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Windows 7: Windows 7 slow performance on my laptop

23 Nov 2009   #1

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Windows 7 slow performance on my laptop


Gregrockers helped me install a clean proper windows 7 on my laptop. How come I tend to wait along time to open 1 app? Here are my laptop specs:

  • Gateway Model ML3108b
  • Sempron 3400+
  • 1Gb DDR2
  • 60GB HDD
  • 14.1” Crystalbright Widescreen
  • 4:1 Card Reader
  • Wireless LAN
  • Vista Home Basic
  • Works v8.5 Details
  • Processor: AMD Sempron™ Processor 3400+ (1.8GHz, 256KB L2 cache, HyperTransport™ technology @ up to 1600MHz)
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate build 7600
  • Display: 14.1" widescreen Ultrabright™ WXGA TFT (1280 × 800)
  • Chipset: NVIDIA® C51MV
  • Memory: 1Gb 667MHz DDR2
  • 2 DDR2 slots total
  • Hard Drive: 60GB 4200rpm PATA hard drive2
  • Optical Drive: 8x multiformat dual-layer DVD±RW
  • Write max: 8x DVD±R, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 2x DVD-R DL, 2.4x DVD+R DL, 24x CD-R and 16x CD-RW Disks
  • Reads max: 8x DVD-R/RW/ROM, 4x DVD±R DL, RAM, 24x CD-R/RW/ROM
  • Media Reader: 4-in-1 memory card reader
  • Secure Digital™ (SD), Multi Media Card™ (MMC), Memory Stick™ (MS), Memory Stick™ Pro
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 6100 Up to 256MB Turbocache™
  • Audio: High-definition 2-channel audio
  • Built-in speakers
  • Network: 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
  • 802.11g Wireless LAN
  • Modem: 56K ITU V.92-ready fax/modem (RJ-11 port)
  • Pointing Device: Synaptics touchpad with vertical scroll Ports/Other: 3 - USB ports
  • 1 - VGA connector
  • 1 - RJ-11 modem port
  • 1 - RJ-45 Ethernet port
  • 1 - Headphone / Audio out
  • 1 - Microphone
  • 1 - Kensington Lock slot
  • 1 - AC adapter connector
  • Expansion Slots: Expresscard™ Type 54
  • Dimensions: 35-36mm (H) x 330mm (W) x 240mm (D)3
  • Weight: 2.4 kg (system unit only)3
  • Battery: 6-Cell 2400 mAh Lithium Ion
Current my laptop has 1GB of RAM in total.
1x 512MB
1x 512 MB

If I swap the 512MB RAM with a 1GB will it improve alot in performance?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional

I am gonna say its not gonna be a fantastic peformance if anything looking into going to 2 or 4 gigs would give you a noticable increase.

btw not exactly an expert but that's my opinion
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23 Nov 2009   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc

I think that you will see a noticeable increase, basically on boot and shut down. Depending on the type of programs you have, you may or may not see an increase in those areas.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7

Nope, just little bit better than before's performance. If I had a total of 1.5GB of RAM would speeds be much better?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

Probably not. If you were to look through you specs and find the weakest link, what would it be? For most people, it is their hard drive. In fact, their boot time is almost directly related to the speed of their hard drive. You have a small hard drive, probably 5000 RPM. Upgrade to a 256GB SSD and you will really see your performance spike!

That having been said, if you already have the RAM, you might as well stick it in and see what happens.
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23 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7

Ok, I just ordered a 1GB RAM to replace one of the 512MB RAM inside the laptop. I will check the speeds later on. I really doubt its going to make a difference.

I might consider moving back to Windows XP. My weakest link is the RAM and HD. What about my CPU guys?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64

What about it? It should be enough to run 7 without a problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7

The CPU is enough to run Windows 7? What if I had 2GB of RAM then? I got the 1GB RAM of crucialram.

I hope it makes a difference. Atleast I fixed up my partition on the HD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64

Don't bother with 2GB of RAM. The one you bought should be enough. Realize: the computer can only run as fast as its weakest link. If you have a blazing fast CPU, and a slow HD, you will not see a speed difference. More Ram≠More Speed. If you have 512MB of RAM that never gets used, it is wasted.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7

Right now I have 1.00GB of RAM in the laptop. It is lagging like mad. Even if I load a application like MSN it takes a good 3-4 mins to load.

I was just wondering upgrading the RAM to 1.5GB in total.

When I was on Windows XP I ran like many stuff on there without lagging. I had hosted a test server on there aswell.

What do you recommend me doing? E.g. Upgrading what part?
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