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Features to be considered before buying laptops

Processor of the laptop: A processor is very important to run applications and to perform on-screen tasks. The processor should not be less than 1.4 GHz as it may affect the quick performance of the laptop. For day today operation using word processing, e-mail, spread sheets etc the above processor speed is enough. When Pentium processors are bought they assure a longer battery life and at the same time they are quick.
Screen size of the cheap laptops should not be less than 12.1 inches. The screen size of laptops is measured diagonally. The larger the screen size, the higher the resolution, making it easy for viewing more information all at once.
Laptops should have a good battery life as they are carried with the operator for presentations, or for calculations whenever and wherever they are required. A laptop with a good battery life should be able to perform jobs ranging from 3 to 7 hours of non stop work without any electrical charge required in between. Lithium ion rechargeable batteries are an ideal choice.
The hard drive capacity is very important to store large amount of data on to the laptops. A cheap laptop can be chosen with a hard drive capacity ranging from 20 GB to 40 GB depending on the person’s usage.
The keyboards of laptops are different from those of the desktop computers. The keys on the keypad are relatively smaller and are packed closely with each other. Hence, it is very important to see if it can be handled comfortably before purchasing a cheap laptop.

Touchpad or pointing stick
inbuilt with a laptop can be more very useful than a mouse connected via USB port. Two USB ports are more than enough for a cheap laptop; in case more ports are required the user can use an external USB hub.
The ideal weight of the laptops should be between 4 – 10 pounds, never go for a more weighing laptop even if it comes for a very cheap amount. In order to reduce the weight of the laptops, external CD drives can be used. For communications a built in Ethernet port is more ideal than the serial ports or infrared ports.

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Overheats and freezes


Turn the computer off.
Disconnect the AC power.
Remove the battery.
Buy a can of compressed-air.
Give the computer a "blow-job", because dust inside the computer is working as a layer of insulation, i.e., not allowing your computer's fans to cool itself.

Apr 25, 2010 | HP Pavilion dv1000 Notebook

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processor running at max!!!!!!!!!


having too many desktop items can cause a computer to slow down

Oct 15, 2009 | HP Compaq 6735s Notebook

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I just bought a Sony Vaio at best buy and the ''geek squad'' wanted $40 to ''activate'' the second processor that supposedly doens't come active, they also were bragging that they would optimize the system but I just thought it sounded like a gimmick. The tech said I would find out how if I googled it but I haven't found it. Can anyone help?


They said what? Sounds like,
"Come sit beside me for a while, said the Spider to the Fly".

They're full of beans. Only if you have a computer that has TWO separate processors, that are in two processor sockets, is this done.

Your Sony laptop, has a processor made up of a single die chip, with two processor cores on it.

Dual core processors have their two processor cores activated all the time.
It is only if the second processor core is needed, that it will run.

The second processor core will operate if:

1.If more than one thread requires using both processor cores.
2.If an intense game requires both processor cores to operate.
3.If opening multiple programs, or applications, both processor cores will operate.
4.Using a 3D program that requires a lot of processor power.

To what extent, or percentage, that the second processor core operates at, is up to the task that is required of it.

It's like having a fuel dragster to just go down to the store, and buy bread. You would idle down to the store.
[One processor core operating]

Have to get down to the end of the dragstrip F-A-S-T?
Then you open the engine wide open.
[Two processor cores operating at 100%]

1.While you're on the internet, press the CTRL, ALT, and Delete keys, At The Same Time, to bring up the Task Manager. Now click on the Performance tab.

View CPU Usage.

2.Now open an intense program. (Such as an intense game for example)
Press CTRL, ALT and Delete keys at the same time, to bring up Task Manager. Click on the Performance tab.
Again, view CPU Usage.
Both processor cores are operating at 80% to 100%.

Optimize your computer system? What 'secret' do they supposedly possess?
NONE!

1.Keep your Start-Up menu down to a minimum. Only have the programs that need to start, when the computer starts. Activate the other programs manually, as you need them.

2.Keep your registry clean. I recommend using a registry cleaner on a regular basis. I use CCleaner. This registry cleaner is free, and works better than paid for versions. If it was not free, I would not recommend it here. That would be advertising.

3.Delete programs that you hardly use. Applications also. (DO NOT delete Windows programs, just programs you have downloaded, or manually installed yourself)

4.Keep your harddrive storage space to less than 50 percent full. Once a harddrive fills past this point, the computer starts slowing down.

Use external storage for more space. (External harddrive, and USB flashdrive for two examples)

As you can see, Numbers 1, and 3 above, may not apply to you at the moment. You indicate that you just bought the Sony laptop. Therefore you may not have installed anything yet. This info is for the future.

Numbers 2, and 4 may apply to you now. I would use a registry cleaner from the 3rd or 4th day, if you visit a lot of websites.
I would also use an external storage device from Day 1, if I had a lot of documents, and other information to store.
(School, College, Business) Keep your harddrive as close as it is/was, to Day 1.

(MAKE a backup of your harddrives contents right now! This is your Restoration Disk should something happen to your laptop in the future)

Sep 23, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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slow performance


I am assuming that you have an antivirus program running, if not than get one. Than you should update it and than scan in safe mode ( that catches viruses before they load and hide from you) also purchase "Webroot Spy Sweeper" run it and follow instructions, and your computer should be running fasater, also if you upgrade your RAM, than that well boost preformance, upgrade your hard drive may also solve the problem. Chances that your processor is fried are slim, although vacuming out the fan also helps to cool the processor. If you wanted to, you could even add another fan. 

Dec 25, 2008 | Dell Dimension 4400 PC Desktop

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