My Desktop CD-RW is supposed to be 16x MAX but it was burning at 16.12 earlier, so heh, not always the other way round.
And what the hell, it says Audio Extraction at 24x, I havnt got above 2.5x, and that is really not impressing me.
I think the FPS counter is displayed by putting "Show FPS=1" in the morrowind ini file in the general section.
I get higher framerates than that, but still, are you sure the view distance hasn't got increased somehow?
What OS are you using? as in XP they work without drivers.
The third button you set yourself with the drivers as it isnt anything (so it doesnt work in XP without the drivers as its not actually supposed to do anything).
Though one of the rasons they dont use 7200rpm drives in LAptops is the power consumption, they will put quite a heavy strain on the battery, and with the current life of the 5660 and 8880 not being amaing, that wont be a good thing.