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by tonnso / January 28, 2010 7:10 AM PST

hey i tried to downgrade my laptop ages ago to xp then had to recover everything because i wanted vista again as my drivers werent avaliable for xp ever since them my laptop has been very slow any ideas??

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Even Vista
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2010 7:15 AM PST
In reply to: SLOWWWW

Would need 10 or so drivers. Without make, model and how this laptop has 512MB RAM we can't start a discussion.

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by tonnso / January 28, 2010 7:26 AM PST
In reply to: Even Vista

sorry lol i never think of listing them
er lets see
2 gb ram
vista home basic
hp g60 pavillion
as far as i know my drivers are up to date (i used a driver checker)
amd athlon x2 64 1.9 ghz

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Most driver checkers have been failures.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2010 7:37 AM PST
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A clean Vista install (I'm left to guess here) would need about 10 drivers.

Just because the Device Manager and that driver checker said it was OK doesn't help much.

The 2 methods I use are:

1. Use the restore media. If still slow I have to remember it is Vista and give it a day to index and more.

2. Use the Microsoft Vista DVD? Then at minimum I want the motherboard chipset drivers, audio and video drivers. After that we worry about wifi, lan, memory card, CPU driver, trackpad and what else?

You can see why I don't like to spend days installing Windows.

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by tonnso / January 28, 2010 7:41 AM PST

oh ok so how do i figure out my drivers???

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The model number would be a start.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2010 8:47 AM PST
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Pavilion G60-530CA

Then go to and get the drivers from there.

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Reposting for stephenlli.
by Kees Bakker / January 28, 2010 6:11 PM PST
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"To speed up your laptop,you should perform quite a lot maintenance tasks regularly.

1. Defragment your system disk once a month.

2. Remove unneeded programs to release more hard drive space for the system.

3. Cleanup Windows registry errors to fix and avoid system problems.

4. Disable unnecessary programs on the startup.

5. Terminate unuseful WIndows services on your computer.

6. Update device drivers."

That was the post by stephen. However, I let out the link to one of the usual "scan your registry, we find 500 errors and have you pay $29.95 to solve them"-programs.

The above solutions possibly are useful. Just some comments.
1. A regular defrag has - at most - a minor influence on the performance.
2. Freeing disc space by uninstalling programs is a minor thing. Programs usually don't take much space.
3. The influence of registry cleaners on the performance is doubtful.
4/5. Not running things you don't need to run always is a good idea. One can add checks for malware to the list.
6. The best advice here: don't fix if it ain't broken.


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