74. How to speed up Dell Inspiron 1525

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Dell Inspiron 1525 comes with Vista operating system. Vista is been known to put a lot of pressure on computers hardware.  And all versions have the same problem be it Ultimate or Home. To solve this problem is simple. Double the amount of memory that is already installed. For example if there is 1 GB of RAM double it to 2 GB of RAM. Actually it is almost impossible to use Vista just with 1 GB of RAM. And better to make the memory as much as 4 GB then the laptop will run really smoothly.


This problem with memory is because about 300 MB of RAM is used for video memory. If there is even 2 GB of RAM installed what left is around 1700 MB. This amount of memory can be eaten by opened Firefox with many tabs active.

The other way to make it faster is to reinstall or reload Windows. Again this probably will be temporary as operating system will slow down as it done it before.
The only advice for a freshly installed Vista would be to install as less as possible other software.
Ideally this laptop would run Windows XP. But if this operating system seems to be too old try Windows 7. There is all the drivers for Windows 7 and if it is not on Dell's website then try probably the best driver software out there Driver Easy or DRPSU.
There is also one thing left to check on this laptop is he hard drive. As mentioned on other articles on this site the health of the hard drive is very important. System sluggish is not only caused by not having enough memory.

Hard drive faults also contribute to this. Usually this is hardware fault inside the hard drive. Operating systems almost never inform users about problems occurring in the hard drive. This is why we often wonder what is going on with a slow computer.

If there is no need to use Windows on this laptop I do recommend to switch to Linux particularly Ubuntu. It runs perfectly on this laptop and also is immune to most of viruses out there. Also Ubuntu is very feature rich operating system if used in command line environment.
It is also possible to run Mac OS on this laptop. But it requires a bit of work with configuration. Further instructions how to make a hackintosh from Inspiron 1525 can be found on the Internet.


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