Saw your post in google, so I thought I should register and give you some advice.
I have had bad experiences with Vista on this system. I managed to find all the necessary drivers for the m9700, finding audio drivers for it though is damn near impossible. The latest audio drivers I could find for x64 vista was dated back in 2006.
It seems that the audio chipset used is the Soundmax AD1986. Don't get this confused with the AD1986a as this driver will not work, I kept getting "The device cannot start(Code 10)" in device manager.
Another problem in vista that I believe to be related to the audio driver, is that if there is any medium to heavy hard drive activity the audio will stutter heavily, Which makes it annoying to play video games like Crysis and Bioshock.
Right now I am trying to get XP x64 to work on it. Again, drivers are hard to find for it. I did manage to find all the drivers except for the webcam drivers, I managed to find some but the only way to use the cam was through the actual software, which made it entirely useless as it could not be used with any other software.
The M9700 works great in XP x86 though. Don't get the driver for the wireless from the AW website though, as that one kept failing on me, instead go directly to Realtek for it.
If you need any video drivers head over to http://www.laptopvideo2go.com
to get the latest.
I hope with my advice you don't get as frustrated as I did with my laptop.
BTW... Rather than slipstreaming Raid/SATA drivers, is it possible to copy them to a flash drive? I can load the drivers from a flash in XP x64 setup, but as soon as is begins to copy files it asks for NVIDIA SCSI drivers. Am I using the wrong drivers? I just dont want to slipstream a CD then realize that I am just gonna get the same error again.