Question about Toshiba Satellite A215-S7407 Notebook
In general, I really like the laptop, but it doesn't even run as fast as my 7+ year old desktop computer. I would miss some things in vista, but even with 3 GB of RAM it still takes forever to load the O/S and run Photoshop, encode videos, and the like.
Has anyone made the switch? Did it make a big difference? Are the drivers for XP readily available? Are there any important things I can do to speed up Vista on the Toshiba?
Yes I don't like Vista too much either... XP SP 2, well & SP3, are pretty much solid, if your careful. I would imagine there are more drivers for XP than Vista anyway? I haven't regretted re-installing XP. Vista Win 7, they are all great IF you have drivers written specifically for that platform... NOT adapted from XP. and you combat all the self protection & permissions etc..And you don't really want anything USB... bit harsh, you'll be happy. I do have it on one of my many machines and it runs fine, but XP just always works.
Posted on Feb 06, 2010
If you are looking for something to improve performance, check out your antivirus software. Some are major resource hogs (like Norton or Mcafe) while others are very light like Avira Antivir.
If you want a really easy way to do all the performance modifications at once, try Iolo System Mechanic. It has done wonders for every PC I have installed it on (including my $300 Windows 7 budget notebook).
The software is relatively inexpensive at outlets like Sams Club or Fry's (about $20) so I would recommend trying that first, and switch if it doesn't do enough for your needs.
Posted on Feb 06, 2010
Testimonial: "A very interesting suggestion. I did my best to uninstall the trial versions of the antivirus - It was MacAffee, I think. Progress!"
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