. In some cases, the computer may immediately restart when connecting iPhone or iPod to the computer.

Products Affected
iPod, iPhone, iPod touch, Windows Vista, iPod touch (2nd generation), iTunes 8 for Windows, iPhone 3G


Resolution
/* * */
Re-download and install the updated iTunes 8 installer from www.apple.com/itunes/download.
Important: Do not use the iTunes8Setup or iTunes864Setup file you previously downloaded.

4.

http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1502

What to do when Windows XP or Vista computer displays a blue screen error message when syncing the iPhone or iPod touch
Last Modified: September 12, 2008
Old Article: 306048


Symptoms
An error message may appear on a blue screen when syncing a Microsoft Windows-compatible computer (XP or Vista) and an iPhone or iPod touch with saved photos (taken with the iPhone camera or saved from Safari or Mail). This issue can also occur due to a USB driver conflict with another device connected to the computer.

5.

http://support.apple.com/kb/306048

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