«Home

Why Is My Laptop So Slow? Help!

I use a toshiba satellite pro. It serves me right but its so slow to do anything nowadays. Is it that the Norton anti virus slows it down? What can I do? I've run a full system scan, cleared the recycle bin. Argh

Avatar
Newbie
41 answers

I was crazy when i saw it , i paid them and it was not just cheap they shipped the laptop directly to me here in nigeria, though i paid a good price for the shipping.The laptop is factory refurbished , but my question is why do i have to go that far to get a refurbished laptop, why dont hey do that in nigeria. I think they still have some varieties of the laptop available.you may check it out on www.realcomputervillage.com

0
Avatar
Newbie

wanna gini? i too old for that crap! but if u get forum wey dey good, i am open to going to any1 of them and yes we both can share forums we visit and learn but to begin prove myself to u, i am too old for that.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@na2day

make i no start with u or we go turn this thread to something else.

'reasonable irc's' 'code flow flaws' 'TI guys hacked 360 to hell and back', PUHLEAZE. You sound like a wannabe slashbot already.

Its easy to sound like a 'leet haxor' but u need to do more than blowing smoke out of your ar$e. If you know what ur talking about make we commot go a more free forum (not nairaland where they can ban you for talking about PSP firmware) make we yarn.

MS makes windows buggy by design = ridiculous conspiracy theory

0
Avatar
Newbie

I use an HP Presario V2000. I noticed that after I downloaded Adobe Readers 7.0, it became very slow. I had to remove it immediately and noticed that it came back to normal speed.

Could Adobe actually have been the reason for the speed decrease or was it just coincedental?

Can a burnt power adapter be repaired? I already got another one but reluctant to throw away the original one.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Nope. that is NOT correct.

by the same logic you would say that the world health organization deliberately allows disease to spread in order to make money for the pharmaceutical companies.

There is a reason Microsoft has kept clear of the whole virus business, its because of the likes of you. When their hand was finally forced and they had to get in on it to save face, their offerings were free. Remember the whole furore over windows defender and microsoft onecare? It is nontrivial for MS to make money off their products' misgivings.

Look at the extent to which they went to make vista secure, almost breaking all of the functionality in the process and making the OS undesirable and a headache for most users. If they really wanted to make money off viruses, they would never have done that, or released SP2 which almost made the whole virus problem moot save brontok and friends.

The point is that viruses exist as a self-perpetuating problem and the companies making money off managing the problem have enough of a task on their hands that they dont need to escalate the problem. Norton etc can be guilty of scaremongering and overhyping the threat posed by viruses, but they do NOT perpetuate the stuff.

MS software is porous only because it has to support so many hardware manufacturers, and so many configurations. It is simply a fact of life.

linux is more secure because it gives more control to the user and is more open and 'manual' in its configuration. As a downside it is difficult for a newbie to use and a headache to configure for daily activities.

MAC is more streamlined because apple has total control over the hardware. Its not rocket science, any OS company can make a rock solid OS once they control the hardware. Even MS did so with the xbox360 which is so far virus free and hack proof. All the old-school home computers like the BBC and the commodore 64 had OS that were made by the hardware manudfacturers so the user did not even know they existed.

Dont spread conspiracy theories. I'm sure you think osama bin laden is on George Bush's payroll

0
Avatar
Newbie

@ dakmanzero

microsoft goes thro that wahala to give their 3rd party s/w and h/w companies money in the pocket. it is called business. thats why they keep supporting microsoft and microsoft keeps growing despite they got the worst O/S on the planet.

0
Avatar
Newbie

why cant u change your ISP or u get a good anti-virus, like Mcafe, Ad-aware, Solo anti-virus etc,

0
Avatar
Newbie

boy remove any AVP (anti virus) plz use kaspersky,it is d best and very lite on system and update your ram.defragment ur hard disk 2 and see performance.cheers man

0
Avatar
Newbie

Check most of the programmes that run at your system start up and probably increase the RAM an repair your XP.

0
Avatar
Newbie

your laptop is slow because of the speed memorry is low,but i can make it fast for you by upgrading it with a high speed memorry,am at ikeja,computer village lagos give me a call 07030696409 and i will fix it for you

0
Avatar
Newbie

The first thing I would look at is processes running within Program Manager. Also, have you added hardware or software just before this slowdown started? Do you run the Defrag' utility regularily, doing an 'anaylze' to check if it is needed or do you have 'Defrag' set to run at a specific time? There are several possibilities.

This can also be a memory issue. As a computer ages and contains more and more files, the MFT (Master file table) grows and grows, and more memory is required for the MFT, which decreases the amount of memory available for applications.

When I get major slowdowns to look at, what I do is:

(1) run something like Ad Aware to clear out any malware

(2) run disk cleanup and defrag the hard drive

(3) give it a three-finger salute and look at running processes. If there is anything there that I don't recognise, or which looks suss, I google it and see if it is malware (some requires a heavier blow than your antivirus or antimalware program can deliver). There's often an on-line solution to this kind of nasty.

(4) I also look at how busy the CPU is -- sometimes a service can be trying to initialise and repeatedly failing, and heavy CPU usage when you are not doing very much with the computer could be a clue. Event Log will sometimes show you where a problem is occurring.

(5) panic

(6) if there is an occasional warning about virtual memory, I reset the virtual memory to have the computer manage virtual memory rather than set a minimum and maximum

(7) reinstall the entire system.

I have seen add-ons like Yahoo or Google search tools mess up internet access, but am unsure whether they also mess up system speed; I have also seen computers slow down quite dramatically when running MS Office, with PowerPoint likely to be a particular offender, but that was more of a problem with version 97 than with more recent versions.

Occasionally there can be intermittent hardware problems, so, if everything else fails to solve the problem, you may have a bad connexion to the hard drive or a failing CD drive which keeps trying to start up.

0
Avatar
Newbie

dont be silly

why would microsoft go thru so much wahala to put money into the pockets of norton and intel?

its like saying the WHO created aids, cough and cold so that people would keep on buying drugs.

viruses are a natural result of the free and open internet, and the free and open PC. whenever you get freedom you lose security. If you value your security you must opt for little or no freedom (buy a mac) or take control of your own destiny and stop relying on bill gates (get LINUX).

if u cant do either, then stick with windows and keep upgrading your antivirus. either way its not like they are forcing you to do anything.

mac users = rich kids with daddy to take care of everything, stuck in the family business

windows users = employees with cushy jobs that will never be rich but are fine as long as they keep making BIG BILL rich

LINUX USERS= SELF MADE MILLIONAIRES!!!!!

0
Avatar
Newbie

virus, duh! too much download , no spam, geez, internet just sucks, thats the way they designed computers .so that u will keep buyin and buyin

0
Avatar
Newbie

I think I know why your laptop is so slow = it has eaten lots of snails or it is a snail on it's own.

0
Avatar
Newbie

re there witches on nairaland?

0
Avatar
Newbie

@poster!

Ur system could be infected, if ur norton antivirus is not up to date then u are in trouble sooo just uninstall if u cant update it and install NOD32.

I tell u, u'll definitely catch some viruses in that system of urs with NOD32, I know its infected cos U do use a flash drive right?

If u want Nod32 U can mail me, elgaxton@gmail.com!

Kpele o it can be annoying! when a Pentium M behaving like an x86 system

0
Avatar
Newbie

all these road side mechanics wey full this forum, na wa! make una dey suggest all the software wey dey the world ooooo. this lecture we don give the guy e don do. bros if u still get wahala, no buy christmas clothe/goat/chicken/rice, go buy new laptop make we hear word.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@ adrian5,

A lot has been said already but i think u should get WEBROOT'S WINDOW WASHER software.

It has a BLEACH accessory that washes ur laptop everytime u restart.

This cleans up deleted files, saves space on ur HARD DRIVE and boosts the overall speed of ur system.

0
Avatar
Newbie

OVYB

Man u are good!!!!

Wil try all that u said

cheers

0
Avatar
Newbie

Ima 1

Great suggestion.

Will try it out

Why are u in a foul mood ?

0
Avatar
Newbie

He brume.

Now that u have mentioned it, i can't play dvds no more. Will troubleshoot more on this

Gracias

0
Avatar
Newbie

Thanks Malleq

have tried defraging too.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Thanx richboi.

I use 512 Mb RAM

0
Avatar
Newbie

The slowness of your computer could be caused by a lot of things.

Low amount of memory available, virus or Trojans/ worms, could also be caused by programs you have installed on your system. Some applications are resource monsters. The type of AVP (Anti Virus Program) you use could also be a problem. Norton used to be very good in the old days, but these days there are a lot of much better AVP's. Norton is very resource hungry, and i think they only leave on past Glory. You could do a lot of things to improve the performance of your system.

Uninstall unwanted applications or applications you do not use at all

Increase the amount of ram you have on your system,

Get a better antivirus to scan your system for viruses, worms and Trojans

Try to work on your virtual memory.

Or click HEREto see how you can tweak your computer for home, office and gaming performance.

0
Avatar
Newbie

another possibility

i have a toshiba satelite

theres a design issue with the fans. is your laptop hot.dos very hot air blow out of the fan vent?

if you run process exploere, do u see 'DPCs(deferred procedure calls) ' taking up to 70% CPU?

does the laptop shutdown at random.?

if so, you need to fix your fan

0
Avatar
Newbie

the following tools should help

CCleaner.this tool does two things(removes invalid registry entries, and cleans up your HDD) the registry changes are reversible, as it saves all deleted registry entries.if you've never used it b4, u might find over 1gb of unnesscary files in your HDD)

alternatively navigate to\temp and delete all the files there

i would advise you to steer clear of all registry cleaners other than registry mechanic.

especially if you have a lot of apps on your system.i used one xprepairpro the a forthnight ago.it f, ked up several of my apps.i had to do a lot of reinstallations.

download autoruns from sysinternals.this will provide you with a comprehensive list of all the apps that startup when you start your system.you can disable from here.

alternatively, you can download advanced windows care personal. this will scan for spyare, immunize your system, clean your registry, optimize your settings, startups and disk space.if you use it , i recommend you deselect the

registry cleaning option.

you can also opt to increase your virtual memory.apparently virtual memory should be at least twice your existing ram.go to my computer -properties ->advanced -> performance options -> advanced->virtual memory.

if your ram is 256, set to 512.if its 512, set to 1024

you can go to control panel ->administrative tools -> services ->

if you kno what you're doing, you can disabl some services.its odd, but some service apps are left behind after uninstalling their parent programs. i had an instance of sql sever using some 3-10MB of ram running even though i had uninstalled its parent app.i simply disabled it.

norton antivirus, mcafee virus scan, bit defender all of these are system hogs.they will SLOW down your system.your best bet is kaspesky or nod32.

you can also download the following tools to monitor your system

free ramxp .this automatiocally frees ram.it also indicates how much ram you are using a any point in time

process explorer.

this is a process manager.you can zero in on any app that is eating up cpu.sep if you enable the icon in the taskbar.eats up ram, though.

glarysoft process manager.supposed to  do the same thing.

other recommendations:

if your ram is  256, you'd best upgrade asap.

if you have any bling bling apps (eg windowblinds) u'd best uninstall them.

cheers.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@theffanyi

So we talk too much, abi?

ok, here's a one-line solution to all your problems

'The Answer Lies in Prayer'!

0
Avatar
Newbie

@poster ----- call your engineer scaning for you there should be a virus on it what antivirus do you use.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Yeah, msconfi is pretty good for removing startup items that slow the pc down.

i'd advise you to remove Norton antivirus immediately. It can slow a less capable system down.

Install Avira AntiVir Personal Edition. It's free and it's better than Norton antivirus (as rated by PC Magazine). better still, it takes up little system resources

0
Avatar
Newbie

best option is to backup ur files n format, microsoft advices doing this 3 times a yr, or try clearing up ur startup items, too many programs might be running taking alot of space.

start-run-msconfig

0
Avatar
Newbie

it has nothing to do with the brand of laptop since most of them use the same oem parts or similar. the first question u guys shld find out is how old is this laptop, if u have 7yrs old laptop with a celeron chips and u where expecting the current performance of and centrinal rose (intel core 2 duo 7100 or higher) u r are joking. a 1988 volks no matter hw well it has served u will not out perform a 2007 mazda 626. get that fact straight! u can keep adding more heavy programs to it and expect it to work like a champ. number 2, very important, take norton out as soon as possible, that sucker takes up to 35% of ur system resources. get better antivirus like trend micro, nod32, kapsersky etc, these are very light weight programs and dont consume ur resources like norton and macafee does (but macafee has recently improved their program and now have a better virus defination database than norton) nod32 just take 4% of ur system resources. u can also go to this site www.crucial.com and see the maxium ur laptop can handle, also it will tell u the type of memory ur laptop uses (clock speed and all that). number 3, u can use the command " msconfig " in run if u have windows ME, windows 2000, xp, and take out some programs that start up when windows boots, that will help improve ur notebook performace, (pls no go stop system programs or processes oooooo, well na ur laptop, na u go hear am). lastly, check for malware activities and clean them. if ur hard drive space is small, defragment but if u have a 250gb harddrive and u want to defrag, OYO! better have a pretty fast processor oooo.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Well said but like one poster mentioned not too much of disk defragmentation.Hopefully you get your system running  fine.

0
Avatar
Newbie

does have to do with toshiba satellite laptops cos i own one too and its darned slow too.i recently had to delete sme files and it became faster.

0
Avatar
Newbie

it MAY have been corrupted by a virus. set up an anti virus or delete some unimportant programmes.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Hey adrian5,

I think the bases have been covered by previous posters. But from the below quote it appears you might be able to establish a checkpoint at which you deemed the system to serve you "right" (i.e. it appeared to operate in an inviolable state) beyond which point it slowed down noticeably,

Perhaps you may want to consider the following as well if you are unable to easily identify the culprit from what has already been pointed out by previous posters:-

Do you have a specific recollection of what you may have changed just before it became noticeably slow?. I.e. was it shortly after adding some specific piece of software or after a download incident that system perfomance noticeably degraded?.

Are there any pending patches/fixes you are missing for your platform (i.e. is your software up to date w.r.t recent operating system/application software patches/updates/service packs/etc.)

Are all the hardware devices functioning correctly (or is there a single device retrying a failed operation forever).? For this look at logs and LEDs.

Is this system solely available for your use or do others have access to it. If others also use it are they also able to download/install software on the system?

Is it part of a LAN - and if so, do the other systems on the LAN appear to be Ok - or have they also recently developed similar performance problems.?

I hope you have your data organized in such a way that you can easily back it up and re-install the underlying operating software/restore the backed up data JIC all else fails.

All the best,

Brume

0
Avatar
Newbie

@maleeq has said it all, nothing more need be said.

One small correction sha,  nowadays defragmentation does not make much of a difference,  caching electronics on modern drives make the fragmentation problem moot, and NTFS handles fragmented files far better than fat32. Defragging can actually kill nowadays' high capacity drives with the crazy amount of reading/writing. Read the 'myths' section of the wikipedia article on defragmentation for more info :-)

0
Avatar
Newbie

Norton Antivirus is really not a good choice for any system, strictly speaking from experience. i advise you try either kapsersky or Bit defender. Although there might be some other reasons why it is slowing down. You will see a considerable increase in your system's response time. Virus or no Virus.

it will also help in you can download a program called hijackthis, try googling it. it is freeware. Do a system scan and Post the log here. I promise i can have your system up and running in no time. I can also give you a good deal on the latest Kaspersky Internet Security which is the best antivirus out there now. it shileds you from every harm on the internet and has a way of updating that you will hardly notice unike Norton Antivirus.

0
Avatar
Newbie

buy a registry cleaning software, e.g Registry Mechanic install it and scan your system to fix all registry errors.

am sure this will improve your systems performance

0
Avatar
Newbie

RAM is the most likely culprit, by far. To free up more space, replace your heavy programs with memory-efficient ones.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@adrian5

A lot of things could be responsible for a system drag. The following are possibilities:

- System Memory available: If the amount of memory(RAM) is low, then the swap space on the HDD is used. HDDs generally have longer access times than RAMs thus you'll notice significant system drag.

Solution: Increase RAM size.

- Disk Fragmentation: Files on a drive are usually not saved in contiguous segments. When access to a fragmented file is requested, the drive read head has to flip through all the physical sectors on the disk where the file fragments are to give you the access.

Solution: Defragment your dirves often, especially when you delete relatively huge files on your disk(s).

- [b]AVP: [/b]Antivirus programs mostly scan processes that run on your system. Before a process starts, it gets scanned by the AVP thus you notice a relative delay. This delay could be further noticeable if the former two conditions are present.

Solution: Get a better AVP thats less process intensive or simply mark the major process that you run on your system as trusted so that they dont get scanned on next run. Whatever you do, DONT LEAVE YOUR SYSTEM WITHOUT AN AVP.

- [b]VIRUS, TROJANS, WORMS:[/b]Dreaded I know, but they could be a reason for the drag.

Solution: Update your virus definition and run a total scan. Hopefully any virus would be wiped out.

I could go on and on, but I would be more guided if I could get a HJT Log file of your system. That way, I'll be able to narrow it down for you.

0
Avatar
Newbie

how many mb of ram/how much free hd space is on ur system?

0
Avatar
Newbie
Your answer
Add image

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.