How do I fix a slow running lap top? It's a DELL Latitude D610

It took almost 10 mins to boot up.  Once it gets going it moves ok.  Any ideas?
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If that's how you last left it, it looks pretty good to me. There is a Google Toolbar Notifier entry, second one from the top, that can be turned off as well. Nothing critical that I see turned off, a few optional ones but the beauty of disabling them is that you can go back and toggle them on if you feel the need to.

Sounds like it's spinning like a top now, as it should! I'd suggest running the Registry tool in CCleaner next if you haven't already. It's the only one I feel secure about using or recommending. After performing a scan and clicking the fix button you'll be prompted about backing up changes to the registry, I recommend creating a CCleaner folder in My Documents or in the CCleaner program directory and saving the file there each time. They're small files and it's better to have them just in case, although I have yet to utilize one.

You'll want to scan the registry more than once if you have a large number of  found on the first run. Fix then scan again until it comes back empty or with only one or two stubborn ones. Run that at least once every month or two, it will likely return issues to fix every time.

Use the normal Cleaner function as well, and notice there are multiple tabs to select within the checkbox list of what you want to include. Additional programs and browsers will be listed on the second tab, so if you want to preserve your browsing history and such make sure it's not checked.

Last, but not least, I suggest downloading Google Chrome for your browser if you don't already use it. For a laptop that's several years old, the leaner and faster the browser, the better!

Congrats on a successful resurrection ;)
msconfig, Services, hide all Microsoft services & disable uneeded entries using Google to cross check.  Also Startup tab the same.  May help.
If it is only on startup then yes check msconfig for the startup tab, however you may want to run chkdsk on the hard drive to ensure that there are no hard disk errors.  You can do this by right clicking your system drive in windows explorer and choosing properties, then click on the tools tab and then the error-checking button.  This will allow you to schedule a disk check at the next startup.

Also a RAM upgrade would definately give it a boost.

What operating system are you running?
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Brian GeeCommented:
In addition to the first two recommendations, I would also suggest a Defragmentation process as well.
you can run a disk diag - it may have problems
you can use the Dell utility to run them (F12 at boot
SteveIT ManagerCommented:
Consider downloading installing and running defraggler (google it) its free and a quite powerfull defrag tool.

10 minutes is impressive! I actually have one of those floating around myself ;)

I would also recommend making sure you have a decent amount of hard drive space free, things really crawl if you get lower than around 10-15% free space. A fresh OS install is the best option of course. Restoring your system to new, or formatting and installing Windows from scratch would give you a giant performance boost.

To initiate the restore process, press Ctrl + F11 during startup, usually around when the DELL logo appears. You'll need to backup any files that you may want to save onto a flash drive, external hard drive, or burn to disk FIRST though, as restoring will erase everything. If there's nothing you need to save though, go for it, it will run like new and only require some Windows Updating and installing any software you might want to add such as an Antivirus program or Google Chrome, etc.

As others have mentioned though, RAM is a huge must for any system. For those laptops I'd suggest 1.5 GB minimum.

Hope this helps ;)
I'll also add, install CCleaner, it's made by the same company as Defraggler (mentioned above). It's able to clean up excess junk files such as temp and internet cache, scan and repair registry errors, allows you to disable or remove startup processes, and even uninstall programs. Best of all, it's free!
Magnus BIT-supportCommented:
Depends on what OS you run on it. If you run Windows 7 on it, it might take a while on low RAM for example.
I have a D610 on which I tried both XP and Windows 7 on, but I kept the Windows 7 on it. Boots in approx 2 min.

How old is your installation? Might wanna consider fresh installation if you can.

Various antivirus software can also slow things down. If running Windows 7, I recommend MS own security essentials. it's simple n' fast

I faced this problem before, so I managed to resolve it via AutoRun:
uncheck those processes or services that you don't need in AutoRun.
jbstacygAuthor Commented:
Windows XP professional
504 MB RAM (several have said to upgrade this.  How do I do this on a laptop?
#$ GB hard drive @$ GB free - (dont think this is the issue
I am going to run some of the other programs suggested as well/

jbstacygAuthor Commented:
34 GB hard drive;  24 GB free
Autoruns suit for all Windows OS and It need only 606kb.
You should try it for your own good.
While 504 MB is quite enough to run Autoruns.
Try to tune your PC via AutoRuns first before buying expensive RAM.
>>  several have said to upgrade this.  How do I do this on a laptop?   <<  yours supports up to 2 GB in sticks of 256, 512, or 1 Gb  :

Anyhow - with 512 Mb and xp-SP3 it will always be slow; vista even slower
you can reolace the 512 Mb stick, or add a 1 GB if only 1 module was used
On the back, there's a small panel with a single phillips-head screw, behind that is one of the D610's two memory slots, which by default each contain one 256MB RAM chip. You can upgrade each slot with a maximum of 1GB memory, which for yours has to be  at least PC2-3200 (PC2-4200 chips will work).

Here's a reference for installing RAM on your own, if you choose to only upgrade the one in back, the first and last pictures of the laptop are all you need to pay attention to.

Installing this chip is not that difficult for the average user, You remove the screw and panel, then there are two metal clips on either end of the existing chip (if present it will be a 256MB module), you bend the clips out away from the chip and it will spring up a bit at an angle, then just pull away from the slot and remove it. Installing is the reverse so keep this in mind when removing the old one.

To install, line the new chip up in the slot at an angle, looking at the notch in the end with all the contact pins as your guide, then once you have it right, press it down flat so the spring clips click onto it and hold it in place.

The D610 also has another slot, underneath the keyboard. This isn't impossible to reach, but does involve a bit more disassembly meaning if you're not comfortable, pay a nominal fee and have any PC repair place do the install for you.

I mention the second one because after removing the one in back, you'll be able to upgrade to 1.25GB of ram total (the number will show slightly lower due to the graphics sharing a bit of your memory, it's why your laptop says 504MB rather than 512MB which is what's actually installed) however if you upgrade the internal one, then you can have a total of 2GB of ram.

I highly recommend upgrading one chip to a 1GB memory module, it will improve your performance greatly. Newegg sells one compatible with your system for $15.99 + $.99 shipping.

A system restore would give your system a much needed cleanup and huge performance boost, but if you choose not to, at least get some more RAM.

Good Luck ;)
Just to clarify, the 1GB chip I linked to will work for both slots, whether you buy one or two depends on whether you're only upgrading the one in back bringing you up to 1.25GB, or both of them bringing you up to 2GB.

RAM will help with performance, but startup time is also impacted by all the startup processes others and myself have mentioned. Using CCleaner, you select Tools, then Startup and within the list will have to determine what needs to run and what does not. Post a new question with a list of the startup programs if you need help determining which ones you should disable or remove. Use the button below the list in CCleaner to save it to a text file, then open the file and copy/paste your list for help!
jbstacygAuthor Commented:
ive got a few friends that can do the install for me but i like to learn things on my own.  gonna try blues advice and a couple of others and see what happens....
jbstacygAuthor Commented:
loaded new memory.  that helped quite a bit.  going to post all the start up items in here so you can see all the stuff that supposedly loads.
jbstacygAuthor Commented:
Yes      HKCU:Run      ctfmon.exe      C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
Yes      HKCU:Run      swg      "C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"
No      HKCU:Run      ctfmon      C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
No      HKCU:Run      E_S86      C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\E_FATIFRA.EXE /FU "C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\E_S86.tmp" /EF "HKCU"
No      HKCU:Run      wcescomm      "C:\Program Files\Microsoft ActiveSync\wcescomm.exe"
No      HKCU:Run      GoogleToolbarNotifier      "C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"
Yes      HKLM:Run      Symantec PIF AlertEng      "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe" /a /m "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\AlertEng.dll"
No      HKLM:Run      Reader_sl      "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
No      HKLM:Run      EEventManager      C:\PROGRA~1\EPSONS~1\EVENTM~1\EEventManager.exe
No      HKLM:Run      FUFAXSTM      "C:\Program Files\Epson Software\FAX Utility\FUFAXSTM.exe"
No      HKLM:Run      hkcmd      C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
No      HKLM:Run      igfxtray      C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
No      HKLM:Run      iTunesHelper      "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
No      HKLM:Run      NeroCheck      C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
No      HKLM:Run            
No      HKLM:Run      igfxpers      C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
No      HKLM:Run      qttask      "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
No      HKLM:Run      PDVDServ      "C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe"
No      HKLM:Run      jusched      "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe"
No      HKLM:Run      PlatformAgentUI      "C:\Program Files\Symantec Protection Network\PlatformAgent\PlatformAgentUI.exe"
No      HKLM:Run      realsched      "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe"  -osboot
No      Startup Common      hp psc 1000 series.lnk      C:\PROGRA~1\HEWLET~1\DIGITA~1\bin\hpohmr08.exe
No      Startup Common      hpoddt01.exe.lnk      C:\PROGRA~1\HEWLET~1\DIGITA~1\bin\hpotdd01.exe
jbstacygAuthor Commented:
by the way, i turned all of those off.  are there any that i should be running?  ran ccleaner as well and my laptop is running awesome right now!  im guessing combo memory upgrade and ccleaner and startup
What never hurts a laptop that is been used a couple of years: hardware cleaning...

Those Dell's are fairly easy to disassemble. You can gently blow dust and dirt awai from ventholes, the vent and radiator.

Ideal time to give the case and onther parts some cleaning.

I advise a can of dry air and a good foam cleaner. This is available in a good PC hardware shop.

You would be suplrised how much dirt and dust you collect in a laptop in a couple of years. Specially if it is used in environments where people smoke etc.

And you could even be more supprised how much better a PC performs if it has good cooling and thus a good airflow.
For me, I will turn off the following:

Yes      HKCU:Run      swg      "C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"
No      HKCU:Run      GoogleToolbarNotifier      "C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"
No      HKLM:Run      Reader_sl      "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
No      HKLM:Run      realsched      "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe"  -osboot
Those mention above are update schedule for google toolbar, adobe reader and real player.
I think the printer is necessary to turn on:
No      Startup Common      hp psc 1000 series.lnk      C:\PROGRA~1\HEWLET~1\DIGITA~1\bin\hpohmr08.exe
No      Startup Common      hpoddt01.exe.lnk      C:\PROGRA~1\HEWLET~1\DIGITA~1\bin\hpotdd01.exe

Symantec is also nessary to turn on:
Yes      HKLM:Run      Symantec PIF AlertEng      "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe" /a /m "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\AlertEng.dll"

No      HKLM:Run      PlatformAgentUI      "C:\Program Files\Symantec Protection Network\PlatformAgent\PlatformAgentUI.exe"

Good Luck and Have a Good Day !


one of the best ways to get it running fast is a new OS
you can restore it to factory settings  if you hit the Ctrl + F11 keys during boot
don't forget to backup first !
Firmin FrederickSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
The DELL Latitude D610 was a very good laptop in its time but I believe in this day and age you're flogging a dying donkey.  Even with a fresh build of XP and 1 GB of RAM and streamlining all services and startups you have to face facts - you as a user needs to upgrade!

Laptop costs have plummeted as manufacturers scramble to sell pads and tablets and dual-core smart phones - now is the time to purchase a *4GB RAM* QUAD-CORE or I7* with 500GB (7200 RPM with 16MB cache) HDD, with a plethora of screen sizes, SLi (dual graphics) and many other technologies including XP mode aloowing you to run full blown Win XP in virtual mode if you need it.

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You can then run more challenging software, games, browse the internet faster, watch Blu-ray films and so much more all in Windows 7.  Ask yourself if it's really worth keeping your D610.
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jbstacygAuthor Commented:
i agree on upgrading but i do not like to throw away money if i dont have to.  it is working fine now.  not the finest piece of machinery out there but it does what i need it to do.  lol!  an IT tech came into my business recently carrying none other than a D610!  lol
Firmin FrederickSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
lol :) Like I said they were good machines I bought 4 of them four/five years back and two are still in use now.  Good luck dude glad to hear you're back in the running :)
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