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I've got a Sony Vaio laptop just over a year ago. I upgraded the hard drive with a SSD. It's an i5 with AMD graphics, 4 gigs of ram, windows 7 x64 (I think...but it's not intel for sure). I dont mess with Laptops much, as far as hardware goes, but typical troubleshooting pretty well.

It was a pretty solid system. I mostly play League of Legends on it and watch Netflix. With the SSD, my games would load rather fast, I'd be at 100% loading far beyond most of the other players. I'd say under 20 seconds most of the time. Now, it's slower than friends who are on a 7200rpm hard drive and intel graphics. Netflix streamed in HD without a hiccup ever. Recently, the last few months it's degraded tons. Lips get de-scyned very often, if I fast forward or reload it'll resync, but eventually get off with the audio again. If I turn off "Allow HD", it seems to fix it as audio/lip syncing is fine since then.

I've updated drivers on multiple occasions. I've ran diagnostics on the HDD and it's still doing pretty much full read/write. I check temps but I'm not sure what would be normal. Although it doesn't seem like it's super high, even while gaming. But, that could be me not knowing what's normal for laptop temps. However, I've never bluescreened, froze, or had it restart like how excessive heat would usually do.

I use it with a laptop cooling pad as well. I've blown it with electronic dust spray pretty well (from the outside). I haven't tested the memory yet, but get no beeping if that matters.

And, yes, I've ran quite a few virus/malware scans. I'm usually pretty good at not getting infected. Not saying it's impossible, but symptoms don't seem to point to an infection from my experience.

What do you guys think? Would taking it apart and cleaning it help? I'm reluctant on doing this because I've never taken one apart before and it seems like a pain. Or would there be any other cause?

JFYI, my sister has dropped it a good amount of times.
Edited by hokage - 10/30/13 at 11:14am
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You could try doing a restore?

Open the laptop up see if anything looks damaged or been dislodged.

What temps is the laptop getting?

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You could try doing a restore? Not yet, strongly considering one though, but I'm also strongly wondering if it'll really improve anything.

Open the laptop up see if anything looks damaged or been dislodged. -- I guess, will I have to disconnect any ribbons...etc? (like for the display)

What temps is the laptop getting? 40-50 idle comes to mind, for the gpu at least, and and about the same for cpu I think. Will confirm when I get home later.

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Temps are fine, restore hold off unless you really have to. Another thing it could be is a firmware update what SSD do you have there are some SSD's know to slow down after firmware updates
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