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  1. Yes, so glad i can use this desktop again. Thinking of using it for emulation. 6GB in this desktop seems to be more than plenty. And 8GB in the laptop seems fine too. I tell you what, wish i hadn't paid the £549 for this laptop. For a HP at that price it is mega poor. Feels cheap and plasticy. The touch pad is dreadfull. Mind you all modern laptops now have rubbish touch pads. I can't tell you how many 2.5" drives i have in external cases from ps3's ps4's and xbox's 🤣🤣
  2. The desktop i am pretty sure the hard drive was to blame as reinstalling windows did not cure it. On the laptop it got worse as the year went on. Multiple attempts of reinstalling windows didn't make a difference. Not even with a bare copy of W10 direct from the microsoft website cured it. Was told by many that modern laptops and a 1TB HDD don't get on and was advised to swap for a SSD. Previous to this laptop i tried 2 different laptops of which both suffered from slowing down and both went back to the shop. My friends laptop is exactly the same and they are now considering SSD. I wasn't trying to say upgrading to a SSD is the answer. But simply saying swapping out your HDD on an old tired machine for a SSD will give it a new lease of life.
  3. If reinstalling windows doesn't make it better then it could benefit from a SSD. That's if there is nothing else at fault. As mentioned above, some laptops have a trap door underneath with one screw to access the HDD. Others require a full strip down. On my laptop i had to remove around 10 screws then pop the bottom of the whole case off.
  4. not on a old knackered machine. neither did it for my less than 1 year old laptop which was slow from new anyway. been told modern laptops with hard drives bigger than 500GB are slow.
  5. as the title says. Just a bit of info for those not clued up on computers. I have a 10 year old Compaq desktop pc. It has a AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.80Ghz CPU with 2GB of ram as standard and a 500GB HDD. A few years ago the machine was getting seriously slow and was doing my head in as it was barely usable. From pressing the power button to getting to the log on screen it would take over 2mins. Then would take a further minute to open chrome. So i ended up buying a 4GB stick of ram to see if that made it any faster, but it didn't. I also Upgraded it from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and it was still slow. So the next step i did was look at a SSD. I bought a 240GB SSD drive for £30 off ebuyer, installed it and put windows back on and the machine is absolutely rapid. It's even faster than it was new. I can go from powering on to opening chrome in just over 30 secs. You just wouldn't believe it was the same machine. So i would definitely look down the SSD route if you have a old slow pc. It could save you a lot of money. Works for laptops too as i upgraded from a 1TB HDD to a 500GB SSD (or could you say downgraded) on my less than 1 year old slow as hell HP laptop with intel Core i5 and 8GB RAM.
  6. depends on your budget and what size you want. i have just bought a 2nd hand monitor/tv for my computer desk. i have a lot of retro games consoles and use a desktop pc. i looked at a brand new tv, but i failed to find a full HD 1080p one with all the connections i wanted. so i went down the 2nd hand route. i picked up a decent Samsung SyncMaster B2230HD. it's a monitor with TV capabilities. has all the connections i need. 2 HDMI ports, VGA, component, scart, audio inputs and USB. has some pretty neat features too. only cost me around £70 off ebay. might be worth considering if you don't mind 22".
  7. i too wish it would go back to showing all listings as one. i like to just browse, i don't know what i want to look at. better to scroll down them as a whole in case something tickles your fancy. change it back to that way and then at top just have a drop down menu for the different sections if you wish to filter. i use to look on the for sale section every day. some times upto 3 times a day. but now i barely look at it once a month. this forum is terrible now. it's just full of people having a go at someone for incorrect spelling or not using full stops and capital letters as if they are English teachers. not everyone can spell and use correct grammar and punctuation. i know i'm not great at it, so i do not expect to be shot down in flames for it. why has everyone turned nasty and drag other down. if you spot incorrect spelling or grammar and punctuation, move on and ignore it. if you can understand what is being said, move on.
  8. when it all started. had you recently just installed an app off the play store? i ask because there is apps now that allow pop ups.
  9. ok so today i repaired the hinges with epoxy, changed the thermal paste and fitted the SSD. plugged in my micro SD and recovered windows and reinstalled. it has put everything back on that came with the laptop from new, so i am happy about that. it is now all running smooth and all up to date. all i can say is wow, this machine is so fast at everything now. from pressing the power button to the login screen, it takes less than 5 seconds. and as soon as i log in, i can open the browser straight away and surf with zero lag. unlike before where it would sit on the spinning dots screen for around a minute and half and then would be a further 2 mins before the browser could be opened. all i can say is this is £57 well spent. thanks for the tips and info 👍
  10. ye already had the bottom case off to see inside and discovered my screen hinges are snapped. oh well, will have to get the epoxy resin on it. thought about doing that but thought i would do a fresh install. knowing my luck i will clone the drive and there is probably a bunch of corrupt files that will carry over and make my SSD slow 🤣
  11. the laptop is around 1.5yr old. it's a HP with 7th Gen intel cor i5. 8GB ram and a 1TB hard drive. i have tried alsorts from using software like Ccleaner to cleanup registry and unwanted junk files, right upto using windows own disk cleaner. there is nothing stored on the hard drive such as pictures etc. the laptop has never really been speedy right from new. i tried a few W10 laptops and all was complete dog poo for performance. this was the quickest but over the past year has become slow and countless factory resets haven't helped. the boot up times are shocking. my old 11yr old Compaq desktop with 2.80GHz dual-core cpu, 2GB ram and 500GB hdd is faster than this. after much advice from other people and a lot of searching on the net, it seems a lot of laptops these days are fitted with rubbish hard drives which over time make the machine terribly slow.
  12. ye creating the media as we speak. to be honest if it doesn't work i will just download windows 10 from their site. many thanks for the help 👍
  13. i managed to stumbled across the recovery drive too. yes no idea if it will include bloatware, but i have had a look through installed things and to be honest there isn't anything at risk of losing forever as i can download them from the HP website such as HP Support Assistant for downloading the latest BIOS and Drivers for my laptop. the thing is i do not have a 16GB USB stick. but i do have a 16GB Micro SD card and a SD/Micro SD to USB adapter. should still work as if it is a full on USB flash drive shouldn't it?
  14. windows 10 is absolutely crap on my laptop and is mega slow no matter what i try. now i have seen many times that rubbish hard drives are to blame for slow machines. so i was thinking of buying a SSD to help with speed. the problem i have is, i don't have any recovery discs with this laptop, just a factory image partition on the drive. so if i did swap for a SSD. how would i get my OS back on. i know W10 runs off digital licence so i could just download and boot and install from USB but i want it with all the original software and stuff that was provided with the HP factory image and also get that recovery partition on the SSD. what are my options?
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