windows 7 laptop keeps sluggish and applications keep locking up
Posted on 2010-09-01
I have an alienware m15x that I have been running windows 7 on for almost a year now. in the past couple of months, I have been having lots of issues with the unit though. I have reformatted, and had it sent in for service, and swapped out the video card, but I believe the issue is on the software side. Once it boots into windows, even tasks as mundane as going to all programs can take a few minutes, and simple apps such as word 2010, or firefox are locking up. I last reformatted around a month ago, so I am not looking to wipe the system clean again. I also upgraded from 4gigs to 8 gigs of ram (which they said the system is compatible with) and i am running windows 7 x64 ultimate, so that should only help performance??
It seems like something is running in the background, but task manager and recourse monitor don't show any large use of memory, hdd, or cpu. I have avast antivirus installed and running along with windows defender, and also have diskeeper running too.
I am looking for any suggested utilities to look for possible culprits causing this unstability. I was having issues at one point with nvidia drivers, and I seem to be unable to install the latest version of the drivers from the site (as in I can't reboot after installing them), but I just got a new graphics card from alienware to replace the one that came with it. Their support says to only use their nvidia drivers which are over a year old, but I don't see why any release that supports the 8700M GT shouldn't work correctly.
Thanks for suggestions.