My poor laptop!

March 31, 2011 at 14:06:26
Specs: Windows Vista, Dual core @ 2ghz, 3gb ram
I just got given a laptop, it's a dell studio 1555. I did a clean install of Windows Vista, but it's running REALLY slowly. Very rarely it will work fast - but it works fine in safe mode w/networking. There are no system restore points found, despite several applications I installed saying that they were creating restore points. Also when I try to open applications outside of safe mode, nothing happens for about 2 minutes, then I get an error message and the program closes. This is driving me mad, I thought a clean windows install would mean the computer would be good as new!

One of the times the laptop was working fine, I managed to install Avast! antivirus (AVG would not install for me), and a couple of other programs, but now they all lock up when I try to run them.

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March 31, 2011 at 15:28:42
Did you also install all the necessary drivers?

Did the install go without a hitch?

You've either got a hardware issue or corrupt install. If you have a dual core with 3GB RAM even vista should run ok.

I would do another clean install (unless there were issues during the first install - in which case you need to find the hardware item that's causing the problem), check device manager for missing drivers - download from Dell site as needed, install SP1 & SP2 (depending on level of install disk). Then start installing apps one at a time - use each one for a bit before installing next. Hopefully all well - but obviously if problem after installing particular app, that's your issue.

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March 31, 2011 at 16:02:38
Thank you for the swift reply.

I downloaded all the appropriate drivers I can get my hands on from Dell's website.

Something which struck me as odd is that earlier today, I ran Windows Update and got 280mb worth of updates.

Upon running my laptop again maybe 3 hours later, the performance had slowed right up, and windows update again found the 280mb of updates - and claimed I had never checked for nor installed them. Some drivers I had downloaded had also magically disappeared.

This is the strangest computing problem I have ever come across by far! I'm thinking either a corrupt hard drive or a corrupt Vista install (it is a few years old and disc is scratched).

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