How to Easily Optimize a Notebook Computer and Make it Faster Discussion

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  1. Platypus

    Platypus Notebook Enthusiast

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    Forgive me if this is a naive question, but...

    What kind of performance difference would a user see if he conducted the following procedures to clean-up a new laptop:
    1) Reconfiguring the system the way that Jack O'Neill recommends at the start of this thread, versus...
    2) Just going to the Control Panel and removing and unwanted applications via Windows Install/Remove function, versus...
    3) Reformatting one's Hard Drive and reinstalling only one's desired apps?
     
  2. Larsp

    Larsp Newbie

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    Can only recommend to disable all those unneeded services in XP. Not only do you get a faster PC with more available memory, you also improve security a lot.

    I like to have most of the visual effects on though, but with windows classic theme! The best is to disable the themes service completely!

    Even with 500 MHz my Win XP is very snappy and nice to work with, and after a clean reboot it takes about 80 MB ram and 21 processes.

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    Thinkpad 600X alive and kicking!
    500 MHz - 576 MB ram - DVD - Internal wireless
     
  3. CrUmBs

    CrUmBs Notebook Enthusiast

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    Great article. Sure was of great assistance.

    P.S. Making any trips through the StarGate soon?

    Hands down. I have GOT to be the first person to make such a witty reference. Who wants to touch me?

    Enjoy the show!

    :: Pentium 4 3Ghz :: 15.1" SXGA :: 512 DDR RAM :: 80gig HD :: Mobility Radeon M11 :: t3h pWnz0r ::
     
  4. Spare Tire

    Spare Tire Notebook Evangelist

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    there is no msconfig in w2k
    how do you turn off startup programs in w2k?
     
  5. LuckMC11

    LuckMC11 Computer Extraoirdinaire NBR Reviewer

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    try google and search there...cuz i have never owned a windows 2000...onli windows 95, 98, ME, and XP

    6/14-Ordered Inspiron 9300 wit:1.86 GHZ Pentium M | 512 MB DDR RAM | 80 GB hard drive | 256 NVidia GeForce Go 6800
    6/29: Expected Shipping
     
  6. Chutsman

    Chutsman Notebook Evangelist

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    I've read where the msconfig from winxp or 98 will work.
     
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    ARB Notebook Geek

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    Man this is good stuff, I can't wait to get home and try it on my laptop, desktop and on my girl's system.

    thanks
     
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    KyleD Newbie

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    This post is perfect for some of the tweaks that can be done in the software rather than buying new hardware, I appreciate it. Thanks!!
     
  9. barong

    barong Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks for all the great info, Jack.

    After optimization, boot-up in 53.86 seconds.
    After uninstalling Norton Anti-Virus: 36.89 seconds.........
    :D
     
  10. conne

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    This is enlighting and helps out alot. If this is in the wrong area
    please inform.

    Have the 9300(refurbished) and have a few questions. I can get the front window of hotmail but after userid and password and a wait "this page cannot be found" and cannot get to the email.

    So I have a talk with Dell and they say that Outlook of $soft prof edition 2003 will slow the computer down. I delete the Outlook and it seems to be a little faster but still can't read the mail on wifi(54Mbps). On a search(start) for files a popup shows a 'trying to start $soft p edition 2003'. and another popup 'will have to start from a disk' followed by the infamous $soft asking 'to send' or not to send'. Clicking on the 'not to send' dumps everything.



    How to stop $soft pro ed 2003 from trying to start and what is lacking to start?

    Trying to eliminate other things to make the computer faster without overclocking? and read email????

    xp prof, 1.86 mhz, 256 dim, 40 harddisk
     
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