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    Computer slowed down

    I have had a Toshiba Satelite laptop for several years and it performed okay. Now it runs very slow particularly on the Internet. I have tried defragging, chdsk, and running malware and anti virus programs with no success. I hate to bring it to a repair shop which will charge me more then it is worth. I am not running any memory consuming programs. Any ideas?
    mike

    #2
    probably wore it out...!!! they actuall have a wear life, u could flush it and reload and see if that helps......may pull the hdd and put an ssd in it would help......if it would take a ssd or more ram.....just have to look it up on the web and see what all it will upgrade too, might even try a bios flash..........

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      #3
      You running both anti-virus and anti-spam? Some people load so much protection on their computer it can barely function. If you can, backup all your stuff and reload the Windows from scratch. Better yet load Ubuntu on it if you want it to run fast. If "several years" is more than 4 or you are running XP, give it up. Windows keeps updating (and you have to take the updates for security reasons) and your machine will get slower and slower.

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        #4
        and laptops are so cheap, even the low end ones are still 4 times as fast or powerful to say, than one 4 yrs old...........

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          #5
          XP Pack 3 is still supported by Microsoft till 2014 , if u have anything older than that , then just chuck it.

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            #6
            Originally posted by mike View Post
            I have had a Toshiba Satelite laptop for several years and it performed okay. Now it runs very slow particularly on the Internet. I have tried defragging, chdsk, and running malware and anti virus programs with no success. I hate to bring it to a repair shop which will charge me more then it is worth. I am not running any memory consuming programs. Any ideas?
            Hello Mike,

            I use a program named ccleaner.exe. You can download it for free and does an excellent job of cleaning your hard-drive and registry. I have recommended it to several friends and they were amazed at the difference it made in their comp0uters.

            Good luck.
            Millard
            ''Life's tough... it's even tougher if you're stupid!'' -- John Wayne

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              #7
              Speed Problem

              I am using Windows XP and have been since I purchased the laptop. I have also used malware removal programs such as cc cleaner
              mike

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                #8
                bleepingcomputer.com

                1) Rkill

                2) Unhide

                3) Fix exec

                4) Combofix

                In that order. Be sure to disable antivirus for ten or so minutes when you run Combofix.
                And the truth shall set you free.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by lakboy View Post
                  XP Pack 3 is still supported by Microsoft till 2014 , if u have anything older than that , then just chuck it.
                  It is not XP that is slow it is the machines that came installed with XP usually can no longer run the latest versions of IE, Flash, etc. If you can put in more memory (sometime hard and/or expensive on a laptop) you might be able to get by.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by NoDecafPlz View Post
                    bleepingcomputer.com

                    1) Rkill

                    2) Unhide

                    3) Fix exec

                    4) Combofix

                    In that order. Be sure to disable antivirus for ten or so minutes when you run Combofix.
                    be careful with combo fix it deleted something that stopped all programs from starting i had to do a restore.
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                      #11
                      I forget but I think XP only supports 3 megs Ram

                      Too many anti virus / malware software programs Will Slow computers Down

                      My Dad used to run many of them programs on thier computer and the machine was slower than a snail ...

                      I like Linux it is one of my Favorites

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                        #12
                        If you are only concerned about browsing you could run a linux distro designed for older computers: puppy linux, linux mint, ect.

                        You may want to run a anti root-kit to see if there are any.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by airart1 View Post
                          probably wore it out...!!!
                          This type of wear out is called bit rot. It is not an actual hardware error, but the complex state of the system.

                          Do a scorched earth clean install and it will be as good as new, which is not good for a PeeCee.

                          You can restore individual files yo backed up, but be careful not to restore the original problem.

                          Do not install a later version as while hardware has Moore's law speed up, but systems have Wirth's law slow down due to software bloat. The worst is having that bloated software on old hardware!
                          http://zagam.net/

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                            #14
                            It's 3 GiB

                            Originally posted by GL View Post
                            XP only supports 3 megs Ram
                            32-bit systems are limited to 3 GiB "gigs" or RAM. You have 3 GiB for RAM and 1 GiB up top for PCI, etc. This uses all the 32-bit 4 GiB address space.

                            Windows XP was available for 64-bit, but had limited driver support. If you really want to stick with Microsoft you would probably need to go to Windows 7 to explout AMD64 long mode (also in Intel64 a.k.a. em64t). On Apple 64-bit is on G5 or Core2 and later.
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