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Laptop System suddenly very slow. Running out of ideas

  1. #1


    Mexico
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1

    Laptop System suddenly very slow. Running out of ideas


    Hey guys, I hope you can help me fix my problem since I don't know what else to do. I have a Sony VAIO laptop, I'm not very knowledgeable and I've gone through many of the threads here but all of the solutions I've already tried and the problem still persists. By the way I have the latest Win 8.1 update.

    Specs:
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-3632QM CPU @ 2.20GHz
    • RAM: 8GB
    • 64bit OS, x64-based processor
    • AMD Radeon HD 7500/7600M Series


    The problem is:
    • System takes too long to start-up, restart and shutdown
    • Search engine, My Documents, Task Manager, Device Manager, etc take way too long, about a minute or two, and sometimes dont respond the first time
    • Apps like Kapersky, calculator or skype take a minute or too, or simply do not start up.
    • When in browser (chrome) videos as well as music reproducers take a long time to start, whereas before they would start immediately. This is with full connection and decent wifi speed.
    • Whenever I open a new tab it takes a long time, freezes the browser, and the "unresponsive pages" message appears. I wait and it progresses as normal.
    • Things like clicking on the sound icon takes too long and sometimes doesn't seem to work


    The solutions I've tried are:

    • Sfc /scannow (on elevated cmd prompt) it displayed corrupt files but was unable to fix them
    • Fixed them with Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth, ran once and check with sfc/scannnow to see if there were more problems. None.
    • Checked device manager to see if any have the yellow warning sign and none did.
    • Task manager shows my laptop's memory usage is fine, never above 40% of memory and still having troubles with speed. Lots of processes but no apparent heavyweight.
    • Malware Bytes Complete Scan shows no detected malware.


    Here's my task manager:
    Click image for larger version
    There are many more processes, but don't really know which are ok to stop and which are not, or if I should since it seems to be doing fine like that.

    NOTES:
    • I've had overheating problems. The system has shut down on me from overheating at least 3 times (whenI thought they were isolated problems). I do have poor ventilation and getting it fixed soon, but I've tried to keep it cool (AC) and never again have had it very hot to the touch. I wonder, and hope not, that the overheating may have caused some physical damage.
    • I play MMOs and recently downloaded one, it required me to update graphics drivers and such. I went to the manufacturers site (AMD) and downloaded the programs and drivers needed. It seems that since then the slowness started, but I'm not 100% sure. (doubts on the game as well as the drivers. The game is FFXIV)
    • Overheating shutdown happened when I played MMOs, which sounds logical enough since they are heavy, but not overly, on the laptop. My specs meet the system requirements.


    I hope you guys can help me. Thanks!

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  2. #2


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    First thing that pops out is all the Chrome tasks? Are you one of those folks who like to open multiple instances of the same program?

    Do you clean your fans?
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  3. #3


    Mexico
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    I open tabs within a chrome window, but not multiple windows. I don't open a program multiple times

    i have yet to clean my fan. Do you think this could be the main problem?
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  4. #4


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Well, a can of air does wonders. How old is the laptop? I blow mine out about once a week.
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  5. #5


    Mexico
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    It's about a year and half old, give or take. So, taking off the fan and cleaning it up once a week? Compressed air right?

    Also, are there any other possible solutions? The system is still slow even at a cool temperature, although my fan does need to be cleaned asap
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  6. #6


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I just shoot it into the fins on the side of the laptop. But if a year and a half, your fan(s) may not even be moving, clogged with hair and dust. Most laptops, you can see the fan if you look at the bottom.
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  7. #7


    Mexico
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    It works, but perhaps not as well as it should. Better do a thorough clean up. This laptop doesn't show the fan.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 Pro


    Google Chrome will spawn a separate thread/process for each tab, so that isn't unusual. When the system is unresponsive, take a look at the task manager and see processes might be chewing up the disk. How fast is your hardrive?

    You can monitor disk usage with an app like Process Monitor, or use Resource Monitor within windows - can be accessed via the task manager -> Performance Tab -> link at bottom of the window.
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  9. #9


    Mexico
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    Little update: I've defragmented the disk drive using auslogics, no fix.

    I'm going to try and monitor the processor when chrome goes unresponsive, thanks for the tip! I'll get back on that one.

    Could it also be that my HDD is damaged?
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  10. #10


    Mexico
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    I checked the task manager and resource monitor. The resource monitor shows disk's highest usage doesn't go higher than 15% when only using chrome, problem of slow system still persists. When chrome goes unresponsive the disk drive escalates up to 70% usage and the processes are all chrome, then it starts to go down back to zero.
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