Toshiba Satellite p150
My Toshiba Satellite p150 s9337 (or something like that) isnt working nearly as well as it should. It was around $2000 and has great stats. 2046mb of RAM, duel processors and Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GS graphics card with 520mb. Looks great too, native resolution of 1440x900 at 60hz on a 19" display.
It's epic.... BUT for some reason it just cant play games. I put in Ghost Recon (I greatly surpass the recommended requirements) and at the best settings it works perfectly... for a while. Then the framerate drops and stays down forever, no matter what the setting (even the lowest). It's the same exact story with every other 3D game I try. It works fine for a few minutes then dies. I'm starting to get pretty angry.
I recently found a Nvidia forum where all the Toshiba p100-150 buyers complain about their useless system that they payed good money for. Someone said it was that the driver doesnt work with Vista but how couldnt it? It was custom made by Toshiba to fit the custom Nvidia card in my specific VISTA computer. I cant even get new drivers from Nvidia, it's all through Toshiba.
Sorry about the rant, but does anyone have ANY idea what this could be?
Ah... Vista. You gotta love this OS.
Almost certainly the graphics drivers for Vista are the problem. You are not alone, Toshiba is not alone, NVidia is not alone. After all this time, drivers support for Vista is apparently still a major headache for Vista users under a large number of different systems.
The answer to your problems is... you guessed it... Windows XP. Toshiba is poised to have XP drivers for your system. And I can almost bet NVidia own default XP drivers can run on your laptop without any problems, which would free you from Toshiba custom made drivers.
XP sounds like a sound option. However, I have no idea of how to change my computer to XP. Wouldnt I need to first get the OS then partition my hard drive (how?) and then find all the right drivers and such... I dont know exactly, I'm just speculating
Err... well, if you don't have XP then forget it. You are stuck with Vista... unless you can find someone who can give you their licensed version... Then it's just a matter of booting the laptop with the CD inside and follow the prompts.
But if you aren't feeling particularly confident, I suggest you allow someone else to do it or you and to search for any needed drivers beforehand, in case Toshiba doesn't offer XP drivers for that particular model.