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very slow DELL - overheating ??????????????


roygbiv

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Dell Inspiron 1545 (3Gb)

Start up is taking alot longer, than it used to.

websites very slow to appear.

long delay when openning links / new pages

I use "twitter" alot and noticed when retweetingg a message, the window goes shaded while the page refreahes (over a few seconds, or longer as useage of laptop continues)

opening email is taking ALONG time (minutes) (cursor shows "busy" during this time)

Laptop is used on a cooling tray (Belkin) is the motherboard overheating ??? if so repair or buy new Laptop? TIA Alan

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Jock1e

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Are getting the proper speed from your ISP.

Ran any good Security programs.

Maybe check device manager for problems.

Could be the hard drive on the way out.

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Jock1e

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What Windows are you using.

Have you tried sfc /scannow in command prompt.

Check in Taskmanager to see what is using up most of the CPU.If nothing running system idle process should be showing about 97% which is normal.Anything else using up a lot of the CPU let us know what.

Overheating would normally have the computer close down and maybe restart have you had any problems like that.

I would check in Taskmanager first to see if there are any problems in there.

Is there plenty room left on your hard drive or is it nearly full.

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Secret-Squirrel

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Alan, I wouldn't immediately suspect your performance issues are being caused by overheating. The two biggest culprits are a lack of RAM or a rogue process that's constantly using 100% of the CPU.

As you've got 3GB of RAM installed then it's probably not a lack of memory that's causing the problem. To troubleshoot the second likely cause, open Task Manager and click the "Processes" tab. If available, tick the box to "Show processes from all users", then click the "CPU" column heading so that the most active processes are at the top. Do you see a rogue process that's constantly hammering the CPU?If you do then post its name. Ignore the "System Idle Process" as that's the opposite of busy.

It would be a great help if you let us know the version of Windows you're running.

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roygbiv

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Thanks Hard drive is is about 1/4 full

other computers in the house are fine.

no shut downs

Processes = 79 CPU useage = 2-677% (fluctuates , as you watch it ?) Phys. Mem. = 65%

W. Task Man. = System Idle upto 96

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Jock1e

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What security programs have you got.Maybe give Malwarebytes a run just to see if it finds any problems.

Any yellow exclamation marks in device manager.

And like Secret-Squirrel says what windows are you using.

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roygbiv

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win Vista

NO yellows will run Malawarebytes, now

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Chronos the 2nd

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Any PC will,over time, slow down as it accumulates more and more left over rubbish from uninstalled programs ETC ETC.. If you can, back up everything and then either do a factory reset or reinstall Windows.

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roygbiv

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Malawarebytes scan = NO threats

system idle process up to 96% BullGaurd AV

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Secret-Squirrel

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Alan, if your System Idle Process is in the high 90s then that means the CPU is less that 10% busy so it's nothing to worry about. If however your laptop is sometimes perky then you need to look at Task Manager again when you notice a dramatic slowdown.

As hinted at by Jock1e, perhaps most of your problems are due to poor download speeds. Try the speedtest here and let us the upload and download speeds.

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compumac

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Try CCleaner to clean up junk

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