System Overhaul - Slow Performance

Dell Inspiron b120 notebook
September 21, 2009 at 17:20:09
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 1.4ghz, 512MB Ram
Hello all,

After going through this:

Im looking to wipe my HDD and start over.

Is there a way I can look on my system and get a list of the exact hardware I have? I'm looking for a list I can use to get all my drivers lined up before I do this...

Im especially looking to get all the motherboard and video controllers and BIOS and all that.

I went to the dell website but there is 6 pages and 133 drivers listed for my model. There has to be an easier way.

Thanks in advance!
Or if you have any suggestions for my original prob, let me know.

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September 21, 2009 at 17:22:12
Oh real quick. My main problem is just that my comp is slow as heck. It bogs when it starts up, bogs when i start firefox and bogs when I try to play video and songs. I dont know what else I can do except start from scratch...

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September 21, 2009 at 17:36:58
You can try DriverMax, which will save all of your current drives into a ZIP file that can be restored after reinstalling.

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September 21, 2009 at 18:18:27
If the CPU is overheating, it will "throttle" back causing the system to run extremely slow. You can make all the software changes you want but if the CPU is in fact overheating, formating & reinstalling windows won't do a damn bit of good.

I'm not a fan of programs such as DriverMax. You should be familiar with what hardware you have.

Is this where you looked for drivers? Did you enter the service tag number?

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September 21, 2009 at 18:29:04
If you do decide to start from scratch and you use the Dell recovery software, the drivers should be reinstalled, without you doing it.

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September 21, 2009 at 18:30:10
yeah, typing in the service tag number did the same thing as typing in the model number.

CPU overheating sounds like a big problem, im hesitant to call it this big of a problem.

I hear you saying that reinstalling windows wont help. But what other options are there? I mean 9 years ago when I was in college, i did a lot of computing. and every few months, i wouldnt like how my computer was running. id reformat, and reinstall everything. worked like a champ everytime. thats why im leaning towards this...

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September 21, 2009 at 18:33:28
where can i get that dell recovery software...i remember seeing that cd when I got my comp, unfortunately, those cds have been lost. I scoured my room today looking for em, no luck.

Thats the only reason Im looking to get these drivers separately.

that being said, i dont have the XP Home CD anymore...i have a unique serial and there a way to download XP home from the microsoft website?

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September 21, 2009 at 18:53:52
Usually there is a hidden partition on the hard drive that holds an image of the system the way it came from the factory. The restore process from it is normally started with a certain keyboard key or keys during a boot. For a Dell it's 'usually' ctrl&F11.

Most OEM boxes let you create the recovery 'CDs' once. If it's never been done, you might be able to do that also. You should check the manual, or if you don't have it, check the Dell web site for your model.

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