I just bought a new Acer Aspire laptop (5610-2273). I t was on sale at best buy for 599.99. I have been looking to build a small form factor pc that I could travel with. I was planning running Linux and do some PVR work with it. Pricing it out I was gonna end up spending 500 bucks. When I cam across this laptop it fit my needs, was easy and would let we try out Vista.

so far I can say I don’t really like vista, the specs on this laptop is the same as my dell laptop running XP and the XP machine seems much better. That is for some other post.

I open my new Vista machine and I installed MSN live messenger. I put in my username and password and I get a message saying that windows has to close messenger due to a DEP error. “Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a security feature that helps prevent damage from viruses and other security threats by monitoring your programs to make sure they use system memory safely.”

I tried a dozen different things to fix this problem. Then I read to try installing an old version of messenger. I went and found Messenger version 6. Installed that fine then it told me I had to upgrade. I upgraded to 7.0 and messenger finally works now.

UPDATE: I upgraded to Messenger 8 and the DEP error came back again. Acer now has a patch on their website to fix this. I hate Vista. OK all; sorry for the delay I was on vacation in Vegas. Keep an EYE out for those post coming up.

Here is the link to the Bug report on Acer’s web site – Here

Here is the link to download the patch — Here

File transfer with vista is really slow