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Strange slowdown/stuttering with my laptop


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Specs if it matters
Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop
1.5 ghz
512 MB RAM
128 MB ATI Radeon
Windows XP Service Pack 2

Recently on occassion, my laptop will start getting these random slowdowns/stutterings. It is characterized by the mouse cursor acting jumpy or actual slowdown when I'm watching a video or playing a game. After a couple of minutes pass, the slowdowns seem to be gone. However, sometimes they do return later on an arbitrary notice. The slowdowns seem to occur most of the time when I open a program such as MS word, winamp, or playing a game such as Guild Wars. As I mentioned before, the slowdowns will cease after some time is spent with the program opened.

I have used spybot, ad aware, McAfee virus scan, disk defragment, and disk space clean up. I have also used registry mechanic and other optimizing programs, but the problem is still prevailent. Any suggestions to remedy this problem?

Edited by Shadow Cloud, 22 March 2006 - 12:07 PM.

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Forgot to mention that start up is noticablely slower than it used to be too.
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Edited by joe_the_clue-less, 24 March 2006 - 06:18 PM.

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Guess I have everyone stumped or something...
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Its not a bad idea to re-install your OS every now and again, I had a similar problem with my old DELL. It had win2k on it, ran great for years but eventually it got the slowdown prob. also. So I installed winXP, all my problems went away. Also, if youre comfortable with it, crack the case and clean out the dustbunnies. That always helps, itll keep everyting cooler.
-Pete.
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Are you sure? My laptop won't turn one years old until next month. Besides, reinstalling windows means I would lose everything.
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