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Windows 7 laptop - slow HD

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#1 cholpuch68


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Posted 23 June 2012 - 11:24 AM

HP Pavilion dv7
AMD Phenom II N-830 Triple-core processor 2.1 GHz

Purchased new, no hardware upgrades.

Have exercised all clean-up procedures/malware sweeps/registry cleansing/spy-bot

HDD activity is very slow, both read and write. Program load and file save are both slow. Clicking the Window button, and the expanding window takes quite a bit of time to display icons.

Very much slower than when new... I would guess AMD Vision update was closest activity to dramatic slowing.

Any insight will be appreciated.

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#2 everready


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Posted 23 June 2012 - 02:31 PM

Hi cholpuch68,

>>Have exercised all clean-up procedures/malware sweeps/registry cleansing/spy-bot<<

What clean-up procedures, did you try to clean temporary files, and if so what tool did you use? Some temporary file removal tools are better than others.

Did you check amount of fragmentation?

Did you run a chkdsk C: /r, What were the results of chkdsk if you did run it ?

What malware/virus tool(s) did you use, and did you scan with more than one tool. Some scan just for malware and some scan for both viruses and malware.

Registry cleaners/optimizers are not recommended for several reasons. Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the Registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unable. Many articles on the internet describing problems with registry cleaners.

Open up Resource Monitor to find out what system resource is the most active. Click on the CPU tab and note percent usage, then click on Memory tab and note used physical memory, then let us know your results. You can then sort on each tab to find the processes and/or services that are using the most resources to narrow down the problem.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 08:52 PM


Have you run the onboard HP Diagnostics (see here) just to rule out any hardware issue? I'd start with the hard drive.

  • To access the UEFI System Diagnostics, turn on the computer and immediately press the esc key to display the Startup Menu, and then press the F2 key.
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • Hard Drive Tests (run all three). They should all pass. Post any error codes.



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