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Doc Holliday 06-26-2012 01:57 PM

Make my computer faster?
 
HP Pavillion Destop.

AMD E-300 APU with Radeon HD Graphics 1.30 GHz
4.00 GB RAM (3.6 GB useable)
64 Bit Operating system

I just had Comcast cable internet (modem) installed but the speed doesn't seem to be all that much quicker. 12 bite per second internet I think is what they said.

My now deceased 32 bit Dell Latitude E-6500 with an Intel Duo Core and 4 GB RAM seemed to load pages much faster and I didn't even have cable internet for it, just Lynksys. I was under the impression that this compter with a 500? hard drive and 64 bit operating system would be lighting fast once I got actual internet at the house. That is not the case.

Anything I can do to make this computer faster? Thanks.

CopperClad 06-26-2012 02:04 PM

what kind of anti-virus are you using? Go to speedtest.net and tell us the results.

Doc Holliday 06-26-2012 02:13 PM

I just uninstalled Norton, first post without it. Not much difference so far. The Comcast guys performed a speed test and said this thing should be smoking fast, 35.89 was one number, not certain about the other (return?). I can check again but want to get this thing secure first, unless I have nothing to worry about.

I could use some recommendatios for good free security downloads.

rusty baker 06-26-2012 02:19 PM

Use free Avast or free AVG. Both are as good as Norton or McCafee and aren't space hogs like those two.

Doc Holliday 06-26-2012 03:20 PM

I had to log off while I downloaded AVG. Thanks. I'm wondering if the 1.3 GHz thing can be improved? It seems that on websites with more advertising and pictures and moving images the page takes longer to open. Would that be the processor or the memory if either? Would adding RAM make the pc faster?

Other than that it does seem to be noticeably faster. I'll check that speednet thing out this evening.

Thanks.

walthill 06-26-2012 03:52 PM

You should also take a snapshot of your start up window. You can be running something huge and not be aware of it. My GF was logging into skype, onlywire, and like two other programs that were dragging her computer down and dumping info into her cache. We minimized her start up menu to only use the essentials, cleared her history, temporary files and cache and she was screaming!!!!

She only noticed that it was slow because she had to watch Youtube videos on the lowest resolution setting

Doc Holliday 06-26-2012 03:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CopperClad (Post 952015)
what kind of anti-virus are you using? Go to speedtest.net and tell us the results.

Why is the upload speed so much slower? And does that effect the overall internet speed?


36.19 mbps download
4.84 upload

Doc Holliday 06-26-2012 04:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by walthill (Post 952084)
You should also take a snapshot of your start up window. You can be running something huge and not be aware of it. My GF was logging into skype, onlywire, and like two other programs that were dragging her computer down and dumping info into her cache. We minimized her start up menu to only use the essentials, cleared her history, temporary files and cache and she was screaming!!!!

She only noticed that it was slow because she had to watch Youtube videos on the lowest resolution setting


What exactly does taking a snapshot of my start up windows mean? Thanks.

Doc Holliday 06-26-2012 06:56 PM

bump.

Doorman54 06-26-2012 07:05 PM

Quite a few questions issues as far as I can see Doc....

I'm no expert, but here's my 2c.....

Internet connection speed and your PC operating speed and two different things.

Your upload/download speeds are fantastic!!
How your PC "speed" seems to you sounds like the issue.

1 CC Cleaner......great free app!! It will clean all old Internet explorer files, check for registry errors, etc.
It also has a window to show you what applications/programs come on at start-up. Playing with your start up can be tricky.....some things (I tunes, Winamp, QuickTime, etc) can be disabled on start-up and should be. Other windows based apps, etc shouldn't be. There are quite a few tutorials online that can walk you thru which ones are needed to operate.

Doc Holliday 06-26-2012 07:15 PM

This is a brand new, never turned on before in it's life until two days ago computer. Does that matter?

I think that if Intel Duo Core and AMD Dual Core processors are put side by side, Intel just blows this away.

I understand what you're saying about pc speed versus net speed which is why I'm a bit confused as to why this brand new 64 bit 500 whatever it is hard drive AMD Dual core is noticeably slower than my Intel Duo Core on a 32 bit operating system with about half of the hard drive, memory being the same. The Delll never had a single issue, never had to have this conversation.

If indeed the AMD Dual Core processor is the issue than I'd have to suspect that the AMD Quad core is about equal to the Intel duo core. This is simply ridiculous. Brand new, stronger almost everything yet slow(er). I'm about to throw this thing in the garbage.

I should've bought an Intel. I'm infuriated. :censored:

Doorman54 06-26-2012 07:46 PM

Even brand new PCs can be loaded with crap.

I've personally had both AMD and Intel (currently AMD) and don't usually have issues.

Same OS both PCs?
Amount and speed of ram is the same?
Speed of both processors close/same?

Doc Holliday 06-26-2012 08:02 PM

I can't recall the GHZ of the old operating system on my Dell Latitude.

The Dell Latitude E6500 laptop had Intel Duo Core, 32 bit operating system with about 250GB hard drive and 4 GB RAM.

This HP Pavilion is AMD Dual Core w/ bad ass Radeon graphics @ 1.3 GHz with a 500GB hard drive and 4 GB RAM with the newer DDR3 and a 64 bit operating system. It's not that bad, just not what I thought it was going to be which would be lighting.

Doc Holliday 06-26-2012 08:08 PM

I was thinking this new computer would be opening my pages if I only thought of them, like a telepathic Cerebro functioning brain scanning system (from the X-Men). :laughing:

Doorman54 06-26-2012 08:11 PM

According to google the Latitude was approx 2.4ghz.

Newer PC has a slower processor but the ram/graphics card is definitely better. The hard drive should be a 7200 rpm compared to the laptops 5200 (most are 5200 I think).

I still think some start-up stuff may be an issue. Most major maker PCs are loaded with crap!!!

I piece build my own PCs every 2yrs approx......my start-up only has what I load on it.


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