dell inspiron 2650 running very slow

Dell / Inspiron 2650
October 23, 2012 at 12:04:35
Specs: Windows xp, mobile cpu 1.60 ghz
i have a dell laptop inspiron 2650, win xp, intel pentium 4. nothing to back up, this was given to me 2nd hand. i don't have any discs. help!?! this runs very slow. what should i do?

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#1
October 23, 2012 at 12:44:24
I'm assuming it generally runs slowly (not just on the Internet).

Check it for viruses - MalwareBytes freebie would be a good start:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...
This is simply run on demand but you also need a proper AV, such as Avast free which would be fine. Don't have two AV's permanently running at the same time.

CCleaner would help clear some unwanted junk out of the system:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_c...

Type msconfig in the run box then look in Startup. There could be some unwanted background programs starting up which could be unchecked.

Go to Device Manager (devmgmt.msc in the Run box) and if there is an option to use write caching then it would run faster if selected. There is a slight risk of data loss due to power failure but I have been using it for years and never run into any difficulty.

Might be worth running defrag too as it could be in a good old mess.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
October 23, 2012 at 13:47:26
I would say that it is a memory problem.
The Maximum amount of memory according to Dell is 512MB.
That was fine when Windows XP was new but with 3 Service Packs it will not
run very fast at all on 512 MB of memory.

Hardwicks Computing Helps


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#3
October 23, 2012 at 13:57:33
Good point JPW.

I guess you might squeeze a tad more out of it by some of my suggestions in #1 but 512M RAM is very low for XP these days.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
October 24, 2012 at 10:29:07
thank u all. i will consider all & keep u updated.

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#5
October 24, 2012 at 13:29:23
Thx for popping back and yes indeed, we would be interested to know how things pan out.


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