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Old 11-10-2008, 09:05 AM   #1
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I apologize if this has been covered ad nauseum, but I've searched through the posts and have generally done everything that was suggested, but my stupid %(#*$&@# laptop is still a complete slug! I'm also a total luddite, so in all reality there's a good chance it's user-error...

Here's my specs:

Sony VAIO 1.66 GHz
2.00 GB RAM
Intel Core 2 Duo
Vista Home Premium w/ Service Pack 1
60 GB free space on hard drive

I've defragmented the hard drive, changed all the visual settings back to "Windows Classic", I have a ReadyBoost card providing 4 GB of space, I have checked my c:\ drive for errors (and automatically fixed them), and I have Norton 360 installed and have run current drive scans.

I'm stumped. It really seems to be slowing down in the past few months, although I don't think i've downloaded anything of consequence. it just seems to be aging (albeit not gracefully). Now whenever I open a window or program, it will take several seconds (more like 20-30) to start up, and often it will go into "Not Responding" mode before actually starting - this is even with basic Windows programs like the Control Panel.

I'm losing my noodle! Please help before I commit laptop murder!

:) Thank you!!!
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:40 PM   #2
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Vista is no speed champ, but with your specs it should be running better than it is. First off you need to see what is running that is slowing things down. Norton is known for being a resource hog, so start there. There are a few tools to check.
First, open Task Manager, by right-clicking on the task bar at the bottom of the screen. Then clcik on the "Processes" tab. This shows you a list of everything running on the pc. Find the "Show processes from all users" button and click it. You will get a security warning, just hit continue. Now you will notice there are a lot more processes. These are all the system processes. Look through the list and check the "memory" column. See what process is using the most memory. If you don't reconize the process, just google it.
Another tool you can use is the cpu monitor inside the sidebar. Just "add gadgets" to the sidebar. I think it is called cpu monitor. Anyway, this will show you current cpu usage and memory usage (memory is the smaller gague).
This will give you a start on getting to what is hogging up your resources.

Hope this helps!

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Old 11-11-2008, 12:20 AM   #4
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I'me willing to bet that its norton thats slowing you down right click the norton icon in the system tray and switch it off for 5 minutes I bet you speed up.
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