podlod 13:01 10 Apr 2008

Hi, I have a desktop pc and my host is Orange and there is no prob with coming online for me or the speed for that matter, but my wife who obviously comes off of my host also finds her laptop really slow, so much so that it takes up to 10mins before she can really get to grips with doing something on her machine, I have defrag, used CC cleaner, cleaned the drives, everything i can think of, is there something I can download off of the internet for free that could speed up her laptop? thanks for any help.

  recap 13:06 10 Apr 2008

It could be a program running at start up that is causing the slow speed. Do you have AVG installed?

  birdface 13:22 10 Apr 2008

Try ,Run. Type in msconfig.Start up.See how many programs she is running at start up.Or open TaskManager .processes.Under cpu system idle process should be showing about97% that is normal if nothing is running.Is there any other program hogging her cpu.You could try this little Optimizer my pages are opening twice as quick since using here Or Speed test click here just to make sure that she is getting the correct download speed.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:58 10 Apr 2008

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 :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
Windows Defender click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP 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/\ 16:59 10 Apr 2008

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, 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.

  podlod 11:38 11 Apr 2008

Hi thanks for all the advice, my head is now buzzing with what to do, although I must admit some of the info is sightly above my head? but I am going to have a go, and will return and let you know how it works out, please keep your fingers crossed for me!!

  podlod 09:11 17 Apr 2008

Hi, thanks for so many replies.
My wife like me has AVG, Spybot, and these work a treat.Her CPU idle process is 97% as is mine, is this ok? We are both on DMA not PIO.I reduced items on start up for her?I am worried about registry cleaners as I do not know what I am doing here, should I be ?

  birdface 09:20 17 Apr 2008

Registry Cleaner.I recommend Winaso Optimizer.Its free but only repairs 10 items at a time,but you can run it as often as you like.It also has a registry defrag that you can use,And does an automatic back up which I have never had to use.When I used it at first I had to run it 14 times to repair all problems.But computer ran a lot faster after using it. click here

  recap 18:53 18 Apr 2008

It could be AVG that is causing the slow boot up speed. I had AVG on a laptop and it took around the same time before I could do anything with it.
I removed AVG installed Kaspersky and it's speed increased.

  podlod 10:21 19 Apr 2008

Hi, again thanks for the info, Recap my wife does have AVG as I stated and it works well, but do you in your opinion think Kaspersky is better and if so could you link me to the site please.

  ^wave^ 10:33 19 Apr 2008

what are the specs of the laptop processor type how much ram hard disc size

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