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    Slow Laptop, please help...

    Hi,
    Can anybody recommend a (preferably free!) programme to download to speed my laptop up.
    I have already defragged, run disk cleaner, used Ccleaner, ran AVG 9.0 and removed old/unused programmes through the control panel but it doesn't seem to matter what I do it's still slow.
    I'm not sure of the full spec of my laptop but it's a Compaq Presario C300.

    Thanks for any help...

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    Goto

    START, CONTROL PANEL, SYSTEM and state what processor and ram it says you have got.

    open up the bottom and blow out the dust?

    Original Poster

    J4GG4;6910298

    GotoSTART, CONTROL PANEL, SYSTEM and state what processor and ram it says … GotoSTART, CONTROL PANEL, SYSTEM and state what processor and ram it says you have got.



    Intel T2050 @ 1.60Ghz processor and 0.99GB of RAM

    Original Poster

    shanecr;6910299

    open up the bottom and blow out the dust?



    Don't fancy taking it apart incase I thoroughly b***er it up. I have hoovered the vents etc and it's not that noisy, fan-wise.

    vista or?

    go to Run then type MSCONFIG and hit enter

    On the start up tab untick any applications that you don't need when you turn your laptop on. (basically everything apart from your anti virus etc.)

    edit.

    Also try increasing your pagefile and changing your performance settings (run - sysdm.cpl - advanced - settings etc)

    Original Poster

    J4GG4;6910392

    vista or?



    Windows XP with a Vista Start Menu.

    I would check if you have any adaware or spyware

    Download for free spybot search and destroy here: safer-networking.org/en/…tml

    Also 1gb on xp i fairly good and should be fine but i upgraded mine to 2gb and you can certainly tell the difference.

    Original Poster

    noodles1631;6910396

    go to Run then type MSCONFIG and hit enterOn the start up tab untick any … go to Run then type MSCONFIG and hit enterOn the start up tab untick any applications that you don't need when you turn your laptop on. (basically everything apart from your anti virus etc.)



    Done. Had to re-start but it starts up a darn sight quicker now. Thank you, rep left. :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    J4GG4;6910447

    I would check if you have any adaware or spywareDownload for free spybot … I would check if you have any adaware or spywareDownload for free spybot search and destroy here: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.htmlAlso 1gb on xp i fairly good and should be fine but i upgraded mine to 2gb and you can certainly tell the difference.



    I've used SpyBot in the past and it didn't seem to make much difference but I'll give it another go. Can you explain to a simpleton how to upgrade my RAM?

    J4GG4;6910298

    GotoSTART, CONTROL PANEL, SYSTEM and state what processor and ram it says … GotoSTART, CONTROL PANEL, SYSTEM and state what processor and ram it says you have got.



    im having the same problem... my laptop is v v v v slow, it says : Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.06GHz 2.38 GHz, 448MB of RAM.

    what does this mean?

    Thanks

    shybeauty;6910580

    im having the same problem... my laptop is v v v v slow, it says : … im having the same problem... my laptop is v v v v slow, it says : Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.06GHz 2.38 GHz, 448MB of RAM.what does this mean?Thanks



    means go buy another stick of ram probably.

    minifish33;6910518

    I've used SpyBot in the past and it didn't seem to make much difference … I've used SpyBot in the past and it didn't seem to make much difference but I'll give it another go. Can you explain to a simpleton how to upgrade my RAM?



    turn off your laptop
    turn your laptop upside down
    locate the hatch where the ram is
    unscrew the 1 or 2 little screws
    locate the ram module pull the side clips out and it will pop up and slide out
    note down the details of the ram such as PC5300....ect

    or better still goto crucial.co.uk type your laptop model number in and they will find you the best suited ram for your laptop.

    But explain how slow your laptop is? and what are you doing for it to go slow? just general browsing?

    Original Poster

    Well, initially it took ages to start up (around 9-10 minutes) to start using anything, even moving the cursor. But as above, I've just turned off some start up programmes (mobile driver, MSN messenger etc) so it starts quicker but when using it for general browsing , the pages take longer to load than they used to and opening any programmes for word processing etc it takes longer then it used to as well.

    minifish33;6910689

    Well, initially it took ages to start up (around 9-10 minutes) to start … Well, initially it took ages to start up (around 9-10 minutes) to start using anything, even moving the cursor. But as above, I've just turned off some start up programmes (mobile driver, MSN messenger etc) so it starts quicker but when using it for general browsing , the pages take longer to load than they used to and opening any programmes for word processing etc it takes longer then it used to as well.



    I tell you another handy program that boosts startup process dramatically.

    microsoft bootvis found here softpedia.com/get…tml

    run this then in the main program window click the Trace tab then optimize system. Works a treat

    minifish33;6910802

    OK, Crucial.com/uk recommends I get one of these … OK, Crucial.com/uk recommends I get one of these http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=81D035BEA5CA7304Would this be the cheapest place to get a set?



    You need just 1gb and you need to take the ram covery off the bottom of the laptop and see if you have a spare slot to put it in.

    Or buy that kit and flog the one you have in your laptop on ebay for £20 or so. Depending if its faulty or not mind!

    Original Poster

    J4GG4;6910884

    You need just 1gb and you need to take the ram covery off the bottom of … You need just 1gb and you need to take the ram covery off the bottom of the laptop and see if you have a spare slot to put it in.Or buy that kit and flog the one you have in your laptop on ebay for £20 or so. Depending if its faulty or not mind!



    Excellent. Thanks for all your help. Rep left, unfortunately I can only leave it once! Cheers though. :thumbsup:

    Upgrade ram, turn off everything uncessesary, get rid of anything that makes it look pretty (Like Vista skins etc), remove unwated start up programs, scan for spyware/viruses/trojans, disk clean and defrag, then restart. Might make a difference!

    minifish33;6911313

    Excellent. Thanks for all your help. Rep left, unfortunately I can only … Excellent. Thanks for all your help. Rep left, unfortunately I can only leave it once! Cheers though. :thumbsup:



    Let us know how you get on if your buying more/new ram
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