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Windows 7: Alienware M9700 with Win 7 runs very slow, can you give suggestions?

24 Aug 2014   #1
myemerald

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Alienware M9700 with Win 7 runs very slow, can you give suggestions?

I was given an Alienware M9700 with Win XP recently . What I have done to it so far:
  • Installed Windows 7 sp1
  • Updated all drivers
  • Programs:
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Google Chrome
    • Malwarebytes
    • Free AVG
    • Driver Identifier v 4.2.8
    • Adobe Reader XI
I think that's it. The computer runs pretty slowly, when on the internet, I almost always get a "not responding" several times. Just playing a game on Facebook seem to be very taxing, it is really slow. This computer was made for gaming as I understand, in 2006. I just want to use it for Internet researching, facebook, email, etc. I haven't yet installed an Office product because I'm not sure what will happen.

I used your System Info Program and just "Set Info", hopefully you can see it. I welcome all suggestions as I am not familiar with this laptop at all. Is it possibly a bios issue? Maybe I need more RAM?

Thank you!!!


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24 Aug 2014   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Have you run a link test to see what you are getting?

www.speedtest.net

Dell does not list this model, probably it was made before Dell acquired Alienware.

But, there is a special Alienware section on the Dell forums. Maybe someone there can help you get it set up properly.
Alienware Club - Dell Community
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24 Aug 2014   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

1gb of Ram Memory is extremely low at this point. What is CPU speed ?

Download CPU-Z and run it to see your CPU, MB, & Memory speed info

Download CPU-Z - MajorGeeks


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25 Aug 2014   #4
myemerald

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by docbrown View Post
1gb of ram memory is extremely low at this point. What is cpu speed ?

Download cpu-z and run it to see your cpu, mb, & memory speed info

download cpu-z - majorgeeks
Alienware M9700 with Win 7 runs very slow, can you give suggestions?-cpuz-cpu.png

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25 Aug 2014   #5
myemerald

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
have you run a link test to see what you are getting?

www.speedtest.net
Alienware M9700 with Win 7 runs very slow, can you give suggestions?-3713004614.jpg


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25 Aug 2014   #6
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

When I searched the spec on your laptop, it looks like 2gb is the maximum memory that computer can take.
two by 1gb DDR SDRAM chips (400mhz / PC3200 -SO DIMM 200-pin)
You are not going to make a fast computer out of this one.


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25 Aug 2014   #7
myemerald

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
You are not going to make a fast computer out of this one.
I guess it its own day it was fast, made for gaming and all :-)
Do you see anything in the graphics that might be slowing it as well as the memory?
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25 Aug 2014   #8
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Since it is a laptop, the nVidia is built in and can not be changed
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26 Aug 2014   #9
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Alienware Aurora m9700 Specs - CNET

512MB of ram exact as with the OP's ram.
It says it supports a maximum of 2GB of ram, maybe you can go 2GB.
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02 Sep 2014   #10
myemerald

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoasterMen View Post
Alienware Aurora m9700 Specs - CNET

512MB of ram exact as with the OP's ram.
It says it supports a maximum of 2GB of ram, maybe you can go 2GB.
Yes, I think I will shop for 2 sticks of 1GB. Should be able to get them cheap. Thanks :-)
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