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Ok, I've been lucky enough to get a copy of Vista Ultimate RTM.

Firstly the disclaimer, trying any of the suggestions in this post is taken at your own risk. If you have data you want to keep ... back it up! And don't try this on a system that doesn't first pass the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor test.

I had installed many Vista Beta's under VMWare on my machine and they had worked but hadn't exactly been fast enough to be really useable or try features I wanted to check such as Aero so I decided the only real way to find out what Vista was really like was to install it properly.

Initially, I decided to upgrade my existing Windows XP instance but I realised this was a great for two reasons,

1) It took ages and I mean hours to perform the upgrade

2) Once done it just wasn't a very satisfying experience because I wasn't confidence about the stability, there were unpredictable events happening that I couldn't diagnose so I assumed this was down to some of the existing drivers on the machine from all the junk I've installed in the past.

After the upgrade experience I decided to format the hard-disk and re-install Windows XP from the rescue disk supplied with the laptop.

Undeterred, I decided to create another partition on my laptop and install Vista RTM on the new partition. 

Having two partitions allows me to keep Windows XP and to install Vista RTM so I can have the both environments on the machine so I can continue to work, it also allows me to migrate my work from one to another at my own pace and not be forced into trying to get a program built for XP to run under Vista, I can wait till there is a proper Vista version.

After installing Vista I notice three major issues,

1) The standard display drivers only supports resolutions to 1024 x 768 has an uncomfortable refresh rate, plus Aero will not run.

2) No sound !

3) USB ports not functioning

The Toshiba website doesn't have Vista drivers for my model yet, so have had to resort to other measures to solve at least temporarily these three issues till Tosh has official solutions. 

Nvidia are fantastic with drivers, except for some reason the Geforce 7x Go chipset, there aren't any Vista drivers for it, fortunately I found the this site where I found a lovely fully functioning driver built by people in the community that work just fine and gave my system a graphic rating of 4.0 and Aero is working and I'm happy to report that BF 2142 work just fine under DX10.

I managed to get sound and USB ports to work in the same way, signed Windows XP drivers, without any modification work just fine under Vista?! I read this blog post by Nick Tran, yep try compatibility mode! So, I downloaded the latest Windows XP versions from the Tosh website, deleted the existing entry via the device manager (Start | Control Panel | System and Maintenance | System | Device Manager) USB comes under 'Mass Storage Controller', then install the XP drivers under compatibility mode and things work just fine.

So how come I didn't try this with the Nvidia drivers? The Nvidia driver setup performs an operating system check that got around the compatibility.

Anyway, I hope this helps. 

Posted on Saturday, January 6, 2007 9:55 PM Main | Back to top

Comments on this post: Vista and Toshiba Satellite P100

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plis insert driver windows vista for toshiba satellite L20
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hey i need to downgrade, or really upgrade to xp. but i cant find the drivers satellite a205-s4577 anyone know where to get it?
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the same problem, tj. will you please tell me if you find smth?
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