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Old 01-16-2015, 08:01 AM
 
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First of all thank you all for the many suggestions to what the problem might be. Im the only one who uses my laptop, it is password protected and so is my little wi fi device from Verizon. It sat on my dresser the duration I was gone, it was in the 'off' mode, not 'sleep'. Maybe it was just an issue with cellphone towers, it does happen from time to time when data on a phone slows down whe multiple users are sharing the tower at the same time, or after you've reached your limit to how many g's your plan is, and i still have 1g left to use on that device. My phone isn't tied in with that device....its a Tmobile, the device is Verizon, two completely different plans.

However, last night it was running a little better, though not much. I'll just ride it out and see if it does that again, then maybe have a local 'tekkie' look at it if it slows down to that extent again. Thank you all for your input, everyone, greatly appreciated. 😊
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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You should goto Verizon's speed test site and keep track of your speeds when things work fast versus slow.

Speed Test - Internet Customer Service | Verizon
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:41 PM
 
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If you run the speed test do it when you are connected with a cable. Connecting wireless will give you an erroneous result.
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:53 PM
 
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I have found that non techies seem to apply a great deal of importance to defrag, likely due to a lack of understanding of what fragmentation is.
this seems related:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/38415806-post20.html
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Old 02-14-2015, 03:12 AM
 
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Lightbulb *

Thats a good link Elnina!!!

I used to have WinME defrag on my computer as I read it was FASTER so I stupidly wanted to try it out.... It was FASTER alright but it didnt do AS GOOD OF A JOB DEFRAGGING!!!!! (Stuff was missed) -- I put my 98se defrag back on...

DEFRAGGING IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL...... FASTER SPEED IS NOT GOOD... (When defragging you want a GOOD JOB done)
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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They made it really simple and intuitive, so any beginner could figure out how to do it, since it is so important to do it periodically as routine housekeeping..

Click Start
Then click All programs
Then click Accessories
Then click System tools
Then click Disc defragmenter.

Or, download IObit's smart defrag, and put the icon on your desktop. Do it with one click.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:51 AM
 
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They made it really simple and intuitive, so any beginner could figure out how to do it, since it is so important to do it periodically as routine housekeeping..

Click Start
Then click All programs
Then click Accessories
Then click System tools
Then click Disc defragmenter.
Current versions of Windows are even simpler than that, you just have to.. do nothing. Defrag is on an automatic schedule, it doesn't need to be manually run.
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Old 02-19-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: North America
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Check for malware. That often is the cause of a sudden slowdown.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas nv
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Default defrag

Hi Wisconsin woman
Sorry to read of your troubles with your slowly running laptop. If I were you (given that the problem persists) I would take all of the advice here before trying to find a local techie. If you have a good one, great. If not, they can cause problems. They don't all know as much as they think. This forum has many helpful, patient, highly skilled people who like to assist. They are qualified.
Best of luck to you.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:19 PM
 
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Piraform Defrager is what I use. And try to do it once every few weeks. Hope this meets with approval from you experts out there. :-)
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