ive had to borrow my mums laptop with vista on it as my own one has a horrid trojan on it. it was starting to erase everything the last time i turned it on so i took the battery out to kill it. shes going to take it to an it expert for me to see what can be done. secretly i hope its goosed as this laptop is far superior.........
ive been running vista basic on my craptop for the last few months and when i started using it i had a few crashing issues etc. i downloaded some drivers from the computer manufacts web site and it solved a lot of them including an issue i had with the mouse. however i find it terminally slow sometimes and it 'sticks' every now and then. are you aware of the readyboost facility? it uses flashdrives and memory cards as a sort of ram. i helped me a little but it is hard to find a flash drive that meets the criteria.
im running it on 384mb ram by the way and as i said its only a little slower than id like. i upgraded the craptop from xp sp2, which came with it.
horrible process but once it was done and all the drivers located on the net (not very easy) it works quite well i find.
my big white malawi is resting on the bottom, looking very dead until something goes near him, and he shoots off. the lights on the tank catastrophically failed on sat. night and i only managed a replacement today. they havent had any sort of light, exept the natural room light all that time. when i got them working today, the big white (who is the dominant male btw) was sitting as described. a few of the others looked a bit depressed (although they're ok now) and one or two have pop eye. i tested the water and all is well there, im wondering if the lights being off as long could have such a poor effect on them? i didnt think it would bother them that much, so long as it wasn't perminant.
there def isnt we spent ages trying to get into the thing, forgot to mention there was something rattling about inside as well. anyway, we didnt get into it as such, but having decided to kill it and do a post mortem, we cut all the wires and removed the bits the lights clip into. we discovered a single chip board, no obvious starter unit. there was however a little blue tube shaped object, which was soldered onto said chip board. we found that this object had had a little fire, the bottom portion has a burn mark on it. anyway once i sillicon the end back on, the bar unit will hold the double starter unit bits and i'll be up and running.
i suspect the previous owner may have put lights on that are unsuitable as the two tubes i took out were marine whites