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Acer Aspire Laptop Slows to a Halt

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by DetectiveDoctor, Jun 15, 2012.

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  1. DetectiveDoctor

    DetectiveDoctor Thread Starter

    Jun 15, 2012
    Hi. I'm new to TSF, so I'd like to apologize in advance for insufficient information or accidental misuse of this forum. I'll do my best to avoid these issues.

    I've got an Acer Aspire Timeline 5810TZ-4657 laptop running Vista Home Premium that I've been using for some-odd years. Since I've owned it, it's been a Piece of ****. However, lately it's taken a downhill turn.

    Until recently it would start up at 100% CPU and nearly instantly crash unless I was in safe mode. Even then I had to immediately end all non-vital processes the keep it going briefly. I attributed this for a long time to certain very bad habbits I have with computers... Namely to do with the registry, defraging, caches, history, porn, updates, etc. Years and years of noob mistakes that I've since learned from.

    The laptop will get quite warm, so for a while I used a homemade external cooling system consisting basically of water in a bag. Worked well for a while, but I noticed the laptop would crash even without being hot and it was difficult to keep all the water in the bag over periods of time, so I gave up on it.

    About a week ago I did a factory default reset. This seemed to make all the difference for about 2 days, in which time the only thing I've downloaded is Visual C++. Now, I'm lucky to get 20 min out of a session without it slowing to a complete halt and having to hard-reset the damn thing. Hoping upgrading to XP will help some.

    Just ran Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool and got no results.

    Being that my next best computer-like device is an outdated Android phone, Finding a solution to this issue has been remarkably hard. Just writing this has taken me two sessions. -.- Note that I'm not very software-inclined, I'm more of a mechanics kind of guy, but I can probably find whatever info. you need if you ask. My next step would be to take it apart and dust it out thoroughly. It's pretty old. But I thought I'd come to you guys first. Thanks.
  2. pip22


    Nov 21, 2004
    "Hoping upgrading to XP will help some."

    That's got me baffled. If it came with Vista pre-installed, putting XP on it would be "downgrading" not upgrading, surely??

    Anyways, back to your current problems.
    I would start your troubleshooting by testing the hard drive and the RAM

    Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic software links here: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

    RAM testing software here: http://www.memtest.org/
  3. iKarnt


    Jun 17, 2012
    Proceed with you de dusting. It's more than half the issue......
    Xp is not a downgrade... It's an up. Trust me. But if it can run vista as it was win 7 will work 100% better. Please post picks of your systems dusty guts :)
  4. Pentium1996


    Oct 5, 2011
    How long have you had that install of Windows?
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