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Old 09-08-07, 05:44 PM   #1
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What can I do to make my laptop faster?

My laptop takes a long time (I think anyway) to start up. I know nothing about computers, is there anything I can delete etc to make it faster?
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Old 09-08-07, 06:17 PM   #2
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I could give you some general tips, but really, you would be a lot better asking this on a laptop forum, preferably for your own brand. Here's one:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/

My guess is that your antivirus program is the culprit.
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Also antispyware. I have a mac.
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Reload windows on your computer. I have a linux.
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Old 09-08-07, 07:02 PM   #5
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Duct tape it to a rocket.
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Old 09-08-07, 07:11 PM   #6
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[QUOTE=Stacey;5234347]Duct tape it to a rocket.[/QUOTE


Good Idea!
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Yes. What you need to do is free up some RAM (memory). Your processor is usually not the bottleneck. Your RAM is the bottleneck, and it gets filled up with crap that is loaded from the vendor who sold your computer and/or your ISP. Perform the following step 1 and step 2, in any order.

Step 1.

Start > Run > msconfig > Enter

Brings up a dialog box. Click on the right-most tab called Startup. This is a list of programs that loads upon startup. Look thru the list carefully for things that you think you don't need to run on startup. If you have no clue, Google the Startup Item and see what info you can quickly find (this type of info usually pulls up in the first few hits).

Deselect the crap you do not need. Upon restart, click the checkbox in the popup window and you will not see that popup window again. If any problem occurs as a result, you can always go back thru the above and re-select a startup item.

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Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs

obtains a long list of installed programs. Study this list and determine which crap you don't need. When you buy a computer, it almost always comes pre-loaded from the vendor (e.g. Dell) with a bunch of useless crap software you won't ever use. Your ISP will also put a bunch of crap on the install CD, which you don't need to get online. Common examples are Yahoo this or that (from AT&T and SBC). These are useless programs that entice you to purchase upgrades or licenses. These are profit centers for the vendor and ISP, and software companies subsidize the cost of your computer by paying Dell, etc. to put their crap on the computer so you might buy the license. This stuff seriously drains your RAM, making your system slow. You can be pretty liberal with what you uninstall.

Step 3.

Google lavasoft - adaware, download the free version, and clean out all the spyware.
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Step 3.

Google lavasoft - adaware, download the free version, and clean out all the spyware.

SpyBot Search & destroy, Super anti spyware & Avast antivirus too.

Load, update & run 'em all.
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Wow ... a lot to do ...
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Wow ... a lot to do ...
It's easy. I just used lots of detail. Nothing you cannot get done in the course of 2-3 easy-sipping beers on a relaxing evening at home.
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I remember when one of my friends was on mushrooms and he wanted his guitar to play faster. He drilled a bunch of holes in the body of it. Called 'em "Speed Holes". Worked well enough. Maybe try the same thing?
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It's easy. I just used lots of detail. Nothing you cannot get done in the course of 2-3 easy-sipping beers on a relaxing evening at home.
I'd rather spend the time on Foo.
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Old 09-09-07, 04:22 AM   #13
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It's easy. I just used lots of detail. Nothing you cannot get done in the course of 2-3 easy-sipping beers on a relaxing evening at home.
True, even I can do it.

Once you have everything loaded in and updated, reboot into safe mode to run them then do a "boot time scan' with Avast, you'll find that option in the menu.
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Old 09-09-07, 04:32 AM   #14
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Yes. What you need to do is free up some RAM (memory). Your processor is usually not the bottleneck. Your RAM is the bottleneck, and it gets filled up with crap that is loaded from the vendor who sold your computer and/or your ISP.
You should've just stopped talking right there. You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. MSconfig is not the place to run to for a novice user.

Every statement in the above quote is utterly false.

Blind, leading the blind. Do us a favour, get a computer engineering degree and come back and write something useful .

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Old 09-09-07, 04:35 AM   #15
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^^^ Yes it is.

If they screw it up they will soon become an experienced user.
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Old 09-09-07, 05:57 AM   #19
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If your laptop is really slow, chances are you have a spyware infection.

Since you sound uncomfortable with computers, you should seriously consider taking it into a shop and tell them what is going on. The time you save will be well worth what they charge.

When your computer is running well again, you can keep it that way by not downloading free software off the internet. No games, cool weather things, peer to peer clients to get free music, etc. Some software truly is free with no strings, but most people write software to make money. If they don't charge for it, they get that money somehow -- usually by installing other garbage on your machine that monitors your behavior.

If you are confident that you do not have a spyware infection and do not download software, consider going to add/remove programs and removing antivirus and antispyware programs. These things are huge performance killers and you don't need them if you don't download utilities from the internet, click on attachments in email, or engage in other risky behavior.
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Huh. Or you could learn how to remove the spyware, so that you know how next time so you don't have to keep paying. It also makes you think twice about downloading something dodgy. "Hmm, I spent an hour cleaning that off last time, do I really want to try this download" Oh, and searching for more info on something before downloading/or rejecting it out of hand is also good.

However if your browser looks like this, I'd just format and start over [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Spyware_infestation.png]Spyware Infestation, Wikipedia[url]
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Old 09-09-07, 07:50 AM   #22
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Re-format your HD, and load Linux instead ... Get rid of anything with the Microsoft name on it, and run open source software instead. Or, just upgrade, and get a new laptop. That's the easiest.
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Old 09-09-07, 09:46 AM   #23
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Ok, so to all you pro-linux people....what if your laptop is completely unsupported by Linux? I have an old Vaio r505 with a firewire-attached docking station. My cd-rom is not recognized at all, and I have found nobody anywhere on the internets who has gotten it to work.
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