Old laptop with poor performance. Can something be done?

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  1. Hoggorm's Avatar
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    Windows 10
       #1

    Old laptop with poor performance. Can something be done?


    Hello,

    I have this older Dell laptop running Windows 10 Pro that is really, really slow. It takes a long time to even open Chrome.

    Some specs:

    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T5750 2 GHz
    4 GB DDR2 RAM 333 MHz
    Intel 965 Express Chipset
    Internet speed is fast!

    I've adjusted the appearance and performance to max performance and battery settings to best performance.

    Can something be done to this computer to speed it up a bit, or is it just this slow. It is currently only used as a server for a couple of devices and once everything is up and running it goes along. But it can take a long time updating, restarting and start servers again.
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,225
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    It is likely to be slow with those specs.

    How big's the disk and how much free space is there on C: ?

    Look at the task manager- how heavily are resources being used?

    Is paging left as default?

    What's the maximum transfer rate you achieve if copying a large file back to the disk? (task manager, performance, disk).

    Try this:
    Get Windows Experience Index (WEI) Score in Windows 10
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  3. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro, 20H2
       #3

    As dalchina pointed out, the machine will be slow with those specs.

    I too have a machine with a core 2 duo CPU, although it is a slightly different model.

    In my system I replaced the SATA HD with an SSD. While the machine is no speed demon, that did help a good bit. It's actually good enough to do a few menial tasks. Of course, having only 4GB RAM is also a bit of a limiting factor to consider.
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  4. AndreTen's Avatar
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    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #4

    Like it was said above, can't expect miracles. Install SSD, and some RAM, if you have one laying around.

    One thing to check.. did it became slower after an update in the last few month? Check if the CPU is running at declared speeds (2 GHz). Task manager will do (performance tab, check CPU). If there is something suspicious remove CPU drivers from device manager and let Windows reload them
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  5. Posts : 172
    Win10 Pro
       #5

    Hoggorm said:
    Hello,
    I have this older Dell laptop running Windows 10 Pro that is really, really slow. It takes a long time to even open Chrome.
    Hi,

    As stated anything you do, it's never going to be a stallion.

    An extra 4 gb of ram might do something and something I recall about some older Dell PCs/LTs, ram maybe proprietary, so you will need to check that, ( not even sure if you can purchase new DDR2 anymore, no doubt some 2nd hand ).

    An SSD coupled with extra ram is your best bet for better chance at increased performance.

    I know nothing about overclocking but wondering if that's a possibility?
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  6. elbmek's Avatar
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    Win 10 x 64 Home. Pro x 64 on Surface.
       #6

    My lenovo laptop was always slow, and sound was terrible, I ended up selling it a couple of months ago. My surface tablet is xxxx times faster, almost instant desktop. I dont think I will laptop again.
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  7. SIW2's Avatar
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    trying to install win10
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    Puppy Linux
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  8. idgat's Avatar
    Posts : 967
    Windows 10 Pro
       #8

    SIW2 said:
    Puppy Linux
    Agreed (or Linux Mint). A device that old shouldn't be expected to do much more than web browsing, email, basic office, image viewing.

    And a Linux distro will kill it!!
    Firefox
    Thunderbird
    LibreOffice
    multimedia software
    ... all free and built-in.

    (I wouldn't go much "heavier" than Puppy or Mint)
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  9. elbmek's Avatar
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    Win 10 x 64 Home. Pro x 64 on Surface.
       #9

    Hmmm, never thought of Linux; prob is avail software I would imagine
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  10. SIW2's Avatar
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    trying to install win10
       #10

    Chris Barnett is the funniest guy on the net
    Linux for an Old Laptop - YouTube
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