Month: October 2017

Windows XP Tricks for Speeding Up Your Computer

Is your computer running slower than it used to, and you're certain you don't have a virus? There can be a lot of common problems behind this. My previous XP article discussed reducing the number of startup programs on your computer; this article will cover a few of the more common issues, such as Some of the effects that slow your PC are:

1–Oddly enough, your own desktop wallpaper can be the culprit. A blank wallpaper will work the best for speed, if not aesthetics. Right-click on the desktop, click the Wallpaper bar and choose this option.

2–Movement or sounds when starting up your computer will also only slow your PC even more–even the startup/shutdown sounds. Removing the unnecessary sounds is another way to speed up your computer. Use the control panel to accomplish this.

3–Also, try getting rid of extraneous shortcuts on your desktop. Removing these will cut down on the startup time of XP. Unlike the programs themselves, the shortcuts are unwanted and safe to remove. Successfully removing the shortcut will give you the following message: "Are you sure you want to delete this shortcut?" This will let you know you're deleting the shortcut and not the program.

4–You may have added too many extensions to your browser (this is especially common in Firefox, where installing addons is so easy.) They add up and slow down your computer's speed, so removing the unnecessary ones will help you give it a boost.

5–For some reason, MS images can end up all over your computer, taking up space you could use and slowing you down. Try to organize your photos, keeping the ones you want and getting rid of the others.

6–Use the built-in search option to look for files you don't want. XP lets you search for files by their type; such as all photos with .gif extensions. You can find all the .gif files on your computer, and remove all the unwanted image files. You can do the same for almost any file type, including sounds and written documents. Just make sure you aren't removing files you need; if you find yourself in doubt, it's better to leave that file alone.

7–One overlooked reason for a slow computer can be simply too many bookmarks in your browser's file, along with the browsing history and cookies. With the "tools" section of the browser you can control these problems and delete any unneeded information. Doing this once a week should help keep your speed maximized.

These seven tips are only meant to improve your computer's performance if you have no virus. Don't use them if you think your PC might be infected, and try to get some anti-virus software ASAP.…

Computer Review: HP EliteBook 6930p

It might not soar like a bird, but the EliteBook offers a similar scratch-resistant anodized aluminum body similar to aircraft skins. Internally, the lid hides a honeycombed magnesium frame which explains why it doesn't buckle when stressed. Plying a brushed-metal coat, the semi-rugged EliteBook is definitely elegant enough to warrant some looks. Starting from 2.1kg, the EliteBook is comparable to Lenovo ThinkPad T400 which weighs in at 2.13kg. As a professional laptop geared for mobility, the 6930p is still a shade lighter than some of its adversaries, like Toshibas Tecra M10, for example, which tips the scale at 2.44kg.

As the cream of HP's business crop, the EliteBook's pointstick and touchpad are generally responsive. Additionally, the Synaptics-driven touch pad is fashioned with a matte surface, making it easy to maneuver with even with clammy fingers. Characteristically, we have no grouse with the keyboard, whose keys offer adequate travel and subdued clicks.

Software-wise, the EliteBook comes bundled with HP's regular ProtectTools Security Manager software package. It provides the usual safety measures like disk encryption as well as data backups for the busy executive. There's also a nifty business card reader application in Presto!'s BizCard 5 for organizing stacks of name cards. Just use the webcam to snap one and you're done. On the hardware front, if you're prone to mishaps, the EliteBook also offers shock protection for its hard disk (3D DriveGuard) and a spill-resistant keyboard. Physically, our review unit came adorned with a Core 2 Duo P8600 2.40GHz CPU, 3GB RAM, an 80GB SSD and an integrated Mobile GMA 4500MHD GPU, making it more than sufficient to undertake conventional business applications. Carting a 141-inch display with a 1280 x 800 pixel native resolution, the 6930p continues the lineage of most business notebooks with its matte screen surface. Observably, the widescreen panel managed to reduce a healthy amount of glare and offers liberal viewing angles. While the Ambient Light Sensor feature may mute the brightness levels by a fair bit, its screen is still a joy to use. Connectivity-wise, the 6930p is no sluggard with its Draft-N WiFi adapter and Gigabit Ethernet port.

With great batteries comes greater endurance. That's mostly true with the EliteBook's 6-cell (55 WHr) battery which lasted an enduring minutes on our DVD playback test. For this specific model, HP has thrown in an extended battery pack, and the mammoth 12-cell did go the distance with over fifteen hours of mileage.

In the end, the HP EliteBook might not sprout wings and fly, but you should rest easy knowing that your money's well spent especially in the ranks of resilience and performance.…