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Laptop getting too slow

By nick.ramon ·
Hi All
I am new to this mailing list/Discussion group. My problem is that a have a Laptop (Toshiba Celeron 400MHz, 64M RAM, 30GB Harddisk) and when i open multiple tabs in Firefox, i have to wait abt 20secs to switch between them. I have tried scandisk, defrag, disable all startup applications in msconfig, but no increase in perfomance. Any suggestions? If you need more information abt my system, pls let me know.
Thanks in advance
Nick

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by LMon In reply to Laptop getting too slow

Have you tried checking for spyware or viruses. D\L spybot search and destroy and adaware update them and run them.

update your virus scanner and run it also.

Also try clearing out the history of your browswer and on the computer

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by LMon In reply to Laptop getting too slow

Have you tried checking for spyware or viruses. D\L spybot search and destroy and adaware update them and run them.

update your virus scanner and run it also.

Also try clearing out the history of your browswer and on the computer

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by mikex In reply to Laptop getting too slow

Buy some additional RAM and upgrade at least to 256 - check how many memory slots do you have...

it's a memory problem (not enough memory)
Reduce the shortcuts on the desktop to a minimum if you want them - put them into quick lunch

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by pierrejamme In reply to Laptop getting too slow

if you don't remove hundreds of spies following the above, you may just be bumping into the age old problem with W98. When installing and uninstalling programs the OS leaves a lot of driftwood and eventuall the system DAT gets overloaded.
Try this first "c:\scanreg /fix" in Dos Mode. If that doesn't work, it's time to format and clean install. Preferably from a boot disk. iv'e gotten errors booting from the cd on w98.

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by 4c3-1n-7h3-h0l3 In reply to Laptop getting too slow

I agree. Boost of that RAM and get rid of unnecessary processes and services. Do a virus check also. But in the end you may be looking at that your laptop has seen its better days. Might be time to put it to pasture. =(
I know how bad it hurts.

Dave

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by brian In reply to Laptop getting too slow

The facts are real simple-
I use Firefox tabbed browsing.
I have a 2.8ghz P4 Prescott with 1GB Ram 2 -10,000 RPM drives -it is a fast computer- and high speed internet connection.

Despite the difference in computers, have seen this occur as well.

I believe it is a result of the tabs loading the multiple pages and mismanaging the process as the load increases.

It could be a bug or it could just be some code that needs to be rewritten to use less resources.(kinda sounds like the same thing)

The problem here is not your computer.
However if you find the computer to be generally slow- i am not surprised. WIndows 2000, ME, and XP generally don't run well with less than 128MB RAM. Infact I suggest 256mb-512mb for best bang for the buck.

FYI
Celeron CPU's are very slow compared to Pentium 3's, Pentium 4's, and Athlon's.
HD performance is determined more by the rotational speed than the size. Faster is better. Laptops have 4200rpm drives and 5400rpm drives. For desktops 5400rpm is slowest, 7200rpm is better. There are faster drives but they are not the norm in machines like yours.

Good question- well written.
Good first steps.
You don't mention Antivirus. I find AVG tends use less overhead than Mcafees and Norton. - and it is free. It works great others swear by it too.

I think you are on the right track but can't fix this. It may be fixed in later versions. Remember this is a beta product still.

I wouldn't put money into a system with Celeron 400- it will only go so fast(slow). Save up for new machine.

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by brian In reply to

The other answers talk about Spybot S&amp and Adaware.

I use them all the time. They are great products. Installing and running them wont hurt.

They won't fix this problem though.

I have seen this - it is unique to Firefox and only happens with multiple tabs.

If you do decide to try them - make sure you get the real deal- the copycats are all around and they will foul up your system.

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