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Fujitsu Lifebook (xp Pro) Wicked Slow


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#1 Illuminaughty

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:23 AM

It's a four year old "P" series laptop (XP pro sp2) that I really like 'cause of it's size, but I'm trying to get it up to speed (so to speak) for my gal.

It's fully updated, virus free, almost no unnecessary software/files or services running (thank you eldergeek), and maxed out RAM-wise - but I'll be darned if it's not ludicrously slow.
Firefox opens in just under 35 seconds, and god help me if accidentally click open another app while browsing.

Even 2 years ago it was relatively quick, got set aside when we got our G4, and now that THAT died I want to revive the Lifebook.

Would a reinstall of Windows help this? I just picked up a 250g external drive to back anything up.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 07:50 AM

This could be a lot of things, and we could spend a lot of time trying to get things working right.
Or, you could backup your stuff, then format and reinstall Windows and things should work OK (this discounts any hardware issues - and a dying hard drive can cause just such a problem).

The biggest PITA's with a reinstall are:
1) Installing all the Windows Updates (it should be around 100 for XP SP2)
2) Installing all the drivers if they're not included on your recovery CD/DVD
3) Setting up all of your favorite programs again.

But the benefit is that the computer will function as if it's brand new.

Should you decide to do this, I'd strongly suggest testing the hardware before you start.
First, use this free utility to see if there's any major issues with your system: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/index.html?dir...n=sware_dl_3264

Then use this free, bootable utility to test your memory: http://www.memtest86.com/
Then, presuming that you've got a Fujitsu hard drive, I'd suggest using the DOS utility here (on a bootable disk) to run their disk diagnostics: http://www.fujitsu.com/us/services/computi.../utilities.html
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 11:44 PM

Thank you John,
I will be testing then (hopefully) doing a clean install.
You've perfectly spelled out everything I needed to know.
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