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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-24-2006, 02:10 PM
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Computer is slooooowwww

This is my work laptop that i use for everything. 95% of the time I am srfing the net (no porn just surfing regular sites) and the rest of the time I download my digital camera pics to it. What are soem of the maitance tips to do on a computer to clean it up a bit. I just deleted cookies and deleted files when I go to tools the internet options then temp internet files. Is there anything else??? Mind you this is the first time I have done this and I have had my laptop for about 8 months. It is running a little quicker but I want to flush it ot some more


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defrag the harddrive it'll help also. You can also disable programs during startup that you don't need.



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Pick up a couple spam removal tools like Adaware and Spybot. Use them, then defrag. If you do a lot of program/file deleting, the hard drive can become fragmented. Defrag helps that. If you have a decent size hard drive though, plan on at least an hour for that to run.

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Pick up a couple spam removal tools like Adaware and Spybot. Use them, then defrag. If you do a lot of program/file deleting, the hard drive can become fragmented. Defrag helps that. If you have a decent size hard drive though, plan on at least an hour for that to run.
+1, when I run spam removal tools, I find that running them is safe mode much better, because the pc is running with the least amount of programs and such.


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I think there's a turbo kit that you can put on that thing. Then try a PCIII and an aftermarket exhaust.






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+1 for disabling all of the unnecessary programs on startup. That usually will unclog the RAM in use.

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How do you disable unwanted programs on start up??

Also I never power down my pc is this bad????? I just close it and open it again when I get home. Yes I have shut it down completely but not very often.
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How do you disable unwanted programs on start up??
From the Start menu, go to Run, then type in "msconfig" and it's in there. Uncheck all the shit you don't need, and you'll need to restart after that, I think.
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How do you disable unwanted programs on start up??

Also I never power down my pc is this bad????? I just close it and open it again when I get home. Yes I have shut it down completely but not very often.
I've heard that with laptops, you want to shut them down periodically. The HDs tend to take a beating in them, and eventually you'll power it down. Then, it might not have the power to restart again.

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How do you disable unwanted programs on start up??

Also I never power down my pc is this bad????? I just close it and open it again when I get home. Yes I have shut it down completely but not very often.
click start, then click run, type in msconfig, then hit ok. you'll get a window that says 'system configuration utility', you'll want to click on the tab that says startup. there will be a list of startup items just click on the ones that you don't want to startup when you bootup. then click apply and ok.


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Also I never power down my pc is this bad????? I just close it and open it again when I get home. Yes I have shut it down completely but not very often.
It's not bad but some times you'll want to clear out the memory from time to time. Unless your not worried about burning out the psu.


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Max out the RAM and use a faster HD.

Most laptops use 4200 RPM drives. Physical spin limitation makes them SLOW in comparison to desktop drives (7200 RPM). Some newer laptops do offer 5400 drives and some even now have 7200rpm drives.

Maxing your memory will 'push out' the time it needs until it wants to start 'swapping' or using the HD to act like 'ram' (virtual memory). When it starts doing that, it will be like a pig in molasses in the wintertime.

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Max out the RAM and use a faster HD.

Most laptops use 4200 RPM drives. Physical spin limitation makes them SLOW in comparison to desktop drives (7200 RPM). Some newer laptops do offer 5400 drives and some even now have 7200rpm drives.

Maxing your memory will 'push out' the time it needs until it wants to start 'swapping' or using the HD to act like 'ram' (virtual memory). When it starts doing that, it will be like a pig in molasses in the wintertime.

As already suggested, disable things you know you don't need from starting up.
but how does one know whats needed at start up? all of those file names are foreign to me

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but how does one know whats needed at start up? all of those file names are foreign to me
You post up what it says here and people chime in... Don't take quick action though, in case someone offers a piece of advice that then is corrected later because taking said advice could make your problems worse.

Keep in mind, you're metaphorically asking how to make a 600 be fast like a 1 liter bike

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You post up what it says here and people chime in... Don't take quick action though, in case someone offers a piece of advice that then is corrected later because taking said advice could make your problems worse.

Keep in mind, you're metaphorically asking how to make a 600 be fast like a 1 liter bike
it wont let me copy/paste the list..other ideas?
Im not unhappy with my laptop..but if theres more in the tank then by all means....

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that wont be an option
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it wont let me copy/paste the list..other ideas?
Im not unhappy with my laptop..but if theres more in the tank then by all means....
mike, open the app, and then simultaniously click the ALT and print screen, which will allow you to capture the image on the screen, next start up paint (start/run/ type MSPAINT) and click edit, and choose the paste option. Then save it as a JPG file to your desktop and using the manage attachments option on this website post it, you might have to post several screen shots scrolling down because chances are there is more then one screen worth of startup options.

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mike there doesn't appear to be anything there that is detremental to the performance of the computer, i mean the music match stuff, mimboot, and mm something isn't needed, as well as the ISUSPM (install shield updater) the bottom one on the first page, I can't read that one, but it looks like it might be something for a lexmark printer?

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Here's how you help out a laptop drive from a virtual memory standpoint:

Right click My Computer --> Properties --> Advanced -->Virtual memory.. (May also be called pagefile)

Specify a MIN and MAX of 5GB each (5120 MB)

THEN, reboot.

THEN, defrag and tell it to defrag the pagefile.

THEN reboot again.


What that does is sets all of your virtual memory (pagefile) to be CONTINUOUS on the disk, instead of scattering it all over as it grows/shrinks. Telling it the same MIN/MAX sized keeps it FIXED. Defragging it makes it continuous, and it will remain that way. That will be the most optimal way to have it on the drive.

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You can also limit the amount of system restore info that's saved. It's handy when you need it, but it comes at the cost of scattering a bunch of files all over the place as well. If you don't want to roll back to how you had the machine 4 years ago, consider trimming down the amount of space set aside for it.
Also, bring down the size of your browser cache (temporary internet files). They too will be detrimental to performance, the more you have, the more the computer has to check and compare to see if it has to download a new copy. You could have tons sitting around that you'll never use again. I've always run with 16MB-32 MB disk cache for any browser. Plenty for anything you're doing that session.

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Oh crap. I just tried to access msconfig and got an error. I think I have a virus - on the computer, that is.

"includes 10 used-car dealers or auto repair shops, 11 liquor stores and bars--two of which advertise lingerie fashion shows and a third billed as a "gentlemen's club"--three cut-rate motels and one trailer park. The squat, brick municipal building is next to a currency exchange and a few steps from an adult video store. The bars open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 a.m."

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