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    slow laptop

    dell inspiron/1300 o/swinxp intel celeron 1.60ghz 248mb of memory.
    This is my daughters laptop it as been very slow even from new would a memory upgrade be good improvement on this laptop.
    Ive never used a laptop can you add memory to the existing memory or do you have to replace the memory.
    Also could someone explain what is the express card and what does it do this laptop as a balnk inserted to protect from dust.
    Thanks jhad

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    Re: slow laptop

    ram... ram ram ram ram . will probably be 1x 256mb stick in there with a free slot. either a 512mb or a 1gb stick extra will make all the difference in the world
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    Re: slow laptop

    also download CPUZ and check the CPU speed
    there may be a problem with the speedstep it should be 1.6 ghz with the power cable in and about 600-900 mhz without
    I had one recently that was 597/298 and it was very slow i updated the drivers and added 512mb to improve the speed

    http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/list...ron%201300

    http://forums.hexus.net/help-technic...cpu-speed.html
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    Re: slow laptop

    Ive just run the cpuz speed check it showed 1.95mhz both with the power cable attached and detached.
    Where do you download the dell drivers
    thanks again jhad

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    Re: slow laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by jhad View Post
    Ive just run the cpuz speed check it showed 1.95mhz both with the power cable attached and detached.
    Erm...you sure that wasn't Ghz? Definitely the 'Core Speed' under the 'Clocks' section? A screenshot would be great.

    Dell Drivers. I think that's your model.

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    Re: slow laptop

    Maximum Memory Capacity: 2048MB
    Currently Installed Memory: 256MB
    Available Memory Slots: 1
    Number of Banks: 2
    Dual Channel Support: No
    CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
    CPU Family: Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor 1.60GHz Model 13, Stepping 8
    CPU Speed: 1596 MHz

    thanks again jhad

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    Re: slow laptop

    Failing a good memory upgrade what about using a lighter OS? there are some good distros of linux knocking around that are designed for legacy hardware e.g. eLIVE

    eLive is rather nice, looks a little mac osx like and its minimum requirements 300mhz and 128mb of ram.

    Also free

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    Re: slow laptop

    looks like there is not a problem with speedstep so a memory upgrade will speed it up
    another trick is to download startup control panel and stop some of the programs loading at starup
    some are needed others are not a lot are placed in startup so they load faster but they take up memory also a check for spyware with spybot mite help if it finds anything

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    Re: slow laptop

    This is my daughters computer and i think she would find linux difficult to use.
    Ive added 1gb of memory and there seems to be a very good improvement.
    i'd like to thank evertone for their help.

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    Re: slow laptop

    deffo ram that one, chances are it'll ahve laods of crap runnign on startup too if its a dell, no doubt some crap av like mcafee or norton will ne ont here slowing stuff down, might wanna get sometihng like avg of somethin less bloaty on there..

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