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Sloooww laptop, Ideas, what to check?


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#1 Rowdy1

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 05:36 PM

I know there are people here that can get me kickstarted.   I have an older presario that I used for some time, but the screen died.  I found another unit on ebay, same except it was 64 bit.  Bought it and got it today.  Fired it up and it works but I have an old vic 20 that is faster.  It has a 2.2 gig processor, 2 gig of ram, 250 gig hard drive, etc.  Originally had win 7 on it but has been installed with win 10 in a fresh install, nothing else in it.  Does anyone have any ideas as to what is happening here.  Where to start checking?



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 05:53 PM

Well, without going into heavy details, and considering the resources the your compute has, it is not surprising that it's slow. The 2.2 GHz processor isn't too bad, but I am pretty sure the L2/L3 cache is really low. 2 Gig of RAM is really not enough; I would imagine that running a program along with what W10 requires will mean using the scratch disk and that is a major slow down.

You might consider using Autoruns which will list everything being loaded into Windows.

I suggest to check with the usual suspects: unwanted loaders on boot, PUPs, Adware/Foistware, you know the drill. Other than that, I think there isn't much to be done.


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Posted 27 March 2017 - 07:17 PM

Thank you ranchhand;  I think I concur. but not sure.  I used to be pretty savy on puters until I went to work in a casino as a bench tech 1999.  There they freak out if a slot tech even looks at a computer.  as when an IT tech looks at a slot machine. two seperate worlds because of their security issues.  I've never operated on win 10 before.  Is autoruns an acc in win 10?  What do you think of reinstalling the OS to linnux/ubuntu?  Max ram is 4 gig which I plan to upgrade soon.  Also to a tera hard drive.  Further thoughts?  Lay them on me.  And thank you



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Posted 28 March 2017 - 05:16 AM

Click on the hot link in my first post and it will launch you to the Autoruns download site. Autoruns is currently owned from M/Soft, they purchased it from Mark Russonvich. It is a great, free utility that will list all the items that are loading whenever you boot your computer. You may be surprised at what is loading without your knowledge. If you use the suggested "Hide Signed Microsoft Entries" option (those would be your Windows OS system files) it makes it much simpler to see the 3rd party loaders. By clearing the checkbox in front of an item, that item is not deleted, just prevented from loading on boot. Needless to say, be careful not to disable any Microsoft or Windows files unless you know exactly what it is you are preventing from loading.

 

If you are not running any exotic programs, Linux is a really excellent option! There is a Linux forum on this website that can help you get started, and Linux has come light-years from the geeky, hard-to-use genre it used to be. It now boasts sophisticated, beautiful GUIs, is fast, stable and FREE! Excellent choices would be Mint or Puppy Linux. If you want to try it out but not commit, there are virtual distros that load into memory and work great, such as Knoppix and others. When you are finished, just shut down and the OS ends.

I understand that some folks use the virtual distros and just let it run 24/7, that is how great these things are now. If you get a virus, so what? Just power-off and everything disappears. Reboot and the virus is gone and you are back in business. Peruse the Linux forum, there are lots of enthused, happy users there that will be glad to help you.


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 08:32 PM

WIndows 10 and only 2 GB of RAM?

 

(Off to a bad start, really, especially once WIn10 starts downloading updates.......!) :(


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