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Dell Laptop slow

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I have a Dell XPS M1530 which I have had for 2 years now. absolutely wonderful. I've only ever had to replace the battery once last year but also a few days ago (within days of it expiring its warrenty!)

Im a software dev and a hardware engineer and mainly use my laptop for dev purposes.

I have always had a speedy fast response from the system regardless of how much software I have installed and how many applications I have open at the same time (SQL Server, Visual Studio, virtual machines etc...)

the last month, especially the past week, things have gotten really slow on the system. No viruses, no spyware, no "extra" items on startup - all is clean.

I am referring to overall system performance. it is getting dog slow with the HDD light being active all the time almost. sometimes takes me a good 6 minutes just to load an application!

Sometimes the graphics seem a little slow also.

I thought I would wipe the system clean and start afresh. Did so and guess what? its gotten a little worse! I even tried a plain vanilla install of Windows 7, and still, slow.

the system does seem to somewhat be overheated from the bottom - wondering if maybe the hdd/motherboard/cpu could be affected or on its last legs? Lucky I have a 3 business warrenty and have a good few months left to go before I renew it.

I will contact Dell support but, they never know what they are talking about most of the time and blame you for having alot of applications installed - but that has no relevance even if the system is plain clean.

I was able to install VS2010 within 20 minutes. Now, its over 1 hour 30 minutes!

Event logs show no errors with hardware but I think the hardware is slowing down somewhere.

What can I do? This system was always speedy.... but now, its just getting worse.

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Thanks. it is unfortunately a seagate hdd! never liked them. ill try that....
well I ran the dell diags after going through with it on the phone - he will call back on Wednesday but the diags show that everything is fine. But I know its not - the system is dog slow.

plus, the bottom left handside of the laptop gets pretty hot - but not anywhere else. this is without any pressure being applied

so what now? they will see that the system is fine but you cannot measure performance. it is really slow.
Did you run the disc diagnostic I suggested?

Have you used a can of compressed air to blow out the intake vents on the bottom of the laptop?
there is no vents at the bottom of the laptop (thankfully, unlike the bad design on inspiron laptops!)

that diagnostic you suggested - will try now.
Whever the air intake is . . try blowing it out with a can of air
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