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Dell XPS 1530

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#1 clairex3


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 06:08 PM

First off, I'm Claire and I'm new to the website so I'm sorry if this is in the wrong category.

Okay, so my Dell XPS 1530 arrived in the mail yesterday and I have many questions, especially since this is my first laptop.
I'm extremely organized and trying hard to stray away from my usual chat speak and stuff so bare with me please :huh:

Okay so ...

-- XPS M1530 --
-- Intel® Core蒂 2 Duo Processor T9500 (2.6GHz/800Mhz FSB, 6MB Cache)
-- System Color --
-- Tuxedo Black
-- Memory --
-- 8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz (2 Dimms)
-- LCD, Color and camera --
-- High Resolution, glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LED LCD (1440x900)
-- Video Card --
-- 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT
-- Hard Drives --
-- Speed: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) with Free Fall Sensor
-- Operating System --
-- Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-bit
-- Combo or DVD+RW Drive --
-- Slot Load DVD+/-RW (DVD/CD read/write)
-- Sound Card --
-- Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook Sound Card and Wireless Receiver Bundle
-- [A2204578]
-- Wireless Networking Cards --
-- Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Mini-card
-- [430-2450]
-- Productivity --
-- Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 - Word, Excel + PowerPoint
-- Software - Antivirus --
-- McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 36-months
-- [410-1839]
-- Primary Battery --
-- 56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
-- [312-0638]
-- Bluetooth and Wireless USB --
-- Dell Bluetooth Travel mouse
-- Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0+Enhanced Data Rate)
-- Doms Camera and Color --
-- High Res, Black glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LED LCD (1440x900) & 2MP Ca
-- Processor Branding --
-- Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
-- Dell Printer Driver --
-- Windows Vista蒂 Premium

And I'm sorry if I provided unnecessary information, has trouble deciding what was important and what wasn't.

I guess I should have made a topic like this before I ordered my laptop but whatever.
So I plan to use my laptop for college and the occasional webdesign and adobe photoshop.

However the problem or rather, the concern is that it seems to be running a bit slow.
Or actually it's fast, but the same speed as my ten year old dell computer with a million programs and documents and movies and files whereas this laptop only has aim, msn and whatever it else it came with.

So I'm asking these questions:
1) Is the speed normal? or Was my old desktop just fast?
2) What would be making it slow (if it is slow) like what have I configured wrong
3) (for future reference) What would make this laptop faster?
4) Should I have gotten the solid state drive?
5) I want adobe on this computer but I don't want it to slow down so I'm thinking of getting an external drive and downloading adobe photoshop onto the drive, should I do that?
6) Is the "slowness" because of windows vista?

Sorry for the crazy overload of questions (: I'm done now hehe.
Anyway for people thinking on purchasing the laptop ...
- I love it except the webcam is pretty bad, I liked my old one better
- A lot of people dislike finger print reader; I like it and it works well (with practice)
- Don't get the express audio card thing (I'm returning that)
- People are complaining about hard drive noises, I hear none
- People are complaining about slot drive loudness, I have to try that later

:] Thank you and sorry again for the uber long post

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#2 garmanma


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 09:06 PM

Dell is notorious for bundling a bunch of bloatware with there computers
You can start by trimming some of those. You probably have a bunch of stuff running at Startup that is unnecessary also. A program like Codestuff Starter will help you disable unwanted Startup items safely:
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