Sluggish laptop

  Thereferee21 21:39 27 May 12

Can anyone tell me how to make my Acer laptop faster it is only 3 months old. Iam using Windows 7 as my OS.



  john bunyan 21:53 27 May 12

1 Install and use CCleaner (Crap Cleaner-it deletes cookies and browsing history, temp files etc, and is also an excellent light registry cleaner) - run it daily or so. Free Version 2.Have a look at what items are in your start menu - many can be deleted. Look up Start Menu in Google.3. Others will add more suggestions. I assume you have anti malware scanners and use them. I like free Superantispyware and Malawarebytes, plus Spywareblaster to try to stop malware.

  onthelimit1 22:23 27 May 12

If it's only 3 mths old, it's most likely to be a bug. I'd go along with JB's suggestion and do a full scan with the free version of Malwarebytes.

  spuds 22:25 27 May 12

The above suggestions are perhaps a start, but I would consider using three Malware programs together, slightly over the top.

Further questions would be: (1) How fast do you consider the laptop should run (2) What programs are you running (3) How much memory does the laptop contain (4) Do you keep the laptop updated, and if so, did the slowness appear after an update or download, or as it always been slow in your opinion.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:00 28 May 12

Wndows 7 but how much RAM? it will appear slow if less than 4Meg

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes Superantispyware

Free Antivirus software MicroSoft Security Essentials Avast

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok. If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background.

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO. Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab - If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory Your memory could be failing try memtest

Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. for a guide to fitting memory.

  Thereferee21 20:18 29 May 12

I will do what you have suggested at the weekend, thank you all.



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