cryforashadow wrote in post #7950412
Wow, thanks for the replies.
^ "1) The CPU in your laptop is definitely slower than your other computer (I am assuming a desktop)."
My laptop is faster than my computer. Actually it was my mom's laptop and she gave it to me after she decided it was too heavy. And since I realized that it's much faster than my computer I chose to do my picture editing and such on my laptop but well... I can't get no satisfaction.
Are you telling me not to increase the CPU? Because Photoshop CS4 needs a CPU of 1.8 Ghz and mine is 1.6 so I won't be able to use it. Another question is if increasing CPU will make my laptop faster or not?
By the way does defragment really work? I always thought it was a joke... partly.
Awww, crap. Had a really great reply and lost it when I tried to submit it. Oh, well. Here I go again.
In your original post, I thought the laptop had the 1.6GHz CPU and your other computer had the 2.4GHz CPU. To me, that sounds like the other computer is faster than the laptop. Unless the 1.6GHz CPU is a Core 2 Duo and the 2.4GHz CPU is a Celeron or something like that.
And yes, defragging your hard drive really does work. Over time, your files will become fragmented, especially if you do a lot of saving the same file over and over. When a program tries to load or execute a file, your hard drive has to work harder moving the heads all over the place trying to find all of the individual bits of the file. Defragging your drive will place your files in a contiguous location on your hard drive, making accessing and loading them easier and faster.
No, I am not saying you should upgrade your CPU. When I listed Item 4, it was more of 'if this were a perfect world' scenario. First, you would have to find out if your laptop can support a faster CPU, then buy the faster CPU, then usually have to strip the laptop down just to get at the CPU. It isn't really work upgrading the CPU in a laptop. If I wanted a faster CPU in a laptop, than I would just buy a new laptop. That being said, even if you bought the fastest, newest, most technologically advanced laptop on the market, it would be out of date the following week anyway with a newer, faster, more advanced laptop!!
Your best best is to try the cheapest and easiest things first (Items 1 and 2). Then if your budget can afford it (and your laptop will support it), get some more RAM in your laptop. You'll definitely notice an improvement in overall performance doing these three things. The newer RAM modules are pretty cheap nowadays. I can remember when RAM used to be over $100 per MEG of RAM. Yes, that was MEG and not GIG of RAM!!