Hi to whoever is reading this,
I am in a difficult situation. I currently own a HP laptop running Windows 7 and am starting to wonder if there are better options, of laptops available to me.
My laptop specs are:
i3 Processor 3 GB RAM 250 GB Hardrive
I use my laptop everyday, it's main purpose is for me trying out all sorts of programs that I install. Ranging from Adobe Master Collection to Microsoft Office. However, recently it has become obvious that my laptop is slowing down and is not performing to the ability it can. I have had a look at moving to Mac's but don't know weather this would solve my problem. I would like some advice on this, before I make my decision.
asked Oct 30 '11 at 18:10
Typical user response:
It's slowing down so it must be it's fault.
Typical Responses to this question:
Have you de-fragmented the hard disk or checked the page file size?
Check what programs are running by using task manager to check for obviouse signs of auto start apps.
Run MSconfig (via search or tap it into RUN) then go to the services or startup tab and see what's listed. Turn off anything non-essential because startup background apps might be slowing it down.
Check how much RAM your system uses. If it's using a lot then it (might) need more, but 3GB should be fine for basic crap.
You could get a mac, but buying this just for extra speed? Got cash to burn. Fine!
If you want start speed without getting an SSD use Linux Ubuntu. I'm logging 4 seconds (post bios) here rather than about 10 - 15 waiting for those windows balls to give me a ui.
A computer is just a tool, if it's not doing what you want then it's not worth keeping. You can't bash in nails with a china teapot.
If your computer is not performing how you want it or it isn't keeping up with your uses then yes you do need to upgrade and I would use that as a general rule for anyone who is thinking of upgrading their laptop.
Doing down the Mac route is an option but they are very expensive for something you can do exactly the same on a Windows machine. Whether you choose Windows or Mac is a personal decision you must choose, don't let anyone's biased opinions push you into the wrong purchase.
answered Oct 30 '11 at 18:29
As several others have suggested, your HP has ample resources to run Linux far faster than any version of Windows. My personal favorite (at this time) is Ubuntu 10.04, a long-term support release. Linux Mint is usually considered an easier transition for Windows users. If a lot of what you do involves trying out new software, this is an area where Linux excels -- at no cost other than your time, which certainly isn't the case with Windows (unless you are using pirated software). I set up a Win7 HP laptop for a friend this summer, and after I was done, my friend said she still preferred using her Acer 8.9" netbook, because Linux Mint is so much faster than Windows. She's been using that netbook for over a year, and I have not been asked to provide any support during that time. Contrary to popular perception, desktop Linux is easier, not more difficult to use than Windows.
answered Nov 14 '11 at 08:26
You don't need a new laptop, you just need a better operating system. One built upon Linux.
answered Nov 01 '11 at 11:12
@Drmgiver It's not that windows 7 is a bad operating system, I admit it has its issues but the most common problem with windows 7 is that it has a massive load of options and features that not all users want or need.
@JTech I would recommend you review the features and disable or uninstall the ones you don't need. I guarantee doing so will boost your PC's performance. Another useful tip is to monitor the task manager (ctrl+shift+esc) and resource monitor (open the task manager-> performance tab->resource monitor)
Wishing you the best of luck
answered Nov 08 '11 at 01:39
well i love my mac so i usually recommend macs. but if your into trying a lot of new software out pc has more available so you might want to stick with them. as for it slowing down try a disk defray. adding and deleting a lot of programs very often will order your disk is a very unorganized way and can slow it down pretty significantly if you've been doing it long enough. if you have the budget go ahead and buy a new laptop, maybe use the one you have to test your experimental software then get it on you main one. as long as your not doing video editing though or some other software that needs a lot of power then the laptop you have should be fine.
answered Nov 08 '11 at 05:45
If speed is the only problem you have, I'd recommend wiping the computer and starting over. That way, if the computer really is too slow, you can get a new one and the only thing you've wasted is a day or so. But if all it needed was a fresh start, you can save yourself a good $500 or more!
answered Nov 09 '11 at 20:29
In order of cost - if you basically like the computer but just think it's gotten slow:
I don't think you need a new machine. Two of my office machines are 2004-vintage Dells, and they run Ubuntu just fine. Clean yours up according to the above and it will be better than new. Good luck!
answered Nov 10 '11 at 02:05
Save some money and buy a 120GB SSD or bigger. That's if you're able to access the HD to replace for an SSD
answered Nov 10 '11 at 11:18
Sounds to me like you are using your laptop for the wrong reasons. A more powerful desktop system with bigger storage should serve the purpose of trying new programs. Laptops in my opinion, should have as minimal of stuff on it as possible to not only reduce slowdown but increase battery life. Also check your task manager and msconfig settings. You may have unimportant resources running in the background.
answered Nov 14 '11 at 02:03