Slow Laptop

  edginge 13:31 06 May 2008

I have a Packard Bell Igo 4451 laptop, which used to run really well and pretty fast.

The performance really seems to have dropped off recently. I have tried removing any programs and files I don't need to free up hard disk space. I've defragmented the hard drive, which took a very long time, but hasn't really done much.

Is the answer to upgrade the processor? If so what can I put in this laptop?

  Taff™ 13:38 06 May 2008

How much RAM does it have at the moment? I presume it`s XP which originally had a minimum requirement of 128 Mb, in reality 256 Mb was about the minimum and these days it needs 512 Mb with the years of "bloat" that have been delivered via Windows Updates.

  birdface 13:58 06 May 2008

I take it you have updated all your security programs and ran them and nothing found.You could try Winaso Optimizer [free] it will only repair 10 items at a time has an automatic back up and you can run it as often as you here That should make your computer run a bit faster.

  birdface 14:01 06 May 2008

Also try Control panel.Network Connections.Right click local area connection and press repair.See if it shows a DNS problem.Speed test to make sure that you are getting a proper ISP here

  Taff™ 14:03 06 May 2008

Try Ccleaner click here after running the cleaner also use the tool check the registry. You can back up the registry and then get it to "Fix All" problems it found.

  Informed1 23:20 12 May 2008

CCleaner has always worked well for me too

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 09:51 15 May 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/\ 09:51 15 May 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.

  birdface 18:58 18 May 2008

Hi.You must reply on here so others can see what you have done.[I used your recommended WinASo registry cleaner & tried to clear errors on the trial basis (10 each scan)-unfortunateley my windows vista prevents removal of errors which state they are protected by windows? (after I had accumulated 10 registry errors,I could not use the trial offer.!) Have you any suggestions on this-I would really appreciate it.]Now as it recommended that you do not delete them you should have ignored them.I presume that you deleted them.If so you will have to go to Restore.Highlight the ones you want to restore press next,Then press restore.I have never had to use this so I believe that is the way it works.Or if you have scanned you have to press continue.Repair .Return Then you start again.Make sure you do not delete anything that it tells you not to.If still having problems let me know what they are.

  birdface 19:05 18 May 2008

Just noticed Vista stops you from deleting them.If they are essential Winaso advises you not to delete them.We need someone with Vista that uses Winaso to help with this one.Ive used it for a couple of years now and had no bother with it.great program and better than C Cleaner.But I use both.

  birdface 08:21 20 May 2008

Sorry posted here on error.

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