i would like to see if someone could recommend something
to make my query run faster.

System specs:
PostgreSQL 7.4.2 on RedHat 9
dual AMD Athlon 2GHz processors
1 gig memory
mirrored 7200 RPM IDE disks

Values in postgresql.conf:
shared_buffers = 1000
sort_mem is commented out
effective_cache_size is commented out
random_page_cost is commented out

Relevant tables:
 id serial
 productlistid integer
 vendorid integer
 item varchar(32)
 descrip varchar(256)
 price double

 id serial
 vendorname varchar(64)

A view i made in order to easily retrieve the vendor name:
create view productvendorview as select p.id, p.productlistid, v.vendorname, p.item, p.descrip, p.price from product p, vendor v where p.vendorid = v.id;

Here are some indices i have created:
create index product_plid on product (productlistid); create index product_plidloweritem on product (productlistid, lower(item) varchar_pattern_ops);
create index product_plidlowerdescrip on product (productlistid, lower(descrip) 

Here is the query in question:
select * from productvendorview where (productlistid=3 or productlistid=5 or productlistid=4) and (lower(item) like '9229%' or lower(descrip) like 'toner%') order by vendorname,item limit 100;

This query scans 412,457 records.

Here is the EXPLAIN ANALYZE for the query:

 Limit  (cost=45718.83..45719.08 rows=100 width=108) (actual 
time=39093.636..39093.708 rows=100 loops=1)
   ->  Sort  (cost=45718.83..45727.48 rows=3458 width=108) (actual 
time=39093.629..39093.655 rows=100 loops=1)
         Sort Key: v.vendorname, p.item
         ->  Hash Join  (cost=22.50..45515.57 rows=3458 width=108) (actual 
time=95.490..39062.927 rows=2440 loops=1)
               Hash Cond: ("outer".vendorid = "inner".id)
               ->  Seq Scan on test p  (cost=0.00..45432.57 rows=3457 width=62) 
(actual time=89.066..39041.654 rows=2444 loops=1)
                     Filter: (((productlistid = 3) OR (productlistid = 5) OR 
(productlistid = 4)) AND
                              ((lower((item)::text) ~~ '9229%'::text) OR 
(lower((descrip)::text) ~~ 'toner%'::text)))
               ->  Hash  (cost=20.00..20.00 rows=1000 width=54) (actual 
time=6.289..6.289 rows=0 loops=1)
                     ->  Seq Scan on vendor v  (cost=0.00..20.00 rows=1000 
width=54) (actual time=0.060..3.653 rows=2797 loops=1)
 Total runtime: 39094.713 ms
(10 rows)


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