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    Laptop Slow

    Hello Folks, thought I'd ask what some will see as a stupid question.
    I have a laptop pc, it's an Acer Aspire E15, the bumph on the label shows:
    intel Core i35005U (2.0 GHz. 3MB L3 Cache) Intel HD Graphics 5500 upto 2133 MB Dynamic video memory
    4 GB DDR3 L memory
    1000 GB HDD
    This is about 3 years old now, and seems to be getting slower by the day.
    Slower to start up, everything. I use CC Cleaner Pro regularly, my Son tells me to just buy a new one, is this correct? Can they just wear out?
    Any thoughts please Folks?
    Thanks,
    Andy

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    Re: Laptop Slow

    I'm not techy but I was told that when windows updates it leaves things behind. Over time it clutters everything up and slows it all down. A friend took his slowed down laptop to a tech who told him it would take so long to clear out the problem files that it would be cheaper to buy a new laptop.

    I once had an old desk top that I never had on line so it never did any updates. It was as fast the day I got rid of it (ten years later) as it was the day I bought it. So my friends story rings true to me.

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    Re: Laptop Slow

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyJ View Post
    Hello Folks, thought I'd ask what some will see as a stupid question.
    I have a laptop pc, it's an Acer Aspire E15, the bumph on the label shows:
    intel Core i35005U (2.0 GHz. 3MB L3 Cache) Intel HD Graphics 5500 upto 2133 MB Dynamic video memory
    4 GB DDR3 L memory
    1000 GB HDD
    This is about 3 years old now, and seems to be getting slower by the day.
    Slower to start up, everything. I use CC Cleaner Pro regularly, my Son tells me to just buy a new one, is this correct? Can they just wear out?
    Any thoughts please Folks?
    Thanks,
    Andy
    Is it all that porn you've been downloading?

    Quote Originally Posted by stratcat View Post
    I'm not techy but I was told that when windows updates it leaves things behind. Over time it clutters everything up and slows it all down. A friend took his slowed down laptop to a tech who told him it would take so long to clear out the problem files that it would be cheaper to buy a new laptop.
    That's true. It leaves certain old files behind. they are delete-able if you know how to.

    Spooky, I'm typing this on exactly the same machine!

    It's not a stupid question but the answer is not straight forward and sometimes is not really helpful. It's a bit like trying to diagnose a bike engine fault when the bike isn't in front of you.
    Is it the time it takes to surf the net - is it an internet supplier fault on download or wifi speeds or is it just the run up time from start?

    There are quite a few files 'left behind' in the folder system of the Operating System. Some are clearable with things like CCleaner but I've yet to to find or be told of a cleaner that does it all.
    Have you cleared out your browsing history on the browser you are using. Done in the 'settings' tab of the browser menu [usually top right]
    There may well be hundreds of files left in the 'temp' [tempoary] subfolder of the 'windows' folder on the drive - All are clearable - or in 'hidden' files on the system - some are clearable and other areas.
    Some progs that you download and use create folders for information when running but don't clear when you delete the prog. If you've done any gaming on it there will be quite a few of those.
    If you have loads of photos or files or saved documents it can alter the run up time and if the disc drive is getting full it can alter the performance of the machine [although with a terra byte drive I would doubt that it is filling enough to do that]
    If you know what you're doing and you have the Operating System backup then you could download stuff you want to save to a usb drive or external disc and then do a factory reset.
    It can take some time to go through it all and if you're paying someone to do it then yes it can cost a bit.

    The long and short of it really is that either you get someone to clean it, do it yourself or wait until it becomes a real pain and buy another one,

    Just one point. If you do buy another one be mindful that the hard drive in this one may contain personal information which is retrievable. Where I've changed machines I've always either fitted a secondhand hard drive before selling the old one or just removed the hard drive and dumped the body but I've always took the drive in the garage and 'totally secured' it with a hammer before dumping.

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    Re: Laptop Slow

    Awesome, thanks folks. I'll have a go at that later, as you probably know, I'm no expert on these machines....
    To be honest, I use the laptop only for a couple of Forums, and just youtube. It is slow on startup, seems to take an age, in fact, I will time it this evening, before trying to clear some of these files.
    I'll more than likely wreck it, so if you don't see an update, something went wrong, big time!!@!
    Thanks,
    Andy

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    Re: Laptop Slow

    It's worth noting that the less you have on your start-up menu, the quicker the computer will load.

    Had this issue with mine, and once I'd cleared the printer drivers off start-up, it was much quicker.
    Much less involved.....

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    Re: Laptop Slow

    Quote Originally Posted by kevscrivener View Post
    It's worth noting that the less you have on your start-up menu, the quicker the computer will load.

    Had this issue with mine, and once I'd cleared the printer drivers off start-up, it was much quicker.

    Doh, forgot to mention that.....

    CCleaner has a start up progs checker but be careful - it lists needed apps


    If you are running windows 10 then go into 'settings' type in 'start up' in the search box and you should see apps that run on start and you can deselect them.

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    also another one to have is Advanced System Care [Free]. It'll sort through most things and take out any rubbish. Good for sorting things in your registry that mat have been altered by an app or download.
    When doing the normal checks [click to have all the boxes checked in] anything it finds can be deleted so you can just click 'fix'. If it's your first run it may take some time.
    Don't bother with other progs that are offered like 'Driver Booster' etc


    https://download.cnet.com/Advanced-S...=dl&tag=button
    Last edited by TomG; 04-10-2020 at 05:47 PM.

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    Re: Laptop Slow

    YESSSS!!!
    For once, something goes right in this house!!
    Laptop is running better, for sure, quicker to start, and generally "Feels" Better.
    Thanks for your help everyone, it's not just about asking what oil to use, you know!!!
    Thanks again,
    Andy

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    Re: Laptop Slow

    Understand you perfectly! I also have extremely slow laptop. HP ProBook processor core i3. It is 4 years old. From Last 7-8 months its bothering me with is processing speed. Some time it goes to hang like tonight when I'm working on a very important project together with the guys from https://thewordpoint.com/services/tr...ation-services. Then I start it by doing shut down/restarting. Then sometimes it works right for few minutes (hardly 15 to 30 minutes) and again goes to slow/hanged. There is no problem in internet speed. I do all things like deleting cookies and browsing history.
    Last edited by rayshow; 24-01-2021 at 04:12 PM.

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    Re: Laptop Slow

    I'm no expert, my laptop became unusable a few years ago.

    I went to Linux (some light version) and LibreOffice and no problems.

    Windows 10 came out, so I gave it a year and tried it. I kept with Libre,
    and relied on the Windows antivirus etc (AVG et al suck processing power)
    and very happy, on an HP laptop.
    Just Ride

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    Re: Laptop Slow

    Today I had problems with loading speeds. Looked at my set up and thought hmm.

    Checked my Virgin media line and my connections speeds were down by over 50%. Been the same for a few people even on other net suppliers apparently.

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