Inspiron 1150 Slow startup, slow printing, unable to run 2 programs at once
My Dell Inspiron 1150 Notebook runs so frustratingly slow, I don't know what to do. It takes 5 minutes to boot up; if I send something to the printer (HP Deskjet) I have to walk away and do something else and come back to it at least 10 minutes later. If I have more than 2 programs open at once, such as Quicken, Word and Firefox, or even just multiple tabs open in Firefox, everything slows to a crawl. I changed the autostart function in programs I don't need to run all the time, I have defragmented and done everything the computer System Tools offered to free up disc space. My hard drive has 14.5 GB free space out of 33.7 GB total size. I have 384 MB of RAM. Can either of these memories be increased, and would that help? Can anyone other than Dell work on this laptop? Is there anything else I can do to improve the performance?
What Operating System do you run? If it is Windows XP SP2 (Home Edition or professional), here are some things you can do to speed up your system. 1st you should remove all programs that are not required from the start menu. Start > Run > Msconfig > startup tab. Unselect all that are not necessary. Also Right click on my computer > properties > Advanced > Performance settings > Adjust for best performance. This should speed things up a little. I would recommend atleast 512 MB of memory to run Windows XP and its applications decently. You should consider an upgrade.
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Do you have any antivirus program installed? If you have, check if it set to scan during startup. This might be the reason why your computer is slow during startup since a full computer scan can definitely eat up memory usage.
Hope this helps.
The Dell mini computer runs on a Intel Atom processor and has just 1GB of RAM on it.. So the computer is designed only for internet surfing and launching small applications.. Thats the reason it is called as a netbook.. It comes with win starter edition... It is not highly recommended running a win 7 pro on this machine.. It can be really slow on this Operating system... Thats the reason your computer is slow.. Try to run inbuilt cleaning like disk clean up to see if there is any iimprovements in speed.. Else switch the Operating system to win XP or Win 7 Starter
Probably it has some virus that slows down the booting process.Besides that you might have many startup programs,which you can un-install if you don't need at startup.Also, cleaning your disks will be a good idea.These tips might help solve the sluggish attitude!
click on start then click o nrun type prefetch and hit enter delete all the data in the folder ,
go to run box type %temp% delete all the data from the folder.
go to run , type inetcpl.cpl go to advance tab and reset the internet explorer this will work only if you have i.e 8 or 7 if you have i.e 6 in general tab delete files, history cache.
go to run , type regedit go to hkey_local_machine, then click system tab , then click control set 001 , click on control on the left hand side of the window you would see wait to kill double click on the service change the value to 2
do this for all the control set as diffrent system have diffrent control set , do not change the settings for current control set.
then close the registry editor ,
go to run box type cleanmgr and hit enter, disk clean up will popup select all the options and click ok .
once done restart the computer.
It will work much faster than what it was .
try to check running programs on the back ground, you could view that by going to the task manager.
exiting programs that you dont need will give you some spare virtual memory.
to access task manager:
press ctrl+alt+del then press task manager,
also check the loading programs upon booting the computer, check your startup and remove unnecessary programs that load upon startup.
set your computer to have the best performance
one more thing try to disable your anti virus to see if it is the cause of the slowing of performance.