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kuzzz December 15th, 2019 10:16 PM

New Problem With Laptop
I had a problem with internet but got that fixed but now the machine is running so slow and freezing up so bad I have to power button it off. Any suggestion on what to check first.

Brand Dell
Model Inspiron 1525\
Type Notebook/Laptop
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo
Operating System Windows Vista Home Basic
Processor Speed 2.00 GHz
Graphics Processing Type Integrated/On-Board Graphics
Ram 4GB
120 GB HD

Murf December 16th, 2019 05:25 AM

1st thing I would do is check the system files:

Open a Command Window in Administrator mode:

* click Start
* click All Programs, then Accessories
* right click on the Command Prompt option,
* on the drop down menu which appears, click on the Run as Administrator option.

* If you haven’t disabled User Account Control (and you shouldn’t!) you will be asked for authorization. Click the Continue button if you are the administrator or insert the administrator password.

2. Start the System File Checker

* In the Command Prompt window, type: sfc /scannow,
* press Enter.
* You’ll see “the system scan will begin”.

The scan may take some time and windows will repair/replace any corrupt or missing files. You will be asked to insert your Vista DVD if it’s needed.

Close the Command Prompt Window when the job is finished.

Next I would:

Run malwarebytes

Then I would:

Turn off automatic defrag

Having a well de-fragmented disk improves performance, but background defragmenting can slow your machine down temporarily. Vista schedules disk defragmenting by default. However, you may need to use your PC while it's carrying out this task. You can do this, but there'll be a performance hit.

If this is likely to be a problem, turn off scheduling by launching Disk Defragmenter, then clearing the box marked 'Run on a schedule (recommended)'. You'll need to run Defragmenter manually, so remember to do it once a month

Optimise SATA hard drives

Most PCs running Windows Vista will have SATA hard drives installed. If yours does, you can improve its performance by enabling Advanced Performance on the drive.

Do this by launching Device Manager (click 'Start', right-click 'Computer', select 'Properties' and then choose 'Device manager' from the left-hand pane) and expanding 'Disk drives'. Right-click your SATA drive and then choose 'Properties'. Move to the 'Policies' tab.

Write caching should already be enabled on the disk, but you'll need to tick the 'Advanced Performance' box.

Remember, you should only apply this change on laptops with batteries, or desktop PCs with uninterruptible power supplies, because it's possible to lose data during a write operation if there's a power failure.

Identify problems with a System Health Report

In Control Panel, choose 'System and maintenance | Performance information and tools | Advanced tools'. Click 'Generate a system health report' and select the option to continue if prompted.

The tool collects information from the Reliability and Performance Monitor to make the report. This lists potential problems like low disk space and suggests fixes.

Try Disable Transparency

Right click your desktop
Select Personalize
Choose Windows Color And Appearance
Uncheck Enable Transparency
Click OK

Disable the Animation for Minimizing and Maximizing Windows

Go to Control Panel
Click System and Maintenance
Select Performance Information and Tools
Click Advanced Tools
Click Adjust The Appearance and Performance of Windows
Uncheck all of them except for Use Visual Styles on Windows and Button

Download and run CCleaner - Free One

kuzzz December 16th, 2019 10:40 AM

Looks like I'm going to be busy. I'll let you know how it goes. I don't have a vista disk for that laptop. I have a disk from my old vista pc do you think that one would work if it asks for a disc?


Jintan December 16th, 2019 04:53 PM

Murf, I don't see you recommending chkdsk (actually, chkdsk /r), but when slowness is a factor I find that, oh, 60% of the systems have corruption in the file system. kuzzz, here's a link to Vista .iso downloads to make a DVD,

kuzzz December 16th, 2019 11:28 PM

Jintan the link is for a different version than I have will that matter?


kuzzz December 17th, 2019 12:21 AM

Murf the scannow finished and did find and fix corrupt files machine running better. I couldn't find A Malwarebytes that would run on the vista version. How do I turn off auto-defrag? It's been years since I used Vista.


Murf December 17th, 2019 02:12 AM

It appears that MalwareBytes 3.5 is the last/final version of MB that will be XP/Vista compatible:


Chkdsk - Thanks Jintan
Choose Start→Computer.
Right-click the drive you want to check and then choose Properties.
In the resulting Properties dialog box, select the Tools tab and then click the Check Now button. ...
In the resulting Check Disk dialog box, choose an option. ...
Click Start.

Which version of Vista???

kuzzz December 23rd, 2019 12:56 AM

It's running good now thanks for the help.

kuzzz Merry Christmas

Murf December 29th, 2019 06:33 PM

Glad that helped.

Sang15512 August 24th, 2020 10:10 AM

Thank you for all your help

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