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Hi.

I got myself an old laptop just for practical because I always use my home computer.

Compaq Evo N610c
Intel P4 2gigs 512k cache
1 gig memory
Mobility Radeon 7500
80gigs hdd
dvd-rom

I installed Win XP pro sp3 on it and I want you to share some tricks with me to give it a free boost. I installed Google Chrome I suppose it could help but other than that?

Also is it possible to take a 478 pentium4 and transplant it there even if its a pentium M 478 but with the same die size?
Thx for helping me out :)
 
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-9.8m/s^2 out of the nearest window? :D
 

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...and that means?
 
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...and that means?
Just a joke :D

Hi.

I got myself an old laptop just for practical because I always use my home computer.

Compaq Evo N610c
Intel P4 2gigs 512k cache
1 gig memory
Mobility Radeon 7500
80gigs hdd
dvd-rom

I installed Win XP pro sp3 on it and I want you to share some tricks with me to give it a free boost. I installed Google Chrome I suppose it could help but other than that?

Also is it possible to take a 478 pentium4 and transplant it there even if its a pentium M 478 but with the same die size?
Thx for helping me out :)
Placing a desktop CPU in a laptop is a bad idea because the cooling (and also the power circuitry) is likely inadequate, even if the CPU would work in there compatibility-wise (which is not very likely in the first place).

As for "accelerating" that thing. Probably the best thing you can do is use a lightweight Linux distribution on it, instead of windows (or maybe run windows 2000).
 

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Add more memory if you can, that would help a lot. If not that, I second Windows 2000.
 

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Xubuntu then ? The memory is maxed out at 1 gig.
 

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Xubuntu then ? The memory is maxed out at 1 gig.
Xubuntu is good if you're not really into linux. It's lightweight enough to do what you will need it to do but if you wanted to save more memory, some other window managers (which aren't exactly cake to use,) that could save you memory. Personally when I use linux now I've been using the i3 window manager, you may like it too if you like tiling window managers that only use key-bindings.
 
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how many ram slots there, if 2 you could buy another 1 gig or if it has 1 you could sell the old and buy 2 gig ram
more ram would help your system run better especially in heavy task
 

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I'm not into programing even Xubuntu package after updae I still have to learn how to remove them.
 

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I was wondering something. Is there an Android that people can install on their computers ?
 

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I was wondering something. Is there an Android that people can install on their computers ?
Not one that isn't designed for x86 Android developers, even even still it isn't designed to be a PC OS.
 
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IDE SSD maybe? But memory + linux would do the trick I would think. Perhaps xubuntu.
 

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Gonna try xubuntu then :)
 

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Unfortunately, you're not gonna get better performance out of it when running Windows, as the OS is really quite slow. It's just that modern machines mask this through sheer brute force.

That Linux distro on the other hand may fly.
 
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Replace the hard drive with a SSD if the hard drive in the laptop is SATA. Doing that would add way more performance than anything else you could do.
 
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Android has been ported to x86 arhitecture by some people, as i remember trying out an ICS build in a virtual machine. Just search for it, it might be worth trying.
 

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basically, the laptop is slow. you cant make it faster, so instead focus on making it do less.


if linux doesnt work out for you, run XP - but tweak it so nothing starts with windows, and dont install anything you dont need.
 

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if linux doesnt work out for you, run XP - but tweak it so nothing starts with windows, and dont install anything you dont need.
I'm sure some of us could help out with what services can be disabled and those that shouldn't be if the OP decides to take a stroll through services.msc.
 

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I'm sure some of us could help out with what services can be disabled and those that shouldn't be if the OP decides to take a stroll through services.msc.
i just used Nlite ages ago to make a streamlined XP. removed all printer and fax drivers, all languages other than english, all dial up fax and modem support. (that may be useful on a laptop, however)


stripping things out like that and not touching services, got me a lightweight OS that uses <100MB of ram at idle. still have that ISO around, but cant share it since it has my key preinstalled.
 

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Anyway I'm on French language here. I'm installing Xubuntu on the moment. Gonna see whats happening after.
 
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Xubuntu works fine in my virtual machine with 1gb, but I think that's dual core and pretty speedy. You might find (especially with 12.04) even xubuntu is a bit slowpoke. In that case there are plenty of alternatives to Ubuntu you might try - I can't suggest anything but Gentoo but that's complete overkill lol.

Try it first of course!
 

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Xubuntu works fine! faster than xp of course. Now I just need to know how to remove older version when the synaptic package will put himself up to date. :) Ill have to read about it carefully and translate since my O/S system is always in french :)
 
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Its been said but Ill say it again. XP and SSD, 2.5- Inch, IDE, makes a big difference. But there not cheap
Other than that, there is little you can do to speed it up
 
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an SSD would make it a lot snappier.

and add another gig of ram if you want to use Win7


Google chrome doesnt help speed it up. will slow it down :p
 

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For the value of a SSD it would be more intelligent to invest in a newer laptop. For the memory it's maxed out. I am using Xubuntu and it's really faster than XP. Thx and It helped me out. :)