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Windows 7: New laptop!

24 Sep 2010   #21
wysiwyg

Vista Ultimate 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Sorry, got wrong end of stick.


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24 Sep 2010   #22
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wysiwyg View Post
Sorry, got wrong end of stick.
Not a problem we all do that,
I regularly award myself Darwins
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24 Sep 2010   #23
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
what we are looking for is tips from laptop users who have learned by experience, the little tricks they pick up as to get the best from their lappy.
thanks guys
I used a laptop with AMD processing and 3 GB of RAM as my main computer for over 2 years before I got my Core i7 930 desktop and I can tell you from experience that any improvements you make on the laptop are going to have a much more dramatic effect than on a much more powerful desktop computer.

With my laptop I was able to increase its performance by 40% by cutting out everything that I did not need running to the point that the laptop now has 38 of the 135 services running most of the day. Disabling Sidebar and Windows Aero Glass cut down about 90 MB of RAM and the associated processor power that it takes to constantly run them. It took me awhile but my Vista Laptop that started at the desktop using 1GB of RAM was eventually cut to 550 MB by trimming everything that was unnecessary which made a huge difference in the laptop's overall performance and also cut a full minute off the boot time.

~Maxx~
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24 Sep 2010   #24
MoInSTL

Windows 7 Professional x64, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
what we are looking for is tips from laptop users who have learned by experience,
the little tricks they pick up as to get the best from their lappy.
cooling ,wifi, wifi security ,and other stuff im not aware of yet.
thanks guys
Boohbah, if you check my specs, you'll see I am running a Dell laptop.

One of the best things I bought was a Belkin CushTop for $20 or less. I use it on my living room coffee table and it raises my laptop up to a comfortable height on which to work. The material reminds me of upholstery and it does not slide at all. I used one side when I had a netbook and now that I have a 15.6" laptop, I turned it over and use the larger other side. It is sold at Target, Walmart and other places in the US. While it is not for cooling, it does keep the laptop cooler by not blocking vents like a pillow does. It's very sturdy and tough and belies its name. I highly recommend it.

In regards to Wifi, choose the WPA2-Personal security setting with AES under Wireless Network Properties. Are you already running behind a router? If not, the single best thing you can do is to change your router name from Cisco, Linksys, Belkin, etc. to something else and change the default user name like "admin" to a different user name and change the default password. I suggest using MAC filtering as well. For other things like broadcasting the SSID, I would read more about it. Locking down a router is much more involved than this, but hopefully this gives you a place to start.

Using a laptop in a public place like Lois' school library is a whole other can of worms. Just make sure that she doesn't do any banking online or other sensitive work while there. WiFi security was a big chapter in my Security+ class and the best thing you can do is read more about it as it's too broad a subject for here. You also need to teach her how to turn off WiFi as it will scan for available networks and connect on its own.

One last tip is to connect a good surge protector to it when connected to an outlet. If I think of any others, I will send you a PM.
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24 Sep 2010   #25
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MoInSTL View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
what we are looking for is tips from laptop users who have learned by experience,
the little tricks they pick up as to get the best from their lappy.
cooling ,wifi, wifi security ,and other stuff im not aware of yet.
thanks guys
Boohbah, if you check my specs, you'll see I am running a Dell laptop.

One of the best things I bought was a Belkin CushTop for $20 or less. I use it on my living room coffee table and it raises my laptop up to a comfortable height on which to work. The material reminds me of upholstery and it does not slide at all. I used one side when I had a netbook and now that I have a 15.6" laptop, I turned it over and use the larger other side. It is sold at Target, Walmart and other places in the US. While it is not for cooling, it does keep the laptop cooler by not blocking vents like a pillow does. It's very sturdy and tough and belies its name. I highly recommend it.

In regards to Wifi, choose the WPA2-Personal security setting with AES under Wireless Network Properties. Are you already running behind a router? If not, the single best thing you can do is to change your router name from Cisco, Linksys, Belkin, etc. to something else and change the default user name like "admin" to a different user name and change the default password. I suggest using MAC filtering as well. For other things like broadcasting the SSID, I would read more about it. Locking down a router is much more involved than this, but hopefully this gives you a place to start.

Using a laptop in a public place like Lois' school library is a whole other can of worms. Just make sure that she doesn't do any banking online or other sensitive work while there. WiFi security was a big chapter in my Security+ class and the best thing you can do is read more about it as it's too broad a subject for here. You also need to teach her how to turn off WiFi as it will scan for available networks and connect on its own.

One last tip is to connect a good surge protector to it when connected to an outlet. If I think of any others, I will send you a PM.
excellent post, we bought a logitech n100 cooling pad with the laptop so thats covered.
we use the home reuter so that is covered, i will make sure that the wifi is sorted for the college use.

,thanks for your input
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24 Sep 2010   #26
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
excellent post, we bought a logitech n100 cooling pad with the laptop so thats covered.
How is the fan noise level on the logitech n100? I bought a Belkin cooling pad that runs off of USB power and it is so much louder than the laptop that I unplugged it and now use it as a stand.

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24 Sep 2010   #27
gregrocker

 

Anytime you notice a notebook is running hot, immediately elevate the back by about an inch at least. This is often all it needs.

Never place a notebook on a bed or pillow - anything other than a hard flat surface - without elevating the back to see that vents have clearance. This can kill a notebook because it cuts off its air intake.
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24 Sep 2010   #28
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I had an issue with my laptop overheating to the point I couldn't even watch a video for more than 30 or 40 seconds before the laptop would shut down.

I went online to figure out a manner to disassemble the unit to access the cooling fins. The fins were clogged with dust and lint (and cat hairs ). After cleaning, I stay 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit below TjMax whereas, prior, I was pushing 15-20 degrees below before it would shut down. Of course, with a new laptop, this shouldn't be an issue but it might become one after a bit of time.

Great advice, Greg. I keep my laptop elevated on a platform that allows unrestricted airflow.
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25 Sep 2010   #29
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mikedl View Post
I went online to figure out a manner to disassemble the unit to access the cooling fins. The fins were clogged with dust and lint
I made the mistake of not checking the cooling vents on my laptop for a few months and found quite a mess. Since then I blow the vents out regularly with compressed air.

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25 Sep 2010   #30
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I just had my cooling fan on my Dell E6400 replaced by Dell and now this laptop is silent as can be. Quite a nice change from the way that it used to be. It wasn't ever really loud, but the fan would rattle around when it kicked on. Now, this machine doesn't make a sound. I love it.
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