There a some comprehensive notes about installing Vista on an LS800 here.
How nimble is the LS800 with the different versions of vista (for those who upgraded...1 have 1 gig / 60 gb hd)
thanks for the info.
i guess my question is really does the performance worsen considerably with the change to vista. Are all the bells and whistles worth it?!? (minus the Aero)
I have just installed vista on my LS800 60GB HD & 1GB RAM I installed the home premium edition and would say it is definately worth it haven't noticed anything being any slower, some things seem faster to load e.g. Office for me the impovement to the TIP makes it worth it, handwriting recognition is so much better.
cooljohnb, i'm glad to here that aren't reductions in performance. Are you using the Readyboost feature (using the SD drive?)
when I check out the SD card it says I don't have enough resources and to turn off another device, any suggestions? The driver is successfully loaded and installed
Vista runs well on the LS800, as nimbly as XP was, and smoother at that. But the SD card doesn't work (as you mentioned, even with the driver loaded and appearing to check out fine, it has that "insufficient resource" error). The fingerprint reader doesn't work either, but everything else is ok.
Note: I've recently upgraded mine to 2GB RAM and 80GB HDD. Vista definitely doesn't thrash the hard disk as much as it used to... I highly recommend 2GB RAM.
The LS800 really isn't very fast at any Windows version. I have Vista Ultimate on it, and it's maybe a bit slower than on XP. Not too bad, but it does have some really weird stalls... just sits there for a little while, no disk activity, nothing. Then it kicks back and continues. It's a bit disheartening, but passes if one is patient, not normally more than maybe 5 seconds. Some things are MUCH slower, like opening an unindexed folder, Vista provides lots of info about the files and folders in a folder, so if it hasn't indexed it yet... it's really really slooooooowwwww on the LS800. On it's internal hard drive, this isn't much of an issue as it gets indexed after a few days of running. On an external USB drive, or flash key or inserted memory card such as you might use to share data between computers... wow, it's pretty bad. It is usable though, just need to get to know where it sticks. The TIP improvements are however, worth it in my opinion. The TIP is pretty good, but some programs just don't support it well, such as FireFox and Opera, referring to XP. On XP, position the pen pointer over a text input box on these, and no TIP pops up. Grrrr.... Do the same thing on IE, and the TIP pops up. On Vista, the TIP seems to be more integrated into the OS, and less by the application. This is what it should be, and is much closer to Apple's implementation (full OS support, apps need not know about it). Overall, Vista has it's share of issues, but it's pen input is quite an improvement.