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Laptop is running very slow

By changra
Sep 8, 2008
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  1. Dear All,

    I am using a laptop with the following configuration:

    HP ZE 2000
    Intel Pentium 1.60GHz
    512 RAM
    55 GB HD

    I've purhcased this used laptop about a week ago. After getting it, I've formatted the hard drive and Installed Windows XP SP2 and MS Office from a CD and downloaded following programs for my use.

    AVAST Antivirus Professional Addition Demo Version
    Yahoo Messenger
    Adobe Acrobat Reader
    Alibaba Trade Manager
    Running Windows Update

    With the above installion my sound was not working and updated the driver from the Device Manager and then it worked.

    After Installing above mentioned programs, the laptop was running good.
    However, after a while, when I turned on, it was running very slow and then
    once I hooked UTP cable to the LAN Card to use the Internet and it was running even more slower, jut like crashing.

    I've looked at the processes. It had 28 processes running and nothing suspicious.
    Just now, once again, I reformatted it again and Installed Windows XP SP2 and turned off windows update and installed following programs.

    Yahoo messenger
    AVAST Antivirus Professional Addition Demo Version
    High Jack this
    Super Antware

    Any suggestions as to why this is happening... So far, I have reinstalled XP 4 times and it worked for a while and then again back to square one. So, my understanding is once you reinstall the problem is fixed and it comes back.

    Regards,

    MRC
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Try updating all your Drivers, from this Page
    Also turn off as many Windows Startups as you can, using this Program

    If the fault still persists (see a doctor...no no, hang on :) )
    Consider running a Drive Diagnostics on your HardDrive
    Or running Memtest on your Ram
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