A month or so ago, I sold my Sony laptop to replace it with a gaming laptop; I finally settled on the Gateway P-6860FX. The Gateway comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Premium x64- and this seemed to work pretty well.
After a month of use (and the install of SP1) I seem to be having some strange issues; the HD is hitting pretty hard (which slows down everything else) and I am seeing CPU usage- so either I had a piece of virus/malware/spyware or Windows Vista exhibits some of the same traits as XP (i.e. it eventually self-destructs).
Either way, I decided to try to install Windows XP again. My last attempt was deterred by the lack of driver support for the GeForce Go 8800GTS; nVidia referred me back to Gateway and they provide Vista drivers only!
- NIC Drivers
- Wireless Network Drivers
- IntelChipset Drivers
- Video Drivers
- Audio Drivers
- Modem Driver
- Bluetooth Driver
I followed their instructions pretty close, but I did not install the .NET software or the High Definition Audio Driver Package; I just loaded the audio drivers.
So far it is running pretty smooth. There are three unknown devices in device manager, but these don't seem to be anything overly important (most likely the SD Card reader and a few other items).
On a side note, I seem to be getting over 2 hours of battery life now! (for normal use- not playing games)