I've got this old laptop that used to be my father's which I've been using as a "last resort" when I need to use a computer and neither my XP64 Professional desktop (Palouser) or my more modern, mobile computing XP32 Home laptop (Etesia) are available for whatever reason.
This older laptop is a Hewett-Packard Pavillion ze5700us. 2004-vintage, I think? Here's the specs on it:
- Intel Celeron 2.80 ghz CPU
- 1 GB of RAM (originally 512 MB)
- ATI RADEON IGP 345M GPU
- Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD1600BEVE HDD 160GB (replaced original dead drive)
- Native resolution is 1024 x 768
- Windows XP Home 32-bit ("Made for XP" it says)
I had to resort to this both last Fall (when my Asus Eee PC died and I needed to buy a new laptop, hence Etesia) and for a few weeks since the start of this semester (when Etesia was not yet back from an RMA). In the past I had to use it for much of 2009 when Palouser was knocked out by hard drive problems (and then a really ill-timed thunderstorm).
Thing is, using this laptop is a royal pain. It's not very mobile; putting aside the fact it's seven pounds, it also only has a battery life of 30 minutes or so (which means any notes I take in class tend to be very unfinished no matter how conservative I am about power usage). More than that, something causes the machine to overheat very, very easily. It can be running idle and yet its fans will be cranked up, the case hot to the touch in some areas.
I have a feeling this machine isn't really suited to run Windows XP despite the fact it was labeled as being built specifically to run it. But perhaps it's an issue of XP not running lean enough, or something making the laptop overheat so profusely. The laptop tends to chug as well; at first I suspected it was because, like my other machines, it had Avast on it (friends have told me that their rigs boot much much faster once they ditch Avast for BitDefender). But even trying to make the switch from Avast to BitDefender and MalwareBytes proved to be a royal pain!
I'm a believer that no piece of working electronics should go to waste, though, and as much as I gripe about using the laptop I'm at least glad to have it when no other option is available. So I'd like to ask you guys your thoughts; what can I do to make this laptop run more smoothly? Should I install a less demanding OS? Are there things I can do in XP to make it more responsive?
Edited by TrevMUN, 12 September 2014 - 03:13 PM.