Low Performance - Sluggish Laptop

April 14, 2010 at 14:38:43
Specs: Windows 7
I've got a Pavilion dv7 Notebook. It has the Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5800 2.00GHz computer. It has been running rather slowly as of late. I don't have many programs installed on the computer and use it both for work on my home network and for online browser games. I am not a big computer geek, but have better than average understanding of computers in general.

I thought my system maybe wasn't freeing up memory or something. I used PC Pitstop Optimize 3 and it did routine maintenance on my laptop which I had hoped would help the performance. It didn't.

Today I downloaded and ran PC Performance from PassMark. It was about a 10-15 minute test that tested everything and gave my laptop a rating of 82. When benchmarked vs. other systems out there it was a total joke. The better desktop systems running at around 2000 vs. my 82. I Rebooted the computer and the system performed better with a score of 574. Great improvement, but still looks like I am having some major issues.

The performance clocked on this software test said the clock frequency was measured at 825MHz, the first test showed around 433MHz. Multiplier 10.0x, Bus Speed 83MHz, and Front Side Bus Speed of 330MHz. (I don't remember the results of the first test)

Is there possibly some sort of CPU clock setting that needs to be fixed on my laptop here? I just don't feel like it is running like it should and I have no idea what I need to do to fix it. I know when I am online, the issue isn't my internet connection as I have 12-14MB D/L rates and my desktop computer never seems to have any of these problems.

I'd really appreciate any advice I can get here.

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April 14, 2010 at 16:52:26
Laptops with Intel CPUs use a feature called SpeedStep. Basically what it does is lower the CPU speed under light loads. This prolongs the battery life between charges & keeps the CPU running cooler. AMD has a similar feature called Cool 'N Quiet. If you disable SpeedStep, the CPU will run at full speed but the battery will only last about an hour, plus the CPU *could* overheat.

Do not compare a laptops performance vs a desktop system...compare it to other laptops. And don't use snake oil fixes like PC Pitstop Optimize 3. If you want to try to boost performance, start by making sure your CPU isn't overheating. When a CPU reaches a certain trigger temp, it automatically slows down. Make sure you don't have a bunch of useless programs loading at startup...you probably have a bunch of HP garbage running, not ot mention whatever crap you may have loaded (yahoo, aim, google, itunes, quicktime, real player, adobe, camera/scanner software, etc). Run MSCONFIG to turn off all these apps & more. Use a lightweight anti-virus program, not Norton or McAfee. Use a cleaner such as CCleaner-slim & regulary scan for malware with a program such as MalwareBytes.

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April 14, 2010 at 21:18:55
That is helpful. The next question would be....I have about 50 or so items in the startup and services menus. How does one know what services/startups you can disable? Is OK to disable most of them? Or will you lose all function of the laptop?

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