Brand New IBM R52 Laptop Preformance is Slow, but should not be.
Posted on 2006-11-11
We are dealing with a less than 1 year old IBM R52 Laptop computer. It is a model 1849-W9U it should not be slow given the specifications below.
Original description: P M 740(1.7GHz), 512MB RAM, 60GB 5400rpm HD, 15in 1024x768 LCD, 64MB ATI Radeon X300, CDRW/DVD, Intel 802.11bg wireless(MPCI), Modem(CDC), 1Gb Ethernet(LOM), UltraNav, Secure Chip, IEEE 1394, Fingerprint Reader, 6c Li-Ion batt, WinXP Pro
My sister in law Ann, complains the computer I recommended for her is a dog.... that its very slow. She says documents open slowly, the internet is slow and is generally disappointed with the computer that she just paid $1,800.00 dollars for in Summer of 2006. The thing is basically brand new.
I thought at first the best place to start would be to get the laptop in my hands this weekend an try to run some kind of a test or application that would rate the computers speed so our disucssion would deal with real facts and not subjective information.
Please advise on what test to run to rate the speed of this computer. and after that data is posted please make recommendations on how to tune up the computer so it functions normally. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.