Dell Inspiron Laptop running sooooo slow

  theremac 21:33 10 Jan 2009

Dell Inspiron 630m running slow

I have downloaded updates from dell site ( I think ok), carried out all checks recommended by dell however my laptop is still running slow any ideas? I have downloaded spychecks, windows defender, avc antivirus. I have asked in Dell forum since 3rd January and have had no responses! I'm sure I'll do better here. Thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:35 10 Jan 2009

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubVistaXp click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt 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 startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:35 10 Jan 2009

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

i) 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 click here 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 or Vista, 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) Divers
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 click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  Demora 09:09 11 Jan 2009

Good advice here. Also should file indexing be turned off?


  GANDALF <|:-)> 10:09 11 Jan 2009

Stick in as much RAM as it can take, don't load programmes tha you will never use and reformat. This is the best and easiest way of increasing performance rather than faff about with settings.


  bubblebubble 20:58 05 May 2011


Delete as much junk and old programs as possible. Do a good virus scan (malwarebytes or avg). Clean all the dust and dirt from anywhere in the laptop. Do a good system defrag with a good defragger like diskeeper(you can download a free trial from their website. Putting more ram in is also very likely to speed things up.

  birdface 23:00 05 May 2011

If this is the one that you use time to bin text

Download and run this text

  wee eddie 23:17 10 May 2011

Dell Inspiron 630m running Windows XP SP3 with 512MB RAM, is that the boy?

If so 512MB is close to the bottom line for Windows XP and many pieces of more recent Software would be expecting more RAM. Increasing your Virtual RAM may help, but if the Hard Drive is quite full, this may not be possible.

It will take up to 2GB of RAM and this may be your best route.

As suggested a good old clear-out with CCleaner and a Defrag will help, as will a reduction in the Software that you have loaded.

Good Luck.

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