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How can I get better performance out of my Laptop?


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ionscorp

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System Information
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Time of this report: 6/29/2007, 23:34:16
Machine name: DAVID
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: MP061
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A07
Processor: Genuine Intel® CPU T1350 @ 1.86GHz
Memory: 1022MB RAM
Page File: 272MB used, 2187MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

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Display Devices
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Card name: ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 (0x7145)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_7145&SUBSYS_20021028&REV_00


This is my laptop I bought not to long ago in hopes being able to get around easier when going to LAN parties and such.

My Laptop seems to be running well with most games, but It's easy to see it slows down when it has to load a good amount of graphics. Im just wondering if there are programs or applications that can help improve the performance out of the computer, It's has a decent video card but now I wish I could of saved just a while longer and bought an even better card.


Thanks for the Help =)
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Welcome to G2G

You can start by looking at what programs are starting automatically. What is in your system tray by the clock? Those are auto start programs. Some do not need to auto start. They can be started when you want.

They can individually be stopped thru msconfig.

If you need help on msconfig, please ask
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I agree with 123Runner and also:

Remove unwanted programs that came loaded by Dell (if you have Norton av) and others.

http://www.majorgeek...mNRT_d4749.html

http://www.majorgeek...wnload5223.html

http://computercleanup.blogspot.com/
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Depending on how much RAM intensive your applications and games are, you may be using it all of your available system RAM. An easy way to tell if a RAM upgrade would benefit you would be to:

1) Open your Task Manager
2) Select the Performance tab
3) Look at the "Total" value under "Commit Charge (K)" and the "Total" value under "Physical Memory (K)"
If the value under "Commit Charge" is larger than the one in "Physical Memory," adding more RAM would benefit you.

Of course, follow 123Runner's advice first if you find some startup apps you can disable.

Here's a picture of what you're looking for:
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Edited by ClickRight, 30 June 2007 - 02:57 PM.

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You can look at suggestions on computer cleanup.

http://computercleanup.blogspot.com/
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