I needed a board that could run the intel core 2 quad Q8400, and that chip required a 64bit OS. I had tried XP 64bit but because of some issues such as antivirus compatibility with Microsoft Security Essentials, and audio noise when I was supposed to be using Dolby (I record instrumental music, and comedy skits)- I decided I would try out the Windows 7 64bit. In house the audio on a midi track works out fine (no noise), but hooking up any kind of an audio cable into the microphone jack, the input, has involved alot of noise at higher decibel ratings. Hooking one computer to another increases this dramatically. This seems to be more of an issue when both input and output are used together, than when just speakers alone are used, and seems to be more of a microphone issue.
Anyway, after trying the Windows 7, I found many compatibility issues especially with the audio, but not limited to audio. Even working in compatibility mode (which directed me to XP SP2, 64bit does not have an SP2), I found the dolby control panel .exe, or the control panel .exe was not compatible with the campatiblity mode of XP SP2 within the Windows 7. I had tried straight installs just into the X86 (XP 64bit has a WOW emulator), or, I had installed the 64bit drivers on the disc that came with the board into the system at the least, and I had troubles with the audio setup. Unfortunatley I had not tested the microphone at this point, but wait, I installed the Vista compatible Audio driver as the latest update, and everything seemd to work fine (I could turn my PA system all the way up with no noise, and I could play audio Cd's). Some of my troubles came in when I installed a Creative Labs Xi-fi external usb 5.1 card onto the system, and then I tested more thoroughly the setup- The Creative Labs card was not compatible with this system, and sent a whole chain effect of disasters that I tried to deal with- It knocked out what seemed to be the properly installed drivers (although I had not tested the microphone as of yet)- nothing would work. I tried reinstalling drivers from the beginning to the latest update over the top, and none of this would work. I uninstalled drivers, and reinstalled drivers- none of this would work. I finally tried compatibility mode, and the audio came on, but none of the control panel to turn the dolby on or off, or some feature. The whole point to me is there are alot of compatiblity issues here demonstrated between the Windows, the board, and the sound card.
This is not the first time I've come across issues with Windows 7 and microphones, because I have tried this on other boards where you cannot even get the microphone to work at all- and I searched for endless hours, I searched for so long I completely forgot what I did to finally get them to work on the one board, but not the other, and could never repeat the experiment. That was an ASUS board, a Biostar (the one I could never get the mic on), and this Intel board has had it's troubles getting the mic to work- I'm a producer, not a consumer, I expect the Dolby to work on the way in, not on the way out, or actually, preferrably both. I suspect some of the issue lies here: consumer vrs producer. To me it is in and out, all the way around, on every driver, so nothing binds, and there is no breach...
This is definitely demonstrated by the way the networking between boards is very unstable, and inconsistent when working with the windows 7 (I had better luck with XP 64 bit to Windows 7, than the Windows 7 to the Windows 7, using different boards (I am using the Intel DG33TL, and a Biostar A770E3 with a triple core)). I could get nothing to work right all the way, and it was always almost there, but never all the way- I felt like I was playing one of those puzzle games with the mixed up sentence, and the squares, and you move squares to try to right the sentence. It was kind of Rubic like, everytime I did something here something happened there. In and out, In and out: (where in=producer, and out=consumer): it's my guess certain spots are being tagged for locations to process, but there's no return once starting a journey, you can't reverse, but must go through this whole mouse trap game to finally get where you needed to go- In and out, in and out. I know from computer programming school and Cobol a long time ago that you never make a closed algrithm, and that could very well be happening in a larger way around the OS, or the board- try a little AC electricity and see what happenes (I'm no expert, but I guess that could be software theory as well).
I'm assuming the networking and audio are all tied up through some device such as Net-framework, or Visual Studio (obviously audio plays a part with video), and the networking problems do seem to parallel the audio troubles. I have found it difficult to find any interfaces to work with a DirectX that seem reasonable to a producer, much less any of the affore mentioned ideas (You can't even find a java interface to work with the Java soundbank)- and I keep noticing the whole area is deficient of producers, but is blooming with consumers, as if that's all there was to do rather than work. Take that with a grain of salt, my standards are high: I would like to make instruments, and my first venture into anything that could open up a DLL vst was a failure (I tried C++ to just try and open one and it didn't work). Ha ha.
Last but not least the power management ideas do not seem to be compatible with one another, the Intel managment idea did not install to begin with until I got the Vista update, and the only things that did install to begin with was guess what? The lan (networking), and the audio.