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Slow T430?

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by IhsansShade, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. IhsansShade

    IhsansShade Notebook Enthusiast

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    Just got a T430 with i5-3320 and 4 GB RAM. I'm just a bit surprised at how much it drags when I'm trying to do simple things, like web browsing. Even opening google sometimes takes a while. Is it just the fact that it's an older generation? Do you think upgrading the ram would help significantly?

    Thanks!
     
  2. pepper_john

    pepper_john Notebook Deity

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    no. it should be faster.
     
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    ajkula66 Retired FlexView Farmer

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    Three questions:

    1) What AV software do you have installed, if any?

    2) How may processes you have running on a freshly booted machine?

    3) What OS are we discussing here?
     
  4. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Getting a SSD would cure what ails you. My X220i has 4GB and it's peppy. The T430 has the mSATA SSD option if you are not using WWAN so you can keep the hard drive for storage.
     
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    This is very true, presuming that the slowdown is not related to buggy software of some kind, where installing a SSD would not solve the issue at hand, although it would make the machine snappier.

     
  6. IhsansShade

    IhsansShade Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the thoughts so far- it's a factory installation of Windows 7 pro. Came with Norton installed, and about 100 processes on a freshly booted machine.
     
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    I would ditch Norton immediately, but that's me.

    Secondly, 100 processes is a lot in my opinion, I'd go into msconfig and start disabling whatever isn't really necessary...

    My $0.02 only...
     
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    Once you go all SSD, which I've been for three years, you forget how slow platter drives are, particularly a 5400RPM laptop drive.
     
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    ajkula66 Retired FlexView Farmer

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    No argument from me on that aspect of the story, but I'm still suspecting a software-related crawl here...

     
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    iCrazyNoob Notebook Guru

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    100 processes are normal, a fresh windows 7 installed with all the lenovo add on (power manager, aps, fingerprint etc gets me around 100-120 process count)
    but yea my T420 was pretty slow too before i upgraded to a SSD, so definitely try that you wont regret it!
     
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