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Speeding Up My Laptop?


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#1 nyyanks

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 06:24 PM

My laptop has Windows XP Home Edition and I have had it for about four years. Anyway I planned on erasing it but it's not happening right now so I am still stuck with slow performance.

I have Spy Sweeper and Mcafee and other programs, so the problem cannot be spyware or viruses, as scans were negative. Also I have decreased startup items and have registry cleaners such as CCleaner and Registry Mechanic.

I have also modified my registry and performance has overall improved. Any more tips for faster performance?
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Posted 18 March 2007 - 09:11 PM

How much RAM and hard drive space do you have?
If you have less than 512MBs of RAM that would be one option that can make a big difference. Even if you have 256MB of RAM you memory could be assigned to your graphic adapter by as much as 128mb of RAM. That would leave only 128mb of RAM for XP to operate with. In a word "Ouch!". Check your BIOS to see how much of your RAM is allocated to video.
How much hard drive do you have and how much is free? For windows to function, mainly defrag, you should have at least 15% of your hard drive free. If you have a 10 GB drive 1.5Gb should not ever be used.
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Posted 18 March 2007 - 09:58 PM

Ok according to some info my old laptop has 239 mb of ram (WOW!), 18.28 GB overall, 10.86 GB free, 58 % free space.

However I didn't get what you mean when I have to check my BIOS. What does it mean?

I have an HP Pavilion z1145 its pretty old
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Posted 18 March 2007 - 11:06 PM

Look through this.

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 12:04 AM

Acklan suggested defragging but you didn't respond to this, have you defragged your hdd? Your hdd stores information in for lack of a better description a hap hazard way which leaves spaces between your contiguous files. These spaces slow down the hdd, defragging the hdd removes these fragmented spaces.

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 02:21 AM

Well what it appears is you have 16mb of video RAM being used by your on board video. You can bring it up to 32 mb of video RAM by way of your BIOS settings.
Good news is you can put up to 1024mb (1 GB) of RAM in that notebook computer. Depending how they have it configured it may be as easy as adding a RAM module. I would not go less than 512mb on an upgrade (768mb total RAM).
You will not believe how much faster it will run. By the time we help you tweak the setting you will have a big smile on your face.
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Posted 19 March 2007 - 10:26 AM

Yes this is indeed my computer and yes I have defragmented before and will do it again now.

The whole RAM and BIOS thing confused me slightly; do you want me to add more RAM? And what is increasing from 16 to 32? I am kind of confused.
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