I am needing to help a friend who is experiencing very sluggish and slow performance from his Compaq Presario V5000 laptop. With respect to symptoms of sluggishness, the Windows Startup sound event for Windows XP is choppy instead of being audibly smooth. Windows XP takes 5 minutes to load its desktop with all of its icons. Itunes takes about 10 minutes to load when launched from the desktop. Of course, everything else takes several minutes to load as well including Internet Explorer.
With respect to system specifications of the Compaq Presario V5000 laptop, it is running Windows XP Professional SP3. It has an AMD Turion chip running at 1.79GHz and 2GB of RAM. 1.87GB of this RAM is free because the other is likely to be shadowed for the video RAM.
In terms of wrap up thoughts, it is almost like this laptop is bottlenecking for some reason. Could it be due to certain programs loading at startup, thus, depleting the system resources? Throughout all of my experiences with this laptop, I never remember it being this sluggish.
Any shared thoughts, suggestions, or tips for improving the performance or speed of this laptop will be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from everyone regarding this post.