HP 6735s laptop

  the hick 19:53 24 Oct 2009

Daughter has this laptop, AMD Turion 64, all standard spec., bought in may this year. Usese Vista firewall, with Avast anti-virus, and cCleaner used regularly. problem is, its getting slower in use, even typing in Word. I ran the virus scan on Avast, it didnt find much, and that made no difference. To be honest, to me, it never seemed particularly quick to use when it was new, but I had not bought a laptop before. Are all these HP laptops a bit sluggish, or has anyone any suggestions please as to waht the trouble may be, and how to improve it? Any help appreciated, I am a bit stuck.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:31 24 Oct 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 -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

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/\ 20:33 24 Oct 2009

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

i) Check the transfer rate(Ignore if you have SATA drves), 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) 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 click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  the hick 22:59 24 Oct 2009

Fruitbat/\o/\, I unticked all except for antivirus and antispyware, it uses vista firewall, now I cannot log in on the password. What have I done? Really stuck here.

  woodchip 23:51 24 Oct 2009

I have a HP Laptop 510, it not slow only booting is bit on the slow side Running XP Home 2.13ghz Centrino CPU 1GB ram.

Booting, I think Services are slowing the boot time as I have cut out most in MSCONFIG

  woodchip 23:53 24 Oct 2009

Start in safe mode Keep Tapping F5 as it starts then put the tick back that you removed, that stops you logging in

  the hick 23:59 24 Oct 2009

How do I start it in safe mode please? Also how do I know which tick to put back, there were several I unticked. bit worried about this.

  woodchip 00:05 25 Oct 2009

Tapping F5 or F8 when computer is starting

  woodchip 00:09 25 Oct 2009

You need to think about the ones you removed, Not read the above but think you used MSCONFIG to do this. Read the unticked boxes for the loggon bit if its got one other than that it means you putting them all back, then after you can get in, try removing one or two at a time, and make a note of the ones you removed before it stops working

  the hick 00:25 25 Oct 2009

Woodchip, yes I cut out most of the programs that run at startup, as Fruitbat advised, now it wont accept the usual password. If I get into safe mode, how do I get to this area? I do feel bit desperate!

  woodchip 15:07 25 Oct 2009

In Safe Mode Click on Run type MSCONFIG then Startup tab after pressing Enter key, you will see blank boxes these are what you stopped running put tick in box to enable

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