is my computer just old at this point or is it underperforming?
November 11, 2010 11:08 AM Subscribe
I'm wondering whether my Dell laptop is naturally slow at this point or whether there's something weird afoot; and also, how to figure out whether I can install a solid state disk in it without much trouble?
posted by the mad poster! to computers & internet (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Strangely enough I never really noticed problems with it (except REALLY long startup times) until I've had to multitask a bit with Office, Photoshop, Firefox etc. and basically opening Firefox or Chrome, iTunes and Photoshop = computer gets kilt
What seems to happen is that the 2 processors seem to get pegged at 100% really easily
Here's some specifications, it's a Dell Inspiron e1505 from early 2007
Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5600 (2MB Cache/1.83GHz/667MHz FSB)
80 GB EIDE SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
256MB ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1400 HyperMemory
2 GB DDR2 SDRAM 677MHz (2 DIMMs)
I recently got an external hard drive and freed up about 5-10 gigs on the main disk and that seemed to improve performance really noticeably.. what else can I do? I imagine formatting and reinstalling things could help a lot (and fix the long startup problem) but I don't have the windows installer.. (it's XP on this)
A lot of things on this laptop have fallen apart and I've repaired a couple things (replaced keyboard, broken LCD, etc.) but although I have a new purchase planned I'd like to have this working snappily too. I just don't understand why it 'locks up' so much these days; whether the applications just require more performance or what. I don't think I have viruses or spyware, I never really open things that cause them and use Comodo Antivirus