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MakaylaTheAspie
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10 Sep 2012, 9:19 pm

I'll just come out and say it. I've definitely overused my lap top time to time, maybe had a few viruses on it at one time. I recently got all that cleared out, and cleaned out the hard drive of all the corrupted files. I also took out all the junk. My computer used to freeze every ten minutes or so, and ran slower than a slug. Now that I've done what's necessary to improve it's performance, I've been thinking about replacing a couple of parts; the hard drive and the cooling fan. I know replacing the hard drive will take away the memory, but it's nice to have a clean slate, right?

Is there a better way to speed up my computer more without it freezing?


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10 Sep 2012, 11:33 pm

If you were to upgrade the HDD you could just back up your old data to put on the new one. A simple upgrade would be the RAM which could make a fair difference, depending on how much you have at the moment.



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11 Sep 2012, 12:23 am

I don't exactly have a lot of money at the moment, spent it all on anti-virus software.


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11 Sep 2012, 9:54 am

How much RAM do you have? Because that's easily the cheaper of the two options, and more beneficial for speed increase. Think the last time I had licensed anti virus was 7 or 8 years when I got McAfee free with a laptop which is long gone now. Microsoft Security Essentials has been my daily anti virus and has served me well so far, and its free. Malwarebytes is another good free option too.



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11 Sep 2012, 6:19 pm

I'm not sure. All I know is that it's a $400 HP laptop that runs on Windows 7. Everything else I'm completely clueless about.


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11 Sep 2012, 8:35 pm

Here's the thing about computers.

You can have a system with as much RAM as you like. If the processor isn't up to snuff, it's not going to matter a great deal. A $400 laptop is a $400 laptop. That being said, upgrading from 2 to 4 gigabytes of RAM will certainly make a difference. Limiting processes running in the background also helps. In the end, I think that computer useability is about half hardware, and half behavior.