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I bought a refub Dell M5030 for basic internet use. Specs:

AMD Athlon II X2 P340 2.2GHz
3GB DDR3 1333
ATI HD4250 Mobility
320GB 5400RPM HDD


The first thing I did was format and install a clean Windows 7 x64 and MSE for an AV. It works fine, but isn't snappy at all. For example, opening the Start Menu takes 2 or 3 seconds and it loads like a .JPG on a 56K modem. This is my first laptop so I assumed it was normal until I saw a friend's inferior laptop. Her specs:

Intel Celeron 540 1.86GHz
2GB DDR2 667
Intel x3100 graphics
250GB 540RPM HDD
Windows Vista 32 bit


She has McAfee and all the OEM bloatware running, yet her computer is far snappier than mine. The start menu and other windows open instantly.
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Make sure a bunch of programs aren't starting with your computer?
     
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drivers?
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clean the heatsinks, turn off areo, dissable startup services, run 32bit(faster imo on laptops from my experience, might just be a fluke), get an ssd, all i can say, hope it works out better for you
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Open it and check for dust, mainly the exhaust.
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post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by EpicPie;12425111 
Make sure a bunch of programs aren't starting with your computer?

It's a fresh install.
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Originally Posted by rdrdrdrd;12425223 
clean the heatsinks, turn off areo, dissable startup services, run 32bit(faster imo on laptops from my experience, might just be a fluke), get an ssd, all i can say, hope it works out better for you

That doesn't explain why a lesser laptop loaded with OEM bloatware moves faster.

I don't think you guys understand how slow things are opening. Imagine porn on dial up. My start menu loads in layers. If I move a window it even leaves a trail.

Programs work fine once they are open.
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post #7 of 16
5400rpm hdd?
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Originally Posted by ItsEggrollTime;12426257 

I don't think you guys understand how slow things are opening. Imagine porn on dial up. My start menu loads in layers. If I move a window it even leaves a trail.

Programs work fine once they are open.

sounds like you need a gpu driver

also check temps
Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 2/17/11 at 6:02pm
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Run core temp to check if its overheating. If so ... clean
    
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post #9 of 16
check cpu usage, ram usage, blah blah blah.. if anything is out of the ordinary tell us. Also, check temps, and make sure your drivers are all up to date. Especially graphics.
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check your gpu driver, would make sense
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