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Old 10-26-2008, 02:50 PM   #1
 
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Hello there, I am new to these boards.

I need some help with making my computer run more quickly. There are 2 problems I have noticed.

I have a new Thinkpad T61 which I bought only a month ago, I use XP SP3 it takes almost 4 minutes in total from hitting the power button to being able to use the internet. A screen before a login screen says "Windows is Starting up..." and that stays there normally for at least a minute, that is the brunt of the problem.

Also I noticed when I am using FireFox alot, it freezes up and it says Page Not Responding on top but then after about 10 seconds usually its fine. Any ideas on either of these?

Here are the programs installed on my computer:

AIM
Mozilla
MS Office 2007
Adobe Reader
eBay Turbo Lister
iTunes
Quicktime Player
WMP

and then other things that came with the comp that look important (Access Connections, PC Doctor, etc) I deleted the excess advertised programs that come with computers (not on my comp but example free AOL and such).

Thanks for your help!

Tom
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:18 PM   #2
 
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gonna need more info. what are your comp specs? ram? cpu speed?

without that info, i can say: run ccleaner, defrag your hdd (with something like perfect disk 7), and eliminate unnecessary start up programs (start-up inspector).
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:19 PM   #3
 
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Yes I was hoping someone would mention the unneccessary programs at startup but was unsure how to do that.

I will get the system specs for you and post back here in a sec.
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:20 PM   #4
 
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Need any info? Thanks

Tech Specs

Product Description Lenovo ThinkPad T61 7661 - Core 2 Duo T7300 2 GHz - 14.1" TFT
Dimensions (WxDxH) 13.2 in x 10.3 in x 1.3 in
Weight 5.3 lbs
Localization English
System Type Notebook
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN antenna
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 / 2 GHz ( Dual-Core )
Cache Memory 4 MB - L2 cache
RAM 2 GB (installed) / 3 GB (max) - DDR II SDRAM - 667 MHz - PC2-5300 ( 2 x 1 GB )
Card Reader 4 in 1
Hard Drive 80 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Optical Storage DVD-ROM - removable plug-in module
Display 14.1" TFT active matrix 1280 x 800 ( WXGA ) - 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Graphics Controller Intel GMA X3100
Audio Output Sound card
Telecom Fax / modem - CDC - 56 Kbps
Networking Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g
Wireless NIC ThinkPad 11a/b/g
Input Device Keyboard, TrackPoint, UltraNav
Power AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
9 Cell Battery Lithium ion - Run Time (Up To) 5.7 hour(s)
Built In Camera
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:17 PM   #5
 
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to remove the start-up programs either go to START>>RUN>>MSCONFIG>>STARTUP or download a program such as startup inspector
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:00 PM   #6
 
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Ok thanks, what about the other info I gave you, is that of any help to figure what could be a problem?

Thanks
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:35 PM   #7
 
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do what i explained: ccleaner, perfect disk defrag, startup inspector.

your ram is fine, so you should be G2G after that
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:54 PM   #8
 
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okay, i think have a solution for your problems...
you say the windows splash screen is takeing a minute to boot, there is a simple way to disable in less than a minute. this will not affect the booting of your computer, it only makes it faster;
- GOTO: start > run > "msconfig" > BOOT.INI (tab).
- after that select /NOGUIBOOT.

now for your firefox problem. there is a simple tweak you can do to increase the speed of mozilla all together.
first step:
- open up your mozilla firefox browser.
- in the address bar, type: "about:config".
- once that opens; in the filter adress bar, type: "network".
- scroll around till you find "network.http.pipelining" and set it to true.
- after that scroll till u find pipelining.maxrequests" and set it to 10.

i really hopes this solves your problems,

maciej
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