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mask of sanitymask of sanity Posts: 610
edited September 2009 in The bottom bracket
Anyone know of any good internet browsers? ATM firefox (normally very reliable) and IE (generally a load of censored ) are being stupidly slow on my laptop! I've tried reinstalling firefox a number of times and it speeds it up initially but it just slows down as time goes by :?

Alternatively, is there anything I can do to my laptop that might make it run smoother? Would a pretty full hard drive result in a slower system?

I run regular full system scans and have what seems to be a good internet connection (was downloading at more then 500kbs earlier (obviously not an illegal download though... :P )) so can't think why it should be so slow.

Cheers, Rich.

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  • fast as fuppfast as fupp Posts: 2,277
    ditch windows and install ubuntu :D
    'dont forget lads, one evertonian is worth twenty kopites'
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 4,257
    Nothing wrong with Windows. It's fine, allthough Windows 7 is miles better.

    Try CCLeaner, that does a good job of cleaning unneeded censored from the PC, defragment once in a while as that can slow performance down allthough Vista does it autimatically if you have that and have it set to auto defrag.

    Other browsers you could try:

    Google Chrome
    Opera

    My choice would be Google Chrome, it uses less resources than Opera and can be faster.
  • Cheers Freehub. Shall try Google Chrome.

    Is that CCLeaner likely to do a better job then the Disk cleanup that Vista has as I run this fairly often? I try not to install to many programmes such as that so would only use CCLeaner if it's going to be better. I also defrag it often as it's part of my Norton full scan.

    My laptop has only 15g left of a 130g hard drive, is this to full?
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 4,257
    What stuff you filling it up with? I'd try uninstall unused apps if you have any, but when your HDD gets to a certain level of useage some defrag programs do warn about not being able to defrag it properly due to the low level of space available.

    Well it's a matter of personal preference really with these programs, CCLeaner has allot of extra options, it also can clean your registry or unused entries and things like that, I'd certainly give it a go, if you don't like it just uninstall it.

    Is it an old laptop? I'd try an AV like Avast, Norton AV has a bad rep, I've only had it for a short while and I know it nags you with pop ups and can be quite a hog on resources.
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,921
    When I first ran CCleaner it found me 10Gb of disk space that I couldn't. It works far better than Windoze Disk cleanup. You can set the level of clean, the highest being a 7x pass which hides a lot of sins :oops:
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 4,257
    redvee wrote:
    When I first ran CCleaner it found me 10Gb of disk space that I couldn't. It works far better than Windoze Disk cleanup. You can set the level of clean, the highest being a 7x pass which hides a lot of sins :oops:

    10gb? That's like coming back to a hour 10 years later and finding it clogged with dust and spider webs. Or being watching lots of porn on the pc? :lol:
  • freehub wrote:
    redvee wrote:
    When I first ran CCleaner it found me 10Gb of disk space that I couldn't. It works far better than Windoze Disk cleanup. You can set the level of clean, the highest being a 7x pass which hides a lot of sins :oops:

    10gb? That's like coming back to a hour 10 years later and finding it clogged with dust and spider webs. Or being watching lots of porn on the pc? :lol:
    :lol: It managed to find another 100mb that the windows one couldn't find.
    freehub wrote:
    What stuff you filling it up with? I'd try uninstall unused apps if you have any, but when your HDD gets to a certain level of useage some defrag programs do warn about not being able to defrag it properly due to the low level of space available.
    I've got 66gb of music... I have no idea how! And about 15gb of photos and i guess the rest is program's etc. It's still defraging it, it tells me when it's to full.

    I've installed google chrome and it works really well! It reminds me of when i first discoverd firefox having suffered with IE for ages :lol:
  • Smokin JoeSmokin Joe Posts: 2,706
    I installed Chrome and it worked really well...for a few days, then it slowed to a jerky crawl and I gave up on it.

    I've tried all the alternatives, Firefox, Opera, Safari but I find IE is the most reliable. IE8 is the best yet, though I wonder if some browsers just don't like certain configurations which is why people have conflicting views on them.
  • To be honest, there are always different sites that work better with different browsers. Sad but true. The ways I operate: my primary browser is Firefox with Noscript installed (most secure option). If I must see a site (and trust it) that wont work with that combo, I'll try it in IE8 (least secure option). Chrome is OK, but its resilience comes from launching a new process for every window plus there is a controlling process so it chews up memory/system resources even worse than IE or Firefox.

    Contrary to popular belief, software does not "go off" when it's not fresh. If something appeared to work well for a while and then works less well, then there's a reason. With a browser that could be a plugin, a virus or trojan that got installed or a cache that got too big. Learning what that funny Task Manager program (or even better, Process Explorer) is telling you might help.

    BTW I use Ubuntu on one of my machines and for web browsing stuff it is the nuts and immune to almost all malware.
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 4,257
    OP: You sorted your PC yet?
  • freehub wrote:
    OP: You sorted your PC yet?

    The names Mask of Sanity, or Rich if you prefer... :wink::lol:

    Well I'm using google chrome and it seems to work better (actaully lets me use facebook which FF didn't :? ) but I think the problems go much further. It used to keep going to 'the blue screen of death' so I reinstalled windows which stopped it but it started doing it again yesterday :?

    I don't get it because it will be working fine then it will suddenly just go to the blue screen and restart. But before it gets to windows it will restart again, constantly. Have to turn it off and leave it for a while before it works again which is a right pain if I have Uni assignments to do!! Could it be an issue with cooling? I use it on my desk but the desk seems to get very hot! It also won't let me change the power settings from power saver as when I do the problem gets worse!

    Stupid technology! lol.
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