New Laptop running SLOW

Hewlett-packard / 6735s
March 7, 2009 at 12:26:47
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a brand new HP Compaq 6735s latop with a AMD Sempron SI-40 2.00 GHz processor and 1.00 GB of ram with a 102 GB Hard Drive yet it runs extremely slow. I haven't installed anything but a logitech wireless mouse and keyboard and a security program that came with my thumb drive. I do not understand what the issue is. It tales about 5 to 10 minutes for Internet explorer to open and just about any other program on my computer. What should I do?

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March 7, 2009 at 12:31:32
Ctrl + Shft + Esc to bring up your task manager, switch to processes and sort by CPU, anything on there taking up a lot of usage?

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March 7, 2009 at 12:34:18
What security program did you install? The specs for your laptop are not dazzling. Did you go on the internet without a firewall in place?

Did the laptop run faster than it is running now at first? How about after you installed the security program? If you didn't catch a nasty off the internet then I would suspect whatever you installed is bogging things down. Hit control/alt/delete and look at the task manager (not sure if that is how or what it is called in Vista). Look for high CPU usage.

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March 7, 2009 at 12:44:46
Hi, I have a rather similar (but a bit older) laptop (Sempron 3500+, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD) Vista runs OK, but once I tried XP on it and it was MUCH faster. Anyway Vista is completely usable as long as you don't ask too much from your machine. Try disabling anything that is not essential (especially all that you added after you bought the laptop).

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March 7, 2009 at 12:57:34
Once you have at least 2GB, Vista really flies. It's running nicely on an older 1.66GHz (overclocked) PIII system with 2GB.

RAM is nice and cheap now--go for it!

Still, IE shouldn't take more than a sec or two to start. Make sure that you don't have any "value-added" software from the manufacturer loading at startup. For now, disable the System Restore--it can slow down RAM- and disk-starved systems.

Socket 939³
Dual-core Opteron 185 @ 3.2GHz
2x 8800GTS in SLI
4GB CL2 PC3200
Blu-ray burner
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Antec P182
Samsung 24" LCD
Vista 64

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March 8, 2009 at 13:07:16

I checked the cpu usage at this time the only thing that is thaking up a lot of CPU usage at this time is Windows Task Manager, Desktop Window Manager and Windows explorer.


The secuirty program is called CA Security Suite Plus 2009 and it came with my thumb drive and it has Anti-Spam, Anti-Spyware, Anti-VVius, Back/Migration tool, Parental Controls, Personal Firewall and Website Inspector programs. The computer was running just as slow when I installed the program and it is now.


Everything that is on the computer now is everything that came with the laptop I really haven't added anything else except the wireless mouse and keyboard and a security program. I do not know what I should disable.


I always heard that Vista requires at least 2GB to run the way that it should in general. So I thought about getting another GB of RAM but people I know keep telling me I do not need it.

Thanks guys for all the reponses. I appreciate the help and the advice if anyone has other tips or can tell what to get rid of or disbale or if I should get more memory that would great but thanks alot anyway.

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March 8, 2009 at 14:26:47
parental controls, are kids using the laptop? website inspector? back/migration??, some sort of system restore? the OS already has it. wireless keyboard & mouse, if your using a laptop as a desktop, buy a desktop. You will get more for the money, or spend less for the same, & get a computer that can be fixed, upgraded & last longer.


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