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Deadly Slow Computer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by zhumatthew, May 13, 2010.

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  1. zhumatthew

    zhumatthew Thread Starter

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    I've got all sorts of funky problems with my computer. It's a Dell Latitude D600 Laptop and was working fine when I got it. After playing some games on my laptop, my computer would begin to overheat to really high temperatures like 150 degrees or above. Every time it did that, my computer would slow down and while playing games it would slow the game down to like 1 frame per half a minute. After about 10 minutes it would recover and go back to normal. I bought a fan for my computer and it seemed to solve the problem. Then my computer would at times go up to 180 degrees or so without a fan. Now with a fan the temperature is pretty high like 150 or so but my computer would still lag for 10 minutes or so at a time. I've use tune up utilities 2009 to defrag my computer and optimize performance but it doesn't solve the problem. Even when I have nothing running in the background my computer does this.
     
  2. Morny

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    Hi zhumatthew and welcome to TGS

    Your computer has it's own Windows defragmentation tool, which works pretty well. TSG never endorses optimizatin tools because they can mess up your computer and they don't work anyway and just take up space. Have you cleared out your temp files and performed a general PC housekeeping?

    Not sure about the PC heating up to such an extent but hopefully someone will come to your aid. in the meantime you might want to contact the place where you bought your computer and ask their advice. If it is still under guarantee you may get it seen to for free.
     
  3. zhumatthew

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    My computer's defragmenting tool told me I don't need to defrag either drive. I have cleared out my temp files but what is general PC housekeeping? What can make my computer run not as well as it used to?
     
  4. Bernardo

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    WHY EVER would you keep using it if it's overheating????? :confused:

    Seriously. You're going to damage it, if you haven't already.
     
  5. dbailey18

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    Have you ever considered a lap matt ? With fan of course. How about checking the inlet and outlet vents for goodies.
    It is running way to hot !



    Dell Latitude D600 Notebook Computer for Business specifications
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  6. zhumatthew

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    Wow dayum. I guess I haven't been taking care of my laptop. Sometimes my laptop is in my bathroom when I shower because I listen to music, I bet that's out of the humidity range. And my computer gets way hotter than that temperature too.
     
  7. Morny

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    I'm sorry zhumatthew, I would have thought that just reading the manual that came with your laptop, would have given you enough advice on how to look after your machine? I mean, you wouldn't take a desktop PC into the bathroom or kitchen, would you? One of the first things a computer manual tells you is how to look after your computer with lots of do's and don'ts. Why not turn on the radio or some other player if you wish to listen to music in a damp environment?
     
  8. Bernardo

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    :rolleyes: Not sure if you are serious or being sarcastic....but, in any event, you choose to abuse, so, you'll pay to play.
     
  9. Morny

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    Hi Bernardo,

    Not sure what you mean about being sarcastic? Also, what's this pay to play - a threat of some sorts?
    Anyway, I was actually replying to zhumatthew when he explained he takes his computer into the bathroom where there is steam and water and then had problems with his PC.
     
  10. Bernardo

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    I'm not sure a person would really do that, or if he is being sarcastic. I thought it was a fair question :confused:

    Pay to play, meaning, if he messed up the laptop, now he'll have to PAY in order to have PLAYED music in a damp environment. I'm assuming he's going to have to take it to a repair shop.

    Get it now?????????? THREAT? :rolleyes: Give me a break. You might try a little reading comprehension before you jump to silly conclusions.

    Also, he lists his experience as INTERMEDIATE --- I certainly wouldn't expect anyone who is familiar with computers to actually do what he claims to have been doing. At least, that's my take on normalcy ;)
     
  11. Morny

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    Hi Bernado and so sorry for jumping to conclusions! I'm quite harmless, really!!I I genuinely thought you were referring to little o'd me!! :-( LOL

    Then when you said about, 'pay to play', I thought it was some sort of expression and I hadn't heard of it before!

    Thing is, he sounded as though he was being serious and If it was a joke, there were no smilies to indicate otherwise. I wonder why zhumatthew hasn't come forward to defend himself?
     
  12. Bernardo

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    (y) All is good. I've been around forums for a long time, and every once in awhile you get some one hit posters who never come back ;) Maybe his laptop finally blew up :D
     
  13. Morny

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    Ha Ha Ha Ha Well sadi!!

    Do you know I have so many funny images on my PC but haven't a clue how to add these to these forums. Never mind, eh?
     
  14. Bernardo

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    I'm not too sure how to do that either, I know you have to upload attachment with the advance posting option, then edit etc.

    Folks in random can help you out with that if you post over there. They've nothing better to do :D
     
  15. Morny

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    Npt sure how to do this but will have a look later. Thanks ever so much for your witty reply, LOL -D
     
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