|What brand and model is your laptop? |
The specific model of a brand name system is shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site.
The model is often also displayed on a logo (graphical) screen early in the boot, but it's often not as specific as the specific model number.
For Dell computers, they have a Service Tag number - the specific model can be determined by using that on their site, or can often be determined there automatically by you downloading some software. The Service Tag number should be on a label on the outside of the case, probably on the bottom on a laptop, on the back on a desktop, and is often also shown in the bios Setup.
As jam said previously:
"As the others have said, there's nothing wrong, Cool 'n' Quiet is enabled. It's a power saving feature that automatically varies the CPU speed based on load. "
Your perceived slowness problems have nothing to do with that.
768 mb is a decent amount of ram for XP. Adding more ram doesn't make a lot of difference, unless you have a relatively expensive or rare program that performs a lot better with more ram, with the exception that recent or fairly recent games may run perform a lot better with more ram.
Your major hardware bottlenecks are your (max) cpu speed, and probably your onboard video, regarding recent or fairly games especially. Your laptop is not a good gamer machine by a long shot.
If your computer seemed to run noticably better in the past with the same hardware, then it's very likely you have things going on in Windows that are slowing it down - that's probably the real cause of the perceived slowness .
If your C partition on your hard drive is too full, Windows will definately run slower. What's the capacity of the C partition, and how much free space is left?
"And the page file is on it's own partition of a hard drive"
In ME and below you could specify that your swap file be on a partition other than C, referably by itself, in order to slow down fragmentation on C, and to make sure you always have abig enough swap file. I do that in 98SE myself, and it works well.
However, from what I've read that doesn't work the same way for 2000 and above.
If you place it on another physical hard drive, e.g. on a desktop computer, you will see a tiny improvement in Windows performance, but you won't see much difference when it's on the same hard drive - the only advantage is C will get fragmented slower. (De-fragging in Windows 2000 and up is not as effective a tool as it was in ME and below - it gets fragmented again faster.)
This guy seems to know what he's talking about - see " Should the file be left on drive C? "
He says you should still have at least a small virtual file on C as well.
There are lots of software things that can slow down Windows.
Your situation is probably because you have accumlated a lot of those things over time, whether you were aware of that or not.
- Autoupdate's default settings periodically check for updates at any time when the time the computer is running, and when one or more updates is/are available it downloads it or them in the background immediately - that can big down your computer when you're doing something else as well, especially on a slower computer. I recommendsetting that to merely notify you when updates areavailable - download them when you choose to download them (nd choose to use the cpu time required.)
- many people get and load the Windows Search (Windows Desktop Search) add-on. It can be a cpu hog. It's supposed to make indexes of the files on your drive so searches are faster. If you take the time to deliberatey have it do that for everything you have - that takes quite a while - then it's not so bad, but if you don't do that, by default it automatically starts to make indexes in the background when the computer is supposedly idle, but it does NOT stop using cpu time once that has started when you resume doing something on the computer, for quite a while. I recommend you take the time to have it make it's indrxes, or un-install it, or disable it in Services in Windows.
- most people have a lot of programs that have been added by software installations that load when Windows first loads as Startup programs that they DO NOT need to have running in order to use the program - sometimes they load then unload, which isn't a problem, but many of them load and stay running all the time. Most of them merely make accessing some program feature a little faster, and can be accessed otherwise anyway, though you may have to wait a secnd or two longer for it to load.
Start - Run - type: msconfig , Press Enter.
Click on the Startup tab.
All the programs listed there that have checkmarks load as Windows loads. In most cases you can disable all or nearly all of them from running - click on a box with a checkmark to remove that.
When you make a change in msconfig (System Configuration), the next time you boot you see two System Configuration windows pop up.
- If you don't want to make further changes, click on the small square boxon the first window, then the secondwindowwill not pop up, and neither windowwill pop up the next time you boot and thereafter , until the next time you make a change in msconfig/ System Configuration.
- if you're not sure whether you still need to make changes, click on the large X top right in each window to close them. They will pop up again the next time you boot.
- some entries will re-appear automatically because they are actually loaded elsewhere - some entries will appear automatically when you use certain programs - e.g. Quicktime, Realplayer, Microsoft Messenger - there's no point in disabling those if you use them regularly.
- a annoying glitch is - entries that are disabled are NOT removed from the Startup list when you un-install the program they are associated with. Try to remember to enable them when you un-install the software associated with them.
- If you end up with identical disabled entries in the list, or identical entries, one enabled, the rest disabled, (everything on the line is identical, not just the program name), if you enable all of them, reboot, only one enabled entry will be in the list.
- there are other things but I have to do something else for a while.