Slow laptop when not connected to network

By edoubleu ยท 4 replies
Oct 5, 2011
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  1. Hi,
    I tried this post in the laptop forum with no reply.
    I been working at a new job for a few months now and use a Dell Precision laptop. While I'm at the office it's connected to the company network via a wired connection with no issues, except loading internet pages can either take minutes, if it loads at all. Sometimes the pages will load up with no issues. It doesn't matter which site I go to either. I was having a virus/malware problem a few weeks ago and the guys in the malware forum helped me through that and it works fine now. What I've noticed is that when I use the laptop at home it runs painfully slow. It could take 2 minutes to open Explorer or even open a folder in explorer. Starting programs takes way too long as well. Internet pages also load inconsistantly, like at work. I'm connected to a wireless network at home. I'm guessing there is a network setting or something that's causing this but I don't know what it could be.

    Any suggestions would be great.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,154   +985

    investigate hard-coded DNS settings - - you should have only dynamic values for IP and DNS.

    View network connections-->right click on Local Area Connection-->properties
    Scroll to TCP/IP and select it. Click Properties
    Make sure both (*) Obtain ... Automatically buttons are checked.
    Click the Alternative Tab
    Again (*) Automatic
    click OK, click Close

    Disconnect from your router and then reconnect.
  3. edoubleu

    edoubleu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    thanks for the suggestion. I checked all those settings and they were like you stated.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,154   +985

  5. edoubleu

    edoubleu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    OK, I ran the program and it found no problems.

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