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    First, let me say...I have not updated my virus protection software. (don't judge me lol)

    I let it expire several months ago, and I haven't updated it. Is this necessary to improve the speed of a laptop? My laptop is a Dell Studio, and I bought it four years ago. Once I'm online, it's fine. But, getting there, is painstaking.

    When is it time to buy a new laptop, in your opinion? Or -- can you help me revive my old laptop so it runs a bit faster?

    TIA for your thoughts and advice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    First, let me say...I have not updated my virus protection software. (don't judge me lol)
    lol i don't even use anti virus software. I just don't download weird stuff. visit questionable websites, or open attachments.

    I let it expire several months ago, and I haven't updated it. Is this necessary to improve the speed of a laptop? My laptop is a Dell Studio, and I bought it four years ago. Once I'm online, it's fine. But, getting there, is painstaking.

    When is it time to buy a new laptop, in your opinion? Or -- can you help me revive my old laptop so it runs a bit faster?

    TIA for your thoughts and advice.
    well it may help to go through your program lists in control panel and uninstall any programs you don't use anymore. Make sure your browsers are up to date. but also update the drivers on your hardware. go into device manager and update the drivers on all your hardware, especially your network card. You can also clean your browser cache, get rid of temp files and use ad-blocker plug-in for your browser, that will speed up the rate that pages load because it will block JavaScript ads from even being loaded in your browser. Sometimes these ads are also carrying malicious code though most webmasters are pretty good at blocking those types of ads from getting on their pages.

    There are some tweaks you can do to your hardware but I am not very knowledgeable with hardware tweaks.

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    I don't know how I forgot to mention this, but upgrading your ram and hard drive can make a difference. If that is not an option, you can back up your files, especially your media files (photos, videos, music) to flash drives, DVDs, or external hard drives, then delete the files from the hard drive on your laptop. When your ram is overloaded a certain portion of your hard drive is allocated as temporary ram when running resource demanding software. If your hard drive is full, there is very little space available as virtual ram.

    And as back up sources, i recommend flash drives because they are more durable than external hd or DVD disk. As we all know DVDs and CDs get scratched very easily, and external drives are sensitive and can crash without warning. But flash drives are damn near indestructible compared to the other two. I have washed several of my flash drives in the laundry and after allowing them to dry, the data was perfectly in tact.


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    Thank you so much seagypsy!!It has been a long time since I've deleted programs and files.So it will be pretty self explanatory once I go into the control panel?I REALLY appreciate your advice. I've googled about this, but you get a lot if vague answers.Glad I'm not alone about the virus protection software!
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    There are plenty of free antivirus software applications available but you have to make sure you don't install bundle software with it. Anytime they ask you if you want to include some tool bar or allow the company to monitor how you use the software in order to "provide you with better service" opt out of that. That is just a sneaky way of asking to put spy ware on your computer. Spybot search and destroy is a good program to use to get rid of malware and so is malware bytes. but I don't know if you should put them both on the same computer at the same time. Competing anti-malware programs tend to see each other as threats and try to delete each other. Microsoft Essentials is a free antivirus program that you can download, just watch out for the "toolbars and feedback software" they try to offer, turn it down before installing.

    I'm sure others can recommend good free antivirus programs as well. Those folks just haven't chimed in yet.

    You can check youtube for walk throughs on how to add and remove programs through control panel for your operating system, as well as how to use device manager to update drivers. For me I understand things better when I am shown rather than told how to do it.
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    Thank u again for this info, seagypsy! I'm going to work on it tomorrow I think.I find the whole anti virus software (that u pay for) to be somewhat of a scam. I'll see what happens tomorrow when I remove a lot of programs etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Thank u again for this info, seagypsy! I'm going to work on it tomorrow I think.I find the whole anti virus software (that u pay for) to be somewhat of a scam. I'll see what happens tomorrow when I remove a lot of programs etc.
    Some other tips that have worked for me: Use ccleaner if you don't already. It deletes a lot of junk that just gets in the way. It also makes it easy to disable or delete unneeded/unwanted startup apps. Too many programs are set to launch at boot time, and ccleaner helps you set things up the way you want.

    On older, slower machines, it also helps to use alternative programs that are less bloated than the "official" ones. A prominent example is Adobe Acrobat Reader, which has become an unwieldy beast. Foxit Reader is much lighter, yet seems to do everything that most users need. Like ccleaner, it's free.

    As to antivirus software, we use Panda Cloud Antivirus and Immunet for older machines in my university. These programs do most of the work remotely, so your laptop doesn't have to waste cycles. Boot time is also significantly reduced, since updating is now a simple process (most of the burden is on the cloud, not you)

    As you've been advised, just pay attention to what you're agreeing to as you click on various options. These free programs often come bundled with generally unwanted options to load other bits. If you're not careful, you'll find your browser has changed, you've got a bunch of new toolbars, etc.

    Finally, the best thing you can do for older machines is to max out the amount of physical memory (RAM). RAM is much faster than hard disks, so the more RAM you have, the less your laptop will call on the slow hard drive for virtual memory.
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    Hello wegs,

    Seagypsy has given you some good information to work with already. The following link takes you to the free anti-virus software that we are using at the office. The previous office administrator installed it and in the four years I have been using it, it has been very user friendly and reliable.

    Avira Free Antivirus 2013 | Download Best Free Antivirus Software

    My brother recommends CC cleaner for optimizing a computer.

    CCleaner - Download

    Note that both of these sites offer a free as well as a pay-for version with more bells and whistles. The free version of each is adequate for most needs according to several people I know who are using them.
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    Along with the CCleaner recommendation...

    I also do not use Anti-Virus, but I do use other security measures, such as ThreatFire. ThreatFire is not anti virus but rather, does what I often do in realtime in any case. Spybot Search and Destroys Tea Timer can be handy for realtime monitoring as well as a variety of Port Monitors available.

    As well as cleaning up your machine, you can also set the RAM allotment higher than the Manufacturers default. Some RAM, about 20% is automatically allotted to system services... But I have seen some machines that had only 10% of the installed RAM potential actually available to the user. You can set it to 80%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    First, let me say...I have not updated my virus protection software. (don't judge me lol)

    I let it expire several months ago, and I haven't updated it. Is this necessary to improve the speed of a laptop? My laptop is a Dell Studio, and I bought it four years ago. Once I'm online, it's fine. But, getting there, is painstaking.

    When is it time to buy a new laptop, in your opinion? Or -- can you help me revive my old laptop so it runs a bit faster?



    TIA for your thoughts and advice.
    Take it to a computer reputable place that does repairs and have them do a tune-up and clean up....and then get some kind of freaking protection on it girl!


    4 years is a long time for a computer...if you use it a lot...mine usually last me about 5.....dropping in another hard drive, has not proved cost effective for me.

    I back up everything to another head anyhow.

    I have all my theatre stuff and music and I really don't want to have to start all over again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Thank you so much seagypsy!!It has been a long time since I've deleted programs and files.So it will be pretty self explanatory once I go into the control panel?I REALLY appreciate your advice. I've googled about this, but you get a lot if vague answers.Glad I'm not alone about the virus protection software!
    Try System Tools, Disk Cleanup also....helps a little..
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    Some good advice given above.

    I'd agree with the use of Microsoft Security Essentials, Mallwarebytes and CCleaner. Also with making sure to check that you don't install unwanted toolbars and such. Also with letting your system update Windows and such. And do check out if you can increase the amount of RAM you have. If you can afford a good quality SSD, you'll be amazed by the difference that makes.


    I just last week had to clean up someone's PC who just went wild and installed a crapload of flash games and the associated toolbars and programs, making the computer painfully slow. CCleaner, Windows updates, Mallwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials cleared out all the muck.


    As for viruses; you don't have to worry about them too much in terms of losing your data (though that does sometimes happen). Usually they just cause mischief of various sorts, with the most prominent being the variety of flashdrive viruses. You don't know where a flashdrive has been. The most irritating ones are those that get onto your computer and then infect any flash drive you stick in there. They usually change the attributes of your files so they become hidden and system files and then replace them with phoney files or shortcuts of another type and then they go on to infect other PCs without up to date anti virus software. Fixing that involves having to scan the drive with an anti virus program and then changing the attributes of all the files back using command prompt, which takes a while.


    Once your PC is back to normal, I suggest investing in a backup external hard drive like the Western Digital My Book series. It can be set up to automatically back up everything you do or with the click of a button. Your system hard drive won't last forever and usually when it decides to go, you have to pay big money to a recovery place to get your data back, if at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    Some good advice given above.

    I'd agree with the use of Microsoft Security Essentials, Mallwarebytes and CCleaner. Also with making sure to check that you don't install unwanted toolbars and such. Also with letting your system update Windows and such. And do check out if you can increase the amount of RAM you have. If you can afford a good quality SSD, you'll be amazed by the difference that makes.


    I just last week had to clean up someone's PC who just went wild and installed a crapload of flash games and the associated toolbars and programs, making the computer painfully slow. CCleaner, Windows updates, Mallwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials cleared out all the muck.


    As for viruses; you don't have to worry about them too much in terms of losing your data (though that does sometimes happen). Usually they just cause mischief of various sorts, with the most prominent being the variety of flashdrive viruses. You don't know where a flashdrive has been. The most irritating ones are those that get onto your computer and then infect any flash drive you stick in there. They usually change the attributes of your files so they become hidden and system files and then replace them with phoney files or shortcuts of another type and then they go on to infect other PCs without up to date anti virus software. Fixing that involves having to scan the drive with an anti virus program and then changing the attributes of all the files back using command prompt, which takes a while.


    Once your PC is back to normal, I suggest investing in a backup external hard drive like the Western Digital My Book series. It can be set up to automatically back up everything you do or with the click of a button. Your system hard drive won't last forever and usually when it decides to go, you have to pay big money to a recovery place to get your data back, if at all.
    thank you!! I learned something from this....and you are right!! your system hard drive will not last forever! BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    lol i don't even use anti virus software. I just don't download weird stuff. visit questionable websites, or open attachments.
    Or use thumb drives to distribute information into classes of students who engage in one or more of the above. (Bastards)

    Edit: I see Kalster has already pointed this out.
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    just go around a black hole at the speed of light after each click that you make and come back when the process is completed :P
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    Thank u so much everyone! I want to reply to all the posts but I'm inept when it comes to multiquoting on my phone.:/I'm excited to use your ideas!
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    After you have scanned your thumb drive for viruses and you need to change the attributes back, the fastest way is to open command prompt and type in the following plus enter:

    attrib -h -r -s E:\*.* /s /d (assuming your thumbdrive's drive letter is E)

    That will change the attributes of all files and folders to not being hidden, system files or read only. You can then just hide the one or two folders you need hidden individually etc. You'll see your files and folders start to pop back into existence as the process nears completion. Just be patient.
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    convert to linux LDXE for one example
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    There are plenty of free antivirus software applications available but you have to make sure you don't install bundle software with it.
    Good to know, thank you. Is this how other programs 'sneak' in? Such as pop up ads, etc...?

    Anytime they ask you if you want to include some tool bar or allow the company to monitor how you use the software in order to "provide you with better service" opt out of that. That is just a sneaky way of asking to put spy ware on your computer.
    :=O i did not know that, thank you for warning me.

    Spybot search and destroy is a good program to use to get rid of malware and so is malware bytes. but I don't know if you should put them both on the same computer at the same time. Competing anti-malware programs tend to see each other as threats and try to delete each other. Microsoft Essentials is a free antivirus program that you can download, just watch out for the "toolbars and feedback software" they try to offer, turn it down before installing.

    I'm sure others can recommend good free antivirus programs as well. Those folks just haven't chimed in yet.

    You can check youtube for walk throughs on how to add and remove programs through control panel for your operating system, as well as how to use device manager to update drivers. For me I understand things better when I am shown rather than told how to do it.
    Thanks again for all of your advice and help.

    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    Hello wegs,

    Seagypsy has given you some good information to work with already. The following link takes you to the free anti-virus software that we are using at the office. The previous office administrator installed it and in the four years I have been using it, it has been very user friendly and reliable.

    Avira Free Antivirus 2013 | Download Best Free Antivirus Software

    My brother recommends CC cleaner for optimizing a computer.

    CCleaner - Download

    Note that both of these sites offer a free as well as a pay-for version with more bells and whistles. The free version of each is adequate for most needs according to several people I know who are using them.
    I'm not familiar with this cc cleaner, great! Thank you for the link...
    You guys are my own virtual 'geek squad.'

    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Along with the CCleaner recommendation...

    I also do not use Anti-Virus, but I do use other security measures, such as ThreatFire. ThreatFire is not anti virus but rather, does what I often do in realtime in any case. Spybot Search and Destroys Tea Timer can be handy for realtime monitoring as well as a variety of Port Monitors available.

    As well as cleaning up your machine, you can also set the RAM allotment higher than the Manufacturers default. Some RAM, about 20% is automatically allotted to system services... But I have seen some machines that had only 10% of the installed RAM potential actually available to the user. You can set it to 80%.
    Good to know about RAM...I will look into threatfire. is it free? thanks for your advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    Take it to a computer reputable place that does repairs and have them do a tune-up and clean up....and then get some kind of freaking protection on it girl!


    4 years is a long time for a computer...if you use it a lot...mine usually last me about 5.....dropping in another hard drive, has not proved cost effective for me.

    I back up everything to another head anyhow.

    I have all my theatre stuff and music and I really don't want to have to start all over again!
    i laughed out loud reading the first sentence. Or maybe buy a new one. hey now. lol
    if i can't get it to run faster with all of the suggestions here...most definitely, i'll be taking it to get it fixed.
    i had my harddrive cleaned on a PC a few years back (this is a laptop i'm speaking about in this thread) and it only cost $50 but they wiped everything out, so i'd have to back everything up sometimes.

    i don't back up anyyything now. (again, don't judge me, people!)

    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    Some good advice given above.

    I'd agree with the use of Microsoft Security Essentials, Mallwarebytes and CCleaner. Also with making sure to check that you don't install unwanted toolbars and such. Also with letting your system update Windows and such. And do check out if you can increase the amount of RAM you have. If you can afford a good quality SSD, you'll be amazed by the difference that makes.


    I just last week had to clean up someone's PC who just went wild and installed a crapload of flash games and the associated toolbars and programs, making the computer painfully slow. CCleaner, Windows updates, Mallwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials cleared out all the muck.


    As for viruses; you don't have to worry about them too much in terms of losing your data (though that does sometimes happen). Usually they just cause mischief of various sorts, with the most prominent being the variety of flashdrive viruses. You don't know where a flashdrive has been. The most irritating ones are those that get onto your computer and then infect any flash drive you stick in there. They usually change the attributes of your files so they become hidden and system files and then replace them with phoney files or shortcuts of another type and then they go on to infect other PCs without up to date anti virus software. Fixing that involves having to scan the drive with an anti virus program and then changing the attributes of all the files back using command prompt, which takes a while.


    Once your PC is back to normal, I suggest investing in a backup external hard drive like the Western Digital My Book series. It can be set up to automatically back up everything you do or with the click of a button. Your system hard drive won't last forever and usually when it decides to go, you have to pay big money to a recovery place to get your data back, if at all.
    i really appreciate your input. i like the idea of automatic backup. i'm not very good with maintenance...as you can see. lol so, this is great advice, as well. thanks!!

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    just go around a black hole at the speed of light after each click that you make and come back when the process is completed :P
    if all else fails, i will!

    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    After you have scanned your thumb drive for viruses and you need to change the attributes back, the fastest way is to open command prompt and type in the following plus enter:

    attrib -h -r -s E:\*.* /s /d (assuming your thumbdrive's drive letter is E)

    That will change the attributes of all files and folders to not being hidden, system files or read only. You can then just hide the one or two folders you need hidden individually etc. You'll see your files and folders start to pop back into existence as the process nears completion. Just be patient.
    change the attributes back? sorry, i'm not following.
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    convert to linux LDXE for one example
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    wait are you being serious?
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    change the attributes back? sorry, i'm not following.
    Yep, your flash drive, when a flash drive virus has rampaged through it.

    A common virus hides and changes to system files all the files on your flash drive and then creates visible shortcuts, folders and exe files with the same name as your files. If that happens, scan the drive and the computer with an updated anti virus program and then do the attribute change to fix it. Many people just format the drive and then lose all the data.

    Just some extra info for if/when that happens.
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    Kalster, how about I mail my laptop to you...and YOU fix it? Yes? No?

    just kidding
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Kalster, how about I mail my laptop to you...and YOU fix it? Yes? No?

    just kidding
    Haha, I get ENOUGH of that from family and friends, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    I will look into threatfire. is it free?
    Yep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Kalster, how about I mail my laptop to you...and YOU fix it? Yes? No?

    just kidding
    Haha, I get ENOUGH of that from family and friends, thanks.
    Dang, and I wanted a SKYPE help session! *laughing*
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    If your Laptop is 4 years old then there’s a chance your running it on Vista OS. I believe Vista is slower and buggier compared to Windows 7 or 8. Not sure buying a new Windows OS would justify the performance gain on an old laptop, but gone will be the days when your PC freezes up with what is known as the “Blue Screen of Death”!

    As already mentioned, you could replace your hard drive with an SSD. The performance gain will be excellent and very noticeable.
    If not, then you could attempt to defrag your existing hard drive for a slight gain in performance (The ‘defrag’ tool comes with your OS preinstalled). It’s very easy to do , but slower than watching paint dry.

    I’d highly recommended virus protection, even if it slows down your machine. I wouldn’t feel comfortable using online banking or submitting my credit card details to order online without knowing my PC was protected and virus free.

    I went without virus protection for years until I was hit with a Trojan that locked me out of my OS unless I paid up a ransom demand to unlock it. Naturally I didn’t pay up, but it was a pain to remove. Also, I’ve recently read reports of a new virus that can take over your inbuilt PC camera so you can be spied on by a hacker!
    BBC News - Webcams taken over by hackers, charity warns
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    I'm still running on XP, over here...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    I'm still running on XP, over here...
    I’d never swap XP for Vista.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapples View Post
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    I'm still running on XP, over here...
    I’d never swap XP for Vista.
    Agreed. I'd swop it for Windows 7 though. Maybe even 8.
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    If your Laptop is 4 years old then there’s a chance your running it on Vista OS. I believe Vista is slower and buggier compared to Windows 7 or 8. Not sure buying a new Windows OS would justify the performance gain on an old laptop, but gone will be the days when your PC freezes up with what is known as the “Blue Screen of Death”! As already mentioned, you could replace your hard drive with an SSD. The performance gain will be excellent and very noticeable.If not, then you could attempt to defrag your existing hard drive for a slight gain in performance (The ‘defrag’ tool comes with your OS preinstalled). It’s very easy to do , but slower than watching paint dry. I’d highly recommended virus protection, even if it slows down your machine. I wouldn’t feel comfortable using online banking or submitting my credit card details to order online without knowing my PC was protected and virus free. I went without virus protection for years until I was hit with a Trojan that locked me out of my OS unless I paid up a ransom demand to unlock it. Naturally I didn’t pay up, but it was a pain to remove. Also, I’ve recently read reports of a new virus that can take over your inbuilt PC camera so you can be spied on by a hacker!BBC News - Webcams taken over by hackers, charity warns
    It is running on Vista; it has been a problem since day one of the laptop purchase.:/Why are there so many "kinks" with this OS?Thank u for your reply, btw!
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    It is running on Vista; it has been a problem since day one of the laptop purchase.:/Why are there so many "kinks" with this OS?Thank u for your reply, btw!
    I don’t know the technical reasons why Vista is poor compared to XP. It’s just my own personal bad experiences that has given me many a nose bleed.

    Because your using Vista, I can recommend a small quick and easy tip to free up some of your PC memory, and that’s to switch off the Aero feature. Aero is what makes the Vista interface look pretty (If that’s the word), but uses up allot of memory and slows down low-end PC’s. To switch it off:


    1. Right-click on the desktop
    2. Click Window Color and Appearance
    3. Select Windows Vista Basic and then click ok


    It’s worth a shot. If you don’t see any significant change to your laptop performance, or you just don’t like the basic look, you can easily revert back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
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    I'm still running on XP, over here...
    I’d never swap XP for Vista.
    Agreed. I'd swop it for Windows 7 though. Maybe even 8.
    I have Vista on an old laptop, 7 on my desktop, and 8 on my new laptop. 7 is the clear choice. 8 might be fine if you have a mobile device or a touch screen. Otherwise, I simply find it annoying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
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    I'm still running on XP, over here...
    I’d never swap XP for Vista.
    Agreed. I'd swop it for Windows 7 though. Maybe even 8.
    I have Vista on an old laptop, 7 on my desktop, and 8 on my new laptop. 7 is the clear choice. 8 might be fine if you have a mobile device or a touch screen. Otherwise, I simply find it annoying.
    Agreed. Windows 8 does have an update coming up that is supposed to bring back the start button and so forth that might make it a bit less annoying. My brother's got a Windows 8 laptop. I'll see how that works out before even considering going to 8.
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    I look forward to it. I love my Asus Zenbook, but I always leave it in 'desktop mode'.
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    I'm still running on XP, over here...
    I’d never swap XP for Vista.
    Agreed. I'd swop it for Windows 7 though. Maybe even 8.
    I have Vista on an old laptop, 7 on my desktop, and 8 on my new laptop. 7 is the clear choice. 8 might be fine if you have a mobile device or a touch screen. Otherwise, I simply find it annoying.
    Agreed. Windows 8 does have an update coming up that is supposed to bring back the start button and so forth that might make it a bit less annoying. My brother's got a Windows 8 laptop. I'll see how that works out before even considering going to 8.

    I have windows 8 on my laptop but I installed the start button "shell". I can't remember the actual name of it. May have been windows 7 shell or something like that but I have the start button and when I boot up the system it blinks past the main mode to desktop mode right away.
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    What kind of processor does it have? How much memory does it have? Do you want to play games on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapples View Post
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    It is running on Vista; it has been a problem since day one of the laptop purchase.:/Why are there so many "kinks" with this OS?Thank u for your reply, btw!
    I don’t know the technical reasons why Vista is poor compared to XP. It’s just my own personal bad experiences that has given me many a nose bleed.

    Because your using Vista, I can recommend a small quick and easy tip to free up some of your PC memory, and that’s to switch off the Aero feature. Aero is what makes the Vista interface look pretty (If that’s the word), but uses up allot of memory and slows down low-end PC’s. To switch it off:

    1. Right-click on the desktop
    2. Click Window Color and Appearance
    3. Select Windows Vista Basic and then click ok

    It’s worth a shot. If you don’t see any significant change to your laptop performance, or you just don’t like the basic look, you can easily revert back.
    I'm looking at it now, and it's 'set' to default?
    Thank you for your help today, pineapples! I really appreciate you taking the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapples View Post
    I don’t know the technical reasons why Vista is poor compared to XP. It’s just my own personal bad experiences that has given me many a nose bleed.
    Vista, all though slower, is less problematic for me than XP. I haven't gotten strange error messages. I don't have to hunt down drivers to make my devices work.

    If the computer has a multi-core processor, more than a gig of memory and a nice graphics card, a switch to linux would likely speed it up. If you want to play games, steam is now ported to work with linux and you could use the WINE layer to run some other games. To be honest though, if your computer has low-end specs, you might not be able to run games well even with Window.

    Windows XP gives me cancer.
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    What kind of processor does it have?
    It's an Intel Core 2 Duo processor

    How much memory does it have?
    288 GB? Does this sound right? With 174 being free?

    Do you want to play games on it?

    nope, I've never been into games. It's used mainly for internet, email checking, some business use, but not much.

    Thanks for your help.

    An update, I deleted some unnecessary programs that were slowing it down when I'd boot up. We'll see if deleting a few more might help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapples View Post
    If your Laptop is 4 years old then there’s a chance your running it on Vista OS. I believe Vista is slower and buggier compared to Windows 7 or 8. Not sure buying a new Windows OS would justify the performance gain on an old laptop, but gone will be the days when your PC freezes up with what is known as the “Blue Screen of Death”!

    As already mentioned, you could replace your hard drive with an SSD. The performance gain will be excellent and very noticeable.
    If not, then you could attempt to defrag your existing hard drive for a slight gain in performance (The ‘defrag’ tool comes with your OS preinstalled). It’s very easy to do , but slower than watching paint dry.


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    I’d highly recommended virus protection, even if it slows down your machine. I wouldn’t feel comfortable using online banking or submitting my credit card details to order online without knowing my PC was protected and virus free.

    I went without virus protection for years until I was hit with a Trojan that locked me out of my OS unless I paid up a ransom demand to unlock it. Naturally I didn’t pay up, but it was a pain to remove. Also, I’ve recently read reports of a new virus that can take over your inbuilt PC camera so you can be spied on by a hacker!
    BBC News - Webcams taken over by hackers, charity warns
    Leave your laptop in the bathroom facing the toilet.....hackers will not get the footage they want!! though actually she was speaking of people trying to spy on your for burglary purposes. One should also password code their machine. Makes it a bit more difficult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapples View Post
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    I'm still running on XP, over here...
    I’d never swap XP for Vista.
    Have two laptops with Windows 7 and one still with Vista.

    Never had a problem with Visa.

    If Windows 8 ever gets the bugs out of it, I'll consider upgrading all the machines/
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
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    How much memory does it have?
    288 GB? Does this sound right? With 174 being free?
    That sounds more like your hard drive. I think Tarjafan was referring to your RAM (random access memory)

    They to come in measurements of 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512Mb, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB .... etc.

    Now it is possible that if you have upgraded your ram at any other time..though I'm not sure how the memory sticks are for laptops. You could one stick of 256Mb + one stick of 128MB equaling 384MB but I think that would be extremely unusual for a laptop. And the computer doesn't usually refer to Ram as Space total and space available. That is generally an explanation of hard drive space and while technically that is memory, most people in computer repair don't refer to it as memory. They usually call that disk space.

    You will want to look up your RAM specs to know exactly how much ram you have. If you bought it new and still have all the stickers on it that it had when new, it should tell you somewhere how much RAM it has. I forget how to look up RAM specs on Vista. I think it is just system specs. I'm sure someone else here can direct you on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    288 GB? Does this sound right? With 174 being free?
    This also means some of your drive is partitioned by the O.S.
    SeaGypsy pointed out that you are looking for your RAM...
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    An update, I deleted some unnecessary programs that were slowing it down when I'd boot up. We'll see if deleting a few more might help?
    Definitely do that. While you might use Revo Uninstaller to make it a Clean Job... Revo can be a little confusing... So I would recommend you just do the standard Uninstaller packages on everything and simply ask here if anything refuses to uninstall.
    After doing the uninstalls, run CCleaner and choose TOOLS and run a scan for useless or leftover Folders.
    Run a Registry scan- then clear out any bad registry entries and then run the scan again. Keep that up until it finds no useless registry entries.
    Personally, I do it a bit more complex and a bit differently to ensure I get all the installed junk off my machine... but scans should be sufficient.
    Run Standard CCleaner after all of that...

    Use ESET online Scanner to check for Rootkits. It can take a couple hours to scan- be warned to allot time for it to run. Like start it up before you go to bed.
    Then CCleaner again.

    Lastly, let this be a way of showing you that if you have a machine or a tool, you must learn how it works and how to operate it.
    Would you use a chainsaw without learning how to use it? A lot of people just jump in, first. And the market seems to cater to that.
    Don't be one of those people. Learn the Basics. And don't be offended that I said that.
    I'm also ignorant about computers even having worked in the IT field for years. So do not expect to turn into an expert quickly, but you can be a Student Adept quickly.
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    OK... I have two vista laptops about the same age as yours, so I just checked what they have. One was for basic net surfing and running MS Office the other was a bit fancier for gaming. The gaming one has 4GB RAM and the other 2GB RAM. Vista requires 1GB RAM just to run the OS. So you likely have 2GB of RAM.

    To find out for sure, you go to Control Panel>System and Maintenance>System>"Find out how much RAM you have" (its a link if you are in regular vista view rather than classic view.)

    Then you just look on the screen for Memory(RAM) and it should give you something like 2.0GB or 4.0GB
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    In Windows 7 you can just go to My Computer, right click on the white part and choose Properties at the bottom as an even easier way to check. Not sure if that works in Vista as well.

    My laptop is also a Core2Duo. It has 3GB of RAM (upgraded from 2GB) and it runs Windows 7 pretty well.

    If you have 2GB on Vista, then, as mentioned earlier by seagypsy, if you have a bunch of programs open simultaneously, especially in my experience browsers with many tabs open, then you could start to run out of RAM. While there is always a certain amount of virtual memory in use (space allocated on your hard drive used as an extension of your RAM), when your RAM starts to run out, the active parts of programs start to use the virtual memory in real time, slowing your computer to a crawl.

    I have also noticed that some programs (in my case Opera browser mostly) eventually gets confused or something and starts using a lot of processing power for no apparent reason, again slowing the computer to a crawl. Closing it in Task Manager solves that.


    You can open task manager to check on the available RAM and CPU usage periodically or when it slows down to help you pinpoint the source of the slow down. Right click on the Task Bar at the bottom and open Task Manager in Windows 7. Not sure if it works that way on Vista as well. Otherwise Ctrl+Alt+Del should also open a menu where you can open Task manager.

    Finally, be sure to uninstall programs instead of simply deleting them. Uninstalling them takes care of all the other files and instructions written into Windows that a simple folder or program delete might miss. These leftover bits can still cause some trouble if not removed properly.

    Apologies if you already know some or all of the above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post

    Finally, be sure to uninstall programs instead of simply deleting them. Uninstalling them takes care of all the other files and instructions written into Windows that a simple folder or program delete might miss. These leftover bits can still cause some trouble if not removed properly.
    Good catch on that. It didn't even cross my mind that some people think deleting is the same as uninstalling. It's a reasonable assumption to anyone who doesn't know much about what is actually happening when a program is installed.
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    asuming you are using windows

    the easiest way to speed it up a lot is to removes all that starts on boot, it(can ) increase your boot speed quite a lot

    go to start(" windows globe ")

    search for " msconfig", wait until u see msconfig.exe and start it

    go to "start up"tab

    and remove everything that doesn't have to start with your computer,
    restart the computer and test if everything still looks normal .
    if you removed to much its not a problem, windows will start them auto,
    unless they are not required(like fingerprint scanner to log in or something like that, that driver has to load before u log in, thats why it has to be in de start up list)

    the only thing that has to boot is everything about your processor, grafix card, and virus scan, all the others are useless and will start the moment u need them(e.g. java update, google update,skype,...
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
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    Finally, be sure to uninstall programs instead of simply deleting them. Uninstalling them takes care of all the other files and instructions written into Windows that a simple folder or program delete might miss. These leftover bits can still cause some trouble if not removed properly.
    Good catch on that. It didn't even cross my mind that some people think deleting is the same as uninstalling. It's a reasonable assumption to anyone who doesn't know much about what is actually happening when a program is installed.
    if u did removed it by deleting it (because its sooo much faster than uninstal, or u did not know) run ccleaner afterwards and repair registry (or any other registry repair tools)

    *edit*
    also defragmanting your hard disk can help a lot
    mydefrag is the tool i use for it, depending on how big your hard disk is it can take a long time to complete (best let it run over night)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumstig View Post
    asuming you are using windows

    the easiest way to speed it up a lot is to removes all that starts on boot, it(can ) increase your boot speed quite a lot

    go to start(" windows globe ")
    dang thanks
    search for " msconfig", wait until u see msconfig.exe and start it

    go to "start up"tab

    and remove everything that doesn't have to start with your computer,
    restart the computer and test if everything still looks normal .
    if you removed to much its not a problem, windows will start them auto,
    unless they are not required(like fingerprint scanner to log in or something like that, that driver has to load before u log in, thats why it has to be in de start up list)

    the only thing that has to boot is everything about your processor, grafix card, and virus scan, all the others are useless and will start the moment u need them(e.g. java update, google update,skype,...
    Thank you! I might do that on mine....COOL!
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    I actually do delete files because I don't run uninstallers. I manually delete all their files and associated files while preserving any joint .dlls etc. Then I go into the registry and use the find function to remove every last trace of it.
    This is for programs that are not stand alone.

    Using registry monitors ( One is Tea Timer mentioned above) I pay attention to registry changes.
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    Thanks all! I'm viewing this on my phone so it's hard to multiquote.I'm very appreciate of all of your advice.And "oops". "Deleting programs" means the same to me as "uninstalling" them.Even though they are two different methods.So yes, I uninstalled the unnecessary programs.

    Sorry; I'm not very well versed in computer science. :/
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    Wow
    This is a great thread.

    when studying, I tend to open 4-6-8 windows, each with 10+tabs open and this old hp vista lap top s l o w s d o w n
    (I know, bad habit--comes from printed matter days, when I would haul home a dozen or 2 books, read them and insert brief notes, marking pertinentant passages---then set them up on stands and assemble a paper)(saving anything supporting or indicating a null hypothesis for the conclusion---throwing the prof a "change up pitch"? just for fun)

    Anyway, I'm trying some of the above recommendations
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    @ sculptor...did your professors appreciate the "change up?" Haha
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    @ sculptor...did your professors appreciate the "change up?" Haha
    Some did.
    One complained that i had carefully proposed an hypothesis, then supported it with 17 pages of well referenced and reasoned knowledge, then when he was really sold on the hypothesis, I dashed his hopes by concluding with an untested null.

    My response was always: "I am just a student: I ain't got no answers, just questions."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
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    @ sculptor...did your professors appreciate the "change up?" Haha
    Some did.
    One complained that i had carefully proposed an hypothesis, then supported it with 17 pages of well referenced and reasoned knowledge, then when he was really sold on the hypothesis, I dashed his hopes by concluding with an untested null.

    My response was always: "I am just a student: I ain't got no answers, just questions."
    now that was just mean.


    on another note...my computer is moving...sliiiightly faster. i mean, sliiiightly, from the uninstallation (is that a word?) of a few programs.
    i will keep uninstalling a few more, tonight, and see if that helps. then, i will follow some of the advice given here and see what happens...

    slight improvement, though. i'll take it! the boot up today...much faster. but, posting on here, for example, still slow. :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
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    @ sculptor...did your professors appreciate the "change up?" Haha
    Some did.
    One complained that i had carefully proposed an hypothesis, then supported it with 17 pages of well referenced and reasoned knowledge, then when he was really sold on the hypothesis, I dashed his hopes by concluding with an untested null.

    My response was always: "I am just a student: I ain't got no answers, just questions."
    now that was just mean.


    on another note...my computer is moving...sliiiightly faster. i mean, sliiiightly, from the uninstallation (is that a word?) of a few programs.
    i will keep uninstalling a few more, tonight, and see if that helps. then, i will follow some of the advice given here and see what happens...

    slight improvement, though. i'll take it! the boot up today...much faster. but, posting on here, for example, still slow. :/

    using chrome ? try firefox instead, less demanding for your computer(and google has a reputation about using personal information etc, it depends on how much u trust em )

    the biggest difference is that chrome opens a new process for every tab, if a certain website(plugin) crashes in chrome, only that tab will crash
    in firefox its al in 1 process, if a website(plugin) crashes, firefox will crash completely, but on next run, it wil recover your lost tabs

    using firefox already or u want to stay with chrome? try to uninstal as much plug ins/ toolbars as possible(toolbars are evil) and keep the number of tabs as low as possible

    using internet explorer? it only has one purpose, to download another browser
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
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    288 GB? Does this sound right? With 174 being free?
    This also means some of your drive is partitioned by the O.S. SeaGypsy pointed out that you are looking for your RAM...
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    An update, I deleted some unnecessary programs that were slowing it down when I'd boot up. We'll see if deleting a few more might help?
    Definitely do that. While you might use Revo Uninstaller to make it a Clean Job... Revo can be a little confusing... So I would recommend you just do the standard Uninstaller packages on everything and simply ask here if anything refuses to uninstall.After doing the uninstalls, run CCleaner and choose TOOLS and run a scan for useless or leftover Folders.Run a Registry scan- then clear out any bad registry entries and then run the scan again. Keep that up until it finds no useless registry entries.Personally, I do it a bit more complex and a bit differently to ensure I get all the installed junk off my machine... but scans should be sufficient.Run Standard CCleaner after all of that...Use ESET online Scanner to check for Rootkits. It can take a couple hours to scan- be warned to allot time for it to run. Like start it up before you go to bed.Then CCleaner again.Lastly, let this be a way of showing you that if you have a machine or a tool, you must learn how it works and how to operate it.Would you use a chainsaw without learning how to use it? A lot of people just jump in, first. And the market seems to cater to that.Don't be one of those people. Learn the Basics. And don't be offended that I said that.I'm also ignorant about computers even having worked in the IT field for years. So do not expect to turn into an expert quickly, but you can be a Student Adept quickly.
    Lol I reread this thread tonight, and I'm offended! Jk

    You're right. This will help me understand a bit better, the inner workings of my computer(s)I have a desktop but that's even worse lolAn update; so, the laptop was moving a bit faster earlier, then not sure what happened...it kept booting me off the Internet. Nothing was wrong with my server. Strange.:/The error message "the Internet stopped responding."

    This went on for about 20 minutes and now, I'm using my phone ....Maybe it knows I'm getting ready to end our relationship soon.
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    Is it not connecting at all? Does it connect if you plug in a LAN cable to it rather than trying to connect wirelessly? If you can get it to maintain a connection via a LAN cable, go into your device manager and update all the drivers on your hardware, specifically your network adapters. You may have inadvertently uninstalled your wireless adapter. Luckily most laptops also come with an Ethernet network adapter as well (aka LAN port, looks like a wide phone plug, though you probably know this). While connected via the Ethernet, you computer can check for updates to the drivers on your hardware, download them and install them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Lol I reread this thread tonight, and I'm offended! Jk

    You're right. This will help me understand a bit better, the inner workings of my computer(s)I have a desktop but that's even worse lolAn update; so, the laptop was moving a bit faster earlier, then not sure what happened...it kept booting me off the Internet. Nothing was wrong with my server. Strange.:/The error message "the Internet stopped responding."

    This went on for about 20 minutes and now, I'm using my phone ....Maybe it knows I'm getting ready to end our relationship soon.
    if u have tunngle/hamatchi (or a different equivalent for lan over internet) installed on your computer this might cause the problem,
    your computer is trying to connect to the internet trough the tunngle/hamatchi adapter, this is not possible

    the easiest way to solve this is to uninstal them, otherwise

    (some of the names im using might be slightly different, its a rough translate xd)
    click on your internet connection icon (on the right bottem, left of your clock )
    open network centre
    you should see something like "change adapter settings" on the left (found this awesome picture)

    after that you should see all your adapters,(E.g wireless network adapter,Lan,..)
    if you have tunngle and/or hamatchi , they should be in there to, you can simple shut them of and it will work

    or

    hold alt for a few seconds and a new toolbar will appear

    Advanced tab -> advanced properties

    you will see a list of your adapters, this is the preference of connection (something likes this, this is xp, but vista and 7 look the same, no idea about 8)
    make shure LAN is the first, followed by wireless, after that it doesn't really matter


    if this isn't the problem, try reinstalling your network driver, this can be anoying because, yeah you have to download it xD

    depending on your phone you can always try to use it(temporary) as a wireless router, this will allow you to go on the internet trough your phone (i dont recommend this if you have (a small) limit internet on your phone, you will be over the limit before you know it xD)
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    Drumstig;Thank you so much for that info! I'm going to try your suggestion and see if it helps.With the Internet issue.I get a box too that frequently pops up "running script error?"

    On another note, the system itself is running slightly faster after using some of the tips suggested here. I'm using my phone on here now, but tomorrow, I will post what tips I used and maybe it can help someone else too? I'm blown away by everyone's generosity...seriously. Thank you for taking the time to help me. I was at my wit's end!

    Hopefully, I can return the favor should u need help with something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    Is it not connecting at all? Does it connect if you plug in a LAN cable to it rather than trying to connect wirelessly? If you can get it to maintain a connection via a LAN cable, go into your device manager and update all the drivers on your hardware, specifically your network adapters. You may have inadvertently uninstalled your wireless adapter. Luckily most laptops also come with an Ethernet network adapter as well (aka LAN port, looks like a wide phone plug, though you probably know this). While connected via the Ethernet, you computer can check for updates to the drivers on your hardware, download them and install them.
    It is very strange; it will connect ...and if I'm on here say, I will be scrolling through threads....and the box pops up...Internet not responding. Then I get booted completely. Thank you for helping me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
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    Is it not connecting at all? Does it connect if you plug in a LAN cable to it rather than trying to connect wirelessly? If you can get it to maintain a connection via a LAN cable, go into your device manager and update all the drivers on your hardware, specifically your network adapters. You may have inadvertently uninstalled your wireless adapter. Luckily most laptops also come with an Ethernet network adapter as well (aka LAN port, looks like a wide phone plug, though you probably know this). While connected via the Ethernet, you computer can check for updates to the drivers on your hardware, download them and install them.
    It is very strange; it will connect ...and if I'm on here say, I will be scrolling through threads....and the box pops up...Internet not responding. Then I get booted completely. Thank you for helping me.
    How long are you able to stay online before it does this? And does it do it on every web site or just this one? Also, if you take the laptop to another location accessing a different wifi access point, does it do it there as well? I'm trying to determine if it is your laptop, or your router that is giving you trouble. Also if it is your browser or if you have a virus.
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    Our local ISP was busted a while back for having sold too much service for what it was able to provide.

    It countered this by 'sharing' the available bandwidth in rotation, resulting in horribly slow download speeds, impossible to even think of uploading, and back when we were on dial-up, I can't tell you the number of times that hubby had a new installation of something underway and would get booted off just before it was complete! That was prior to software that could book mark such process and just pick up where you had left off. We are now in the era of our ISP doing upgrades and they have provided public notice that we will be experiencing 'intermittent outages' for the next two months.

    Like we would even notice any deterioration of service, lol...

    Good luck with speeding up your computer, wegs. I had a laptop with Vista as the OS and only 1G of memory so hubby doubled the memory for me. This greatly enhance the boot up and speed of THAT machine but compared to the next one I purchased, the improvement was slight to negligible in comparison, when I look back. The cost of computers has dropped dramatically while their capacity and what you get for that price has increased exponentially. Some day you are going to look back and chuckle at this investment of your time and sweat equity but this is an excellent computer tutorial thread.
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    Just a mini update. First, thanks to everyone who gave very helpful tips on how to improve the speed of my laptop. I've taken the helpful advice where applicable and for the most part, my laptop was running much faster. It boots up faster, and navigating through the net, is SUCH an improvement.

    Okay...until...yesterday. Now, when I'm typing, the words don't appear on the screen (for example when I'm typing on here, in email, etc) for a good 60 seconds, and then...a cluster of words appears all at once. :/ It is absolutely painstaking to type online now...

    It is time to bury this thing in the backyard, I'm afraid. I will have a memorial for it...and instead of flowers, people can write donation checks to DELL.

    But, think we also determined in this thread that Windows Vista could have been the culprit for some of my woes.

    Anywho...that's the update.
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    That kind of nonsense occasionally happens to me if I am using the computer when the background programs are doing their updates etc. Have you checked your settings to see when they are set to update?

    On the other hand, computers have improved so much in the last two years alone that I don't think you will be disappointed if you give that one a respectful send-off and go for an upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    That kind of nonsense occasionally happens to me if I am using the computer when the background programs are doing their updates etc. Have you checked your settings to see when they are set to update?

    On the other hand, computers have improved so much in the last two years alone that I don't think you will be disappointed if you give that one a respectful send-off and go for an upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    That kind of nonsense occasionally happens to me if I am using the computer when the background programs are doing their updates etc. Have you checked your settings to see when they are set to update?

    On the other hand, computers have improved so much in the last two years alone that I don't think you will be disappointed if you give that one a respectful send-off and go for an upgrade.
    yes, it's time for me to end this love affair.
    my computer is no doubt male. why else wouldn't he be cooperating? hehe
    Well if you can't find anyone to buy it on craigslist or something you can donate it to a needed student. Just format the hard drive after you get all your personal data off of it and reset it to the way it was when you first bought it. If you don't know how to do that, you can call the manufacturer and they will let you know how to do that. If you go to church, they would most likely know of an ideal deserving needy family with a student that could use it. I don't trust big organizations. They will just sell it to pay their ceo's. And if you do it through your own church you are helping someone in your own local community.
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    I have always taken my older laptops and taken my info off and given them to someone who needed it for their child. Even if they only lasted a year or so longer, they helped a student get their homework done.
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    Don’t give it up just yet !

    It’s possible you might have removed the graphic card driver when you where uninstalling or manually deleted all those files before. That can cause lag behaviour on your screen. If you notice the screen resolution has changed (e.g. Icons and text on screen look bigger than before) then that could be your issue.

    Either way, You could run Windows Updates. That will update your graphics card if you removed it along with other important system files.

    1. Click on the Start Button
    2. Click on ‘Windows Updates


    If that still doesn’t work, I recommended you use the System Restore tool. This tool can be found here:


    1. Click on the Start Button
    2. Go to: All programs/ Accessories/ System Tools/
    3. Click on ‘System Restore’


    Just follow the on screen instructions. Try select a restore point about a week or a month ago, or just a point before you were having issues with text. System restore will restore all your system files that you had to that date. It won’t remove any personal documents you still have on your hard drive.

    If you do try using System Restore, then ensure to run Windows Updates again.


    Of course, you could just reinstall Windows. If you did that I’d be confident your lagging text issue will be resolved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    That kind of nonsense occasionally happens to me if I am using the computer when the background programs are doing their updates etc. Have you checked your settings to see when they are set to update?

    On the other hand, computers have improved so much in the last two years alone that I don't think you will be disappointed if you give that one a respectful send-off and go for an upgrade.


    yes, it's time for me to end this love affair.
    my computer is no doubt male. why else wouldn't he be cooperating? hehe
    Well if you can't find anyone to buy it on craigslist or something you can donate it to a needed student. Just format the hard drive after you get all your personal data off of it and reset it to the way it was when you first bought it. If you don't know how to do that, you can call the manufacturer and they will let you know how to do that. If you go to church, they would most likely know of an ideal deserving needy family with a student that could use it. I don't trust big organizations. They will just sell it to pay their ceo's. And if you do it through your own church you are helping someone in your own local community.
    This is a most excellent idea! Thank you...
    Ah, the grand irony...it took 15 minutes just to open THIS thread about how my computer is slow.
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    I have always taken my older laptops and taken my info off and given them to someone who needed it for their child. Even if they only lasted a year or so longer, they helped a student get their homework done.
    These are great ideas...thanks you, babe!

    Quote Originally Posted by pineapples View Post
    Don’t give it up just yet !

    It’s possible you might have removed the graphic card driver when you where uninstalling or manually deleted all those files before. That can cause lag behaviour on your screen. If you notice the screen resolution has changed (e.g. Icons and text on screen look bigger than before) then that could be your issue.

    Either way, You could run Windows Updates. That will update your graphics card if you removed it along with other important system files.
    1. Click on the Start Button
    2. Click on ‘Windows Updates
    If that still doesn’t work, I recommended you use the System Restore tool. This tool can be found here:
    1. Click on the Start Button
    2. Go to: All programs/ Accessories/ System Tools/
    3. Click on ‘System Restore’
    Just follow the on screen instructions. Try select a restore point about a week or a month ago, or just a point before you were having issues with text. System restore will restore all your system files that you had to that date. It won’t remove any personal documents you still have on your hard drive.

    If you do try using System Restore, then ensure to run Windows Updates again.


    Of course, you could just reinstall Windows. If you did that I’d be confident your lagging text issue will be resolved.
    I'm going to do this right now...thank you! Thing is, do I want a new laptop? Not really. I have a work laptop...I have a PC, and then, this laptop is just for email and surfing the net. But, it's painstaking to surf the net. lol I will report back after I give it a try. Thank you!
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    @ pineapples;

    Ok, I did it...it just completed...and it's running slightly better. And ...and....I can see the words as I type them.
    I'm so grateful for the help!

    How did that work like that? What was causing the problem, if the system restore function helped it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapples View Post
    Don’t give it up just yet !

    It’s possible you might have removed the graphic card driver when you where uninstalling or manually deleted all those files before. That can cause lag behaviour on your screen. If you notice the screen resolution has changed (e.g. Icons and text on screen look bigger than before) then that could be your issue.

    Either way, You could run Windows Updates. That will update your graphics card if you removed it along with other important system files.
    1. Click on the Start Button
    2. Click on ‘Windows Updates

    If that still doesn’t work, I recommended you use the System Restore tool. This tool can be found here:

    1. Click on the Start Button
    2. Go to: All programs/ Accessories/ System Tools/
    3. Click on ‘System Restore’

    Just follow the on screen instructions. Try select a restore point about a week or a month ago, or just a point before you were having issues with text. System restore will restore all your system files that you had to that date. It won’t remove any personal documents you still have on your hard drive.

    If you do try using System Restore, then ensure to run Windows Updates again.


    Of course, you could just reinstall Windows. If you did that I’d be confident your lagging text issue will be resolved.
    What a kind gesture!! Kudo's to you!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    @ pineapples;

    Ok, I did it...it just completed...and it's running slightly better. And ...and....I can see the words as I type them.
    I'm so grateful for the help!

    How did that work like that? What was causing the problem, if the system restore function helped it?
    System restore is your “Undo” feature for your system files.

    Automatically in the background, the tool regularly creates save points that stores all your drivers and registry settings that had been installed up to that date and time. So if your PC suddenly became unstable after you just installed software that might have updated a driver for a printer/mouse etc. or made changes to your registry files, you can use System Restore to revert back to when your PC was more stable. Basically comes in handy for rolling your PC back to happier times.

    Personally I’d prefer to try and troubleshoot the issue and find the cause before I resort to System Restore, but in your case, if it works, it works!
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    Sometimes problems like these have obscure causes. I once had a similar issue with text in Office applications and my PC is no slouch, always kept up to date, etc. Had to disable something weird to get it fixed.

    A major game release would crash before going into the game. Eventually a trial and error saviour discovered that it works fine if you plugged in a microphone.

    Sometimes though the most sure-fire way to fix an issue is to backup your data and do a fresh OS install.

    But yes, rather have restore enabled than saving the bit of hard drive space it requires.
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    I have suggested system restore to people before but stopped doing it because every single person I suggested it to never backed any of their data up and ended up formatting their hard drive because the would choose the wrong option or not read the options when doing the restore wizard. Then they blame me for losing all their data.
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    I had to drive over 220 miles total today to go fix a PC. From what was described to me, something major had popped and there were electric crackling noises etc. After showing up, having brought along a power supply I had to dig up from the back of a closet, an old PC and LCD and a large bag of various bits and bobs, 5 minutes later it was purring along, even sporting an extra 1GB of RAM that stopped being detected due to the amount of dust that had collected on the motherboard. The problem was a simple loose connector (24pin) And they had neglected to do backups of their crucial data for more than a week, so I don't know what they would have done had the data been lost. Oh and its the same PC that was so infected with viruses last time that I was unable to copy a folder and a file to and from the flash drive.

    Some people just don't have a clue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    I had to drive over 220 miles total today to go fix a PC. From what was described to me, something major had popped and there were electric crackling noises etc. After showing up, having brought along a power supply I had to dig up from the back of a closet, an old PC and LCD and a large bag of various bits and bobs, 5 minutes later it was purring along, even sporting an extra 1GB of RAM that stopped being detected due to the amount of dust that had collected on the motherboard. The problem was a simple loose connector (24pin) And they had neglected to do backups of their crucial data for more than a week, so I don't know what they would have done had the data been lost. Oh and its the same PC that was so infected with viruses last time that I was unable to copy a folder and a file to and from the flash drive.

    Some people just don't have a clue.
    The mileage alone for a service call at that distance up here would be prohibitive. My guess would be that the folks involved are possibly related to you or special in some other way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
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    I had to drive over 220 miles total today to go fix a PC. From what was described to me, something major had popped and there were electric crackling noises etc. After showing up, having brought along a power supply I had to dig up from the back of a closet, an old PC and LCD and a large bag of various bits and bobs, 5 minutes later it was purring along, even sporting an extra 1GB of RAM that stopped being detected due to the amount of dust that had collected on the motherboard. The problem was a simple loose connector (24pin) And they had neglected to do backups of their crucial data for more than a week, so I don't know what they would have done had the data been lost. Oh and its the same PC that was so infected with viruses last time that I was unable to copy a folder and a file to and from the flash drive.

    Some people just don't have a clue.
    The mileage alone for a service call at that distance up here would be prohibitive. My guess would be that the folks involved are possibly related to you or special in some other way.
    Haha, it's part of my job description as area manager of the franchise. I provide support for the PCs and software, along with the other normal duties. I WISH I could charge them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    I had to drive over 220 miles total today to go fix a PC. From what was described to me, something major had popped and there were electric crackling noises etc. After showing up, having brought along a power supply I had to dig up from the back of a closet, an old PC and LCD and a large bag of various bits and bobs, 5 minutes later it was purring along, even sporting an extra 1GB of RAM that stopped being detected due to the amount of dust that had collected on the motherboard. The problem was a simple loose connector (24pin) And they had neglected to do backups of their crucial data for more than a week, so I don't know what they would have done had the data been lost. Oh and its the same PC that was so infected with viruses last time that I was unable to copy a folder and a file to and from the flash drive. Some people just don't have a clue.
    Lol! Oh but I call this job security. 220 miles is crazy though, wow.Thank you for all your help in this thread.My laptop is definitely moving faster but think I'm going to "window shop" this weekend to see if there's any good deals on new laptops pop out at me.Anyone here own an iPad? What's the big selling point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    I have suggested system restore to people before but stopped doing it because every single person I suggested it to never backed any of their data up and ended up formatting their hard drive because the would choose the wrong option or not read the options when doing the restore wizard. Then they blame me for losing all their data.
    Lol ...I laughed reading this earlier seagypsy! They would blame you. I can see it. People are strange. :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapples View Post
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    @ pineapples;

    Ok, I did it...it just completed...and it's running slightly better. And ...and....I can see the words as I type them.
    I'm so grateful for the help!

    How did that work like that? What was causing the problem, if the system restore function helped it?


    System restore is your “Undo” feature for your system files.

    Automatically in the background, the tool regularly creates save points that stores all your drivers and registry settings that had been installed up to that date and time. So if your PC suddenly became unstable after you just installed software that might have updated a driver for a printer/mouse etc. or made changes to your registry files, you can use System Restore to revert back to when your PC was more stable. Basically comes in handy for rolling your PC back to happier times.

    Personally I’d prefer to try and troubleshoot the issue and find the cause before I resort to System Restore, but in your case, if it works, it works!
    Could I use this on my spouse?
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    @ pineapples;

    Ok, I did it...it just completed...and it's running slightly better. And ...and....I can see the words as I type them.
    I'm so grateful for the help!

    How did that work like that? What was causing the problem, if the system restore function helped it?


    System restore is your “Undo” feature for your system files.

    Automatically in the background, the tool regularly creates save points that stores all your drivers and registry settings that had been installed up to that date and time. So if your PC suddenly became unstable after you just installed software that might have updated a driver for a printer/mouse etc. or made changes to your registry files, you can use System Restore to revert back to when your PC was more stable. Basically comes in handy for rolling your PC back to happier times.

    Personally I’d prefer to try and troubleshoot the issue and find the cause before I resort to System Restore, but in your case, if it works, it works!
    Could I use this on my spouse?
    LOL...A women marries a man thinking that she can change him, while a man marries a woman, thinking that she'll never change.
    Both are erroneous in their thinking.

    I'd be pretty careful in selecting the 'restore point', babe, and then there is the worry about data loss... Do you really want to risk it?
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    @ pineapples;

    Ok, I did it...it just completed...and it's running slightly better. And ...and....I can see the words as I type them.
    I'm so grateful for the help!

    How did that work like that? What was causing the problem, if the system restore function helped it?


    System restore is your “Undo” feature for your system files.

    Automatically in the background, the tool regularly creates save points that stores all your drivers and registry settings that had been installed up to that date and time. So if your PC suddenly became unstable after you just installed software that might have updated a driver for a printer/mouse etc. or made changes to your registry files, you can use System Restore to revert back to when your PC was more stable. Basically comes in handy for rolling your PC back to happier times.

    Personally I’d prefer to try and troubleshoot the issue and find the cause before I resort to System Restore, but in your case, if it works, it works!
    Could I use this on my spouse?
    LOL...A women marries a man thinking that she can change him, while a man marries a woman, thinking that she'll never change.
    Both are erroneous in their thinking.

    I'd be pretty careful in selecting the 'restore point', babe, and then there is the worry about data loss... Do you really want to risk it?
    I could reprogram him, make him *cough* bigger, better!!
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    My laptop is definitely moving faster but think I'm going to "window shop" this weekend to see if there's any good deals on new laptops pop out at me.Anyone here own an iPad? What's the big selling point?
    It's against my principles to buy anything from Apple.

    If I had the money, I'd look no further than the Samsung Ativ Q. i5 Laptop and the fastest Android tablet in one!
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    I found a very comprehensive review at this link, a demonstration video but have yet to find the price. Has the price been released yet?

    Samsung ATIV Q – Windows 8 / Android (Dual OS) Tablet-laptop Hybrid Device

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    @ pineapples;

    Ok, I did it...it just completed...and it's running slightly better. And ...and....I can see the words as I type them.
    I'm so grateful for the help!

    How did that work like that? What was causing the problem, if the system restore function helped it?
    This reminds me of the 80's movie, Weird Science. something is seriously wrong with the edit feature on this site...ugh. my comment here is in reply to babe's and Scheherazade's above...haha
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    My laptop is definitely moving faster but think I'm going to "window shop" this weekend to see if there's any good deals on new laptops pop out at me.Anyone here own an iPad? What's the big selling point?
    It's against my principles to buy anything from Apple.

    If I had the money, I'd look no further than the Samsung Ativ Q. i5 Laptop and the fastest Android tablet in one!
    lol honestly, I haven't been all that enamored with my iphone...soooo....
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    I found a very comprehensive review at this link, a demonstration video but have yet to find the price. Has the price been released yet?

    Samsung ATIV Q – Windows 8 / Android (Dual OS) Tablet-laptop Hybrid Device
    Pricing hasn't been confirmed yet, but I have read estimates in excess of $1500...which is A LOT.

    Quote Originally Posted by wegs
    something is seriously wrong with the edit feature on this site...ugh. my comment here is in reply to babe's and Scheherazade's above...haha
    I haven't noticed any problems?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
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    I found a very comprehensive review at this link, a demonstration video but have yet to find the price. Has the price been released yet?

    Samsung ATIV Q – Windows 8 / Android (Dual OS) Tablet-laptop Hybrid Device
    Pricing hasn't been confirmed yet, but I have read estimates in excess of $1500...which is A LOT.
    I looked at some of their previous models and prices on-line and figured this innovation would be upward of $1,200.00. I figured it must be coming in pretty rich to make an ardent computer sort like yourself yelp, lol.

    Fortunately, my curiosity about new products is ever subject to letting others spend their hard earned coin first while the manufacturers get the bugs worked out. My brother is a journeyman mechanic and his advice on vehicles (never get a new model in it's first year) extends to other things as well, although with technology, one often only has to wait a few months. It's always changing, but they tend to find a baseline for some of the more enduring aspects. I'm just coming up on three years with my current laptop, a 17" HP which has been a gem thus far. I'm not planning to upgrade unless it ditches me but it is pretty coincidental how many times a computer has calved on me once the extended 3 year warranty has expired. Uncanny weird...lol...so I tend to keep somewhat abreast of what I might like to try next.

    This thread has provided some interesting information on the topic of computers and their idiosyncrasies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
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    My laptop is definitely moving faster but think I'm going to "window shop" this weekend to see if there's any good deals on new laptops pop out at me.Anyone here own an iPad? What's the big selling point?
    It's against my principles to buy anything from Apple.

    If I had the money, I'd look no further than the Samsung Ativ Q. i5 Laptop and the fastest Android tablet in one!
    I will be purchasing a new lappy and probably a phone in a few months.

    I am interested in your input.

    I have an IPHONE 4S which works well for me.....but lap top wise....I have three Toshiba's (and no I won't by a MAC).

    I do mostly photography for shows, and simple stuff...not a gamer....but , of course adaptable for music.

    I respect your knowledge. Just give me some suggestions and I can copy and save to my file when I get ready to look ...which will be soon. I really want a larger screen. With my eye difficulties....surgery again in a few weeks....I need something easy to look at. Visual is very important.

    Thank you! or as we say Mahalo nui loa!!!
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    OH Kalster!

    If you have a reason for the Samsung phone....send it my way!

    Many many many mahalo's!
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    Guess what everyone? A friend of mine bought a laptop last year, and she ended up buying an ipad and a desk top for herself, as she works out of her home. She sold me her 'new' computer that she purchased last year for only $150! That's a steal. It is an ASUS, and it has Windows 7. Bye bye Windows Vista! My laptop has gotten progressively worse--but I plan to take it to get it fixed. This same friend knows of a local guy who fixes most computers for $80 to $100...that way, I can have two laptops if I want to travel with one. Just thought I'd drop you all an update. I like this laptop a lot that I bought off of her.
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    Firstly, you remove all temprary file and install new anti virus. otherwise you can formate your pc then install windows again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
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    My laptop is definitely moving faster but think I'm going to "window shop" this weekend to see if there's any good deals on new laptops pop out at me.Anyone here own an iPad? What's the big selling point?
    It's against my principles to buy anything from Apple.

    If I had the money, I'd look no further than the Samsung Ativ Q. i5 Laptop and the fastest Android tablet in one!
    I will be purchasing a new lappy and probably a phone in a few months.

    I am interested in your input.

    I have an IPHONE 4S which works well for me.....but lap top wise....I have three Toshiba's (and no I won't by a MAC).

    I do mostly photography for shows, and simple stuff...not a gamer....but , of course adaptable for music.

    I respect your knowledge. Just give me some suggestions and I can copy and save to my file when I get ready to look ...which will be soon. I really want a larger screen. With my eye difficulties....surgery again in a few weeks....I need something easy to look at. Visual is very important.

    Thank you! or as we say Mahalo nui loa!!!
    Sorry, only saw this now!

    I'll respond in a while with some suggestions. Here is one regarding phones in the mean time:

    For the phone, I'd recommend any of the top tier Android phones. Not sure how much you will be willing to spend though. I personally like the Sony Xperia Z. It has some of the latest phone technology, looks great and comes with IP57 certified dust and water resistance specification. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is probably even a little better hardware wise, but in terms of performance, you won't notice any difference. Here is a comparison review of the two phones:

    Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z: When worlds collide - GSMArena.com

    If you are worried about the S4 not having water resistance, you can have that done for any phone for $60 here without voiding Warranty:

    The Waterproof Phone Case Alternative - Liquipel Watersafe
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
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    My laptop is definitely moving faster but think I'm going to "window shop" this weekend to see if there's any good deals on new laptops pop out at me.Anyone here own an iPad? What's the big selling point?
    It's against my principles to buy anything from Apple.

    If I had the money, I'd look no further than the Samsung Ativ Q. i5 Laptop and the fastest Android tablet in one!
    I will be purchasing a new lappy and probably a phone in a few months.

    I am interested in your input.

    I have an IPHONE 4S which works well for me.....but lap top wise....I have three Toshiba's (and no I won't by a MAC).

    I do mostly photography for shows, and simple stuff...not a gamer....but , of course adaptable for music.

    I respect your knowledge. Just give me some suggestions and I can copy and save to my file when I get ready to look ...which will be soon. I really want a larger screen. With my eye difficulties....surgery again in a few weeks....I need something easy to look at. Visual is very important.

    Thank you! or as we say Mahalo nui loa!!!
    Sorry, only saw this now!

    I'll respond in a while with some suggestions. Here is one regarding phones in the mean time:

    For the phone, I'd recommend any of the top tier Android phones. Not sure how much you will be willing to spend though. I personally like the Sony Xperia Z. It has some of the latest phone technology, looks great and comes with IP57 certified dust and water resistance specification. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is probably even a little better hardware wise, but in terms of performance, you won't notice any difference. Here is a comparison review of the two phones:

    Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z: When worlds collide - GSMArena.com

    If you are worried about the S4 not having water resistance, you can have that done for any phone for $60 here without voiding Warranty:

    The Waterproof Phone Case Alternative - Liquipel Watersafe
    Thank you so much Mr. Kalster, for responding.

    I really don't worry about my phone as I have it on the beach but not in the water.

    One more question, if you don't mind.

    What is the camera like in these phones?
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
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    My laptop is definitely moving faster but think I'm going to "window shop" this weekend to see if there's any good deals on new laptops pop out at me.Anyone here own an iPad? What's the big selling point?
    It's against my principles to buy anything from Apple.

    If I had the money, I'd look no further than the Samsung Ativ Q. i5 Laptop and the fastest Android tablet in one!
    I will be purchasing a new lappy and probably a phone in a few months.

    I am interested in your input.

    I have an IPHONE 4S which works well for me.....but lap top wise....I have three Toshiba's (and no I won't by a MAC).

    I do mostly photography for shows, and simple stuff...not a gamer....but , of course adaptable for music.

    I respect your knowledge. Just give me some suggestions and I can copy and save to my file when I get ready to look ...which will be soon. I really want a larger screen. With my eye difficulties....surgery again in a few weeks....I need something easy to look at. Visual is very important.

    Thank you! or as we say Mahalo nui loa!!!
    Sorry, only saw this now!

    I'll respond in a while with some suggestions. Here is one regarding phones in the mean time:

    For the phone, I'd recommend any of the top tier Android phones. Not sure how much you will be willing to spend though. I personally like the Sony Xperia Z. It has some of the latest phone technology, looks great and comes with IP57 certified dust and water resistance specification. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is probably even a little better hardware wise, but in terms of performance, you won't notice any difference. Here is a comparison review of the two phones:

    Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z: When worlds collide - GSMArena.com

    If you are worried about the S4 not having water resistance, you can have that done for any phone for $60 here without voiding Warranty:

    The Waterproof Phone Case Alternative - Liquipel Watersafe
    Thank you so much Mr. Kalster, for responding.

    I really don't worry about my phone as I have it on the beach but not in the water.

    One more question, if you don't mind.

    What is the camera like in these phones?
    They aren't half bad. Both come with 13MP cameras that perform well, but if the camera is important, then you won't find better than the Nokia Lumia 1020.

    It comes with a 41MP camera that is truly remarkable and leagues ahead of what anybody else will have for some time. It's not only the mega pixels though, but the whole camera package that is amazing.
    It is a Windows Phone 8 though, but from what I have read, you won't really miss out on apps and the UI is very smooth overall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
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    My laptop is definitely moving faster but think I'm going to "window shop" this weekend to see if there's any good deals on new laptops pop out at me.Anyone here own an iPad? What's the big selling point?
    It's against my principles to buy anything from Apple.

    If I had the money, I'd look no further than the Samsung Ativ Q. i5 Laptop and the fastest Android tablet in one!
    I will be purchasing a new lappy and probably a phone in a few months.

    I am interested in your input.

    I have an IPHONE 4S which works well for me.....but lap top wise....I have three Toshiba's (and no I won't by a MAC).

    I do mostly photography for shows, and simple stuff...not a gamer....but , of course adaptable for music.

    I respect your knowledge. Just give me some suggestions and I can copy and save to my file when I get ready to look ...which will be soon. I really want a larger screen. With my eye difficulties....surgery again in a few weeks....I need something easy to look at. Visual is very important.

    Thank you! or as we say Mahalo nui loa!!!
    Sorry, only saw this now!

    I'll respond in a while with some suggestions. Here is one regarding phones in the mean time:

    For the phone, I'd recommend any of the top tier Android phones. Not sure how much you will be willing to spend though. I personally like the Sony Xperia Z. It has some of the latest phone technology, looks great and comes with IP57 certified dust and water resistance specification. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is probably even a little better hardware wise, but in terms of performance, you won't notice any difference. Here is a comparison review of the two phones:

    Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z: When worlds collide - GSMArena.com

    If you are worried about the S4 not having water resistance, you can have that done for any phone for $60 here without voiding Warranty:

    The Waterproof Phone Case Alternative - Liquipel Watersafe
    Thank you so much Mr. Kalster, for responding.

    I really don't worry about my phone as I have it on the beach but not in the water.

    One more question, if you don't mind.

    What is the camera like in these phones?
    They aren't half bad. Both come with 13MP cameras that perform well, but if the camera is important, then you won't find better than the Nokia Lumia 1020.

    It comes with a 41MP camera that is truly remarkable and leagues ahead of what anybody else will have for some time. It's not only the mega pixels though, but the whole camera package that is amazing.
    It is a Windows Phone 8 though, but from what I have read, you won't really miss out on apps and the UI is very smooth overall.
    Thanks.....before I buy, I hope I can catch you on here to pick your brain......I use my phone a lot for pictures...onstage, and other photo's.

    I cannot thank you enough for the generous gift of your time! Mahalo and hui hou
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    My pleasure Babe. Any time.
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    My pleasure Babe. Any time.
    I have zero useful emoticoms in here that fit my sense of humor..so this is the closest!!!

    And thank you for your kindness!
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    Well, I'm pretty upset with this ''new'' laptop I bought off of my friend. No, I'm downright angry, and tired of dealing with computer issues. I want to know why it's so damn hard to just boot up the laptop, and have it work. Period. Here's the problem. For some reason, I keep getting booted off of the internet. Then, I reconnect, and I start surfing the net, and boxes pop up, asking me if I want virus protection, or if I want to make this or that my 'default' page. But, the worst part of all...I'll be online, and then the screen will 'fade,' not sure how else to describe it...the 'spinning circle' will pop up (similar to the hour glass) and I have to exit out of the net. Then, I try to get back online, and the same crap again happens. My friend barely used this computer, there shouldn't be any major issues with it as I had with my own laptop. I'm just at a loss, and it's painstaking to utilize it, on some days. And 'babylon' keeps coming up as my default page...wtf? Gee...what is it like to own a computer that you turn on...and it just...works? Or is this just some type of utopia I'm dreaming of.
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    Ah, poor wegs. My first computer was second hand, purchased from a friend but never used on-line, mostly a word processor for me.

    Based on what I have learned about computers, unless I was a tech guru, I would not buy a computer second hand. That's just my opinion and preference because I don't understand these things as well as some others. I have had fairly good service from my current laptop which is just coming three years old. We seem to replace our computers at about that interval in this household. Some of the issues we have had in the past with getting booted of the net was due to our service provider, which had more customers than available bandwidth and was playing 'silly buggers' by rotating the time out on patrons. Those of us who were still on dial up at that time were forever getting the boot. Hubby was fit to be tied as he could not complete various essential downloads. The ISP has done some upgrades and things have improved as we finally got broadband service to this subdivision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wegs View Post
    Well, I'm pretty upset with this ''new'' laptop I bought off of my friend. No, I'm downright angry, and tired of dealing with computer issues. I want to know why it's so damn hard to just boot up the laptop, and have it work. Period. Here's the problem. For some reason, I keep getting booted off of the internet. Then, I reconnect, and I start surfing the net, and boxes pop up, asking me if I want virus protection, or if I want to make this or that my 'default' page. But, the worst part of all...I'll be online, and then the screen will 'fade,' not sure how else to describe it...the 'spinning circle' will pop up (similar to the hour glass) and I have to exit out of the net. Then, I try to get back online, and the same crap again happens. My friend barely used this computer, there shouldn't be any major issues with it as I had with my own laptop. I'm just at a loss, and it's painstaking to utilize it, on some days. And 'babylon' keeps coming up as my default page...wtf? Gee...what is it like to own a computer that you turn on...and it just...works? Or is this just some type of utopia I'm dreaming of.
    Sounds more like the laptop is full of bloatware and all sorts of spam programs and toolbars, like was discussed at the beginning of this thread.

    Best thing to do is to backup your data and reset the laptop to factory default. The laptop should then be as if you had just bought it. The hard drive has a partition where the OS and drivers are stored for recovery purposes, so you should be able to let your PC essentially format and reinstall Windows for you without too much hassle.

    What is the make and model of your new laptop? I'll then Google how to reset your laptop. It should be fine then, as long as you follow the advice about not installing extra stuff with programs, getting an anti-virus, etc.


    Edit: I found these instructions, which should work, but make sure you back up your data first. http://www.ehow.com/how_6960619_rest...-settings.html

    Better to still check if it'll work with the specific model, as sometimes you need a disc apparently. Is there a license sticker on the Laptop somewhere?
    Last edited by KALSTER; August 29th, 2013 at 10:19 PM.
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