Couple of questions

  bombsquad 10:18 28 May 2011

Hi all, I have two thing that I need help with.

First I have a Fujitsu/Siemens Amilo Pro laptop and it's getting slower and slower. I've cleared a lot of unused programs from it and cleaned the cpu heatsink etc. but since I've not got the money to replace it I would like to upgrade the cpu and RAM. Can anyone give me advice on which the best components would be for this and if I would need to do anything else? I can change the parts happily enough but I don't understand which components to buy or where to start looking.

Secondly, my son has a Toshiba laptop which someone (not me) disassembled. I've put it back together and while everything appears to be working, the screen illumination is not. Is the illumination powered through the ribbon or separately? The reason I ask is because the ribbon is very short and I had to slip a screwdriver in to reconnect it and I'm worried I may have to replace it.

Obviously you will probably have to know more about the machines to answer my questions but I'm not sure what you need to know so ask and I'll find out for you.

Thanks in advance for any help and as this is my first post, Hello.

  onthelimit1 10:34 28 May 2011

First laptop - leave the CPU and up the RAM. Run the Crucial scanner to see what's installed and what can be fitted [crucial link.

The second one is more difficult as the problem could be one of a number of things - lead, plug, inverter (if fitted). ]1

  onthelimit1 10:36 28 May 2011

Don't like this new system for links! I'll try again

click here

  onthelimit1 10:38 28 May 2011

Forgot to say, run CCleaner (free) on the first one to get rid of Megs of junk click here

  wee eddie 11:37 28 May 2011

onthelimit1: You'll get there in the end, I have ~ at long last.

  bombsquad 11:51 28 May 2011

Thanks onthelimit1, CCleaner says this: MS Windows XP Home SP3 Intel Pentium M processor 1.60GHz, 502MB RAM, Mobile Intel 915GM/GSM,912GML Express Chipset Family

I've run the program and cleaned loads of rubbish. Ran Crucial scanner and it's shown me which RAM I can upgrade to but the only other thing it is suggesting is solid state drives, which I don't really want. It doesn't tell me anything about the CPU. Any way of finding a better compatible CPU? Thanks for your help so far.

  wee eddie 12:14 28 May 2011

Changing the CPU on a Laptop is out of the ability range of the average DIY'er.

  wee eddie 12:23 28 May 2011

Definitely worth increasing the RAM.

Usually Laptops have 2 Slots. I'd go for 2 x 1GB Sticks and junk the old Stick, as if you leave the old RAM in, the new RAM will run at the same speed as the old. Windows XP does not recognise RAM above 3.5GB.

Another thought: How full is your Hard Drive? If it's over 2/3rds, I suggest keeping some of the, less used, Files on an External Hard Drive, to free up space for Windows to use as Virtual RAM.

  woodchip 13:05 28 May 2011

You miust forget the CPU in not really a upgradable device in a Laptop, To get it back to speed would need a clean install as you can spend as much time as you like trying to find what slowing it down,it may be one of the Windows updates. but at the end of the day if you have a Windows Disc or a Full Restore Disc, that's the way to go to bring it back to speed. Also 512 Mg Ram is enough for normall Windows use. Not video editing or intensive tasks

  woodchip 13:14 28 May 2011

Fujitsu/Siemens Amilo known not to be a speed merchant

I have a HP510 with Intel Pentium M processor Model 6 Centrino 2.13GHz 1 gig of ram but only seem to have slow booting, but faster than a lot on hear, this is down to Avast doing checks at boot

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:56 28 May 2011
  1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes Superantispyware

Free Antivirus software MicroSoft Security Essentials Avast

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok. If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background.

  1. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO. Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab - If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. for a guide to fitting memory.

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