I am new to QGIS and have just installed 1.8.0 on a Gateway laptop that is about 2 years old. It is running Windows 7, has an Intel Core i3 2.13 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM.
I've just brought in my first layers (235 MB of data in 3 shapefiles) to my first project, and it takes forever to render. By forever I mean more than one minute for each task: zoom, move, rectangle select, changing the order of layers.
The data is PLSS data from the state of Oregon as provided through the federal government through BLM. Although I downloaded only the Oregon data, when I right-click on the twnshp layer onto attribute table, I do see records relating to CA and ID as well as Oregon.
Will I not be able to run QGIS on this computer?
Thanks so much, Yeye