I have an Acer 1306 notebook, Athlon XP 2000+, 512MB DSRAM, currently running WIN XP + SP2. It is over two years old and running very slowly. Can anyone please tell me what steps I need to take before reinstalling, and how do I reinstall the drivers. Or would running defrag help? The sound is also very 'bitty'. Thanks.
The Windows XP registry is like Elvis at a Burger King half-price sale, and that does have an inevitable effect on performance over time. The more software that you install and/or uninstall, the worse it gets.
In your case there may be two slight sticky points to a re-installation; the fact that it's a laptop (harder to get the right drivers than with off the shelf desktop parts) and its age - it might not have full driver download support from Acer.
If you have your system, software and driver discs from the time of purchase, then it's probably okay. If however, Acer didn't supply all that, then you will need to check its website for driver downloads and support before going ahead.
Thanks. That's very helpful. I thought there might be a problem as I couldn't find a drivers folder and I don't seem to have system, software or driver discs. I have already sent a question to Acer support but will try contacting them by phone on Monday to see if they can help.
What you get varies a lot. My most recent laptop has two discs - one with Windows OEM and one with software from HP and 3rd parties, plus drivers. The former is particularly rare and valuable these days. Most laptops and many desktops apparently rely on a hidden restore partition and a recovery CD.
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