Why is my HP laptop so slow

  charlton200 16:23 03 Jan 2012

I have an HP pavillion laptop,G7-1101SA, AMD Phenom 11 quad-core, 1.8 GHZ 4GB ram 750 hard drive.

I have had this laptop 4 months, and it wasn't very fast to begin with but now it's so slow and unresponsive. It usally take 10 to 14 seconds for webpages to turn, even if you have just visited them. Also, it is unresponsive, if say I click on the favorite button or any button, it usally takes more than one click, something 3 click before that action is acted on, It doesn't seem to regester that it is being clicked on.

I have done all the spyware scans and defrag and disc check.

Is this laptop at fault? Should it be faster than this?

I haven't owned a laptop before but my old 8 year old desktop with much lower specifications was a lot faster than this.

Any ideas if this laptop is at fault ,please?

Thank you.

  iscanut 16:32 03 Jan 2012

What browser are you using ? Have you tried an alternative just to make sure it is the machine rather than a browser problem ? What OS do you use ? Is your hard disk full or nearly full ? Have you cleared out the browser cache ? Answers to these questions will help us to help further if we can.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:37 03 Jan 2012

Bet your running too many auto start programs,

HPs tend to load a lot at startup.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:41 03 Jan 2012

Also a list of things you can do:-

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/ Superantispyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Free Antivirus software MicroSoft Security Essentials http://www.microsoft.com/security/products/mse.aspx Avast http://www.avast.com/en-gb/free-antivirus-download

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) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different 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 start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. http://www.blackviper.com/

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) 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 http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?t=61905 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, Vista or Windows 7 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 Your memory could be failing try memtest

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 http://www.crucial.com/uk/ will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. http://support.gateway.com/s/Manuals/Desktops/8509270.pdf for a guide to fitting memory.

  charlton200 18:19 03 Jan 2012

I'm on windows 7, internet explorer 9. My hard drive doesn't have much on it. I do clean up weekly, I use ccleaner, super anti spyware and malewarebytes and window washer. I also use Norton 360. I'm not a heavy pc user, just the basics. I have used the registery cleaner.I will look at the other surgested things to see if that improves things. As I have mentioned I have only had it 5 months and only use it a couple of hours a day.


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