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Old 07-28-2008, 07:53 AM
 
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My very first computer was an HP desktop that I bought in 1998 and it lasted and was a good computer up until about 2004. At that time I bought a dell desktop which is still an awesome computer! I loaded it up with the best of the best at that time and it is super fast, except i have to use dial-up with it and that is snail speed. Two years ago in 2006 I purchased a dell laptop (Inspiron 6000 customized). I havbe never been happy with it at all! It has always been slow to start up and respond. It freezes constantly and the older it gets the more problems it has. I am shopping for a new laptop, and I want one that is going to last! I have been checking out the HP's and the reviews seem great for the most part. What are your opinions on laptops? I want it to be fast and have plenty of storage for my digital photos and videos. I also want it to be fast online. BUT i don't want to spend a lot...
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Texas
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My very first computer was an HP desktop that I bought in 1998 and it lasted and was a good computer up until about 2004. At that time I bought a dell desktop which is still an awesome computer! I loaded it up with the best of the best at that time and it is super fast, except i have to use dial-up with it and that is snail speed. Two years ago in 2006 I purchased a dell laptop (Inspiron 6000 customized). I havbe never been happy with it at all! It has always been slow to start up and respond. It freezes constantly and the older it gets the more problems it has. I am shopping for a new laptop, and I want one that is going to last! I have been checking out the HP's and the reviews seem great for the most part. What are your opinions on laptops? I want it to be fast and have plenty of storage for my digital photos and videos. I also want it to be fast online. BUT i don't want to spend a lot...
Could be a malware issue.

CCleaner
Malwarebyte's anti-malware
Spybot S&D (just update and immunize; I don't think you have to run it)
Auslogics Disk Defrag (might help to run this first)

See if that makes a difference.
What kind of Antivirus program and firewall do you have?

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Old 07-29-2008, 12:45 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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My very first computer was an HP desktop that I bought in 1998 and it lasted and was a good computer up until about 2004. At that time I bought a dell desktop which is still an awesome computer! I loaded it up with the best of the best at that time and it is super fast, except i have to use dial-up with it and that is snail speed. Two years ago in 2006 I purchased a dell laptop (Inspiron 6000 customized). I havbe never been happy with it at all! It has always been slow to start up and respond. It freezes constantly and the older it gets the more problems it has. I am shopping for a new laptop, and I want one that is going to last! I have been checking out the HP's and the reviews seem great for the most part. What are your opinions on laptops? I want it to be fast and have plenty of storage for my digital photos and videos. I also want it to be fast online. BUT i don't want to spend a lot...
Laptop wise, I've had Dell, HP/Compaq (more than one), Gateway, and now and Acer. Next lap top I get is going to be an Mac I think. I'm ready to try something different. So far the Acer has been good but the CD/DVD tray is funky. I was least happy with Dell and I will never buy another. I might try Toshiba and Sony one of these days, though.

I'll be interested in reading the rest of the responses.

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Old 07-29-2008, 10:16 AM
 
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Could be a malware issue.

CCleaner
Malwarebyte's anti-malware
Spybot S&D (just update and immunize; I don't think you have to run it)
Auslogics Disk Defrag (might help to run this first)

See if that makes a difference.
What kind of Antivirus program and firewall do you have?

I have Norton Internet secuirty... I have always prefered Norton to the others. I really don't think it is anything like that since my computer has been slow from the get go. But who knows, maybe I will try it out, thanks!
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:26 AM
 
Location: US
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I have Norton Internet secuirty... I have always prefered Norton to the others. I really don't think it is anything like that since my computer has been slow from the get go. But who knows, maybe I will try it out, thanks!
There is a good chance Norton is part of the slow down. The Symantec Enterprise edition we used to run loves to randomly eat up CPU cycles while never catching anything. AVG and AntiVir work better than that crap and they're free.

I've always hated HP mostly because their customer support has been pretty dismal in my experience. Dell support rocks, but we had gold support.

Latitude, XPS, and Macbook Pro are my picks in no particular order.
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:50 PM
 
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RTTNFAM, if you've got the sheckles go MacBook (at least $1100) or MacBook Pro (at least $2000).

If you have only $850, go Dell or HP laptop PC.

If you have less than $400, go cheap name-brand desktop PC.

If you have less than $100, put it in your pocket, get rid of Norton Antivirus, and install AVG.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:23 PM
 
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Uninstall Norton first. It has something to do with it. If I had a guess to make it was installed on the laptop as a "trial" version when you bought it. "Slow from the start" I believe you said.

Dump Norton. You may have to search the Symantec site to find the application that actually removes it since using Control Panel>Add remove usually doesn't get rid of all of it.

Norton is the worst resource hog ever made.

I used to be a Norton fan. No more. Symantec ruined it.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:54 PM
 
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I have Norton Internet secuirty... I have always prefered Norton to the others. I really don't think it is anything like that since my computer has been slow from the get go. But who knows, maybe I will try it out, thanks!
Like others have said, get rid of Norton. It's a huge resource hog. I guarantee you will see an increase in speed and response times.

For a firewall, Zone Alarm makes a free one which works great.

For anti virus, use AVG Free.It updates automatically and is much less intrusive than Norton.

For protection against spyware, use Spyware Blaster. It runs in the background and keeps malicious software from ever getting to your machine. A weekly check for updates is all it requires.

You can also download Spybot. It will clean up any malicious software that may get through when you download software.

It sounds like a lot, but it really isn't. They will still use less resources than Norton. Oh, and they are all free.
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:45 AM
 
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Like others have said, get rid of Norton. It's a huge resource hog. I guarantee you will see an increase in speed and response times.

For a firewall, Zone Alarm makes a free one which works great.

For anti virus, use AVG Free.It updates automatically and is much less intrusive than Norton.

For protection against spyware, use Spyware Blaster. It runs in the background and keeps malicious software from ever getting to your machine. A weekly check for updates is all it requires.

You can also download Spybot. It will clean up any malicious software that may get through when you download software.

It sounds like a lot, but it really isn't. They will still use less resources than Norton. Oh, and they are all free.

Thanlks for the links everyone! I actually had Norton come installed on my computer when i bought it and had it updated through the norton website when my subscription ran out. It was never a trial set. Thanks for all the responses!
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:34 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I had a ThinkPad many years ago and liked it. I've used Dell and HP laptops and liked them. Still use a Dell Latitude D600. Have set up many ThinkPad machines, but definite do not like them since Lenovo took over.

One thing you have not said about your currect machine is memory. Most machines are sold without enough memory. A 2004 machine was probably sold with 256 or 512, but almost certainly need at least 1024 now.

Dump Norton. No use paying for anti-virus protection when AVG is out there for free.
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