Just a quick note after a couple of long nights with a Toshiba laptop:
Be weary ye fellow laptop shoppers when purchasing your next notebook.
Let me give you a couple of hints before you head out to your local Circuit City, Best Buy, or Radio Shack
to pick up your next notebook computer.
Surprisingly enough, these notebooks will
come pre-installed with Windows Vista. The minimum requirements to operate Vista:
512mb of RAM
Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory
These are for Home Basic. Home Ultimate is another monster which requires 128mb of video memory, and 15gb of available hard drive space, topping the requirements off with 1gb of RAM.
Please note these are the requirements
. Not the recommended. These are the bare minimum requirements to turn Vista on.
If you purchase a notebook with a 1.3ghz Celeron processor and 512mb RAM with shared video memory, you're going to be up shit's creek without a paddle. The interface (Aero) is going to run at record-setting slow speeds, it will
take 10 minutes to come back from hibernation. You're going to die a little inside every time you hit the power button. And don't even think about turning on all of those cool Aero features that the salesman showed you on the sales floor.
Trust me, I would know. I wouldn't buy a laptop with this configuration, ever. Unfortunately people that I know do. Then they ask me to install XP on the laptop and I realize Toshiba doesn't care to provide Windows XP drivers for their Vista-installed laptops
So, what does this mean folks? If you buy a bottom-of-the-line laptop to save you a couple of dollars; you're going to be stuck with Windows Vista on an (unusable) incredibly slow machine. Just don't do it.
I did get to a solution with the laptop, and after a couple of work-arounds, Windows XP Pro is working as smooth as butter on this Toshiba laptop. The work done on this computer would probably cost you around $200-$300 if brought to your local computer technician. Spend it on getting a computer that works in the first place. Tell your friends.