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#1 Phinigma

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 11:03 PM

Hello everyone. I recently received an Acer TravelMate 2480 laptop for free.
When I first got the computer it was chock full of junk but it worked ok. The speed was fine for the games I wanted to play and the applications I wanted to run.

Originally it had Windows XP Home and I decided to reformat and put XP Pro and Ubuntu on it. So I proceeded to reformat and install Ubuntu. Once I had it installed it ran very poorly, (laggy, choppy, and very slow.) So I decided to skip the Ubuntu and just reformat and use XP Pro instead.

After I got XP Pro on it it ran very poorly still. I went to Acer's website and installed all of the original drivers on it. The problem still didn't get any better. It performs very poorly. When I start programs that used to start very quickly (before the reformat) they delay now anywhere from 1 - 30 seconds before starting. Some don't start at all. It's just generally very slow and now when I run games like Counter-Strike 1.6 (which ran flawlessly before the reformat) it acts like it can't even handle it. The animations are slow and choppy.

I enabled automatic update and it installed 3 updates right after I finished installing Windows but now it shows the yellow shield icon in the bottom right and when I mouse over it it says "Downloading updates 0%" and it wont move. I also tried to use the windows update site but all it does is say that its searching for updates for my computer and wont go any further.

It should also be noted that the copy of Windows I used is the same I have put on other machines before with no issues. Also now, (not sure if this is important) when I reformatted I didn't partition it I made it one large drive. Before the reformat it was divided into 2 partitions. I'm at my wit's end.

 



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 11:07 PM

Did you install the drivers for it?

 

http://www.driversdetect.com/2013/04/acer-travelmate-2480-drivers-windows-xp.html



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 11:08 PM

 

Yes I went to Acer's website and downloaded the drivers but I will try your link.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 11:14 PM

 

Yes these are the same drivers offered on the Acer page for my computer I have downloaded and installed them.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 11:15 PM

Those were just the first drivers I saw, Acer official ones are better (definitely up to date)

 

I'm actually amazed you had problems with Ubuntu, just for fun I stuck it on an old core duo here with 512mb ram and it runs fine... No drivers or anything additional required.

 

Your symptoms point to a hardware problem, but an install triggering it is unusual...

 

try "chkdsk /r" on the command prompt. The hard drive is the likely suspect for me.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 12:08 AM

Those were just the first drivers I saw, Acer official ones are better (definitely up to date)

 

I'm actually amazed you had problems with Ubuntu, just for fun I stuck it on an old core duo here with 512mb ram and it runs fine... No drivers or anything additional required.

 

Your symptoms point to a hardware problem, but an install triggering it is unusual...

 

try "chkdsk /r" on the command prompt. The hard drive is the likely suspect for me.

 

Tried this had to restart to run the chkdsk didn't see any problems but the summary screen went away really fast so I can't be sure. Could this have anything to do with the motherboard b/c I did some improvised soldering on the power jack. But it worked fine afterward for a few days before I reformatted.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 12:24 AM

to read the chkdsk results you have to go to the event log...; here's a tute with pics

 

A faulty power jack could cause all sorts of whack problems too... Do you have a multimeter?






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