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By e_thorn72 ·
Help,any dell laptop experts or anyone familiar with dell latitude laptop out there... I have a Latitude LS processor speed 400, ram 128MB, harddisk 10GB, and a Latitude L400 processor speed 700, ram 256MB, harddisk 20GB. Anyone knows why is the booting much slower on L400 as compared to LS? Both laptop are loaded with the same OS, applications, wireless LAN card. Any idea?

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by danpiers In reply to Dell Laptop

I'm not a Dell expert for sure, but I may have a few ideas for you.
First, Are the processors the same brand, i.e., both Pentium III or Celeron. If not, the systems can act very differently due to microcode variations. Especially if one is an AMDand one is an Intel.
Second, the IDE channel greatly affects boot speed. Are both using UDMA for their harddisks? Is one drive 7200rpm and one 5400rpm? Are the transfer rates significantly different? How about disk fragmentation? I recommend performing a thorough SCANDISK and DEFRAG on each system. Sometimes, a bd FAT or Boot Sector can slow down boot up.
Third, do they both have adequate free space on the harddisks? Is the disk cache on both set to "controlled by Windows?"
Fourth, isthere a virus checker running on both? Is it set to search the same amount of files on each? It is possible that the virus checker has a lot more checking to do on the 20GB harddisk than it has to do on the 10GB harddisk.
Fifth, Anything in the PCMCIA slots?
Sixth, and finally, more RAM means more time checking the RAM.
Hope this has been a little bit helpful.

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by danpiers In reply to Dell Laptop

Another thing I forgot to mention was the number of fonts installed on each system. This, too, can make a difference. Good luck.

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by troubleshootergurl In reply to Dell Laptop

Well, I always say clean out the Temp and Temporary Internet folder under C:\Windows directory. If there are thousands even hundreds of garbage files left behind, it will slow your machine down. And definitely run a defrag over night. The defrag will fill in the holes and speed up the machine.

Good luck with that.

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by nick burns In reply to Dell Laptop

You might want to compare fast boot options in the bios on both laptops.

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