Compaq Presario CQ57
Processor: AMD C-50 (I have read that this is only 1-2% faster than the intel atom processor)
Video Card: AMD/ATI Radeon HD 6250
Memory: 8 Gigs (Today I upgraded this laptop to 8 gigs from the factory default of 2)
OS: Win7 (Fully updated... all updates have been done up to today)
Things I have already tried:
I have cleaned up MSConfig, removing all nonessential programs.
In Win7 "Advanced System Settings" I set the OS to prioritize performance over looks and in every way that I know of.
I have upgraded the memory from 2 gigs to 8 gigs.
I tried 3rd party over clocking software
Starting with a FRESH install of windows from the Compaq recovery partition (this means there is NO additional software). The computer is slow. REALLY SLOW. The laptop takes 10-30 minutes to start up. If I click 'Start' it takes 1-5 minutes to pop up on the screen. Everything else from that point on is in the same condition. Clicking anything results in a 1-5 minute wait before seeing the results. Sometimes it freezes the cursor in the process. Physically this laptop is pristine. No nicks, scratches, or cracks. All of the buttons work. Not a spot of dust. It connects to the internet (eventually) every time the computer boots. It seems like everything about this thing is perfect EXCEPT that it so slow it is unusable. Please help me out. I don't want to play video games, I just want it to be usable.
Adding 8 gigs of memory was my last option and now I'm out $40 and back where I started.
So, after making a few more changes I can work with it at a decent speed. I think I have narrowed down the issue... I THINK the issue is either the Hard Drive or the file browser. The only time I am experiencing EXTREMELY SLOW progress is when I try to access something from the hard drive.
My reason for this thought process comes from the fact that I am browsing the internet, and watching youtube videos just fine (everything is working as expected) but when I try to open My Documents there is a 3-5 minute delay between when I click on the folder and when it finally opens up. This is true of any files or folders on the hard drive, the My Documents thing is just an example.
Edited by QBasic, 13 July 2012 - 08:37 PM.