I'm using a Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop that's been in use since 2006 (was originally my brother's, but I've used it after a hard drive reformatting since 2010). I'm running Windows XP Media Center Edition with Service Pack 3 with about 2-3 GB of free space on the hard drive and 1.49 GB of RAM (I don't really have the rest of the specs available at the moment, since I'm using a different computer right now).
I normally browse with Google Chrome, and at times I have as many as 10-15 tabs open at once, but now I'm only have three (and usually I open Chrome's Task Manager and kill some of the tabs I'm not using). Browsing the Internet with Chrome or Firefox while navigating Windows Explorer has never been problematic until some time recently (about a month or so ago), when I've had to either shut down/restart, hibernate, or leave the computer idle for several minutes for it to run somewhat smoothly again for a while, before it goes back to being slow. This is especially noticeable when I'm watching Flash videos, because I often feel like I need to stop and restart the video with hopes of watching it smoothly, but it continues to be choppy, and even scrolling up and down while browsing the Internet gets troublesome.
I've already disabled Pepper Flash and a few other Chrome plugins that I'm not using, and the only extension I'm using for Chrome is AdBlock Plus. I've also installed an older Flash player on the computer, but that didn't help. I've run Spybot Search and Destroy and removed what came up. I've used CCleaner a few times as well, and I've updated and run Malwarebytes again, but nothing has come up. Could all of this be a product of age, or can something be fixed? I've already decided that I want to get a new laptop soon, but barring an out-and-out emergency, I'd like to wait just a little longer before I make that move.
I would agree with Louis, If your harddrive is very close to full it will make your Laptop CPU and ram work ten times harder and in turn it takes twice as long to load applications and possible services that are attached to those applications.
If you play videogames and have a lot of them I would recommend buying a external usb harddrive. (I don't mean a thumb drive or usb stick) To store and run your games and CPU and ram entensive applications from that harddrive and also in doing that you will also extend you laptop harddrive, I have desktop computer with round about 500+ GB space I also purchased a 2 Terabyte usb harddrive which extends my harddrive space to 2,500 GB a Terabyte is 1000 GB and usb harddrives with 2 terabytes can be or are exspensive but a usb harddrive of 500 GB or if you can get one 250 GB should work quite well to start of with.
Here is also a few ideas to help clean out your laptop 1. disk cleanup, you will find that in the start button menu then go to all programs then you want to go to accessories then to system tools and there you should find disk cleanup this is similar to CCleaner.
2. uninstall software that you don't use anymore or have not used in a long time or if you still wish to use that software you can install it on the external usb harddrive if you choose to buy one.
If this is your computer http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/dell-inspiron-e1505.aspx
If that is your laptop it's says the most amount of ram you can upgrade is up to 2 GB
The ram as far as I know is similar to when you go to the store to buy bread but you just use your memory without writing on paper to remember and after buying the bread your memory wipes the task of remembering to buy bread and in turn allows you to perform other and or more tasks, If you can remember more tasks this will help your cpu or your brain a lot more and therefore you will be able to do more tasks in a more timely fashion.
3. here is another program that does a varity of tasks that helps your laptop, it's free.
Edited by Wolf2674, 28 August 2013 - 06:31 AM.