I just replaced the Hard drive on this laptop which runs vista. It has been a pos since i got it but now it runs even slower. By Slow i mean it takes 4 min to pull up an internet page and to get into email. SO i have 3 GB of Ram/ 32 bit OS and Intel T5800 2ghz processor. I don't know much about how to fix stuff. Is there a driver or something that could be missing?
4 minutes is indeed a bit much. Does the laptop run hot or does it seem to be fairly normal temperature wise? (Just trying to rule out anything hardware related). A good place to start would be to scrub out the registry, as I've found that a good registry cleaning speeds things up considerably on occasion. Start off by running Glary Utilities (it's free- just google it) and see what that does for you.