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This morning began like many other days.  I grabbed the Fujitsu P1620 out of the dock.  I put it dutifully to sleep which took only 3 seconds and then threw it in my gear bag.  I headed across town and walked into my morning meeting and […]

Commerce_hourglasses_185183_2This morning began like many other days.  I grabbed the Fujitsu P1620 out of the dock.  I put it dutifully to sleep which took only 3 seconds and then threw it in my gear bag.  I headed across town and walked into my morning meeting and sat down.  At 9:10 the meeting got underway and I hit the power button on the Fujitsu to wake it up from its slumber and to get to work.  The disk thrashed for almost 20 MINUTES before the Fuji was ready to be used and I missed taking notes for the first part of my meeting.  The hard disk indicator light was on solid for that 20 minutes and the system was not usable for that time.  It took 10 minutes before the fingerprint reader was asking for me to swipe in which I did and another 10 minutes while Vista Business resumed to a point that the system was responsive.  This is the first time I’ve experienced this on the Fuji but not the first time I’ve seen it on other systems.  Vista is so bad on mobile systems and it’s time for something to be done.  I’ll likely have to edit the registry and turn off pieces of Vista to get around this.  Sheesh.

  1. Poor Vista… and poor you. As much as Vista has going for it, all the negatives outweigh the positives a lot, don’t they?

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  2. If you want to get rid of all the disk trashing, here are the important services to disable.

    Windows Search service
    (this is what indexes your hard drive, disabling this will slow searching for files quite a bit)

    Superfetch service
    (this is what was grinding your HD for 20 minutes, when Vista put your computer to sleep it unloaded the large amount of ram that was holding superfetch data, which makes programs launch almost instantly)

    Others that can help: (at your own risk)

    Windows Defender service (and program from startup/msconfig)
    My virus scanner handles malware as well so no need for windows defender, and windows defender has one of the worst malware databases anyway.

    Readyboost service
    If you are not using it.

    If you have Vista home premium
    You can disable Windows Media Sharing service, if you don’t use your UMPC to stream media, I’m not sure if this affects Media Center from functioning though.

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  3. Constable Odo Tuesday, April 15, 2008

    Why don’t you just upgrade to Windows XP? It seems it would be more suitable for your mobile rig.

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  4. I don’t notice thrashing much (search services are off and I leave the computer on), but I do find that my USB external drives keep annoyingly rev up every so often. Would love to be able to turn them on and off without unplugging/plugging them in. (No on/off switch on them, but that wouldn’t help when I’m remote or if I forget anyway.)

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  5. I see problems of this sort often, typically related to docking or undocking. I don’t think that superfetch or indexing can explain problems that last 20 minutes. Maybe it has something to do with the recent undocking. Although James’ account was of putting the computer into sleep after undocking, in my experience it takes at least a minute for a computer to settle down after undocking, so this may be related to undocking. (Docking is far worse – half the time I need to reboot to avoid many minutes of processes consuming 100% of CPU (killing the process often works even faster)).

    Things worked way better with XP.

    Vista and its drivers are still not ready for prime time, particularly for “built for XP” hardware and its drivers This is unfortunate, since many companies will wait until all hardware bought in the past few years can be upgraded before moving to a new operating system. Vista is just not there yet, and I see no sign that it is getting closer anytime soon.

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  6. And yet everytime I say that Vista is single handedly devastating the mobile market, people give me crap. I have money to spend on new toys and gadgets, but if my toy comes with Vista, I put my wallet back in my pocket. I have yet to own a Vista mobile device that does not suffer as a result of this crappy OS.

    The only thing that surprises me, James, is not that you have suffered, but that it took this long. And while quick’s tips are probably spot on, why should I have to disable what purports to be integral and “improved” parts of the OS in order for me to function?

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  7. All I know is you have the patience of a saint. I’d have held that power button down for five seconds after roughly a minute of that trashing and rebooted the thing.

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  8. You know I hear a lot of Vista bashing and certainly I’ve had my share of problems with it but I seriously would never consider using a tablet pc without it… No flavor of XP is even close to handling handwriting as well… sorry to disagree with the masses. BTW- I just turned superfetch off on my p1620 and it seems to have helped.

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  9. Good God! And isn’t this time bomb also available on the hp Mini Note?!

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  10. Wow that sucks. I run Vista on 3 machines, my u810 is my “take everywhere” machine and I have vista stripped with no indexing, minimal features activated and it runs flawlessly (Knock on wood)

    I know everyone loves to jump on the vista bashing bandwagon, I use 3 vista machines daily with pretty much zero issues. I have no idea what the hell happened with your machine.. seems like you have a lot of issues with your equipment, mac or windows based.

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