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Laptop takes long to load and unresponsive at times.


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#1 radiocity25

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 10:20 PM

Hi all!

I am a new member here and my laptop has been very sluggish for a bit. It was always a bit slow but now it is kind of grinding halt slow. I got an iPhone in September and loaded some apps from it to my laptop like Simplify Media 2, ZumoDrive, Dropbox, MyDocsToGo, Evernote, and Air Video Server. I don't think they cause much issues but who knows.I am pretty sure it is not these programs which cause it. Since the slowness of my laptop has been around for awhile. It is just now that I have become proactive.

On another note, my sister recently had her sluggish laptop have more RAM installed and it is super speedy now. Could increasing my RAM help speed up my laptop?

Thanks!

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 11:29 PM

Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")
- security programs in use (antivirus, firewall)


Download Autoruns for Windows: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb963902.aspx
No installation required.
Simply unzip Autoruns.zip file, and double click on autoruns.exe file to run the program.
Go File>Save, and save it as AutoRuns.txt file to know location.
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Posted 03 February 2010 - 01:16 AM

Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")
- security programs in use (antivirus, firewall)


Download Autoruns for Windows: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb963902.aspx
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Simply unzip Autoruns.zip file, and double click on autoruns.exe file to run the program.
Go File>Save, and save it as AutoRuns.txt file to know location.
You must select Text from drop-down menu as a file type:

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Ok I did what you told me to thank you.

-processor: 1.86GHz, RAM: 0.99GB, it also says 798 MHz next to this?
-hard drive size/free space: 4.45 GB free space of 87 GB
-i use AVG free for anti-virus and I also have a firewall up.

attached is my txt file. thanks!

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 11:16 AM

hard drive size/free space: 4.45 GB free space of 87 GB

I assume, it'd be 445GB, not 4.45GB?

Yeah, you have a lot of unnecessary startups, so we can disable those...

1. Unless you installed Viewpoint Manager knowledgeably...
Go Start>Control Panel>Add\Remove (Programs and Features in Vista), and...
Uninstall any of the following programs associated with Viewpoint:
* Viewpoint Manager
* Viewpoint Media Player
* Viewpoint Toolbar
This program does not do anything bad such as deliver ads or spy on you, but it is considered foistware ("drive-by-install") as it is installed without your consent through programs like AOl, AIM, Compuserve, etc.

2. Re-run Autoruns, click on "Logon" tab and UN-check following items

+ "Dell QuickSet"
+ "dellsupportcenter"
+ "DMXLauncher"
+ "dscactivate"
+ "igfxpers"
+ "igfxtray"
+ "ISUSScheduler"
+ "iTunesHelper"
+ "SigmatelSysTrayApp"
+ "Google Update"
+ "ISUSPM"
+ "MSMSGS"
+ "TomTomHOME.exe"
+ "FlashPlayerUpdate"

Restart computer.

3. Download Temp File Cleaner (TFC)
Double click on TFC.exe to run the program.
Click on Start button to begin cleaning process.
TFC will close all running programs, and it may ask you to restart computer.

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 01:17 PM

oh i'm sorry I must've worded it badly but I have 4.45 GB free space and my hard drive total space is 87 GB. i know 87 gb hard drive is considered ancient now lol but i had this laptop since the beginning of college (i'm graduating now). once I get back to my laptop I will run the tests you said. thanks again

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 03:20 PM

I have 4.45 GB free space and my hard drive total space is 87 GB

That would be another reason for the computer to run slow.
Windows needs at least 15% of a free space to operate correctly - 13GB in your case.
It's time to start moving some stuff out.

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 04:51 PM

I have 4.45 GB free space and my hard drive total space is 87 GB

That would be another reason for the computer to run slow.
Windows needs at least 15% of a free space to operate correctly - 13GB in your case.
It's time to start moving some stuff out.


wow 13GB?? yea I guess I gotta move stuff to my external or start deleting then. I went to add/remove programs and only saw viewpoint media player and not the toolbar or manager. i also checked the start menu. Where else could it be? should i just continue with autoruns?

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 04:54 PM

If only player is listed, uninstall it and go ahead with next steps.

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 04:57 PM

If only player is listed, uninstall it and go ahead with next steps.


also after i run autoruns and uncheck all those things do i click save then exit then restart laptop?

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 05:00 PM

Uncheck items, simply close Autoruns and restart computer.

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 10:04 PM

ok i did all the steps. ran autoruns and TFC. whats next?

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Posted 03 February 2010 - 11:18 PM

Windows needs at least 15% of a free space to operate correctly - 13GB in your case.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 02:44 AM

i tried doing a little spring cleaning of my hard drive but could not find what was taking up so much space on my hard drive. Is there any program or such that will find obselete programs and clean up dead files. Seems as something is cluttered on my laptop..

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:06 AM

Download, and install Disk Space Reporter: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System...-Reporter.shtml
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Posted 09 February 2010 - 12:49 PM

After I ran the programs, I noticed that the volume control bar doesn't show on my computer. Whenever I press the volume up/down button, an icon pops up showing me how high the volume is. it is now gone. What can I do to restore this?




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