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OS : 64-bit Windows 7
CPU : AMD Phenom II N830 Triple-Core Processor 2.10 GHz
RAM : 4gb (3.74 usable) <-No idea what they meant here. :S
Graphics Card : AMD M880g with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250

Thats my set up, I'm only a young kid in highschool and a minimum-wage part-time job so I cant really mess with the internals since its my only machine. As for peripherals already on it, I have an Alfa AWUS036NH when I need a better adapter for my Wi-Fi recieving signal, and a 1GB SD with some ReadyBoost cache on it. Nothing big; oh and a Microsoft mouse and my headphones, though that doesnt affect much.

So what can I do to squeeze out every drop of power out of my machine? smile.gif
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1.It's a factory built computer so overclocking is out of the question.

2.it's a notebook.

Unless you plan on running linux you won't find an easy way to get a performance boost.

As for gaining a small boost in graphic performance you could always run an unofficial tweaked bios for it, such as omega. That's if they are still around. I haven't owned an ati card since the x1600xt so I wouldn't know.
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Originally Posted by vspec;15390752 
1.It's a factory built computer so overclocking is out of the question.

2.it's a notebook.

Unless you plan on running linux you won't find an easy way to get a performance boost.

As for gaining a small boost in graphic performance you could always run an unofficial tweaked bios for it, such as omega. That's if they are still around. I haven't owned an ati card since the x1600xt so I wouldn't know.

True, I know there isnt a whole lot to be done, jjust wanna know what i CAN do, even if the performance upgrade is small, it'd still be appreciated.
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I just wrote a mini undervolting guide for K10 CPU's(Phenom II /Turion II) here: http://www.overclock.net/laptops-netbooks/424756-laptop-undervolting-thread-13.html#post15390772 It'll add some battery life and keep it running cooler, IMO those count as performance boosts for a laptop.

I suppose you can use Puran Defrag or MyDefrag to defrag it. Make 2 partitions on your HDD: a C:\ and a D:\ . ALL of your data(videos, pics, music, etc.) goes on the D:\, and programs and games go on C:\. C: will be on the fastest part of your disk, and if you ever need to reinstall it keeps everything simple. (Not a huge boost, about the same as short-stroking without losing HDD capacity)

Clean install of Windows 7(there's a guide floating on Notebookreview somewhere), and/or disable all the "Windows Features" and "services" (super-search it) you don't need. Should get running processes down, and RAM usage. Disable indexing completely, or only index C: will speed up the drive. Windows Basic theme(no Aero)... or if you're l33t go Windows Classic. These are most of the cheap hacks I know.
 
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Originally Posted by jrbroad77;15390896 
I just wrote a mini undervolting guide for K10 CPU's(Phenom II /Turion II) here: http://www.overclock.net/laptops-netbooks/424756-laptop-undervolting-thread-13.html#post15390772 It'll add some battery life and keep it running cooler, IMO those count as performance boosts for a laptop.

I suppose you can use Puran Defrag or MyDefrag to defrag it. Make 2 partitions on your HDD: a C:\ and a D:\ . ALL of your data(videos, pics, music, etc.) goes on the D:\, and programs and games go on C:\. C: will be on the fastest part of your disk, and if you ever need to reinstall it keeps everything simple. (Not a huge boost, about the same as short-stroking without losing HDD capacity)

Clean install of Windows 7(there's a guide floating on Notebookreview somewhere), and/or disable all the "Windows Features" and "services" (super-search it) you don't need. Should get running processes down, and RAM usage. Disable indexing completely, or only index C: will speed up the drive. Windows Basic theme(no Aero)... or if you're l33t go Windows Classic. These are most of the cheap hacks I know.

Battery Life and running cooler? Once i get some canned air this beatch will be running back to AMD's Cool & Quiet slogan that actually is... Cool and Quiet.

As for battery life, I just tweak my power plans and they work fine for battery life, I would just want some more performance itself.

I also already disabled lots of services in msconfig, defraged my harddrive, made a partition, and disabled some graphics.

Did I just about do all I can do?
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Since it's laptop and overclocking is highly not recommended i would recomend going to Black Viper's site. There you can follow his tweaks on improving your system's preformance by disabling services that you or your system may or may not use.

Also, check under your start-up tab and UNtick things you don't need on boot-up.
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Personally I haven't seen any real world performance increase when I used ready boost.

Are you sure that you can't put more memory in? If you have 64-bit windows then you should be able to have more. My laptop came with 6GB Ram (free upgrade) but they wanted $200 for 8GB and instead I upped it myself for $40 on a newegg sale.

I personally wouldn't recommend trying to upgrade your wireless card because if you need to install another antenna you will be ripping apart half of your computer.

I would say just disable all of the tablet stuff and file sharing if you don't plan on using it. I also disabled games and transparency with aero. Uninstall extra language packages and any bloatware that came with your computer. When you install programs make sure you uncheck the box to install stupid extras like search bars.

Download anti-virus even if it is free like avast!. Also download CCleaner and clean the registry and then defragment your hard drive. (I use defraggler but the win7 software is fine) Keep everything updated but after a couple updates/program installs I will run CCleaner and defrag my hard drive

Last thing I can say is go to the bar next to the clock and see what is running when you start your computer. You will need to go into the settings of that program and uncheck "Start when computer starts"
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Originally Posted by da tick 07;15392405 
Personally I haven't seen any real world performance increase when I used ready boost.

Are you sure that you can't put more memory in? If you have 64-bit windows then you should be able to have more. My laptop came with 6GB Ram (free upgrade) but they wanted $200 for 8GB and instead I upped it myself for $40 on a newegg sale.

I personally wouldn't recommend trying to upgrade your wireless card because if you need to install another antenna you will be ripping apart half of your computer.

I would say just disable all of the tablet stuff and file sharing if you don't plan on using it. I also disabled games and transparency with aero. Uninstall extra language packages and any bloatware that came with your computer. When you install programs make sure you uncheck the box to install stupid extras like search bars.

Download anti-virus even if it is free like avast!. Also download CCleaner and clean the registry and then defragment your hard drive. (I use defraggler but the win7 software is fine) Keep everything updated but after a couple updates/program installs I will run CCleaner and defrag my hard drive

Last thing I can say is go to the bar next to the clock and see what is running when you start your computer. You will need to go into the settings of that program and uncheck "Start when computer starts"

I havent seen a whole big difference since I started ReadyBoost either. But it's there, soo... Dunno xD

I havent really checked if I can upgrade the RAM of my computer, and yeah it's a 64-bit OS, so I'll have to take a look into it. Thanks, never thought of upgrading hardware really since it was a laptop.

Also I didnt upgrade the wireless card. The Alfa AWUS036NH is a seperate external wireless adapter. So I didnt upgrade a wireless card, I bought another one.

Yeah i disabled most of the stuff but that was awhile ago, so maybe I should check back in and see if I have more I can disable.

I dont have any anti-virus beside the Windows Defender one, and havent had any antivirus for maybe 8 months now? Never had a lick of trouble, I'm really good when it comes to viruses. Also, I do already have Spybot Search and Destroy, Advance System Care4 by IOBit, CCleaner, and Disk Defrag by IOBit, so as for optimizaiton software, I'm good for a little while.

And what bar next to the clock? I'm confused to that.

Thanks though!
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Originally Posted by elemein;15399110 
And what bar next to the clock? I'm confused to that.

Thanks though!

I don't remember what they call it. It isn't the quick launch bar but rather where they show all the programs currently running along with wifi, sound, and battery info on the bottom right corner. I noticed that programs will start up and not be shown on the windows list for whatever reason
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