Authored by Kumara Velu in Computer Hardware
Published on 01-26-2009
Here are some tips on how you can revitalize your sluggish laptop computer.
Do You Have Enough RAM?
You have no right to complain if you have only 64 MB RAM and try to use your laptop for video editing. Find out the maximum RAM capacity your laptop can support. Go get a capacity you can afford and your computer will enjoy a speed boost. To run modern-day applications you need at least 1 GB of RAM.
Is Your Hard Disk Full to Overflowing?
Is your hard disk chock-full of all kinds of stuff? You may think as long as there’s some free hard disk space, you’ll be alright. The truth is there must be at least 10 % free hard disk space for Windows to perform efficiently. If you have 30GB hard disk space in your C drive, ensure that at least 3GB free space is available. 10 per cent of free space is good. 15 per cent is better. Start backing up your unwanted files and give Windows some breathing space.
Scan Your Hard Disk to Detect Errors
Hard disk errors could be caused by improperly shutting down Windows. You may end up with damaged sectors. To fix the problem, try repairing it using Windows error-checking utility. Right-click on the drive in My Computer and choose Properties. Select Tools and then Error Checking.
Defrag Your Hard Disk
This is a tip that many of you know but fail to put into practice. Don’t wait until your computer moves like a tortoise before doing it. Make it a weekly routine to defrag your hard disk. Click on Start – Programs – Accessories- System Tools and then select the Defragmenter. You must have at least 15 % of free hard disk space before you can start the defrag process.
Terminate Memory-Resident Programs
You never know how many unnecessary programs are running in the background, siphoning off valuable system resources. Some of these programs don’t have icons appearing on the task bar. Click on Windows Start at the left corner of your task bar. Choose Run and type in msconfig. When you click on the Startup tab, you’ll be presented with a list of programs that will automatically run in the background when you start Windows. Locate redundant programs. To remove them uncheck the boxes and restart your computer.
Replace Your Hard Disk
Does you hard disk run at 5400 rpm? If so, this may the cause of your slow computer speed. Replace your hard disk with one that runs at 7200 rpm and you’ll see a speed boost.
Could Your System be Infected?
If you use your computer to surf the Internet and and download stuff, chances are some virus or malware could have installed itself in your system and started hogging your system memory. This is especially so if you don’t have the protection of an anti-virus program. If you have an anti-virus application already running, uninstall it and try a different anti-virus program. You could also opt to use Symantec’s Free Online Virus Scanner if you don’t want to install a new anti-virus program.