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My Laptop is running slow. Any way to Fix it?

Sometimes when I cu it on, It cuts right back off after a few seconds. Also, it takes a while to load SOMETIMES. Webpages come up pretty quick, but when i Click on the start button, It takes a while for the sidebar to pop-up. I've tried system restoring but I Can't find a good date to restore it on. Anyone have any idea on how to restore the whole computer?

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Usually a bit of house cleaning will help. You need to disable unnecessary startup/running processes/programs. Your specs say your OS is Windows Vista, use this procedure to speedup: http://www.pcworld.com/article/143538/windows_vista.html Try two freeware programs, 1, CCLEANER: http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/ This freeware program has many useful tools the cleaner and registry will remove junk and free up HDD space. In the TOOLS section, select STARTUP, disable ALL unnecessary startup programs. In the UNINSTALL section remove all unnecessary programs. 2, MALWAREBYTES: http://www.filehippo.com/download_malwarebytes_anti_malware/ In the install UNCHECK the Trial Pro version, you want the freeware version, run a FULL scan, delete ALL results, reboot. Remove ALL toolbars and unnecessary Extensions from your web browsers. The sidebar is a memory hog, consider adding more memory. If your version of windows vista is 32 bit, it will only support 3.80+or-GBs so 4GBs would be the limit. Have you cleaned the fan, vents, and heatsink lately? Use a can of compressed Air to remove dust, dirt to restore air flow. You could always do a Full Factory Recovery, but that would be a last resort, it can be quite a long process.

Posted on May 26, 2013

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SOURCE: how do i restore my lasptop to the factory settings

To restore your acer to its factory installation status (formats C: and removes all data) press ALT and F10 repeatedly on first boot. This should take you to the acer restore program which is partioned onto the hard drive.
Alternatively use the acer e recovery program to create a set of boot disks which will allow the same operation.

Posted on Nov 26, 2008

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SOURCE: Acer aspire one touchpad right button not working

you can try using the function key ( fn ) and the touch pad key on my acer it is the F7 key hold the fn key and press and release the touch pad key that will turn the touch pad mouse off and on also goto control panel / mouse and try switch primary and secondary see if that will make the right button work if not its probly hardware related and your best bet is to keep the external mouse going rather than fixing that one

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

ginko

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SOURCE: my acer aspire 5720-4126 laptop computer is very slow in booting

The most common reason for slow processing speed is insufficient RAM memory.

Increase the RAM, if RAM available is no more than 512MB, then it must be upgraded.

Check also your hard drive state. If you have less than 1GB free, that will slow down the system. Go to Start>>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defregmenter and do a Defrag of the hard disk.

If you have at least 1 GB RAM, and you took care of the hard drive, then you can check the process starting up on their own and remove the useless one, or spot mala-ware that can affect speed. You can use a software like Hijack This, and search on google te function of each process started on the list reported by the software.

You can download Hijack this here MajorGeeks | If download does not start, then click at the top of the page, where it says Click Here If It Does Not.
Be careful if you delete the wrong files using this software you can harm the system, and Windows may not work properly.

If you think you have malaware you can also install Spy Bot, and do a system scan. Download Spybot from The home of Spybot.

If all the above does not work, and there is no malaware, then you usually reinstall the system.

Check also the bios settings, BIOS can downgrade the CPU speed on default , even if this is uncommon on recent BIOS.

If a computer is still slow with a fresh system and enough resources then it is one of those rare occasions when you have an hardware fault.
Hardware that can cause slow down is: RAM CPU Motherboard HD Video card.

Some tips on procedure can damage your windows installation. Do not download Hijackthis software and do not change BIOS settings and do not touch hardware unless you are sure of what you are doing.

Posted on Apr 28, 2009

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SOURCE: I got an Aspire One netbook from Acer. I had

go tot Start->All Progs->Accessories->System Tools->restore. and restore the notebook to the earliest date (shown in bold numerals) possible.

Posted on Sep 19, 2009

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SOURCE: Why wont my system restore, restore my laptop ...

Try this for now, to try and get windows back up and running...
Windows Start-up Errors
Step one, you need a Windows XP CD. If you only have a recovery disk set like the ones from HP or Compaq they will not do what you need done. Under normal circumstances however, you can use a Dell disk because the Operating system is on a stand-alone disk. All retail versions are also acceptable as well as upgrade disks. For a rule of thumb, if the disk has the Microsoft hologram it should work. You can order a boot up floppy disk from here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994 with this file, if you know how, you can use “ImageBurn” to burn the file into an ISO file which can be burned to a disk. Now make sure your computer boots to the cd rom first. If you know how to do this skip on down, if you don’t, while the computer is first starting up and you see the manufacturers splash screen, tap F12 (some computers it’s F9, others it may be another key, you may have to watch and see if the computer lists the key strokes for getting to the boot menu. If you still cannot find it, boot into the BIOS settings and change your boot order there. Save your settings and exit, the computer will now seek the cd rom as its boot source first.
Place your Windows disk in the computer and start it up. When you see the test at the top of the page “Press Any Key To Boot From CD” Just hit the space bar to activate. The next screen you will see will most likely be a Windows setup screen, when you see this press the “R” key to get to the recovery console. It will get there, it may take a little time, patience. Once it loads you will be given a choice of Windows installations, there should only be one, if there are more, always pick number one. It may ask for an administrators password, if you have not set this particular password, then just leave it blank and press enter. The next prompt you see is:
C:\Windows>
You need to type the following:
cd \
hit enter. Pay close attention to the spacing between the characters. There is a space between the character “d” and the “\”
You are now at the ROOT of the drive, this is where basic commands can be given and changed. You should now see the following:
C:\>
Now type the following:
CHKDSK /R
Hit the enter key.
The chkdsk /r command also includes the P command and will also look for lost recoverable information in bad sectors.
There are occasions depending on how corrupt the system is, that this process could take several hours, so be patient with it.
Now, after chkdsk has run type the following:
FIXBOOT
Hit the enter key.
It may prompt you with a warning, that’s ok, just continue. When fixboot has finished, type: EXIT hit enter and windows will reboot. When the system reboots, tap the F8 key during this time and you will see the multi-boot menu come up. Scroll to the title “Last Know Good Configuration” and hit the enter key. If you were having some simple drive errors this should have fixed them.

Posted on Oct 10, 2009

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