Solved Slow notebook, Sony Vaio F series

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wlodar95

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Hello. i've got some problems with my sony Vaio F series notebook. It has 4 years and in past I could run battlefield 3 on ultra settings without aby problems. Now notebook is very slow and it even can't start net browser fast. There is an Intel i5, quad core 2,3 GHz, 4GB of ram, Geforce NVidia 540m and 500GB of hard drive. I'd like to change the hard drive to new 500 GB disc and change an ammount of ram from 4 to 8 or 16. Would it get it fast? Is this slowly running because of the hard drive which is Old, was formatting many times and the low ammount of ram? Or maybe CPU and GPU are not good after few years of using this notebook? Please help me :)
 

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Hi @wlodar95 and welcome to PCHF :)

First, let's run some diagnosis.

Can you run

Code:
sfc /scannow
to verify all Windows files are intact?

Also what OS are you running?
 
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Ok I'm doing it right now :) And sorry for my mistake. The processor is Intel Core i5 2410m (it has only 2 cores,4 threads). I was running battlefield 3 on ultra quality when it came out and now I don't know why it worked so good ^^. My OS is Windows 7 Home Premium. I'l put diagnosis in a while when it's ready.
 

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Hi,

Perfect :)

Was it working fine up until a certain point, or was it just gradually becoming unplayable? I'm curious to see if maybe something triggered it instead of "old age" (y)
 

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Hmmm...It's difficult to say if it was some kind of point when it started becoming unplayable. I think it was just gradually becoming like this. During this performance downgrading, hard drive was formatted many times to make notebook working faster, but this did not help.
 

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Hi,

I know that the Sony Vaio F's chipset is not really designed to run games at ultra level without severe FPS issues. Any laptop will encounter this because it's hardware is low power and battery-saving designed rather than being powerful like its desktop counterparts.

You can try swapping the HD with a SSD to breathe new life into it, but that would cost money. An i5 is good, 4 GB RAM is OK, and 500 GB HD is fine. Sometimes, a reset of the OS can cure issues. I personally reset my PC at least once every few months to start fresh and remove any old junk. Of course with Windows 7 you can't do that. You'd have to reinstall the entire OS to accomplish that.

I have a Dell Inspiron laptop that's a 2009 model (Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 320 GB HD) that runs Lubuntu 15.04 with absolutely no issues and I have a gaming laptop again. Of course, 4 years is a good time period, and it may just be old. But before replacing it, try seeing if you can get a SSD to swap out the old HD with.

Here at PCHF, we try to exhaust all options to fix your issue that wouldn't cost you money. But sometimes, a part needs to be replaced, or a computer just needs to be replaced. That's just the way the IT world works unfortunately.
 

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Hi again,

It's currently 5 am where I am right now. Can't exactly think when tired haha.

Let me sleep on this before we rush getting some new hardware. I'm sure I'll come up with something that might help you (y)
 

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Hi,

Let's try removing unnecessary files. Are you able to install CCleaner from here and install it? After installation, click "Analyze"



After doing this, click "Run Cleaner"



Next we're gonna clean your registry of any junk that's un-needed.





 

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Hi,

Looking forward to you posting your results :) Another thing you can try is defragmenting your hard drive. That should help as well. (y)

Another thing to try after defragmenting is to use CCleaner's built-in Startup manager to disable any unnecessary programs during boot.





 

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Ok I made it all.

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It also removed around 120 registry issues. I delete some programs from startup too (but there weren't much programs...just 5 or something like that).
 

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I think, I'll put 120 GB SSD, and +4GB of RAM (to have 8GB of it). Now I just need my notebook to work, programming and stuff like this. One or two games will be the maximum on it (and not something like Witcher 3, but CS:GO or Dota).
 
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Hi,

Keep us advised if you decide to go ahead with the upgrade.

Is your laptop able to function normally or is it nonfunctional? You said

Now I just need my notebook to work, programming and stuff like this.
Does this imply that your laptop is malfunctioning?
 

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Hi,

Since I've not heard back from you, I'm marking this as Solved. If you have any further issues, please reply back to this thread. :)
 
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