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dell and win7 not so quick :/


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#1 danx55

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 10:08 AM

hi all,

recently got a new dell pc with win 7 on it and it isnt as quick as i hoped it was going to be :/

ok, it is the cheap option, but is still much better than my very old pc with xp on it

seem to get the little waiting circle a lot when doing stuff, especiall with IE

ive turned off everything i can find (visual,indexing etc)

just wanted to know if there was anything else i can do?

cheers
dan

ps: pc is amd 2.2g with 3g ram -and internet is running at about 5m download

thanks

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 11:56 AM

What version of Windows 7?
When doing what 'stuff?'

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 03:06 PM

Yeah, what "G" said, plus -

remember, many pre-builit systems from Dell, Gateway, HP, etc. have what we somewhat fondly call "bloatware" on them.

Uninstalling or shutting down these programs running in background has an immediate effect on the speed of the system, meaning it will run faster/quicker.


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#4 danx55

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 04:23 PM

hi guys.
thanks for replies.
not sure what ver of win 7 it is sorry :/

its mainly slow when starting IE and when
using the other quick launch icons.

plus it isnt that fast starting up either.

how do i detect and remove bloatware?

thanks
dan

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 04:56 PM

how do i detect and remove bloatware?


I'm not aware of a "bloatware" detector, Dan. :huh:

However, programs like a Dell program that monitors your system for updates, Adobe Reader, some AV/AS suites, and other background processes that are not necessary, will slow down a system somewhat.

I would uninstall Adobe Reader and install the less obtrusive Foxit PDF reader, for example. I would uninstall Dell's proprietary software that checks for updates (as I did with Gateway's "BigFix" on my notebook), and use the free, Secunia Personal Software Inspector, although, with a new system running a new OS (W7), maybe I'd keep it running for a month or so as Dell developes better W7 drivers for the system.

Don't know what else you have running in background. Perhaps the "bundled" AV Suite, which you can uninstal and install something else, uses more overhead than something like the free AVG, or AVAST!, or even Microsoft's free Security Essentials program.

Each PC manufacturer does things differently.

Perhaps someone more familiar with what is bundled on a Dell can be more specific in recommendations?


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Posted 11 November 2009 - 05:16 PM

hi John.
cool thanks for the info. will keep digging :huh:

only used it a few times so still v new to win7

cheers
dan

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:09 AM

hi guys,

right have run tuneup2009 on pc now - is still slow when starting word docs and launching IE though

have just found out the my broadband is running like a dog - so that wont help IE :/ :huh:

cheers
dan

i sort of feel it isnt caching enough - but not sure :/

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 07:12 AM

just set default to blank - and IE startup still slow - so guess it is IE itself and not net connection ?

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 01:37 PM

Hi,

With dell the normal "bloatware" they put on is

Mcafee or Norton demo
AOL
Various other demos like Ulread photo manager and video editors
Google toolbar
Yahoo toolbar
Sometimes game demos

like the previous poster said, go into control panel and then programs and uninstall any of the above.

I would also uninstall and other demo or shareware software that you hve not installed.
There may also be a 60 day demo of office. Get rid of that and get openoffice for free.. www.openoffice.org.

I use Avg free edition..now on version 9.

Good luck tidying up your dell, and I hope you never need to use dell support. !!

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 04:34 AM

hi Chris,

thanks for the info - yes im still looking for stuff - think i have removed everything i can see - tuneup2009 cant find anymore to remove

does anyone know if the slow IE startup could be due to my broadband speed? even if i have it set to blank ?

cheers
dan

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 10:41 PM

Try testing the speed of your Broadband. Go to speakeasy.net and test it a couple of times. Your speed should be around 20,000 kbps. If it is a lot slower call your internet service provider.

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 06:53 AM

cheers john

tested mine the other day and was only running at 2.9M - should be atleast 5M!

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 11:32 AM

mmm.....looking a bit better today - have upgraded wifi adapter drivers and optimised the mtu setting - whatever that is :huh:

.....also speed test says getting 4.9m today - so that is much better - about double the other day :D




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