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Just bought used laptop, lags and really slow


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#1 chanman

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 01:05 PM

Just picked up a hp pavilion ze5700 for nothing and everything works but its really slow and lags on the internet and typing. Has 756mb of ram being able to support a gig. Question is where should I start on cleaning this thing up and making it faster? Already dumped all the programs not in use.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 04:50 PM

That is a low end PC, you've said so yourself. And it is almost eight years old, that's why it is slow.

If your computer can take a gig of RAM and is already maxed out, make sure most backgroud tasks are off and no unnecessary software is running. Aside from that, there isn't much you can do.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 07:32 PM

O.k. Thanks for the reply. Thought maybe if I could run a program or do something to speed it up I would do it and give it to someone who needs it or cant afford one but if there is nothing to do I'll leave it as is.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 03:40 AM

You could try defragging the hard drive.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 12:49 PM

A Wipe and reload with windows XP would probably run decent on that.

If it is running XP and is very slow and lags on high speed internet then:

Slow Computer Checklist: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic44690.html

If it is running Vista or Windows 7 then that would also explain it.

This should be a good notebook for Internet and Word-processing for example.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 06:51 PM

Thanks for the ideas. All it would ever be used for is the internet or typing school papers up or something simple like that. I'll try cleaning it out more, Thanks.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:08 PM

Reloading Windows XP would require the installation cd.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 01:13 AM

I would try a light Linux distro. Many of them run very quickly on old hardware.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightweight_Linux_distribution

If it looks like I know what I'm doing, there's a pretty good chance the only reason for that is because
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:08 AM

Linux has low system requirements but the only thing is that, you would have to learn how to use it.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 10:39 AM

I see people that use windows every day and if you ask them they only know how to turn on and start Word or IE. They'll never master Linux.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 03:33 PM

Running a word processor or web browser on Linux requires no more expertise than running one on modern Linux, especially since most of them use the "Start Menu" mechanic and use dialog boxes for most program settings and options.

If it looks like I know what I'm doing, there's a pretty good chance the only reason for that is because
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