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    #16
    Re: Should I replace my laptop?

    I forgot to mention that the "Coffee Lake" processors will be made on a smaller die, which would make them more efficient and use less power, therefore will not be as hot as current CPU's - all great for laptops >.> It would be worth the wait if you can.

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      #17
      Re: Should I replace my laptop?

      Originally posted by Abisali View Post
      I forgot to mention that the "Coffee Lake" processors will be made on a smaller die, which would make them more efficient and use less power, therefore will not be as hot as current CPU's - all great for laptops >.> It would be worth the wait if you can.
      Coffee bridge. now they are really getting creative with the names eh.
      I remember back then was ivy bridge. What next

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        #18
        Re: Should I replace my laptop?

        Originally posted by MuslimThinker View Post
        Coffee bridge. now they are really getting creative with the names eh.
        I remember back then was ivy bridge. What next
        They should switch to food names, like "Spinach Lasagna" or "Chocolate Ice Cream"

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          #19
          Ice cream sandwich



          Jellybean



          Lollipop



          Kitkat



          Gingerbread

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            #20
            Re: Should I replace my laptop?

            Originally posted by Meriadoc View Post
            :salams

            There's been a bit of debate at home as to whether I should start looking at new laptops or not. Me being sentimental and wanting to get my full money's worth is adamantly refusing lol. I've had this one since early 2014.

            The main issues I currently have are:

            - My laptop doesn't recognise or support the 5ghz wifi network we have and because I live around a lot of other 2.4ghz networks, I hear that potentially slows down connectivity issues
            - Google Chrome crashes and refuses to play YouTube videos above 240p so I'm regularly watching blurred outlines with occasional 360p bumps whenever it can handle it
            - Chrome also struggles to load any 'picture heavy' webpages (but does so after a bit of pushing) and so I get a pop up telling me the application has stopped working sometimes
            - MS Word temporarily 'crashes' too if I try to do anything more than type. Bearing in mind, I use this programme a lot, it poses an issue I can't ignore

            The optional issues:
            - I can't use Steam on my laptop at all, which I'd like to if the main gaming PC is busy. I have several games already downloaded that I'd like to play in my own time
            - I can't use Adobe reader either because that crashes on start up, which is a bit of a pain as accessing pdfs can be somewhat useful
            - My laptop doesn't charge past 89/90%, whereas before, it would get to 100% with ease. It's not really severe, but it's a bit irritating nonetheless

            I use my laptop for browsing, video streaming and document writing. I'm wondering if the issue lies with my European model, not adapting well to a North American change.

            So do I need to change my laptop or is there anything I can do from my end to try and resolve the main issues?
            Concerning your main issues, it sounds like the laptop does indeed need an upgrade. If you wish to not upgrade the machine itself, you can improve performance by buying 2x8GB RAM (giving you 16GB or buying 1x8GB RAM giving you 12GB) and replacing your HDD with an SSD. Those are your only upgrade options for a laptop (realistically).

            I assume you are using Windows10, which is why the machine is likely so slow. 4GB RAM is not enough these days. There are other OSes to choose from, but most people would prefer to just stick to Windows (even though other OSes are better).

            RE: Steam - RAM is still the issue here. Your CPU seems fine for basic games, but if you can barely run MS Word, there is no chance of running a game

            RE: Adobe - same problem as above

            RE: battery - this is part of the wear and tear of batteries. yours seems to have lost 10% of its capacity after 3 years. this isn't too bad, as batteries have an EoL of around 5-7 years.

            I don't think the issue would be with EU/NA, as your laptop will have an adaptor that regulates exactly the amount of power it needs to charge, regardless of source of power.

            You should consider upgrading your laptop. Equipment is quite affordable in NA and you can look at places like Newegg/Amazon for specials (you can even wait till black Friday or Cyber Monday to get a good deal).

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              #21
              Re: Should I replace my laptop?

              Originally posted by Meriadoc View Post
              :salams

              There's been a bit of debate at home as to whether I should start looking at new laptops or not. Me being sentimental and wanting to get my full money's worth is adamantly refusing lol. I've had this one since early 2014.

              The main issues I currently have are:

              - My laptop doesn't recognise or support the 5ghz wifi network we have and because I live around a lot of other 2.4ghz networks, I hear that potentially slows down connectivity issues
              - Google Chrome crashes and refuses to play YouTube videos above 240p so I'm regularly watching blurred outlines with occasional 360p bumps whenever it can handle it
              - Chrome also struggles to load any 'picture heavy' webpages (but does so after a bit of pushing) and so I get a pop up telling me the application has stopped working sometimes
              - MS Word temporarily 'crashes' too if I try to do anything more than type. Bearing in mind, I use this programme a lot, it poses an issue I can't ignore

              The optional issues:
              - I can't use Steam on my laptop at all, which I'd like to if the main gaming PC is busy. I have several games already downloaded that I'd like to play in my own time
              - I can't use Adobe reader either because that crashes on start up, which is a bit of a pain as accessing pdfs can be somewhat useful
              - My laptop doesn't charge past 89/90%, whereas before, it would get to 100% with ease. It's not really severe, but it's a bit irritating nonetheless

              I use my laptop for browsing, video streaming and document writing. I'm wondering if the issue lies with my European model, not adapting well to a North American change.

              So do I need to change my laptop or is there anything I can do from my end to try and resolve the main issues?
              If you're willing to install a different operating system on your laptop, you could breath new life into it and keep it for a few more years.

              Maybe try this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAfRKW2NANM

              Mute volume before clicking link.

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                #22
                Re: Should I replace my laptop?

                hmmm bin it get a dell xps 13 ive got one and its been great, ive got a spare xps too just needs speakers and stuff replacing but if it was working id give u it ... looking after a fellow steam gamer would be an honour lol

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                  #23
                  Should I replace my laptop?

                  [MENTION=143591]babadods[/MENTION]

                  Can you give it to me for free akhi

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                    #24
                    Re: Should I replace my laptop?

                    Originally posted by Faith reloaded View Post
                    [MENTION=143591]babadods[/MENTION]

                    Can you give it to me for free akhi
                    sure i just gotta open it up and resolder a few things then you can have it inshaaAllah its last years model but still very good for what i can do tbh, kept clean and maintained but the kids spilled something so i setup a project to revive it and alhamdulillah most has been fixed

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                      #25
                      Re: Should I replace my laptop?

                      Originally posted by Meriadoc View Post
                      :salams

                      There's been a bit of debate at home as to whether I should start looking at new laptops or not. Me being sentimental and wanting to get my full money's worth is adamantly refusing lol. I've had this one since early 2014.

                      The main issues I currently have are:

                      - My laptop doesn't recognise or support the 5ghz wifi network we have and because I live around a lot of other 2.4ghz networks, I hear that potentially slows down connectivity issues
                      - Google Chrome crashes and refuses to play YouTube videos above 240p so I'm regularly watching blurred outlines with occasional 360p bumps whenever it can handle it
                      - Chrome also struggles to load any 'picture heavy' webpages (but does so after a bit of pushing) and so I get a pop up telling me the application has stopped working sometimes
                      - MS Word temporarily 'crashes' too if I try to do anything more than type. Bearing in mind, I use this programme a lot, it poses an issue I can't ignore

                      The optional issues:
                      - I can't use Steam on my laptop at all, which I'd like to if the main gaming PC is busy. I have several games already downloaded that I'd like to play in my own time
                      - I can't use Adobe reader either because that crashes on start up, which is a bit of a pain as accessing pdfs can be somewhat useful
                      - My laptop doesn't charge past 89/90%, whereas before, it would get to 100% with ease. It's not really severe, but it's a bit irritating nonetheless

                      I use my laptop for browsing, video streaming and document writing. I'm wondering if the issue lies with my European model, not adapting well to a North American change.

                      So do I need to change my laptop or is there anything I can do from my end to try and resolve the main issues?



                      :wswrwb:

                      -If you're intending to keep the laptop, you can invest in homeplugs. Wired internet will be much faster then your current wireless. Basically you connect a wall plug to your router and another wall plug to your laptop. Buying homeplugs may still be useful even if you're changing your computer.

                      -What router are you using? Access it's settings and see the 2.4Ghz crowding and adjust your band accordingly.

                      -Also, check for the latest drivers. Newer graphics and network drivers may improve your experience.

                      http://www.iobit.com/en/driver-booster.php

                      PM me if you want the serial for the pro version for all the 3 softwares I've listed here.

                      -Download this uninstaller and remove unwanted apps and toolbars all at once.

                      http://www.iobit.com/en/advanceduninstaller.php


                      -You can also try this optimiser which removes junk from your pc. (it's safe)

                      http://www.iobit.com/en/advancedsystemcarefree.php

                      the pro version of this software also manages your ram.

                      -What's specifically the issue with Steam? I use it occasionally.

                      -If all else fails and you want to purchase a new pc, you can try reformatting your current one.

                      -Try foxit reader instead of adobe for reading pdfs.

                      -Laptop batteries have a fixed lifespan and are known to die. Some manufacturers limit the charging to 90% to preserve the battery. Charging it fully is sometimes harmful.

                      -Location change isn't a reason for all the problems.

                      -your laptop probably does not have the 5Ghz wireless chip inside which is why it can't detect them. It's not a problem but probably a limitation of your model.

                      What's the budget if you're buying a new one? Also are you certain your problems are not caused by viruses?

                      EDIT: I'm not affiliated with IObit even though it may seem like it.
                      Last edited by Cptn._.Mario; 24-07-17, 12:35 PM.
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