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Laptop is slowing down?

I have recently upgraded my laptop RAM horsepower to 3GB. I now have 1 1GB 5300 DDR2 & 1 2GB of the similar type, both from Kingston. But even the upgrade did not seem to improve the performance of the system. I even experience hangs when I run applications like Firefox (not to mention especially when I have a number of windows open, which I know eats up a lot of RAM power), except for full-screen games that I have yet to touch since the upgrade.

Is this an incompatibility of the 2 RAM modules (due to the difference in the space (1GB & 2GB)), or is this something else? I hope to receive some advice on how to resolve this problem.

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- your laptop (CPU, total and free disk space)
- OS (XP, Vista?)
- details from task manager (control-alt-del), such as:
+ number of running processes
+ top-5-processes (after sorting on CPU use)
- full list of startup items (from MSCONFIG, start-up tab)

Kees

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Ok, here are the details...

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CPU: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2300 @ 1.66GHz (2 CPUs)
Total Disk Space: 70.0GB
Free Disk Space: 29.4GB
OS: Windows XP Professional SP3

Details from Task Manager
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Number of running processes: ~99 (with Windows Explorer, Firefox 3.0, BitDefender Antivirus & ThinkVantage Rescue & Recovery open)
Top 5 processes: System Idle Process, bdagent.exe, DkService.exe, System, oasrv.exe, services.exe

List of Startup Items:
PWRMGRTR
BatLogEx
EzEjMnAp
TpKmapAp
TpShocks
TPOSDSVC
tp4ex
Smax4
LPMGR
ISUSPM
issch
AwaySch
scheduler_proxy
ACTray
ACWLIcon
launcher
cssauth
LPMLCHK
smax4pnp
SynTPEnh
amsg
TpScrLk
igfxtray
hkcmd
igfxpers
TPFNF7SP
DLACTRLW
jusched
QTTask
Reader_sl
GrooveMonitor
winpatrol
bdagent
IEShow
oaui
daemon
PCSuite
eraser
ctfmon
WMPNSCFG
Bluetooth
Digital Line Detect
OneNote 2007 Screen Clipper and Lanucher

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Re: list of processes

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I've got 59 processes here at the moment (including Outlook mail, Norton antivirus, a webserver and a Java Development tool). And I've got 14 items on my Startup list (I just unchecked 4, so that will be 10 active at the next boot).

Maybe it helps to have a good look at all those processes to see if you REALLY need them running. Might make a difference.

Kees

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More detailed information of Startup items from WinPatrol

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MSIE: Internet Explorer (7.00.6000.16762)
IE Cookie Path: C:\Documents and Settings\Daniel Yow\Cookies\
Firefox 3.0.5 installed in C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox

HKLM Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
HKCU Start Page = http://www.lenovo.com/welcome/thinkpad
HKLM Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157

WinLogon DefaultUserName=Daniel Yow
WinLogon DefaultDomainName=LENOVO-46DE6483
WinLogon Shell=Explorer.exe
WinLogon UserInit=C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,

Startup Items
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# PWRMGRTR

PWRMGRTR.DLL,PwrMgrBkGndMonitor ThinkPad Power Manager Background Monitor and Tray Battery Gauge
Version: 1, 0, 0, 0 Copyright (C) Lenovo 2005,2007.
Location: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Path: rundll32 C:\PROGRA~1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\PWRMGRTR.DLL,PwrMgrBkGndMonitor
First Detected by WinPatrol: 12/26/2008 8:26 AM
Click for Plus Info


# BLOG

BatLogEx.DLL,StartBattLog
Location: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Path: rundll32 C:\PROGRA~1\ThinkPad\UTILIT~1\BatLogEx.DLL,StartBattLog
First Detected by WinPatrol: 12/26/2008 8:26 AM
Click for Plus Info


# EZEJMNAP

EZEJMNAP.EXE ThinkPad EasyEject Support Application
Version: 2, 3, 2, 0 Copyright (C) Lenovo 2005,2007.
Location: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Path: C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Utilities\EZEJMNAP.EXE
First Detected by WinPatrol: 12/26/2008 8:26 AM
Click for Plus Info


# TPKMAPHELPER

TpKmapAp.exe -helper Keyboard Customizer
Version: 1, 3, 0, 0 Copyright (C) Lenovo 2005.
Location: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Path: C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\Utilities\TpKmapAp.exe -helper
First Detected by WinPatrol: 12/26/2008 8:26 AM
Click for Plus Info


# TpShocks

TpShocks.exe ThinkVantage Active Protection System
Version: 1.61 Copyright (C) Lenovo and IBM Corp. 2003,2008. All rights reserved.
Location: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Path: TpShocks.exe
First Detected by WinPatrol: 12/26/2008 8:26 AM
Click for Plus Info


# TPHOTKEY

TPOSDSVC.exe On screen display message generator for ThinkPad
Version: 1.04 Copyright (C) Lenovo 2006,2008.
Location: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Path: C:\Program Files\Lenovo\HOTKEY\TPOSDSVC.exe
First Detected by WinPatrol: 12/26/2008 8:26 AM
Click for Plus Info


# TP4EX

tp4ex.exe TrackPoint Accessibility Features
Version: 1.11 Copyright (C) Lenovo 2005
Location: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Path: tp4ex.exe
First Detected by WinPatrol: 12/26/2008 8:26 AM
Click for Plus Info


# SoundMAX

Smax4.exe /tray Audio Control Panel
Version: 5, 2, 0, 8 Copyright

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