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[avr-gcc-list] Using multiple versions of AVR Studio (was Re: crosstool-

From: Graham Davies
Subject: [avr-gcc-list] Using multiple versions of AVR Studio (was Re: crosstool-NG)
Date: Fri, 04 Mar 2011 14:53:51 -0500

I wrote:

Since you can have only one version of AVR Studio installed at a time and
AVR Studio does not uninstall reliably, this means that I have to re-install
the operating system to switch versions.

and then Trevor Woerner wrote:

Wow, that's crazy!

It may seem crazy, I admit. But, once you've realized that this is the way you're going to have to work you can actually get it down to a couple of hours from the start to being productive again. My installation is stripped down with nLite, for a start, and I have saved off a disk image after the second reboot during the installation process that I just restore. All I really have to do is reinstall all my drivers and the applications I need. There are other benefits to frequently reinstalling a stripped-down Windows, such as blazing speed and great stability, that you don't get if you use the same install for a year or so. Also, I avoid installing any Microsoft products.

As a possible work-around have you considered using VMs?

Oh, yes. I have invested scores of hours in trying to get VirtualBox to work properly. But I just can't seem to get it to play with USB devices, such as the AVR Dragon and JTAGICE Mk II using the Jungo driver. I even tried throwing out Windows as the host and starting from Linux and running Windows in a VM under that. This didn't work because I couldn't find a Linux driver for my video hardware that has asymmetric dual-monitor support, which I have grown dependent on.

Of course I'm ignoring licensing issues here.

To a certain extent, so am I. I have a legal copy of Windows to do all the above, but I never activate it. I just reinstall every 30 days. I have a second legal copy, that *is* activated, dual-booting on the same PC, that I use for hardware design. I am really, really careful what I install on that and so far that still flies. Having a very fast and stable computer is worth a couple of hours of drudgery every month to me.


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