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Those who brought the Dell Vostro 1500.

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I have had mine for about 2/3 weeks now. But i am getting really hacked off with it. Its sooooooo slow. I brought this instead of buying a new desktop, but i'm now regretting it. My crappy old 1983468…
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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
I have had mine for about 2/3 weeks now. But i am getting really hacked off with it. Its sooooooo slow. I brought this instead of buying a new desktop, but i'm now regretting it. My crappy old 1983468 year old desktop is alot faster.

Is anyone having any trouble with theirs?
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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
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banned#1
No.

Have you installed lots of software? Filled the hard drive? Gone on the net without software to protect against malware etc?
#2
Yep, as gov says have you gone on the net without protection?

If so do a fresh instal and then before you go on the net instal a good anti virus / firewall / malware program.

Also...

Have you taken all the Dell **** of it? If not google for "dell decrapifier" and use that

I assume its running Vista - what versiion and how much ram has the laptop got.

If its anything higher than Vista basic and the laptop only has 1Gb ram then it will be kind of slow so best to get another 1GB ram

hth

EliTom
#3
Thanks for your replys.

I haven't been on the net without protection (it had McAfee already installed).
The only thing i have put on the laptop itself, if some xmas photos and some music. I haven't taken any of the Dell **** off either.
Its running on XP (didn't want Vista after all i had heard about it).
Also, its 2gb ram and 120gb hd.
#4
Jenny1979x
Thanks for your replys.

I haven't been on the net without protection (it had McAfee already installed).
The only thing i have put on the laptop itself, if some xmas photos and some music. I haven't taken any of the Dell **** off either.
Its running on XP (didn't want Vista after all i had heard about it).
Also, its 2gb ram and 120gb hd.



2Gb with XP is no problem - and yes I would prefer XP over Vista.

mcafee can be quite resourse hungry so I would take that off and run the following

Anti Virus - AVG Free or Avast ( I use AVG)
firewall if you do not have a hardware firewalled router in that case ZoneAlarm Free version
All use something like AdAware or Spybot search and destroy or something like that as a spyware remover.

Also download and run the Dell decrapifier - see here

http://www.yorkspace.com/2006/04/38

hth

EliTom
#5
Thanks for your help. Is the Dell decrapifier easy and safe to use? I am a bit of a novice when it comes to pc's.
#6
Jenny1979x
Thanks for your help. Is the Dell decrapifier easy and safe to use? I am a bit of a novice when it comes to pc's.


Yes it quite easy to use - I used it on my Dell 1501

Download it and run the application - it searches your PC and identifies all the stuff that Dell instal over and above XP, then you can select what you want to get rid of.

As previously mentioned I would get rid of McAfee and use free AV and firewall. The McAfeee stuff will be a trial version and sooner or later it will not work if you do not pay for it! Hence why Dell install it - they get a bung from McAfee for trying to lock you into a paid for solution!

EliTom
banned#7
Jenny1979x
Thanks for your replys.

I haven't been on the net without protection (it had McAfee already installed).


Mcafee is just virus protection. You may have picked up stuff from webpages that spy what you are doing etc. That can a real killer and slow the machine down. I'm not saying this is your problem though!


The only thing i have put on the laptop itself, if some xmas photos and some music. I haven't taken any of the Dell **** off either.
Its running on XP (didn't want Vista after all i had heard about it).
Also, its 2gb ram and 120gb hd.


Nothing you have added will have caused the problem. But as suggested, use the delldecrapifier (or whatever its called!).

Ive got one of these running Vista. It seemed slow to me to start with!!!
banned#8
elitom

As previously mentioned I would get rid of McAfee and use free AV and firewall. The McAfeee stuff will be a trial version and sooner or later it will not work if you do not pay for it!


Its true why its there - but its a full version not trial.
1 Like #9
guv
Its true why its there - but its a full version not trial.


Are you sure - the McAfee that was on my Dell 1501 when I bought it six months ago was a fully working version - for three months then you had to pay for the updates.

This is how Dell "subsidise" their prices - they get a bung from the likes of McAfee.

But Mcafree is like Norton - very resource hungry so go for resource light AV such as AVG and use good spyware programs like Spybot, Adaware and AVG Antispyware - each program finds things the other misses.

EliTom
banned 1 Like #10
elitom
Are you sure - the McAfee that was on my Dell 1501 when I bought it six months ago was a fully working version - for three months then you had to pay for the updates.

This is how Dell "subsidise" their prices - they get a bung from the likes of McAfee.


Thought it said on mine it has 24 months subscription. May be wrong though.... will check later!
#11
Thank you both for your help. Rep will be added to both of you :)

I run the decrapifier, but it didn't take many things off, i still have loads of Dell stuff on there.
I also took your advice and got Zonealarm firewall, but somehow, i managed to get the trail version lol.
banned#12
Jenny1979x
Thank you both for your help. Rep will be added to both of you :)

I run the decrapifier, but it didn't take many things off, i still have loads of Dell stuff on there.
I also took your advice and got Zonealarm firewall, but somehow, i managed to get the trail version lol.


What's the processor?
#13
lumoruk
What's the processor?


No idea. Hang on, and i'll find the thread.
I am no good when it comes to these sort of things :oops:
#14
Hi Guv, the latest Dells do come with 24 months subscription to the second worst anti-virus program in the world, ever...
#15
I can't find the thread, sorry.
Is the processor the dual core thingymabob?
#16
This is the spec (finally found it lol)

Intel Core 2 Duo T5270 (1.40 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB L2-cache)
Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic - English or XP
Memory 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2x1024)
Internal Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Video Card Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
120GB (5400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
Modem 56.6k V.92 Capable Internal Modem & Adapter - UK
Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive
Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini-Card - Europe
Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Works 8.0 - English
Standard Warranty Base Warranty - 1 Year Business Hardware Support
Enhanced Service Packs Base Warranty - 1 Year Business Hardware Support
McAfee® Security Centre 9.0 - 24 Month Protection - English
Power Supply 90W AC Adapter
Primary Battery Free upgrade from 6 cell battery to 9 cell battery
Colour Choice Matte Jet Black without Camera
LCD 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
banned#17
wow that processor is slow...
Click on Start> Control Panel> Performance and Maintenance> Power Options then choose 'Always On'

That should disable speed step which would in theory reduce your Ghz to 800Mhz, you would have been better off with a single core 2.8Ghz in my opinion.
#18
Thanks, i have done that :)
#19
I have this laptop arriving tommorow i thought this spec with xp would be perfecty fine.:?

Are you finding just simple browsing slow?
#20
I thought it was a good spec too, but as i said earlier, i'm not really good with computers.

Yep, its browsing thats the issue, really slow at loading pages, and sometimes doesn't even load them at all. I have a really old PC that only has a 512ram and that is running a lot faster than this.
#21
Just a thought - are you connecting to the Internet wirelessly?

try a wired connection.

I had a problem with my Dell 1501, but then again it has the awful Dell own brand wireless card, by the specs above this has an Intel Pro wireless card so should be OK.

Or go to intels web site and get the latest drivers for the wireless card.

But try a wired connection first and see if it improves your browsing speed.

EliTom
#22
Just noticed your location - not far from me - are you using Virgin Media as your ISP?

EliTom
#23
Hi EliTom,

I am connecting wirelessly, so i will try using a wired connection, to see how it goes.
I'm on Sky broadband, and i've never had any problems with it, although, i was using a PC that has wired connection.

Many thanks :)
#24
Jenny1979x
Hi EliTom,

I am connecting wirelessly, so i will try using a wired connection, to see how it goes.
I'm on Sky broadband, and i've never had any problems with it, although, i was using a PC that has wired connection.

Many thanks :)


Ah there you go. Dell have a habit of using customised drivers. Much better to use the OEM driver.
#25
Jen - here you go

http://support.intel.com/support/wireless/wlan/pro3945abg/index.htm

Have a look around here for tips and tricks and get the latest driver rather than using the Dell driver.

hth

EliTom
banned#26
Jenny1979x
I thought it was a good spec too, but as i said earlier, i'm not really good with computers.

Yep, its browsing thats the issue, really slow at loading pages, and sometimes doesn't even load them at all. I have a really old PC that only has a 512ram and that is running a lot faster than this.


I found this with my Pentium 4 2.8Ghz too, was loads slower than my old 2Ghz AMD desktop
#27
Anyone know how I can play off the shelf DVDs. Tried 3 or 4 but will not play due to region locks.
Player fitted is :- HL-DT-ST DVD + RW GSA-T21N. Thanks
#28
I have to say I think the default Dell build is slow, as I rebuild PCs all the time I prefer not having to do it for the sake of it however with my Dell machines I find I have to rebuild them. I've just finished rebuilding my XPS M1330 and it's far more responsive, initially I tried just uninstalling as much as possible but the machine was still sluggish. It's now running as it should.

While the Core Duo 1.4Ghz is no speed demon, it should be more than fine for general usage - although the clock speed seems quite low Core Duo processors do a lot of work per clock cycle and they also have the advantage of the multiple cores. I frequently use my systems on battery power with the core clocked down which means it's only running at 800Mhz/1Ghz etc. and the machine is still perfectly usable for standard tasks such as e-mail, browsing etc. - the only time I really make sure the processor is clocked up is for intensive applications such as video encoding, gaming and similar.

If you're finding basic navigation through Windows a bit sluggish I'd recommend disabling Aero, I've found even on the 8400 graphics card it doesn't run perhaps as smoothly as it should as I have other near identical machines with beefier graphics cards and they are fine. To disable Aero, right click your desktop, choose personalise (bottom option), then themes and choose a different one.

John
#29
Mine is working great, not slow. Have not removed all the Dell stuff, interested in removing it but like above, how do I not what to choose to remove?
banned#30
Johnmcl7


If you're finding basic navigation through Windows a bit sluggish I'd recommend disabling Aero, I've found even on the 8400 graphics card it doesn't run perhaps as smoothly as it should as I have other near identical machines with beefier graphics cards and they are fine. To disable Aero, right click your desktop, choose personalise (bottom option), then themes and choose a different one.

John


Not picking on you John, but she's using XP :thumbsup:
#31
Well she won't need to disable Aero then ;)

John
#32
Jenny1979x
Thanks for your replys.

I haven't been on the net without protection (it had McAfee already installed).
The only thing i have put on the laptop itself, if some xmas photos and some music. I haven't taken any of the Dell **** off either.
Its running on XP (didn't want Vista after all i had heard about it).
Also, its 2gb ram and 120gb hd.


I've had mine since last august.
1GB RAM
Single core
Vista.

Works perfectly.
banned#33
Johnmcl7

While the Core Duo 1.4Ghz is no speed demon, it should be more than fine for general usage - although the clock speed seems quite low Core Duo processors do a lot of work per clock cycle and they also have the advantage of the multiple cores. I frequently use my systems on battery power with the core clocked down which means it's only running at 800Mhz/1Ghz etc. and the machine is still perfectly usable for standard tasks such as e-mail, browsing etc. - the only time I really make sure the processor is clocked up is for intensive applications such as video encoding, gaming and similar.


Have you done this purely for battery power? How much extra does it give? I must admit I am pleasantly surprised at how long the battery does last! I get in excess of 4 hours on mine - just browsing - but with a USB phone modem drawing power at the same time! cant grumble at theat! I'm lucky if I get 2 hours out of the HP its replaced - and thats without a mobile attached!
#34
guv, I don't have the Vostro 1500 but do have quite a few other Dell systems so I can't comment on the Vostro 1500 specifically.

The main reason for clocking down the processor is batterylife, even when clocked down it's still easily adequate for most of the tasks I need. Additionally it should mean the system runs a bit cooler which in turn means less action required from the fans. It's difficult to assess batterylife as it's not just the processor which is clocked down when changing to a battery mode, the screen is also slightly dimmed and the graphics card also drops in power. Additionally it varies between system, the high powered machines with their power hungry graphics cards will see more of a batterylife increase when downclocked compared to machines with integrated or budget discrete graphics cards.

I guess the real question is whether it's noticeable or not switching the processor to a power saving mode in terms of batterylife - in mosts cases I'd say yes, especially combined with other power saving meausers.

John
#35
Or you could just buy another battery. Ive got two 9 cell batteries now (well ones on the way). Double the battery life bringing max of about 12 hours. Should do for my flight to the USA.
#36
Mine arrived today, and so far it seems ok. Lucky for me dell sent me the upgraded processor for free. A hotdeal for just over £300 with Quidco.:thumbsup:

Did you get yours running ok Jenny?

Cheers,

Chris...
#37
Hotshot_147
Mine arrived today, and so far it seems ok. Lucky for me dell sent me the upgraded processor for free. A hotdeal for just over £300 with Quidco.:thumbsup:

Did you get yours running ok Jenny?

Cheers,

Chris...


Chris, what processor did they fit?, be interested in the full spec of yours plus the weight and battery life as well.

Thanks
#38
Infiltrator
Chris, what processor did they fit?, be interested in the full spec of yours plus the weight and battery life as well.

Thanks


http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/135668/dell-vostro-1500-core-2-t5270-2gb-r/

The above deal with truelife and dell remote and 1.6 core2duo processor.
Minus the bluetooth.
Not sure of the weight, but it is quite heavy. Battery lasted at least 4 hours on full brightness.

Regards,

Chris...
#39
Mine is still playing up Grrrrr!

Can anyone tell me how i can wipe my computer, then re-install windows?
#40
If you are running XP there are two things you can try before reinstalling. Firstly set windows up for 'best performance, by right clicking on the My Computer icon, selecting 'Properties' then 'Advanced' the 'Settings' button under 'Performance'.

Secondly, click on the Start button, select 'Run' then type MSCONFIG into the box. Select the 'Startup' tab, deselect everything then reboot (you can re-select anything you like later by repeating the process).

You can see what applications are draining resources by pressing Ctrl, Alt and Delete and selecting 'Processes' from the menu. Try cancelling any that seem to be using excessive amounts of CPU or RAM (Windows won't let you cancel system-critical ones).

If you decide to reinstall, you'll need to ensure the CD drive is the first in the boot priority list in the BIOS (repeatedly press the F2 key when you first switch on until the BIOS screen appears). Once done, reboot with the wWindows CD in the drive and it will take you step-by-step through installing. I would recommend deleting the parition when it asks you and then creating a new one (default options are fine) then formatting (it takes about fifteen mins). Back up all your personal files before reformatting.

Hope this helps. PM me if you run into difficulties. Good luck.

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