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Computer running much slower after "repair"


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My Toshiba laptop had an overheating problem so I took it in for repair. After getting it back everything runs MUCH slower. The hard drisk is about twice as slow and none of my applications run smoothly anymore. What could be the problem?
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Hi brf4n!

What was repaired on the computer when you sent it in?

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They replaced the motherboard.
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Did they completely reinstall Windows on the laptop after they replaced the hard drive or is it the same installation of windows that was on it before you brought it in for repair?

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The hard drive is the same, but they replaced the motherboard cause it *might* have melted. It's the same installation of Windows.

Is it even possible to forcefully slow down the CPU and/or hard drive so that the computer won't get as hot?
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It is possible to slow down a CPU if the BIOS of the motherboard allows manual clocking of the CPU Clock Frequency, but there is no way that I know of that allows you to slow down a hard drive.

Whenever you do a major hardware change, like change the motherboard (even if you change out a damage motherboard with the exact same model), it is ALWAYS a good idea to do a complete fresh install of Windows XP. Windows XP doesn't take kindly to any kind of major changes to the system and therefore that could be causing things to run slower then you remember.

I recommend that you backup the important data that you want to save, like pictures, important documents, etc... and then do a complete reformat of the hard drive and install a fresh copy of Windows XP.

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Edited by Fenor, 22 January 2006 - 05:21 PM.

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How do you think I could manually clock up the CPU back to normal speed? I checked the BIOS (on my laptop you access it by hitting esc during startup) but it already said it was at maximum speed.
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If it said it was at maximum then it is, if the chip gets too hot it will slow itself down but when youre running you will notice if it gets to hot as you will be able to feel it and the fans should be going full blast. Try installing windows again thats probably the problem.
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Will do. I'll post again hopefully within 5 hours.
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Usually only takes an hour two tops.
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