Help with old, slow laptop.

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  1. tepe2

    tepe2 Registered Member

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    Trying to help a friend with his old, slow Dell Inspiron 6000. Windows XP Home SP3.

    So far I have:

    - removed some programs included Norton
    - configured some services (with the help from black viper)
    - downloaded and ran Ccleaner
    - downloaded and ran SAS (found 31 tracking coocies)

    What I need help for:

    Does anyone recognise these following services from Windows task manager,

    - ApntEx.exe
    - 1XConfig.exe
    - DLG.exe
    - ati2evxx.exe (listed twice, for System and for User)
    - ZCfgSvc.exe
    - WLKEEPER.exe
    - S24EvMon.exe
    - EvtEng.exe
    - pptd40nt.exe
    - iFrmewrk.exe
    - atiptaxx.exe
    - apoint.exe (I believe is for mouse/touchpad to work?)

    I guess some of these can be stopped/removed?

    In the Control Panel I find a lot of program listed. I have removed many already. Can I also remove the following programs listed without any damage? (my friend is not an advanced user)

    - Capicom
    - Digital Line Detect
    - Internal Network Card Power Management
    - Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer (what does he miss if I remove)
    - Microsoft Office Live Add-in 1.3
    - Windows Live Essentials
    - Wndows Live Favorites for Windows Live Toolbar
    - Windows Live Sync


    Anything else I can do to speed up the laptop?

    (I guess I install Avira free and/or Sandboxie for him)
     
  2. Cudni

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    check event viewer logs for errors (it might offer more clues why a system is slow); I wouldn't stop any of the ones you listed and only possibly remove google toolbar; check what progs are loading on startup
     
  3. tepe2

    tepe2 Registered Member

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    Thanks.

    Have not find anything else that should slow down, but I will remove Google Toolbar. I also downloaded Autoruns. I have unchecked a lot of things that does not need to start when the laptop start.

    I also ran Windows own defrag yesterday. It took a looooong time. I guess he has never done this by himself.

    Here is probably the main reason why it is slow:
    - Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1,60GHz
    - ATI Mobility Radeon X300
    - 512 MB RAM

    The laptop is better than before and I guess there is not much more I can do. But he told me he probably buy a new one soon.
     
  4. Aaron Here

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    Adding more RAM will definitely improve performance. I have the same laptop and OS except it has a 1.8GHz PentM with 1.25GB RAM and it's pretty fast considering its rather slow (5400RPM) HDD. My 6000 came with 512MB (2 x 256) and frequently bogged-down so a few months after buying the 6000 I decided to get a 1GB stick from Crucial to replace one of its 256MB modules and that brought about an obvious performance improvement. At the time RAM was way more expensive - now you can buy 2 x 1GB (max for the 6000) for much less than the price I paid for 1 x 1GB!

    http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/compatible-memory-for/Dell/Inspiron 6000/list.html
     
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  5. tepe2

    tepe2 Registered Member

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    Thanks. I will tell him. He can buy more RAM, or buy new laptop. I have a nice suggestion for him. He can buy the same laptop I bought a week ago. Asus UL30 VT.
     
  6. Aaron Here

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    $25 to add 1GB of RAM is a darn cheap alternative to spending $800 for the Asus! ...heck, I would say he should splurge and shell-out $50 for 2 x 1GB. ;)
     
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  7. Dermot7

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    What about checking for, and if substantial, deleting old restore points? It might
    have a fairly small HD if it's old.
     
  8. FastGame

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    I have an old IBM T41, same spec's except 2gig ram and it's zippy fast on XP.
     
  9. tepe2

    tepe2 Registered Member

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    But his Dell is so big and heavy it takes two men to carry it while i put my Asus in my pocket :)
    His battery last for 10 min while mine last for 10 hours:)

    I gave him his laptop a few hours ago. I deleted some more stuff and installed Avira and set it up for him.

    New laptop or more RAM. I leave it up to him.

    Check old restore points.....good tip! Maybe I look into it next time I see him.

    Thank you for your replies
     
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