Originally Posted by jfoster
its a 3gig 1gb ram P4
OK, for Sager and anyone else who says the 5680 will not run on Vista, well, bunk.
I beta tested Vista for over a year on a 5680 and it runss "OK"--not great, but OK. With the eye candy.
Now, did it run great? No. But it ran, "ok"--well enough so that you should be content, if not doing cart wheels. It is afterall a 3 year old laptop. Most 3-year-old laptops will not run it at all.
You note that its a 3ghtz p4 (mine was a 2.4ghtz p4), and 1 gb of ram. I ran it for a while on 512mb of ram, and it was pretty clunky, but on 1gb of ram it was much better.
Next bottle neck. Harddrive. What is yours? Vista hits the harddrive a lot more than xp. Mine was a 5600 rpm--I would highly recommend that you have a 7200rpm with Vista, but a 5600 will work. A 4200 rpm would be a bad idea.
This seems especially true when you first loads. First, the Vista indexing service is going spaz indexing all the files on your drive. Leaving my laptop on over a couple of days allowed the indexing to take place and things smoothed out some...Disabling the indexing service made a pretty big difference (now you're going to ask how to do this---I don't have Vista loaded at the moment, but i can tell you that it is NOT called INDEXING in the services list. Load task manager and check under services for whatever is consuming a lot of CPU time.)
Vista is also always defraggin in the background, which for the first week after a a load it does devote a lot of time to this -- even though it is supposed to do it at idle. After a week, it got everything in the order it liked and was happy enough.
Another big boost--did you install the latest ati graphic drivers for VISTA? That alone will make a huge difference.
Also, in device manager, are you seeing any yellow exclamation marks? Earlier versions of vista were lacking in drive support, but as each build evolved drivers were added. As I recall, the network drivers were among the last to come on board, but everything else worked out of the box by the end except for the video drivers, which were slow. ATI began releasing beta drivers for the videocard (9600 pro) in August or so, and that made a difference. They have some available on their website right now that should make a big difference.