I’ve been pulling my hair out over the last few days at a serious and logic-defying problem with Apple’s Quicktime software on Windows Vista. I have tough hair so my fibers remain.
Whilst Apple might make angel-crafted software experiences for the Mac and iPhone with beautiful transitions and all that other jazz, they certainly don’t know how to make software for the greater mass, Windows. There’s no debate iTunes on Windows needs work, but they should probably add Quicktime to that list too. At the moment, not only can Quicktime destroy your RAID setups, it might fail to work altogether if you have SATA disks on Nvidia. Watch…
This problem occurs in both of the latest versions of Quicktime, 7.1.5 and 7.1.6 (update: and even 7.2 released today). I couldn’t find any earlier versions to test but I’ll presume it’s the same since Apple didn’t even support Vista at that time.
What ticked me off after spending almost 3 hours uninstalling and reinstalling most drivers in my system is that Apple even recognizes and publically acknowledges this bug in their knowledge base, however points the finger at Nvidia as the culprit. Which strikes me as odd because VLC Media Player can manage the same files just fine as demonstrated.
Who knows how many people this problem affects, considering there’s plenty of Vista users out there (*shock*), Nvidia is a wildly popular chipset choice for both Intel and AMD users, and SATA hard drives are becoming if not already mainstream.
I’m no Apple-hater, I want to use Quicktime, which is why I’m spending so much time and energy trying to make it work. But if Apple’s not going to fix their problems in their software, then there’s no really not much choice left. My message to Apple, “you’ve had more than 3 years to mock Vista, don’t be a hypocrite.”