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Sometimes have a similar problem with my cordless mouse on my laptop. It's usually to do with the processor being overloaded and so programmes, including the mouse, slow down

 

Worse with todays antivirus software because they use so much memory. Laptops are just not powerful enough for todays programmes

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...my cordless mouse on my laptop. It's usually to do with the processor being overloaded ...

I would suggest that it is more to do with the cordless aspect. I have yet to encounter any wireless mouse or keyboard which has not been temperamental and/or sluggish. I just do not understand why people want them. Wireless gadgets obviously have their place. Phones yes, Wii controllers yes, Angus Young yes; but keyboards and mice? I really can't see what benefit wireless brings to them which is worth the functional inadequacy.

 

Laptops are just not powerful enough for todays programmes

Mine's more than fine.

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...my cordless mouse on my laptop. It's usually to do with the processor being overloaded ...

I would suggest that it is more to do with the cordless aspect. I have yet to encounter any wireless mouse or keyboard which has not been temperamental and/or sluggish. I just do not understand why people want them. Wireless gadgets obviously have their place. Phones yes, Wii controllers yes, Angus Young yes; but keyboards and mice? I really can't see what benefit wireless brings to them which is worth the functional inadequacy.

 

Laptops are just not powerful enough for todays programmes

Mine's more than fine.

 

I have a desktop and 2 laptops. The cordless are fine on the desktop, but not the laptop and the memory programme is constantly telling me it's overworking. With wired mice I was constantly tugging at the wire when it got caught on things.

The power of some laptops is fine, but they generally cost in excess of £600. There is obviously an issue with which programmes the system is used for, some use far more memory than others. I, and others, are clearly running programmes that are high users of resources.

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It may not be a mouse problem as such. There can be a multitude of causes which just slow the whole system down to a snails pace. If it is happening online, it will probably be due to a slow network connection whilst accessing a host server. Could be either client or host.

Older laptops are just not able to cope efficiently with modern software. They generally have slower processors with cutdown cache memory to reduce heat and power consumption. Hyperthreading is one of the first things to go i.e. the ability to multitask. Coupled with this, older laptops tend to be low on memory and there is a trade of between system memory and physical memory. The net effect of this is excessive use of the system swop file on the hard drive and the inevitable slow down of the whole system. Conversly, applications that are graphic intensive require physical memeory that just is not there.

There are other things that cause the whole system to slow down such as a full hard drive and lack of housekeeping. Fragmented files are bad for slowing down the application associated with the fragmented files. The hard drive has to search longer for the appropriate file segments. The solution to this is simple ~ defragment the hard drive.

Before doing this, delete all temporary files especially internet files, Also delete any unused software. This does not actually get rid of the files as such but creates more writable space on the hard drive. This will speed up the defragmentation process because of more space and obviously it does not have to process the files you deleted. The net effect of this is more hard drive space and faster file reading.

For heavily graphic dependent programs such as gaming, reducing the screen resolution and refrsh rate will speed things up but at the cost of image quality. Modern laptops are much better with graphics but once again it is a compromise between quality and battery life.

A moderately specified desktop will outperform all but the most expensive laptop.

You could also look critically at the number of background programs that you are running. Laptops tend to have proprietry management programs running that are not necessary to make the laptop function and use small but finite system resources. If you are not working online or installing new software/files turning off the antivirus will speed things up.

Watch out also for programs and antivirus updates. These normally have priority over other applications when installing and downloading and will slow the system down drastically if they are large files. It is best to let them do their thing before attempting to use the laptop. This applies equally to desktops. Obviously you need antivirus updates on your machine as soon as possible but operating system and other application updates can be set to install when you switch off prior to the system actually shutting down.

These tips are not exhaustive but the secret to getting a laptop or desktop to function at is best doing the housekeeping on a regular basis.

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Good and comprehensive advice Zog. Thanks very much.

 

With my laptop it'll be background programs, because it's only 6 months old. A reasonably spec'd Dell, hard disk only 20% used and 0% on defrag. So should be good. Strangely I find my lower spec'd Fujitsu Siemens works quicker, but it does have a different Antivirus software.

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I use Game Booster if I am using any demanding software. They do a couple of Free to download programs. They will turn off unwanted background runners, you can stipulate which ones or let it decide. Normally used for gaming as title sez but ok .

 

http://www.iobit.com/products2.html

 

 

The links ar towards the bottom of the page.

 

Goodluck

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Strangely I find my lower spec'd Fujitsu Siemens works quicker, but it does have a different Antivirus software.

 

Some antivirus software is notorious for resource hogging. AVG is a good example but its free! I would not entertain Norton on any of my machines.

I use Kaspersky. This is however, is another topic.

 

I did try a cordless mouse but not for long. I passed it on to the wife and then it went in the bin. If you must use a cordless mouse, fork out for lithium bateries. They last much longer and dont have the performance drop off. They either work or don't. If you are heavily into gaming wireless is not an option for either keyboard or mouse.

 

One thing not touched on is operating systems. Matters will be ompounded if you are using Vista. Its a resource hog. If you don't want to migrate to windows 7 because of the pending relaase of windows 8, then regressing to XP is an option. Having said that support for XP SP3 will end soon despite it's refusal to die as the os of choice for many businesses and individuals alike.

I run navigation software on Windows ME on a very modest spec laptop. I cut the os down to the bare minimum and have only what is needed to keep it functional. It boots up and starts the program almost as quickly as my overclocked i7 system on windows 7 gets to the desktop.

Its all very complicated and lot depends on what you use your computer for. It can be tweeked to suit your needs but at the price of performance in other areas.

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Cheers Zog. Once again useful advice.

 

My Dell is running windows 7, but with Norton AV

 

The Fujitsu is older and running Vista and a Microsoft free download AV

 

Don't use either for gaming and bought the Dell because the Fujitsu got a virus which completely destroyed it. Appears fixed now, but I wouldn't want to put my credit card details into it

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Cheers Zog. Once again useful advice.

 

My Dell is running windows 7, but with Norton AV

 

The Fujitsu is older and running Vista and a Microsoft free download AV

 

Don't use either for gaming and bought the Dell because the Fujitsu got a virus which completely destroyed it. Appears fixed now, but I wouldn't want to put my credit card details into it

 

Well Norton! It was great to see just how fast my dell and Sony started to work when I removed Norton. Will remove it from any laptop I get in the future.

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